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Nurses provide essential services within the healthcare system, and there are opportunities available in Arkansas for every type of nurse. In the Little Rock area there are numerous positions available for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).

Certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs
The quickest and easiest way to work in the nursing profession is to pursue a CNA program, which only takes several weeks to a few months to complete. Nursing assistants provide support for the entire medical staff, performing everyday duties involving constant patient contact. In the Little Rock area, there are approximately 4,710 working CNAs. The average salary for CNAs in the Little Rock area is between $20,250 and $24,540 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN) programs
LPN programs usually take between 12- to 18-months to complete, and prepare nurses for more advanced patient care, like taking vital signs, monitoring basic symptoms, administering medications and injections, performing CPR, and much more. There are opportunities for LPNs to work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, extended care facilities, and private homes. In the Little Rock area, there are approximately 3,060 working LPNs. The average salary for LPNs in the Little Rock area is between $32,740and $42,550 per year.

Registered nurse (RN) programs
There are multiple educational options available for aspiring RNs. The most common routes to becoming an RN are the two-year associate of applied sciences in nursing (AASN) program and the four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. In the Little Rock area, there are approximately 9,550 working RNs. The average salary for RNs in the Little Rock area is between $48,190 and $70,020.

There are plenty of employment opportunities for nurses in Little Rock, with large employers like CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas State Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the VA Hospital North Little Rock.

For aspiring nurses in Little Rock, below you’ll find a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools in the area.

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Little Rock nursing schools by NCLEX score

Pulaski Technical College
3000 West Scenic Drive | North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue | Conway, Arkansas 72035
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • 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
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham Street | Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2018)
  • 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 Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue | Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baptist Health College Little Rock
11900 Colonel Glenn Road, Suite 1000 | Little Rock, Arkansas 72210
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Diploma in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pulaski Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Central Arkansas Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
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
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2018
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 Arkansas at Little Rock Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baptist Health College Little Rock Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.8% 2008 to 2012
Diploma in Nursing 86.0% 2008 to 2012