We've organized a comprehensive list of Arkansas nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Arkansas city.

In 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported a nationwide nursing shortage, particularly in the registered nursing field. Registered nursing, along with licensed practical nursing and nursing assistant, are just a few of the nursing fields for which a student can earn certification or obtain a degree. Given the AACN’s findings, nursing students of any program can rest assured of finding relevant and rewarding work quickly.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is ranked among the top ten occupations in terms of job growth; when it comes to the most trusted professions, nursing is in the top five. Even more, it offers a wide variety of specialties, including work in schools, hospitals, medical clinics, home care, and more. With popularity, however, comes competition. To stay ahead, education is vital, since the type of education you pursue is a determining factor for getting an industry job.

The nursing industry gets more competitive every year, making it important to have the highest level of education possible. Junior colleges typically offer two-year programs, while larger universities have four-year programs available. Even though universities often cost more to attend, their programs tend to be more extensive and offer greater earnings potential, since employers often favor students who have received a four-year degree.