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The medical community relies on licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to perform a variety of essential tasks. Under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians, LPNs provide basic patient care such as monitoring symptoms and vital signs, changing bandages, and administering injections and medications. LPNs are versatile and can find work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, extended care facilities, and in private homes. Licensed practical nursing is a rewarding occupation by its own merits, and also serves as a strong starting point to pursue a career as a registered nurse (RN).

LPN programs are generally 12- to 18- months long with a certification exam at the program’s end. There are many approved LPN programs to choose from in high schools, community colleges, technical schools, and hospitals across Arkansas. Generally, LPN programs include courses in biology, pharmacology, and nursing, and incorporate supervised clinical experience.

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The average salary for LPNs working in Arkansas is between $31,490 and $40,010 per year. There are more than 11,760 LPNs employed in the state, with 3,060 working in Little Rock alone. Major employers like Kimberly-Clark, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the Department of Veterans Affairs are always looking for talented healthcare professionals across the state.

If you have strong communication skills, compassion for the sick and injured, and the strength and stamina to perform taxing physical tasks, then nursing could be the career for you. For your convenience, below is a complete list of accredited nursing schools with LPN programs in Arkansas.

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Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area

Northwest Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwest Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.5% 2008 to 2012

Little Rock

Pulaski Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Baptist Health College Little Rock
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pulaski Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Baptist Health College Little Rock
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.8% 2008 to 2012

Other Arkansas cities

North Arkansas College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas State University - Beebe
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Black River Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Northeastern College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
National Park College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas State University - Newport (Jonesboro)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern Arkansas University Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of the Ouachitas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Rich Mountain Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Ozarka College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southeast Arkansas College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
South Arkansas Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas State University - Newport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
North Arkansas College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.7% 2008 to 2012
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.3% 2008 to 2012
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.0% 2008 to 2012
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2008 to 2012
Black River Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2012
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.8% 2008 to 2012
Arkansas Northeastern College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.5% 2008 to 2012
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.4% 2008 to 2012
National Park College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012
Arkansas State University - Newport (Jonesboro)
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012
College of the Ouachitas
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.6% 2008 to 2012
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.4% 2008 to 2012
Rich Mountain Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2012
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2012
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2012
Ozarka College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.9% 2008 to 2012
Southeast Arkansas College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2012
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2008 to 2012
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2008 to 2012
South Arkansas Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.9% 2008 to 2012
Arkansas State University - Newport
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.7% 2008 to 2012
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.6% 2008 to 2012