Early College Experience

Career and Technical Programs

Students in participating high schools can enjoy a unique and meaningful secondary experience. Through a partnership between Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) and NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Early College Experience provides access to high quality Career and Technical programs. Students can earn high school and college credit in the following programs:
                ♦ CRIMINAL JUSTICE                                                          
                ♦ DENTAL ASSISTING                                                                                                             
                ♦ CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
                ♦ PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT
Technical training through NWACC's Early College Experience is paid for by participating school districts and funded by the State of Arkansas Department of Career Education.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE


This fast growing profession offers employment opportunities concentrated in law enforcement, corrections, and private security. Students gain an overview of law and employment options. Students who successfully complete this one-year program earn 18 NWACC credit hours towards an Associates of Applied Science degree. 

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • State Police Officer
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician and Photographer
  • Evidence/property and Fingerprinting Technician
  • Emergency Communications Officer 

Admissions and Registration

Eligible Criminal Justice students must have a 2.0 high school GPA and one of the following minimum Reading scores

ACT 

19                      

Compass83
SAT480
PSAT26
ASPIRE428
PLAN15
EXPLORE14

 

See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Schedule and Locations

Criminal Justice courses are taught in morning and afternoon blocks at the following locations:

JOnes Center for Families - 922 E Emma Street, Springdale, AR

8:15 am – 11:15 am                        Fall                                      Spring

First 8 weeks

Intro to Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement II

Second 8 weeks

Law Enforcement I

Criminal Law

NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville, AR

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm                        Fall                                      Spring

First 8 weeks

Intro to Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement II

Second 8 weeks

Law Enforcement I

Criminal Law

DENTAL ASSISTING

 

Dental Assistants are an integral part of the dental care team and increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care. In addition to computer and clerical skills, dental assistants are proficient in patient care, dietary counseling, monitoring vital signs, administering and monitoring nitrous oxygen, taking impressions, and providing post-operative care and instructions.
Classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction provide students with a broad background in all aspects of dentistry. Internships will be provided in area offices under the guidance of dentists and assistants in the community Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the various clinics.
Successful completers of this one-year program earn 9 NWACC credit hours through an articulation agreement with NWACC. Employment opportunities in Dental Assisting include:

Career Opportunities

  • Chairside Dental Assisting
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Dental Assistant
  • Dental Equipment Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Office Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Dental Sales Representative

Admissions and Registration

Currently, placement test scores are not required for this program. Students must have a 2.0 minimum high school GPA. See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Schedule and Locations

9:30 am – 11:00 am         NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville

                                             Fall                                             Spring

 First 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental II

 Second 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship-  Specialty Dental II

 
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm       Fayetteville West Campus (Formerly Regional Technology Center)              

                       Fall                                             Spring

 First 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental II

 Second 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship-  Specialty Dental II

 

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA)


The Medical Professions field offers expanding career opportunities in response to the growing needs of a rapidly aging population. The curriculum for this one-semester course follows the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care Training Program for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Students are recommended to have taken Intro to Medical Professions, Medical Terminology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology, if available to them.

Curriculum
This course offers advanced medical procedures, nurse assistant skills, direct patient care and provides clinical training in area health care facilities. After successful completion of the class, the student is eligible to take the Nurse Assistant Certification Exam. Students who complete the course successfully will receive 3 hours of college credit from NWACC. 

Admissions and Registration

 

Eligible CNA students must have a 2.0 high school GPA and one of the following minimum Reading scores

ACT19                            
COMPASS83
ACT480
SAT480
PSAT26
ASPIRE428
PLAN15
EXPLORE14

 


See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Cost:
Students will have to pay $25 background check and an $80 drug test for the class.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Nurse, Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medicine, Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Schedule and Location

7:30 am – 9:00 am NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville

 

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT (PCA+)

 

Students must complete the CNA course before enrolling in PCA+
The PCA+ course expands the student's knowledge of healthcare gained in the CNA course and introduces advanced patient care skills, professional development training, and hands on lab and clinical training at area hospitals. Addressing patient care needs/techniques unique to acute care hospitals is the focus. Successful students will receive CPR Certification and a Certificate of Proficiency.
 
Spring 

7:30 am – 9:00 am           NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm            NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville