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Arkansas CNA Classes

Arkansas CNA Training

Every day, people are searching for new career opportunities that will allow them to provide their families with financial stability and security. Many are discovering that they have a rare opportunity to pursue a different career path that is more suited to their talents and interests. For individuals who have always wanted to pursue a career that allows them to interact with and help people in their communities, it might be time to consider Arkansas CNA classes.

Many people think that the medical profession is reserved for those that have a medical education or are already working as doctors or nurses. However, with increased pressure on the health care system to deal with a growing number of patients, these health care professionals depend on the certified nursing assistant to help them treat more people.

Becoming a CNA in Arkansas

In Arkansas, a long-term care facility is permitted to employ an individual as a nursing assistant for no more than 4 months without having passed the state CNA training program and evaluation. After 4 months, the employ must complete a state-approved CNA training program pass the CNA competency examination if he or she wants to continue working as CNA in Arkansas.

A CNA training program approved by the state of Arkansas must consist of at least 90 hours of training that is divided between theory instruction (with a minimum of 16 hours of classroom instruction) and skills training (which consists of the remaining 76 hours). The skills portion consists of both demonstrating skills in a classroom lab and performing skills in a long-term care facility, skilled nursing unit, or rehabilitation unit.

After CNA Training

When a student completes the training program, he or she will be issued a certificate of completion. Each certificate must be renewed every two years or else it expires. An individual can renew his or her CNA license by submitting proof that he or she worked as a nursing assistant for at least 8 paid hours during the past 2 years.

The individual wishing to work as a CNA must pass the competency evaluation within 12 months of completing his or her CNA training program. Applicants are given 3 attempts to pass the evaluation. If the individual does not pass the exam after 3 attempts, he or she will be requirement to retake (and pass) a state-approved CNA training course.

Licensure through Reciprocity

If an individual is already certified as a CNA in another state, he or she may qualify for reciprocity. This means that he or she may be qualified to work as a CNA in Arkansas without any further training or testing.

Additional Resources:

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Other AR Schools with CNA Programs

Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas, Inc.
524 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
Arkansas Academy for Nursing Assistants
1501 Lincoln Street
Lonoke, Arkansas 72086
Arkansas Academy for Nursing Assistants of Pulaski County
704 Quince Hill Road, Suite A
Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076
Arkansas Residential Assisted Living Association, Inc.
692 Honeysuckle Lane
Cabot, Arkansas 72023
Clark County Community Education
3021 Twin Rivers Drive
Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923
Compassion Certified Nursing Assistant School
600 Lelia Street
Magnolia, Arkansas 71753
Health Care Training Associates
2600 N. Dudney Road
Magnolia, Arkansas 71753
Hillcrest Care and Rehab
1421 West Second Street N.
Prescott, Arkansas 71857
M&M Education, Inc.
409 E. Michigan Avenue
Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160
New Educational Beginnings
110 Hazel Street
McGehee, Arkansas 71654
Perry County CNA Training Center
1115 Aplin Avenue
Perryville, Arkansas 72126
Petra Allied Health - Harrison
702 N. Main Street, Suite 1-A
Harrison, Arkansas 72601
Petra Allied Health, Inc.
3889 Willowood Avenue
Springdale, Arkansas 72762
Petra Allied Health, Inc.
2212 Malvern, Suite 2
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Premium Health Care Training
625 East Page Avenue
Malvern, Arkansas 72104
PRN Medical Services, Education Division II
3807 South Thompson
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
PRN Medical Staffing
4500 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903
River Valley Nurse Aide Training Center
Highway 10
Ola, Arkansas 72853
RSB Nursing Assistant Training Program
2911 Browns Lane
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Southern Good Faith Fund - Career Pathways Program
2304 West 29th Street
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
Texarkana Nursing Academy
718 East 5th Street
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854
White County Medical Center
3214 E Race Ave
Searcy, Arkansas 72143

Arkansas CNA Resources on

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
Phone: (501) 686-2700
Fax: (501) 686-2714

Arkansas Nurses Association