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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
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northwest Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

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

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 - 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
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
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 Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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 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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