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CNA Training in Arkansas

Free guide to CNA training classes in Arkansas (AR)

Take approved CNA courses to earn your Arkansas CNA certification

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the growth rate for CNA jobs in Arkansas is expected to rise 62% in the next decade. The need for well trained, qualified nurse aides will only increase as the number of people in the 60-90 age range increases. Add to that the number of CNA’s retiring and opening up positions and you have ample opportunity to become employed and remain so for years to come. See our list of available CNA programs throughout Arkansas. The CNA course list includes several approved CNA training programs and online courses. Many nursing homes offer qualified CNA programs for individuals seeking employment at that particular nursing facility. We try to keep our listings as updated as possible, but we recommend that students verify current program offerings with each CNA school directly before enrolling.

Required Training for CNA in Arkansas

A CNA or Certified Nursing Assistant is the first person most people see when they go to the hospital. As a CNA you will assist patients in many ways. Taking the patient’s pulse and heart rate to monitor changes is only a start. Assisting the patient in and out of bed, helping them with personal hygiene, administering tests, and reporting changes in the patient’s health are part of the daily duties. You may also be called upon to make beds, clean the rooms, help them walk as needed, and aid doctors with procedures. To become a CNA is simple. First you will need to be at least 16 years old and have a diploma or GED. A clean criminal record is required,especially in the area of abuse or neglect. Additionally a negative Tuberculosis test is a requirement. Minimal learning skills such as simple math calculations, reading, writing, and speaking English are a must.

The perspective nurse will then need to take 75 classroom hours of different types of study that will teach things like infection protection for the patient and the nurses. Protecting the dignity of the patients is taught along with memory care and how to respond to health emergencies. In addition, clinical hours with hands on procedures like administering CPR, taking a pulse, getting the heart rate, and other vital activities are part of the program. Although this sounds like it will take quite a bit of time to complete the training, most curriculums are taught in 8 to 13 weeks depending on the school. Most Community Colleges and Technical Colleges offer the courses and may also provide help applying for financial aid.

How Much Can You Make as a CNA in Arkansas?

Jobs are plentiful and growing at a rapid rate. Some places will enjoy a 23% increase in the next year and as stated before, a 62% overall increase over the next decade. The average salary for a CNA in Arkansas is $29,000 per year. New CNA’s will start off lower, possibly around $20,000 while more experienced CNAs will earn much more.

How to Become a CNA in Arkansas

To become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Arkansas you must complete the necessary steps to obtain certification from the Arkansas state board of nursing. The first step is to find and complete an approved CNA training program. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) requires all CNA programs to include a minimum of 75 hours of instruction. Individual states might require additional training beyond the national minimum. Most programs take about 6-12 weeks to finish. The average cost of a CNA training course is between $400 – $800. The second step is to take the Arkansas CNA certification exam and achieve a passing score. The third and final step is to register with the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Can I Transfer My CNA License to Arkansas?

If you are a certified nursing assistant from another state and have just moved to Arkansas you can apply to the Nursing Aide Registry in Arkansas for what is called “reciprocity”. As long as you can provide verification that you completed a state approved CNA certification program, are currently certified in another state, and have worked as a CNA recently. You would not need to take the Arkansas exam or training if you are granted reciprocity. All CNA licenses need to be renewed every two years and must have worked a minimum of 160 hours within those two years.

Taking the CNA Certification Exam

All of the training will prepare the student for the exam given by the The Office of Long Term Care of the State of Arkansas. The test is a combination of written questions and clinical skills assessment. Once passed the newly registered CNA has many options for employment. Hospitals are a major source of jobs for CNA’s but there are other opportunities such as retirement homes, long term care facilities, assisted living homes, private home care, and Hospice type organizations.

CNA Classes in Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas State University Nursing Assistant Course – Searcy

P.O. Box 909, Searcy, Arkansas 72145

East Arkansas Community College Nursing Assistant Program – Forrest City

1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335

North Arkansas College CNA Class – Harrison

1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, Arkansas 72601

Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) – Burns Hall Campus

One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phillips Community College – Stuttgart

2807 Hwy. 165 South, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160

Phillips Community College CNA Course – DeWitt

1210 Ricebelt Ave. Hwy 165, DeWitt, Arkansas 72042

Phillips Community College Nurse Aide Training Program – Helena

1000 Campus Drive, Helena, Arkansas 72342

South Arkansas Community College – El Dorado

300 South West Ave., El Dorado, Arkansas 71730

University of Arkansas CC – Batesville

2005 White Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

University of Arkansas CC Nurse Aide Training – Morrilton

1537 University Blvd., Morrilton, Arkansas 72110

University of Arkansas Community College – Hope

2500 South Main, Hope, Arkansas 71801

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Arkansas CNA Certification Requirements

– complete state approved CNA training program
– pass both parts of competency evaluation (written & skills)
– pass competency test within 24 months of completion of training

Arkansas CNA Resources

Arkansas Board of Nursing
Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry
Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants