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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

There are several certification options for students interested in pursuing a nursing career in Arkansas. Since estimates show that the state will see a 5% increase in nursing jobs available by 2020, it is important to find the right program and to understand what type of nursing certification is required to begin practicing.

Nursing assistant
The journey to becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Arkansas is made easier by the many pathways available. The variety of options for certification classes makes it possible for students to fit classes into busy work schedules and tight budgets. In Arkansas, it is even possible to become a CNA without paying a dime: the Arkansas Department of Health’s In-Home Health and Hospice agency offers a free one-week class with 40 hours of instruction and study that prepares potential nursing assistants for the competency exam. Once students complete the exam, practice with an in-home care team begins. There are also colleges that offer CNA programs, including Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University (three campuses), and Arkansas Tech University.

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Licensed practical nurse
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires that any person who wishes to practice as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) must be licensed by the state. Arkansas boasts over 25 LPN programs, which can be taken in community colleges, technical schools, and private schools all over the state. Some of the top schools with LPN programs are Northwest Technical Institute, North Arkansas College, and Arkansas State University.

Registered nurse
In addition to becoming a CNA or LPN, students can pursue certification as a registered nurse, which requires a two-year associate’s degree, three-year hospital diploma, or four-year bachelor’s degree. Registered nurses execute many of the same tasks as LPNs but carry added responsibilities, including administering medication and making critical patient care decisions.

To help those seeking a career in nursing, we have put together a list of schools in Arkansas that offer state-approved programs.

Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area

NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Northwest Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Arkansas
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing

Little Rock

Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Diploma in Registered Nursing
Pulaski Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Science
University of Central Arkansas
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing

Other Arkansas cities

Arkansas Northeastern College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Arkansas State University
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas State University - Newport
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas State University - Newport (Jonesboro)
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas Tech University - Russellville
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
Black River Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
College of the Ouachitas
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
East Arkansas Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Harding University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Henderson State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Programs offered: Diploma in Registered Nursing
Mid-South Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
National Park Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
North Arkansas College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Ozarka College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Rich Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
South Arkansas Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southeast Arkansas College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southern Arkansas University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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