RN Programs in Arkansas

RN Programs in Arkansas

Registered nursing is a growing field with many rewarding aspects to explore. RNs help patients on a regular basis and make a noticeable difference in their lives every day. This job may be grueling and exhausting at times, but in the end, the rewards outweigh any struggles. RN programs in Arkansas are available online and in classrooms, which allows students to choose the educational path that best suits them. Picking the right school can make all the difference in a person's success with this career.

There are several levels of RN programs in Arkansas to choose from. Some students opt for the one to two year training of an associate's degree, but others go for a full four year bachelor's degree so they can get the highest positions possible. The amount of money a registered nurse makes is largely based on the kind of degree they have. There are exceptions to that theory, but most employers look to higher degree levels in applicants because they know those people are well-trained.

An individual is eligible to become an RN by endorsement in Arkansas if he or she:

  • Has graduated from a state-approved RN program and have passed the NCLEX
  • Has completed the RN portion of a state-approved program and is licensed as an LPN in another state
  • Has graduated from a state-approved RN program and is licensed as an LPN in another state
  • Is a Canadian Registered Nurse licensed by NLN State Board Test Pool Examination during years:
    • 1952-1970 for Alberta
    • 1949-1970 for British Columbia
    • 1955-1970 for Manitoba
    • 1961-19070 for Newfoundland
    • 1955-1970 for Nova Scotia
    • 1956-1970 for Prince Edward Island
    • 1959-1970 for Quebec
    • 1956-1970 for Saskatchewan
  • He or she graduated from a foreign RN program, can prove that his or her program is substantially similar to Arkansas RN programs via an official transcript, and has passed the NCLEX

An individual is qualified to take the NCLEX examination to become an RN if he or she:

  • Has completed a criminal background check within the 12 months preceding the examination
  • Has graduated from an state-approved RN program, the Excelsior College of Nursing, or a has graduated from a foreign nursing program that is substantially similar to Arkansas RN programs

Temporary permit information:

  • To get a temporary permit, check the box on the application for 'temporary permit'
  • He or she must pay the temporary permit fee of $25.00
  • Temporary permits are only issued within 90 days of graduation from an approve nursing program
  • An individual must register for the exam and have his or her background check reviewed before he or she will be issued a temporary permit

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RN Schools Near You & Online in Arkansas

Henderson State University

  • 1100 Henderson St Arkadelphia, AR 71999
    Programs: BSN, RN, RN to BSN
    (870) 230-5000

University of Arkansas Community College

  • 2005 White Drive Batesville, AR 72503
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, LPN, RN
    (870) 793-7581

Northwest Arkansas Community College

  • One College Drive Bentonville, AR 72712
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, RN
    (479) 636-9222

Arkansas Northeastern College

  • 2501 South Division Street Blytheville, AR 72315
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, RN
    (870) 762-1020

University of Central Arkansas

  • 201 Donaghey Ave. Conway, AR 72035
    Programs: BSN, Clinical Nurse Leader, LPN to BSN, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (501) 450-5000

University of Arkansas

  • 471 North Garland Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Programs: BSN, LPN to BSN, Radiography, RN, RN to BSN
    (479) 575-2000

East Arkansas Community College

  • 1700 Newcastle Road Forrest City, AR 72335
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, Radiography, RN
    (870) 633-7222

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

  • 5210 Grand Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72913
    Programs: ADN, BSN, LPN, Radiography, RN, RN to BSN
    (479) 788-7000

North Arkansas College

  • 1515 Pioneer Drive Harrison, AR 72601
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, LPN, Radiography, RN
    (870) 391-3000

PCC – University of Arkansas

  • 1000 Campus Drive Helena, AR 72342
    Programs: ADN, RN
    (870) 338-6474

National Park Community College

  • 101 College Drive, Hot Springs, AR 71913
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, Health Information Management-Associate, LPN, Radiography, RN
    (501) 760-4222

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • 4301 W. Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205
    Programs: ADN, BSN, EMT Paramedic, Health Information Management-Associate, LPN to BSN, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Nursing PhD, Radiography, RN, RN to BSN

Baptist Health Schools

  • 11900 Colonel Glenn Rd Ste 1000 Little Rock, AR 72210
    Programs: LPN, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Radiography, RN
    (501) 202-7942

Southern Arkansas University

  • 100 E. University Magnolia, AR 71753
    Programs: ADN, RN, RN to BSN
    (870) 235-4000

Ouachita Technical College

  • 1 College Circle Malvern, AR 72104
    Programs: ADN, LPN, RN
    (501) 337-5000

University of Arkansas – Monticello

  • 101 N Church St. Monticello, AR 71655
    Programs: ADN, BSN, RN, RN to BSN
    (870) 460-1026

Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium

  • 1558 Hwy 371 West Nashville, AR 71852
    Programs: ADN, RN
    (870) 845-2454

Southeast Arkansas College

  • 1900 Hazel Street Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Programs: ADN, LPN, Radiography, RN
    (870) 543-5900

Jefferson School of Nursing

  • 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Programs: RN
    (870) 541-7850

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

  • 1200 University Drive Pine Bluff, AR 71601
    Programs: BSN, LPN to BSN, RN, RN to BSN
    (870) 575-8461

Arkansas Tech University

  • 1605 Coliseum Drive Russellville, AR 72801
    Programs: BSN, Health Information Management-Bachelor's, LPN to BSN, Medical Assistant, Nursing Administration, RN, RN to BSN
    (479) 968-0389

Harding University

  • 915 E. Market Ave. Searcy, AR 72143
    Programs: BSN, LPN to BSN, Physician Assistant, RN, RN to BSN
    (501) 279-4000

Har-Ber School Nursing

  • 610 East Emma Avenue Springdale, AR 72764
    Programs: RN
    (479) 750-6200

Arkansas State University

  • 2105 E. Aggie Road State University, AR 72467
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, ADN, BSN, LPN to BSN, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nurse Anesthetist, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, RN, RN to BSN, Sonography
    (870) 972-2100