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In 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported a nationwide nursing shortage, particularly in the registered nursing field. Registered nursing, along with licensed practical nursing and nursing assistant, are just a few of the nursing fields for which a student can earn certification or obtain a degree. Given the AACN’s findings, nursing students of any program can rest assured of finding relevant and rewarding work quickly.

The median hourly wage for a nurse in Arkansas ranges from $26 to $65 per hour. This salary helps nursing students repay their student loans quickly. There are a broad range of two-year and four-year programs available in Arkansas, including noteworthy programs at the University of Arkansas and Henderson State University. As state schools, these two universities have lower tuition costs and larger classes than private schools, such as Harding University or Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing. For some students, the smaller classes these private universities offer are more desirable because of the intimate class discussions and availability of the professors. In the end, there are benefits to attending both public and private universities, depending on the student, her budget, and her preferred learning environment.

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We have put together a list of accredited nursing programs in Arkansas, ordered below by class size, to help nursing students jump-start their education.

Featured Schools

Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area

University of Arkansas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 197 students during the 2018 period
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Northwest Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Arkansas Bachelor of Science in Nursing 197 students
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 74 students
Northwest Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 41 students

Little Rock

Baptist Health College Little Rock
Diploma in Nursing: 195 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 105 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 130 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 105 students during the 2018 period
University of Central Arkansas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71 students during the 2012 period
Pulaski Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Baptist Health College Little Rock Diploma in Nursing 195 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 105 students
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Associate's Degree in Nursing 130 students
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing 105 students
University of Central Arkansas Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71 students
Pulaski Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students

Other Arkansas cities

Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 186 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas Northeastern College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 112 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 107 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2012 period
Ozarka College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83 students during the 2012 period
National Park College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
North Arkansas College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas Tech University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
South Arkansas Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 61 students during the 2012 period
Black River Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Southern Arkansas University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas State University - Newport (Jonesboro)
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
College of the Ouachitas
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Harding University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 46 students during the 2018 period
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Henderson State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Arkansas State University - Newport
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Southeast Arkansas College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
East Arkansas Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Rich Mountain Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium Associate's Degree in Nursing 186 students
Arkansas Northeastern College Associate's Degree in Nursing 112 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 49 students
Arkansas State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 107 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Ozarka College Certificate in Practical Nursing 83 students
National Park College Associate's Degree in Nursing 74 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
North Arkansas College Associate's Degree in Nursing 70 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville Associate's Degree in Nursing 70 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Arkansas Tech University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66 students
South Arkansas Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 61 students
Black River Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 55 students
Southern Arkansas University Associate's Degree in Nursing 54 students
Arkansas State University - Newport (Jonesboro) Certificate in Practical Nursing 53 students
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Certificate in Practical Nursing 50 students
College of the Ouachitas Certificate in Practical Nursing 49 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Harding University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 46 students
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton Certificate in Practical Nursing 45 students
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope Certificate in Practical Nursing 41 students
Arkansas State University - Beebe Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Henderson State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34 students
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
Arkansas State University - Newport Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
Southeast Arkansas College Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 25 students
University of Arkansas at Monticello Bachelor of Science in Nursing 32 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 29 students
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Associate's Degree in Nursing 27 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 27 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
East Arkansas Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 25 students
Rich Mountain Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Associate's Degree in Nursing 21 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bachelor of Science in Nursing 10 students
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