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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
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northwest Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Little Rock

Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Pulaski Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Central Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Arkansas cities

Arkansas Northeastern College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Arkansas State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Arkansas State University - Beebe
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arkansas State University - Newport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arkansas State University - Newport (Jonesboro)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Arkansas Tech University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Black River Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of the Ouachitas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Arkansas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Harding University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Henderson State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Mid-South Community College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
National Park Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Arkansas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ozarka College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rich Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Arkansas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeast Arkansas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Arkansas University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Arkansas University Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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