The discipline of nursing is pluralistic and multifaceted. It has various entries and exits provided by
numerous types and levels of educational programs. A common core of knowledge is shared by all of nursing education. Educational programs that recognize this common core better serve the individual nurse, as well as the public and the nursing profession. This recognition facilitates the educational mobility of students. “Educational mobility allows movement of the nurse from one type of licensure to another and from one type of program (LPN, LPTN, Diploma, ADN, BSN, MSN) to another with maximum ease and recognizes the value of prior nursing education” (Arkansas Nurse Educators’ White Paper, 1990, pg. 1).
Efficient and effective educational mobility of individuals is promoted by articulation arrangements among institutions. Articulation facilitates educational mobility by one program’s courses being comparable with courses in another program that offers a higher level of education (Arkansas Nurse Educators’ White Paper, 1990, pg. 1). Educational mobility should be limited only by the nurse’s ability and personal choice. The following assumptions support an articulation model to facilitate nurses’ continued education within the State of Arkansas.
- Reality mandates the necessity for educational mobility within the discipline of nursing.
- The public and the nursing profession are best served by a statewide articulation model characterized by admission of students with advanced standing.
- Nurse educators are best qualified to design and implement nursing articulation models.
- Each nursing educational program is unique within itself and its community.
- Learning outcomes of educational programs verify achievement of the graduate regardless of entry characteristics of the student.
- The discipline of nursing is ever changing; therefore, an articulation model must be periodically
Articulation Model Elements
Nursing education programs participating in the Arkansas Nursing Articulation Model agree to the
- Non-nursing credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning may be transferred, subject to individual college/university policies.
- Non-nursing credits from non-regionally accredited institutions of higher learning are not transferable.
- Nursing credits from previous nursing education program are held in escrow until graduation, at which time it is noted on the transcript as being accepted.
- Minimum number of nursing semester credit hours that will be awarded for previous nursing learning and the maximum number of nursing semester credit hours that will be required to be completed in the program will be adhered to as specified in Tables 1 & 2 below.
- Requirements for testing/non-testing and work experience will be adhered to as specified in Table 3 below.
Table 1: Nursing Credit Parameters for the Articulating LPN or LPTN
The LPN or LPTN articulating to:
Associate Degree in Nursing *
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
|Diploma in Nursing |
|Will be awarded at least the following number of semester credit hours ||6 semester hours in nursing ||5 semester hours in nursing ||25 semester hours in nursing |
|Will be required to complete no more than the following number of semester credit hours ||40 semester hours in nursing ||40 semester hours in nursing ||60 semester hours in nursing |
* LPN-to-RN Associate Degree Programs, which admit only LPNs and no unlicensed students, might not record the articulating credit on the student’s transcript and still meet this parameter.
Table 2: Nursing Credit Parameters for the Articulating RN who graduated from an associate degree or diploma program that was NLNAC accredited at the time of graduation
|The RN articulating to: ||Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing* |
|Will be awarded at least the following number of semester credit hours. ||33 semester hours in nursing |
|Will be required to complete no more than the following number of semester credit hours. ||38 semester hours in nursing |
* RN-to-Baccalaureate Degree Programs, which admit only RNs and no LPNs or unlicensed students, might not record the articulating credit on the student’s transcript and still meet this parameter.
Table 3: Articulation Testing and Work Experience Requirements
|< 12 Months After Graduation ||> 12 Months After Graduation |
|No testing for articulation required – some programs may require math competency exam for articulation. No work experience required – except it may be required for accelerated tracks within programs. ||No testing for articulation required if during past 12 to 24 months have had at least 1000 hours of nursing employment. Individual schools may have special requirements for work experience settings. The individual school may require testing if work experience requirement not met. |
LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse; LPTN – Licensed Psychiatric Technical Nurse;
RN – Registered Nurse
Approved by NANEP: September 1992
Revised by NANEP: 2002, 2003
Approved by NANEP: February 2005