May 19, 2022 - News

NWACC has new options for nursing students

Illustration of a pattern of stethoscopes.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A new track for nursing students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College's Washington County location will allow students to do most of their rotations on nights and weekends.

What's happening: The rotations will be at Washington Regional Medical Center starting in August.

  • Mark Wallenmeyer, dean of health professions at NWACC, told Axios that some required rotations for specialty areas, such as pediatrics, will still have to be completed elsewhere.

Why it matters: Night and weekend rotations make it easier for people who want to pursue nursing as a second career and still juggle work.

  • The additional track also opens up 40 more spaces for nursing students, Wallenmeyer said.
  • This increases the number of nursing students NWACC can take from 160 to 200. He estimates there are about 290 open nursing positions within a 25-mile radius of Fayetteville.
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