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Arkansas LPN Programs

Free guide to LPN training classes in Arkansas (AR)

Find approved LPN courses to earn your Arkansas practical nurse certificate

Arkansas Practical Nursing Careers

Jobs in nursing are almost always in demand. This is thanks to the steady increase in retirees, and the fact that a certain percentage of the population is always sick. Licensed practical nurses, also known as vocational nurses, satisfy a variety of roles that are too commonplace for a doctor’s attention, and working with an LPN is much cheaper and more practical than paying a doctor to stay for an hour or more. Nursing is a viable field of business for the average person, because it often requires no more than a 2-year degree and there are so many career options. Hospitals, nursing homes, and care centers all hire qualified practical nurses, and even in this economy there is often a shortage in the local labor market.


Arkansas is not the most populous state, and in fact parts of it are still underdeveloped and impoverished. There is presently stiffer competition in Arkansas for potential nurses, and the outlook may become even more competitive if the social security budget gets cut. The minimum education requirement at most institutions is a 2-year degree, but most practical nursing programs only take one year to complete. LPN careers afford similar (if not better) salaries and benefits than most career positions that can be obtained using an Associate’s degree.

Generally speaking, the more education and credentials that a nurse enjoys, the easier it is to find a job. Experience is also a factor, and it may be that a hospital prefers a community college graduate with 10 years of experience over a university graduate with no experience outside internship. That being said, attending a university usually provides greater advantages when all other aspects are equal. It is possible to meet other students and teachers, and generally become acquainted with the future of the industry. These contacts are valuable for a person’s professional future, and might even translate into better jobs. There are many career and education advancement programs for LPNs seeking to take their careers one step further.

Arkansas still needs nurses, because it has its share of retirees. Most of them will be able to afford nursing care for at least a while, and it is cheaper to be taken care of in the home than in a private care facility. Home-care is also easier on an aging body, since the surroundings are familiar and there is not the stress of physically moving back and forth. At the very least, since nurses are needed throughout the country, any qualified nurse can move about the country seeking travel LPN jobs.

The future for medicine is always a bright one, because there will always be someone who needs medical services. With obesity on the rise and an increasing number of prescription drugs and declared diseases for children, there will always be a large market across the country. Even foreign companies will solicit graduates to move and work for them.


List of LPN Programs in Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas Northeastern College-Burdette Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 36 (Hwy. 148 & I-55)
Burdette, AR 72321
Phone: (870) 780-1225

Arkansas State University-Mt. Home Practical Nurse Program

1600 South College
Mt. Home, AR 72653
Phone: (870) 508-6154

Arkansas State University-Newport Practical Nurse Program

7648 Victory Boulevard
Newport, AR 72112
Phone: (870) 512-7833

Arkansas State University-Beebe Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 909
Searcy, AR 72145
Phone: (501) 207-4035

Arkansas State University Technical Center Practical Nurse Program

5504 Krueger Rd.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: (870) 932-2176

Atu Ozark Campus Practical Nurse Program

1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone: (479) 667-2117, Ext.340

Baptist Health Schools – Little Rock School Of Practical Nursing

11900 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR 72210
Phone: (501) 202-7966

Black River Technical College Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 468
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 248-4000, Ext. 4174

Cossatot Community College – UA Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 960
Dequeen, AR 71832
Phone: (870) 584-4471, Ext. 147

Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 925
Forrest City, AR 72335
Phone: (870) 633-5411

National Park Community College Practical Nurse Program

101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Phone: (501) 760-4352

North Arkansas College Practical Nurse Program

1515 Pioneer Ridge Drive
Harrison, AR 72601
Phone: (870) 743-3000

Northwest Technical Institute Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Drawer 2000
Springdale, AR 72765
Phone: (479) 751-8824, Ext. 115

Ouachita Technical College Practical Nurse Program

#1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: (501) 337-5000, Ext. 1201

Ozarka College Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 10
Melbourne, AR 72556
Phone: (870) 368-7371

PCCUA – Dewitt Campus Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 427
Dewitt, AR 72042
Phone: (870) 946-3506 Ext. 1612

Pulaski Technical College Practical Nurse Program

3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2286

Rich Mountain Community College Practical Nurse Program

1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953
Phone: (479) 394-7622, Ext. 1366

Sau Tech Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 3499
East Camden, AR 71711
Phone: (870) 574-4585

Southark Community College The Betty Owen School Of Practical Nursing

P.O. Box 7010
El Dorado, AR 71731-7010
Phone: (870) 862-8131, Ext. 228

Southeast Arkansas College Practical Nurse Program

1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 543-5900

U Of A Community College – Batesville Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 3350
Batesville, AR 72503
Phone: (870) 612-2065

U Of A Community College – Hope Practical Nurse Program

2500 S. Main
Hope, AR 71801
Phone: (870) 722-8224

U Of A Community College – Morrilton Practical Nurse Program

1537 University Blvd.
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone: (501) 977-2152

University Of Arkansas At Ft. Smith Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7376

University Of Arkansas At Monticello College Of Technology – Crossett Practical Nurse Program

1326 Hwy. 52W
Crossett, AR 71635
Phone: (870) 364-6414, Ext. 155

University Of Arkansas At Monticello College Of Technology-McGehee Practical Nurse Program

P.O. Box 747
McGehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-5360


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Arkansas LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Arkansas schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Arkansas state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Arkansas

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Arkansas

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Arkansas as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Arkansas

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Arkansas state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Arkansas Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses