Southeast Arkansas College

Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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Southeast Arkansas College is one of the twenty-two public 2-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in an urban area, in Pine Bluff.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,304 students attend the school. Every year 17% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Southeast Arkansas College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,840, and fees were $640. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $5,640 and $640 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students1,304
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate63%

Nursing Programs

The Southeast Arkansas practical nursing program is approved by the Arkansas state board of nursing through regular evaluations. The program prepares students to offer direct and primary nursing care under the supervision of a clinical instructor, staff RN and physicians in cooperating clinical facilities. The program also serves as a bridge for students who intend to continue education in nursing or other allied health professions.

Students will be selected for enrollment on the basis of a point system based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of all general admission procedures of the College.
  2. Completion of the Nursing and Allied Health Application for Admission form.
  3. COMPASS scores of 51% in Math (Elementary Algebra), 74% in English, and 81% in Reading; or ACT Composite Score of 18; or completion of 15 semester hours of general education applicable to the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  4. College transcript documenting successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Basic Nutrition, and Computer Basics.

Application deadline for August admission is the 2nd Friday of the March and the 1st Friday in October for January admission. Admission will depend on date of completion of application should the number of qualified applicants exceed the slots available.

Students accepted to the program are required to show evidence of current AHA CPR certification valid for the entire period of enrollment, Functional Abilities Test or Chest X-Ray, Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK Vaccination Waiver Claim Form. Random drug screening could be require at any time during the enrollment period at the students expense and students in Allied Health programs with clinical components will be assessed a fee for malpractice insurance.

Students are able to sit for the NCLEX-PN to obtain licensing as a practical nurse after completing the program. A student who successfully completes this program will also be able to transfer up to fourteen semester credit hours to a college or university.

The Southeast Arkansas nursing program is intended to provide a bridge for individuals seeking to become registered nurses. The program is fully approved by the Arkansas State Board for Nursing.

The program allows students to become RN’s in a minimum period of time. The college offers two tracks for students desiring to qualify for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing: the LPN or Paramedic to RN transition track and the Generic option.

All classes are admitted in August with limited places available.

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Complete admission requirements for SEARK
  3. Compass scores (41 in Math, 75 in writing and 82 in Reading) ACT composite score of 19 or completion of 15 semester hours of general education relevant to the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Completion of the required nursing program admission exam

The application deadline is the first Friday of the month.

Successful applicants are required to notify the nursing department of intent to register and pick-up the acceptance packet within the given time. Students will be expected to submit evidence of current CPR certification level C (American Heart Association), documents of Hepatitis B Series vaccines or waiver, Documents of P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-Ray, and acknowledgement of Functional Abilities Requirements.

Applicants will also be required to submit to criminal background check at their own expense and students registered for clinical courses will be charged fees for malpractice insurance.

The school can utilize random drug screening at any time during the course of enrollment in the program at the student’s expense.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 4 12
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 4
Certificate 5 44
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 84.6%
  • NCLEX-RN: 53.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1996 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
02/01/2001 - 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$94/credit
In State Students$94/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 $4,230 $4,230 $8,460
ADN 70 $6,580 $6,580 $13,160
BSN 125 $11,750 $11,750 $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, 96% of Southeast Arkansas 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 87% $4,492
Other Federal Grant 3% $438
State Grant & Scholarships 18% $788
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 13% $1,250
Federal Student Loans 24% $3,515
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$7,331
$30,001 to $48,000$8,251
$48,001 to $75,000$9,714
$75,001 to $110,000$12,217
Over $110,000$12,380

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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.
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel St.
Pine Bluff, AR 71603

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