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Accredited Nursing Schools in Arkansas

In Arkansas and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Arkansas accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Arkansas campus locations, then request free information from any or all Arkansas nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Arkansas Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in Arkansas are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most Arkansas nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

Arkansas Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Arkansas Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Arkansas

RNs: All registered nurses in Arkansas are required to earn a nursing education from a Board approved program, including a nursing diploma, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. However, it should be taken into consideration that most major health care facilities prefer nurses who have at least a bachelor’s degree-level education within the nursing field. Upon completing a nursing program, prospective nurses must pass the NCLEX-RN before they are able to obtain a license to practice professional nursing. There are approximately 23,050 RNs working in the state. RNs must renew licenses every two years by applying for and completing a renewal application. To qualify for a nursing license renewal, one must pay a license renewal fee and have met continuing education requirements within the past two years, 15 contact hours for active licenses and 20 contact hours for non-active licenses.

LPNs: There are approximately 11,590 LPNs in Arkansas. All LPNs must successfully complete a state-approved nursing education program. Many of these types of programs are available at technical schools and community colleges and last about one year. Some high schools and hospitals may also offer LPN nursing courses. In addition, LPNs are also required to pass the NCLEX-PN examination in order to practice professional nursing. Just like RNs, all LPNs must renew their license every two years by completing a renewal application, paying a license renewal fee, and meeting continuing education requirements, completing 15 contact hours for active licenses and 20 contact hours for non-active licenses within the past two years.

The Best Cities in Arkansas for Nursing Jobs

  • Little Rock. Both the capital and the largest city ñ with an estimated population of 191,933, according to the 2009 census ñ it is no surprise that Little Rock is one of the best cities for nursing jobs in Arkansas. Many of the state’s largest hospitals are located in The Rock, some of which are also among the city’s largest employers. Along with health care, several other industries significantly contribute to Little Rock’s diverse and prospering economy including manufacturing, biotechnology, agriculture, and aviation.
    • RNs: Little Rock employs approximately 9,000 RNs, with the average salary coming to $63,170 annually.
    • LPNs: Little Rock employs approximately 2,920 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $37,840 annually.
  • Fayetteville. As the third most populated city in Arkansas, Fayetteville has much to offer when it comes to both business and pleasure. Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, there are an abundance of trails and lakes in the area and the city itself provides plenty of opportunity. Fayetteville has been named one of the "Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play" by Kiplinger as well as appeared among Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Best Places in America For Business and Careers.
    • RNs: Fayetteville employs approximately 2,810 RNs, with the average salary coming to $52,010 annually.
    • LPNs: Fayetteville employs approximately 1,080 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $38,460 annually.
  • Fort Smith. Lying on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, this military town is rich in history. Its residents may also find themselves rich as well, considering that Forbes Magazine has named it as having the lowest cost of living in the country. Home to the state’s largest indoor shopping center, an active music scene, and variety of cultural attractions, Fort Smith is a great place to work and play.
    • RNs: Fort Smith employs approximately 2,170 RNs, with the average salary coming to $48,540 annually.
    • LPNs: Fort Smith employs approximately 1,190 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $32,110 annually.

Major Hospitals in Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Founded in 1879 in Little Rock, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences remains the only academic health center in the state. This teaching hospital consists of five colleges, a graduate school, eight Area Health Education Centers, six institutes of excellence, 373 private adult patient rooms, and 64 bassinets. UAMC has been recognized for both its health care services and educational programs, including being ranked by the U.S. News and World Report for its Primary Care, Geriatrics, and Nursing Master’s programs.
  • Baptist Health Medical Center. For more than 80 years, Baptist Health has been meeting the medical needs of the Arkansas population. Today, it is the most comprehensive health care systems in the state and has over 175 hospitals, facilities, clinics, and centers across Arkansas. The Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock is the largest institution in the system with over 700 certified beds and a Women’s Center, Outpatient Center, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Known for its leadership in heart care and heart transplantation, BHMC has a range of heart services and was the first hospital in Arkansas to implant the HeartMate in patients waiting for heart transplants.
  • Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Providing health care services to South Arkansas for over 100 years, Jefferson Regional Medical Center is the fourth largest hospital in the state. With 471 licensed beds, a Level II Trauma Center, and several specialty centers JRMC is well-equipped to handle the medical needs of Pine Bluff residents and beyond.
  • St. Edward Mercy Medical Center. Since 1905, St. Edward Mercy has been serving over 400,000 residents in Fort Smith and 13 surrounding counties. This acute care hospital is licensed for 336 beds and has four Centers of Excellence that specialize in heart, cancer, women’s, and outpatient services. With a dedicated staff of high caliber physicians and nurses, SEMMC strives to offer the highest quality care while keeping health care costs down.
  • Washington Regional Medical Center. While Washington Regional has been serving Northwest Arkansas for over 60 years, it wasn’t until 2002 that the Washington Regional Medical Center was built to provide a wider range of medical services to Fayetteville and surrounding areas. Even though WRMC may be new to the scene, it has grown immensely in only a short amount of time. This acute medical center has 366 licensed beds and is home to the Johnelle Hunt Women’s Center, Walker Heart Institute, and the Pat Walker Center for Seniors.

Arkansas State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1909
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.astate.edu

Arkansas Tech University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Russellville, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1909
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.atu.edu

Harding University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Searcy, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1924
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.harding.edu

Henderson State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1890
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.hsu.edu

University of Arkansas School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1871
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uark.edu

University of Arkansas Monticello School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Monticello, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1909
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uamont.edu

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1873
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uapb.edu

University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1879
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uams.edu

University of Central Arkansas School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Conway, Arkansas
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1907
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uca.edu