Record number of students in Arkansas rural consortium

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A record number of students have been accepted into the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium.

The consortium is a group of eight community colleges that collaborate to provide students an opportunity for an associate degree in Registered Nursing.

This is the first year that the program has accepted 280 students. Classes start in January and will include course work as well as on-site clinical work in nursing homes, hospitals and clinics.

The program is fully approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the eight colleges that comprise the consortium typically graduates about 225 students each year.

The students earn an Associate Registered Nursing degree and are then eligible to take the examination that a student must pass in Arkansas in order to receive his or her nursing license.

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