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Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role within the healthcare system. An RN must possess knowledge across a wide range of subjects in order to plan, implement, and assess patient care. As an RN, you aren’t only responsible for caring for individual patients, but also for managing a team of other nurses, nursing assistants, and support staff in hospitals, schools, and patient residences. As an RN you’re often on your feet, so you must be able to withstand a considerable amount of standing and walking.

In Arkansas, there are three types of RN programs available. The least common way to get into an RN program today is by first becoming a diploma nurse. Diploma nurses were common from World War II until the mid-1970s. This program requires students attend classes and receive hands-on training, working full time for approximately three years in medical facilities associated with nursing schools. The second, more common option is to pursue an associate of applied science degree in nursing, which is a two-year program that trains students for careers as RNs and prepares them to pass the national certification exam. The third educational option is to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing, which is a four-year, hands-on program that prepares you well for your RN career.

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In Arkansas, the statewide average salary for RNs is between $45,690 and $65,590, with a slightly higher range of $48,190 to $70,020 in the Little Rock area. There are approximately 23,480 RNs employed in the state of Arkansas, with around 9,550 working in Little Rock alone. There are some major employers within the state, including Tenet Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. If that doesn’t convince you of the opportunities available, maybe this will: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top ten occupations with the largest job growth.

Registered nursing is a rewarding and lucrative profession with plenty of demand, and it’s in a field that continues to grow. If you’re an aspiring RN, below you’ll find a list of accredited registered nursing programs in Arkansas.

Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area

NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)

Little Rock

University of Central Arkansas
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock
Diploma in Registered Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)

Other Arkansas cities

National Park Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southeast Arkansas College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Registered Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Tech University - Russellville
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Arkansas College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas State University
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of the Ouachitas
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern Arkansas University
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Harding University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Arkansas Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Arkansas Northeastern College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Henderson State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 47.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Rich Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Black River Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
South Arkansas Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Arkansas State University - Newport
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Ozarka College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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