South Arkansas Community College

El Dorado, AR 71731
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South Arkansas Community College is one of the twenty-two public 2-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in El Dorado town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,481 students attend the school. Every year 21% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

South Arkansas Community College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,304, and fees were $636. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $4,128 and $636 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students1,481
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate62%

Nursing Programs

The South Arkansas Community College Practical Nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board for Nursing. The program has three tracks: one which is a full time day program, the second track is modified evening and spring or modified evening and fall program and the final track is the LPN to RN matrix.  

Admission Requirements for the program are:

  1. Official copy of high school transcript or GED equivalency with transcript, including all college transcripts if applicable
  2. Complete general admissions requirements for the college
  3. Complete and submit Health and Natural Sciences Application Packet
  4. Complete pre-nursing pre-requisites with a 2.0 GPA
  5. Complete the HOBET 5 with an overall composite and reading, math, English comprehension score (the applicant will be responsible for payment)

The following courses are pre-requisites for the LPN program at South Arkansas Community College: Anatomy & Physiology 1 W/Lab, Diet and Nutrition and Match for Nursing.

Applicants will be selected on a point system from a combination of pre-requisite GPA, total GPA and HOBET 5 scores.     

Successful applicants will be required to submit to drug screening and a background check upon entry into the program. Students will also be required to provide proof of current AHA CPR certification or an Arkansas Department of Health approved equivalent program.

Applicants will be required to provide proof of PPD skin test, IGRA test or evidence of a negative chest X-ray and provide proof of Hepatitis B immunizations (or sign Declination Statement) and provide proof of immunity to Varicella (which can consist of proof of vaccination, physician verifying student had varicella or varicella antibody titer indicating immunity).


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 1 28
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 4 48
Certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 94.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1983 - 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$83/credit
In State Students$96/credit
Out of State Students$172/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 $3,735 $4,320 $7,740
ADN 70 $5,810 $6,720 $12,040
BSN 125 $10,375 $12,000 $21,500
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, 86% of South 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 58% $4,803
Other Federal Grant 6% $563
State Grant & Scholarships 27% $1,042
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 14% $2,271
Federal Student Loans 23% $3,991
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$6,030
$30,001 to $48,000--
$48,001 to $75,000--
$75,001 to $110,000--
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
South Arkansas Community College
300 S West Ave
El Dorado, AR 71731

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