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Arkansas RN Programs

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

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Arkansas

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Arkansas residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Arkansas Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in discussion forums and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

Arkansas RN 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

Other AR Schools with RN Programs

Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, Arkansas 72315
Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium
1558 Hwy 371 West
Nashville, Arkansas 71852
Arkansas State University
2105 E. Aggie Road
State University, Arkansas 72467
Arkansas Tech University
1605 Coliseum Drive
Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Baptist Health Schools
11900 Colonel Glenn Rd Ste 1000
Little Rock, Arkansas 72210
East Arkansas Community College
1700 Newcastle Road
Forrest City, Arkansas 72335
Har-Ber School Nursing
610 East Emma Avenue
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
Harding University
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson St
Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999
Jefferson School of Nursing
1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
National Park Community College
101 College Drive,
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
North Arkansas College
1515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, Arkansas 72601
Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Ouachita Technical College
1 College Circle
Malvern, Arkansas 72104
PCC - University of Arkansas
1000 Campus Drive
Helena, Arkansas 72342
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
Southern Arkansas University
100 E. University
Magnolia, Arkansas 71753
University of Arkansas
471 North Garland Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
5210 Grand Ave.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913
University of Arkansas - Monticello
101 N Church St.
Monticello, Arkansas 71655
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 University Drive
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601
University of Arkansas Community College
2005 White Drive
Batesville, Arkansas 72503
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, Arkansas 72035