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Two types of associate’s degree programs are available to aspiring nurses: the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and the associate of applied science in nursing (AASN). There are many accredited nursing schools approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing that offer both ADN and AASN programs. The focus of both ADN and AASN programs is to train and prepare you to become a registered nurse (RN).

Associate’s programs typically take two years to complete, and many schools offer night classes to accommodate aspiring nurses with daytime obligations. The curriculum in these programs includes both general education subjects and courses designed specifically for nurses, including human anatomy, physiology, clinical nutrition, and contemporary ethical dilemmas.

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The outlook for employment is excellent for RNs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is ranked as one of the top ten occupations with highest job growth. Statewide in Arkansas, the average salary for RNs is around $55,240, and slightly higher in the Little Rock area at around $59,210. The top registered nurses in Little Rock can even make in excess of $70,000 per year. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Tenet Health are among the largest employers of RNs in the state.

With opportunities in nursing projected to grow far faster than the historic rate, there has never been a better time to pursue a career as a registered nurse. We’ve provided a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools in Arkansas to help you on your way to earning an ADN or AASN.

Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area

NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)

Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)

Other Arkansas cities

National Park Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southeast Arkansas College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Arkansas College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas State University
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of the Ouachitas
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern Arkansas University
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Arkansas Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Northeastern College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Black River Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Ozarka College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Rich Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
South Arkansas Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Arkansas State University - Newport
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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