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Arkansas RN Programs

Find an approved registered nursing program in an Arkansas city near you

RN Programs in Arkansas

Registered nursing programs in Arkansas are available at colleges and universities throughout the state. The average RN salary in Arkansas is $61,530 per year, or $30 per hour. There are also online RN educational programs available to Arkansas students. A RN license and certification in Arkansas has to be earned from a board certified program. Training options include a diploma, two year associate’s degree in nursing or four year Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

After students complete one of the nursing education programs, the NCLEX-RN needs to be passed in order to obtain a license for professional nursing. Its also required that nursing licenses are renewed every two years. A fee must be paid for the license renewal and continuing education requirements for the previous two years have to be met. This includes 15 contact hours for active licensees and 20 contact hours for non-active licensees.

The Arkansas board of nursing maintains a list of approved and accredited RN nursing programs. There are currently 28 RN programs throughout the state. Each school requires a different total number of hours for clinical and classroom studies. Most clinical work is completed on the school’s campus. This also includes students who are taking on-line classes. Some accredited schools include Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, North Arkansas College in Harrison and University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Community colleges in Arkansas generally charge between $3,000 and $5,000 for one year of tuition and fees. Private colleges may charge $20,000 or higher.

Most RN programs in Arkansas require courses in biological and physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, English composition and general education. Other courses may include college algebra, behavioral statistics and nutrition. Other commonly required courses are fundamentals of chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, developmental psychology and statics. Students must have a C or better in college algebra, biological science, psychology and human experience.

Arkansas has certain admissions policies for students to be eligible for an RN program. An LPN to RN program requires a high school diploma or GED. In this type of program, students must have an LPN certificate in the state of Arkansas to be eligible for admission to an LPN to RN program. Another type of RN program requires an associate’s degree for entry. Some schools may also request essays or interviews. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires all graduates of nursing schools to have a criminal background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the Arkansas State Police.

Arkansas RN Resources

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Arkansas Nursing Scholarships & Grants
Arkansas Nurses Association
Arkansas Nursing Students Association
Arkansas School Nurses Association on Facebook

*Arkansas RN programs should be carefully evaluated by prospective students prior to enrollment.

Accredited Arkansas RN Schools

Arkansas Northeastern College – Blytheville

P.O. Box 1109
Blytheville, AR 72316
Phone: (870) 780-1247
ADN Program

Arkansas State University

P.O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 972-3074
Programs Offered: ADN & BSN

Arkansas State University – Beebe

P.O. Box 909
Searcy, AR 72145
Phone: (501) 207-6215
ADN Program

Arkansas State University – Mountain Home

1600 So. College
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Phone: (870) 508-6154
ADN Program

Arkansas State University – Newport

7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR 72112
Phone: (870) 512-7833
ADN Program

Arkansas State University – Three Rivers

#1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: (501) 332-0303
ADN Program

Arkansas Tech University

Dean Hall
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 968-0383
BSN Program

Arkansas Tech University – Ozark

1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone: (479) 508-8500, ext. 6351
BSN Program

Baptist Health College Little Rock

11900 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR 72210
Phone: (501) 202-7937
RN Diploma Program

East Arkansas Community College

1700 New Castle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Phone: (870) 633-4480, ext 268
ADN Program

Harding University

Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149
Phone: (501) 279-4476
BSN Program

Henderson State University

P.O. Box 7803
Arkadelphia, AR 71999
Phone: (870) 230-5015
BSN Program

John Brown University

2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: (479) 524-1646
BSN Program

JRMC School of Nursing

1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 541-7850
RN Diploma Program

National Park Community College

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

North Arkansas College

1515 Pioneer Dr.
Harrison, AR 72601
Phone: (870) 391-3262
ADN Program

Northwest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 619-4255
ADN Program

Phillips Community College

P.O. Box 785
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Phone: (870) 338-6474, x1371
ADN Program

Southeast Arkansas College

1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 543-5929
ADN Program

Southern Arkansas University

100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
Phone: (870) 235-4331
Programs Offered: ADN & BSN

University of Arkansas

606 N. Razorback Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-4280
BSN Program

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

5210 Grand Avenue
College of Health Sciences Office 207
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7844
Programs Offered: ADN & BSN

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 South University
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 569-8081
Alt Phone: (501) 683-7315
Programs Offered: ADN & BSN

University of Arkansas at Monticello

P.O. Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71656
Phone: (870) 460-1069
Programs Offered: ADN & BSN

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

1200 University Drive, Slot 4973
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-8220
BSN Program

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville

P.O. Box 3350
Batesville, AR 72503
Phone: (870) 612-2070
ADN Program

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 W. Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 686-5374
BSN Program

University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-3119
BSN Program