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Nursing is a highly sought-after career with a variety of certification levels available. While the highest levels of nursing require a four-year degree from a university (and often graduate education), there are faster options available from vocational colleges and programs.

A vocational program offers a career-focused curriculum that results in licensure for a career as a certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, or registered nurse. These types of programs are normally offered in junior colleges and technical schools; however, some Arkansas universities also offer two-year degrees.

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At vocational schools (also referred to as technical schools or trade schools), coursework is directly related to the certification earned when all of the classes have been completed. On the other hand, students who attend a four-year program are typically required to take a foundational list of courses that are not always directly related to the field of nursing.

One community college that offers vocational classes is East Arkansas Community College; their mission is to mold students who will improve community healthcare within the state. Northwest Arkansas Community College has a program that is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and boasts a consistently high pass rate.

There are numerous other two-year nursing schools across Arkansas. If you are interested in pursuing a nursing degree or certificate program, we’ve created a list of the best vocational, career, and community colleges in the state.

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

Little Rock

Baptist Health Schools of Little Rock
Programs offered: Diploma in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pulaski Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

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 - 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
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
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: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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 Tech
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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 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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