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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.

Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area

University of Arkansas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 103 students during the 2012 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

Little Rock

Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock
Diploma in Nursing: 195 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 105 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 176 students during the 2012 period
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 130 students during the 2012 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

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 Community 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
Harding University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 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
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
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