Ozarka College

Melbourne, AR 72556
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Ozarka College is one of the twenty-two public 2-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in a rural area, in Melbourne.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,186 students attend the school. Every year 31% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Ozarka College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,160, and fees were $772. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $4,512 and $772 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Rural
Number of Students1,186
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate49%

Nursing Programs

The Ozarka College LPN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. 

The program is offered for 3 semesters and it take 18 months to complete. It begins in January and its only avilable in Melbourne Campus. The college also offers two 11 months programs at its Ash Flat and Mountain View Campuses.

Clinical experience for this program will be in a range of clinical setting in the four county area.

Basic Admission Requirements:

  1. Official high school or college transcripts or GED
  2. Proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella.
  3. ACT, SAT, ASSET or Compass assessment.
  4. submit to a criminal background check

Applications for January enrollment at the Melbourne Campus are accepted between the 1st of September and the 1st of November.

The application period for classes beginning in August at all campuses is between the 1st of February and the 1st of April.

Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) after completing classes to be licensed to practice.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 4 37
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 7 64
Certificate 6 55
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 89.9%


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1996 - 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$90/credit
In State Students$90/credit
Out of State Students$188/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 $4,050 $4,050 $8,460
ADN 70 $6,300 $6,300 $13,160
BSN 125 $11,250 $11,250 $23,500
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, 95% of Ozarka 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 85% $4,175
Other Federal Grant 18% $205
State Grant & Scholarships 39% $1,633
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 30% $1,854
Federal Student Loans 22% $3,610
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$4,966
$30,001 to $48,000$5,965
$48,001 to $75,000$6,491
$75,001 to $110,000$7,312
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
Ozarka College
218 College Dr
Melbourne, AR 72556

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