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Nursing assistants play a vital role in healthcare field. Typically working under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN), nursing assistants perform the everyday tasks that help support patients and the entire medical staff. As a nursing assistant, you would provide for patients’ basic care, monitoring their vitals and basic symptoms, in addition to helping them with everyday needs like bathing, getting dressed, and eating. In this position, it is possible to truly make a difference in the lives of ill, injured, and disabled patients every day.

One of the benefits of starting your career as a nursing assistant is that minimal training is needed to qualify. You are eligible for certain nursing assistant positions with nothing more than a high school diploma. Other positions might require you to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), but certification programs only take a few weeks to a couple months. Typically, CNA programs include courses in medical terminology, physiology, interpersonal skills, communication, gerontology, and hydration, as well as training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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There are currently about 18,150 nursing assistants employed across the state of Arkansas. Statewide, the average annual salary for nursing assistants is between $18,290 and $23,620. In Little Rock, where there are around 4,710 nursing assistants, the average wage is in the range of $20,250 and $24,540, slightly higher than the statewide average. Tenet Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs are major employers within the state, and are both actively seeking nursing assistants.

There are opportunities for nursing assistants all across Arkansas. Whether or not a CNA is required, your chances of being hired will be greatly increased if you take the time to earn a certification. To help you launch your nursing assistant career, we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of accredited programs in Arkansas.

Little Rock

Pulaski Technical College
3000 West Scenic Drive | North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Other Arkansas cities

Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division Street | Blytheville, Arkansas 72316
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas State University - Beebe
1000 Iowa Street | Beebe, Arkansas 72012
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
1600 South College Street | Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas State University - Newport
7648 Victory Boulevard | Newport, Arkansas 72112
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
1700 Helberg Lane | Ozark, Arkansas 72949
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Black River Technical College
1410 Highway 304 East | Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
College of the Ouachitas
One College Circle | Malvern, Arkansas 72104
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
1620 Newcastle Road | Forrest City, Arkansas 72335
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Mid-South Community College
2000 West Broadway | West Memphis, Arkansas 72301
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
National Park Community College
101 College Drive | Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
North Arkansas College
1515 Pioneer Drive | Harrison, Arkansas 72601
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Ozarka College
218 College Drive | Melbourne, Arkansas 72556
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - DeWitt
1210 Ricebelt Avenue | DeWitt, Arkansas 72042
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Rich Mountain Community College
1100 College Drive | Mena, Arkansas 71953
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue | El Dorado, Arkansas 71731
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel Street | Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southern Arkansas University Tech
6415 Spellman Road | Camden, Arkansas 71701
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology Crossett
1326 Highway 52 West | Crossett, Arkansas 71635
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas at Monticello - College of Technology McGehee
1609 East Ash Street | McGehee, Arkansas 71654
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
2005 White Drive | Batesville, Arkansas 72503
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
2500 South Main Street | Hope, Arkansas 71801
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
1537 University Boulevard | Morrilton, Arkansas 72110
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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