Black River Technical College

Pocahontas, AR 72455
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Black River Technical College is one of the twenty-two public 2-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in a rural area, in Pocahontas.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,530 students attend the school. Every year 27% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Black River Technical College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,208, and fees were $912. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $4,536 and $912 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students1,530
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate54%

Nursing Programs

The Black River Technical College Practical Nursing program is accredited by Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The program is a combination of in class instruction and clinical practice.

The program accepts students for enrollment in January and in August. It meets the minimum requirements set by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete application for the Nursing Program
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Possess cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Complete nursing entrance exam on scheduled date.
  • Complete all pre-professional curricula (must have taken no longer than 5 years from application date with the exception of Introduction to Computer Concepts and Freshman English I)

Applications must be submitted by the 31st of October of January enrollment and April 1st for August enrollment.

Applicants who are selected for the program will be expected to submit to and pass a criminal background check to be accepted into the program and to attend clinical practice. Applicants will be required to cover the estimated 40 dollar charge for the background check.

Students will be required to purchase liability insurance as part of a group policy at an estimated cost of 16 dollars every semester before the start of Clinical practices.

Graduates from the program will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure but completing the program does not guarantee eligibility to write state board examinations.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 7 42
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 4 32
Certificate 14 87
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 99.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1997 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$140/credit
In State Students$140/credit
Out of State Students$237/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $6,300 $6,300 $10,665
ADN 70 $9,800 $9,800 $16,590
BSN 125 $17,500 $17,500 $29,625
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of Black River Technical College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 74% $5,195
Other Federal Grant 2% $3,205
State Grant & Scholarships 33% $1,673
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 13% $2,917
Federal Student Loans 19% $5,234
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$6,240
$30,001 to $48,000$6,557
$48,001 to $75,000$8,208
$75,001 to $110,000$11,375
Over $110,000$12,519

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
Black River Technical College
1410 Hwy 304 East
Pocahontas, AR 72455

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