East Arkansas Community College

Forrest City, AR 72335
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East Arkansas Community College is one of the twenty-two public 2-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in Forrest City town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,045 students attend the school. Every year 26% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

East Arkansas Community College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,820, and fees were $330. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $3,330 and $330 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students1,045
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate55%

Nursing Programs

The East Arkansas Community College Nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board for Nursing. The program offers a 2 year Traditional Track program consisting of 5 terms and a 1 year LPN/LPTN accelerated track consisting of 3 terms based on full time enrollment excluding vacation time.  

Admissions Requirement for the program:

  1. Be admitted to East Arkansas Community College
  2. Complete required College developmental courses (with a minimum grade of ‘C’ by the May 31st deadline- credit for Math and Science courses must have been met in the last five years).
  3. Have a 2.80 GPA at the May 31st deadline
  4. Take the pre-nursing exams (Critical Thinking Entrance, PSB Nursing Aptitude Exam)

Applicants will be expected to present completed application to the college by the 31st of March. The school will notify applicants of its decision during the following June. The number of students accepted into the program will vary according to the resources and space available. East Arkansas offers no provisional acceptance for those applicants who don’t meet the minimum requirements nor does it maintain a waiting list for qualified applicants not offered admission.

Successful applicants will be expected to obtain CPR certification prior to registration which must remain current for the entire program as well as acquiring immunizations for Hepatitis B, Tetanus (within the last 10 years), Measles, Mumps Rubella and a Tuberculin Test (within the last year) or a negative chest x-ray, submit proof of health insurance and proof of malpractice insurance for the duration of enrollment in the nursing program.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 3 7
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.4%


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1979 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1994 - 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$84/credit
In State Students$94/credit
Out of State Students$111/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 $3,780 $4,230 $4,995
ADN 70 $5,880 $6,580 $7,770
BSN 125 $10,500 $11,750 $13,875
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, 79% of East Arkansas Community 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 65% $4,631
Other Federal Grant 39% $328
State Grant & Scholarships 30% $1,075
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 24% $1,584
Federal Student Loans 5% $3,274
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$5,383
$30,001 to $48,000$4,631
$48,001 to $75,000$7,606
$75,001 to $110,000--
Over $110,000$10,806

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Student Population













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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
East Arkansas Community College
1700 Newcastle Rd
Forrest City, AR 72335

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