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LPN to RN Programs in Arkansas

There are a variety of programs available for the LVN desiring to become an RN.  In the past, they were not readily available to all LPNs in Arkansas if they lived in rural area.  However, there are now multiple options for LPNs in rural areas to obtain their RN degree, such as the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC).  ARNEC is a coalition of eight community colleges that offer education to LPNs in their own communities.

 

Arkansas RN Licensing Requirements

The state of Arkansas has strict requirements candidates must meet in order obtain licensure as an RN.

RN License by Exam

The first and most direct path to obtaining licensure is through examination. Candidates need to register for the NCLEX-PN exam through Pearson VUE.  In addition to completing the exam, candidates  must also complete the following steps:
  1. Complete a State-approved nursing program:
In order to become eligible for state licensure through the state of Arkansas, candidates must have completed high school as well as a preparation program approved by the state. Applicants who have completed a program in a different state have the possibility of being eligible for licensure if the Arkansas State Board of Nursing believes they are qualified. Nursing programs must have been approved by the Department of Higher education and hold accreditation from a recognized body.
  1. Complete online application for licensure:
Every candidate must apply for licensure through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. They must also gain permission to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before taking the exam. This should be completed about two months before graduation from a nursing program.
  1. Complete a criminal background check:
First time applicants must complete a background check at both the state and federal levels. When this has been completed, the applicant must also submit a fingerprint that will be forwarded to the Arkansas State Police. Licenses may be denied on the basis of disciplinary history or criminal background.

RN License by Endorsement

One can obtain licensure through endorsement if they already have a license in one of the other 50 states. Out of state candidates have the opportunity to work using a temporary permit while they are working on gaining their endorsement. Candidates who have had their license for less than five years will need to provide documentation stating they have practice for 1,000 hours or completed a program in an approved accredited university.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who were educated abroad also have an opportunity to obtain licensure as long as they provide transcripts that reflect a similar education. More Arkansas Nursing Resources

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

Total Schools: 23

Ranked Schools: 14

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.574191.48%

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive, Bentonville, AR - 72712-5091 (479) 636-9222

Northwest Arkansas Community College is located in Bentonville, Arkansas and they can boast that their nursing program has the highest NCLEX-RN pass rate in the entire state of Arkansas. Their nursing program is ideal for a variety of student types, as some of their classes are available online. In addition, classes are also offered at their other campuses in Springdale or Farmington.

Campus: Bentonville, AR
Net Price: $6,590.00
Enrollment: 8,020
Transfer Out Rate: 21.20%
Loan Default Rate: $14.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-39.30%
Graduation Rate: 14.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,250.00%
Median Payment: 96.58%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.444188.88%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR - 72204 (501) 569-3000

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) s located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They offer multiple types of RN programs – an RN program, a BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, and an LPN or paramedic to to RN program.  The Department of Nursing is the largest department at UALR – at any given time, there are 600 students, twenty full-time faculty and six staff members.

Campus: Little Rock, AR
Net Price: $9,793.00
Enrollment: 9,970
Transfer Out Rate: 31.40%
Loan Default Rate: $10.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $36.07%
Graduation Rate: 21.40%
Median Borrowing: 14,869.00%
Median Payment: 155.25%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.402188.04%

North Arkansas College

1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, AR - 72601-5508 (870) 743-3000

North Arkansas College is located in Harrison, Arkansas.  They offer both an LPN to RN program and an RN program.  Their LPN to RN program is offered yearly, beginning in January.  In addition to meeting the prerequisite requirements that all RN students must meet, the LPN to RN program requires its students to have practiced as an LPN for at least 3 months or 120 hours, and have this verified by their employer.

Campus: Harrison, AR
Net Price: $4,171.00
Enrollment: 2,167
Transfer Out Rate: 10.80%
Loan Default Rate: $24.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-11.05%
Graduation Rate: 23.80%
Median Borrowing: 9,726.00%
Median Payment: 101.55%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.387187.74%

National Park College

101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR - 71913 (501) 760-4222

National Park College is located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.  They offer multiple nursing programs – an LPN program, an RN program, and an LPN to RN program.  Unique to National Park College is the High School to ASN track.  The high school student applies in their senior year of high school and can elect either a two year or three year option; the three year option is often selected if the student suspects that they will eventually continue for a BSN degree.

Campus: Hot Springs, AR
Net Price: $8,852.00
Enrollment: 3,246
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $23.80
Institution Accreditation: COE, NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.48%
Graduation Rate: 19.70%
Median Borrowing: 10,546.00%
Median Payment: 110.11%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.247184.94%

University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville

2005 White Drive, Batesville, AR - 72503-3350 (870) 612-2000

University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville is located in Batesville, Arkansas.  They offer a general RN program, an on-campus LPN to RN program and an online LPN to RN program.  Their LPN to RN program runs for 11 months, and begins in the spring.

Campus: Batesville, AR
Net Price: $4,266.00
Enrollment: 1,353
Transfer Out Rate: 18.50%
Loan Default Rate: $26.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-44.57%
Graduation Rate: 25.80%
Median Borrowing: 8,500.00%
Median Payment: 88.75%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.196183.92%

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR - 72913-3649 (479) 788-7000

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  They are proud to boast that their online RN to BSN program has been rated third out of 30 best affordable online programs by Great Value Colleges, which helps students get the best education for their money.

Campus: Fort Smith, AR
Net Price: $6,351.00
Enrollment: 7,170
Transfer Out Rate: 15.20%
Loan Default Rate: $25.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.89%
Graduation Rate: 24.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.159183.18%

Southeast Arkansas College

1900 Hazel St., Pine Bluff, AR - 71603 (870) 543-5900
Campus: Pine Bluff, AR
Net Price: $5,291.00
Enrollment: 1,601
Loan Default Rate: $26.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-29.71%
Graduation Rate: 12.50%
Median Borrowing: 5,185.00%
Median Payment: 54.14%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.095181.90%

Arkansas Tech University

Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, AR - 72801-2222 (479) 968-0389
Campus: Russellville, AR
Net Price: $8,137.00
Enrollment: 10,482
Transfer Out Rate: 32.20%
Loan Default Rate: $17.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.58%
Graduation Rate: 40.70%
Median Borrowing: 11,338.00%
Median Payment: 118.38%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.089181.78%

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

1000 Campus Drive, Helena, AR - 72342-0785 (870) 338-6474
Campus: Helena, AR
Net Price: $10,959.00
Enrollment: 2,029
Transfer Out Rate: 14.20%
Loan Default Rate: $17.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.33%
Graduation Rate: 24.50%
Median Borrowing: 4,187.00%
Median Payment: 43.72%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.967179.34%

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

100 E. University, Magnolia, AR - 71753 (870) 235-4000
Campus: Magnolia, AR
Net Price: $7,604.00
Enrollment: 2,960
Transfer Out Rate: 30.60%
Loan Default Rate: $18.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.37%
Graduation Rate: 30.40%
Median Borrowing: 11,958.00%
Median Payment: 124.86%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.948178.96%

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Highway 425 South, Monticello, AR - 71656 (870) 367-6811
Campus: Monticello, AR
Net Price: $9,577.00
Enrollment: 3,706
Transfer Out Rate: 20.60%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA, COE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.05%
Graduation Rate: 28.00%
Median Borrowing: 8,038.00%
Median Payment: 83.93%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.82176.40%

Arkansas Northeastern College

2501 S Division, Blytheville, AR - 72316-1109 87076213
Campus: Blytheville, AR
Net Price: $7,649.00
Enrollment: 1,425
Transfer Out Rate: 16.80%
Loan Default Rate: $22.30
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.11%
Graduation Rate: 20.40%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.75175.00%

College of the Ouachitas

One College Circle, Malvern, AR - 72104-0816 50133813
Campus: Malvern, AR
Net Price: $4,788.00
Enrollment: 1,501
Transfer Out Rate: 15.10%
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.64%
Graduation Rate: 23.30%
Median Borrowing: 6,769.00%
Median Payment: 70.68%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.493169.86%

East Arkansas Community College

1700 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, AR - 72335-2204 87063312
Campus: Forrest City, AR
Net Price: $3,143.00
Enrollment: 1,386
Transfer Out Rate: 19.20%
Loan Default Rate: $24.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $30.52%
Graduation Rate: 12.00%
Median Borrowing: 2,600.00%
Median Payment: 27.15%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Arkansas

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Arkansas State University-Main Campus N/A Jonesboro, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND
N/A Black River Technical College N/A Pocahontas, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND
N/A Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas N/A De Queen, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA
N/A Ozarka College N/A Melbourne, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA
N/A University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton N/A Morrilton, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA
N/A University of Arkansas Community College-Hope N/A Hope, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA
N/A Rich Mountain Community College N/A Mena, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA
N/A South Arkansas Community College N/A El Dorado, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA
N/A Arkansas State University-Newport N/A Newport, AR ACEN, APTA, ASHA, CELPA, COA, JRCERT, NASAD, NCATE, ACEND, AOTA

LPN to BSN Programs in Arkansas

The Department of Higher Education in Arkansas offers a loan program for nurses who are interested in a bachelor’s degree in nursing education. Every year that a graduate teaches nursing full-time will allow for a year of their loan to be fully forgiven. There are plenty of RN-BSN programs available online as well as on campus part-time and full-time. In order for an RN to enter a BSN program, they must have an active Arkansas license and have graduated from an accredited nursing school with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Some of the courses that are common for a BSN degree include:
  • Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
  • Informatics for Professional Nursing
  • Scope of Professional Practice

 

Arkansas RN Licensing Requirements

The state of Arkansas has strict requirements candidates must meet in order obtain licensure as an RN.

RN License by Exam

The first and most direct path to obtaining licensure is through examination. Candidates need to register for the NCLEX-PN exam through Pearson VUE.  In addition to completing the exam, candidates  must also complete the following steps:
  1. Complete a State-approved nursing program:
In order to become eligible for state licensure through the state of Arkansas, candidates must have completed high school as well as a preparation program approved by the state. Applicants who have completed a program in a different state have the possibility of being eligible for licensure if the Arkansas State Board of Nursing believes they are qualified. Nursing programs must have been approved by the Department of Higher education and hold accreditation from a recognized body.
  1. Complete online application for licensure:
Every candidate must apply for licensure through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. They must also gain permission to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before taking the exam. This should be completed about two months before graduation from a nursing program.
  1. Complete a criminal background check:
First time applicants must complete a background check at both the state and federal levels. When this has been completed, the applicant must also submit a fingerprint that will be forwarded to the Arkansas State Police. Licenses may be denied on the basis of disciplinary history or criminal background.

RN License by Endorsement

One can obtain licensure through endorsement if they already have a license in one of the other 50 states. Out of state candidates have the opportunity to work using a temporary permit while they are working on gaining their endorsement. Candidates who have had their license for less than five years will need to provide documentation stating they have practice for 1,000 hours or completed a program in an approved accredited university.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who were educated abroad also have an opportunity to obtain licensure as long as they provide transcripts that reflect a similar education. More Arkansas Nursing Resources

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

Total Schools: 12

Ranked Schools: 11

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.518190.36%

University of Arkansas

Administration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, AR - 72701 (479) 575-2000

University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing offers a BSN and an RN to BSN program.  It is their belief that professional nursing begins with a Bachelor of Science degree, so their curriculum “offers a research base for nursing practice that promotes the ability of the nurse to effect change needed to improve health.”

Campus: Fayetteville, AR
Net Price: $12,057.00
Enrollment: 21,009
Loan Default Rate: $6.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $20.73%
Graduation Rate: 60.10%
Median Borrowing: 16,797.00%
Median Payment: 175.38%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.448188.96%

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR - 72913-3649 (479) 788-7000

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  They are proud to boast that their online RN to BSN program has been rated third out of 30 best affordable online programs by Great Value Colleges, which helps students get the best education for their money.

Campus: Fort Smith, AR
Net Price: $6,351.00
Enrollment: 7,170
Transfer Out Rate: 15.20%
Loan Default Rate: $25.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.89%
Graduation Rate: 24.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.41188.20%

Harding University

915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, AR - 72143 (501) 279-4000

Harding University is located in Searcy, Arkansas.  Carr College of Nursing was founded in 1975; their graduates are now working throughout the world.  Carr College of Nursing produces nurses who are not only prepared for entry-level nursing positions, but are also Christian servants.  Their students have the opportunity to join a Health Care Missions Program, with local and international experiences.

Campus: Searcy, AR
Net Price: $16,578.00
Enrollment: 4,428
Loan Default Rate: $4.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.42%
Graduation Rate: 62.20%
Median Borrowing: 23,058.00%
Median Payment: 240.75%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.386187.72%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR - 72204 (501) 569-3000

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) s located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They offer multiple types of RN programs – an RN program, a BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, and an LPN or paramedic to to RN program.  The Department of Nursing is the largest department at UALR – at any given time, there are 600 students, twenty full-time faculty and six staff members.

Campus: Little Rock, AR
Net Price: $9,793.00
Enrollment: 9,970
Transfer Out Rate: 31.40%
Loan Default Rate: $10.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $36.07%
Graduation Rate: 21.40%
Median Borrowing: 14,869.00%
Median Payment: 155.25%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.373187.46%

University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR - 72035-0001 (501) 450-5000

University of Central Arkansas is located in Conway, Arkansas.  Their BSN program was founded in 1967 in response to the closure of a neighboring school's BSN program.  They currently offer a BSN program, an LPN to BSN program, an RN to BSN programa, and an RN to BSN/MSN program.  In addition, they have an MSN program that is subdivided into Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), and Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty (NECS).  Their MSN program is ranked 8th in the nation by Top Master's in Healthcare Administration.

Campus: Conway, AR
Net Price: $9,348.00
Enrollment: 9,754
Transfer Out Rate: 27.50%
Loan Default Rate: $10.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.61%
Graduation Rate: 41.50%
Median Borrowing: 13,119.00%
Median Payment: 136.98%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.323186.46%

Henderson State University

1100 Henderson Street, Arkadelphia, AR - 71999-0001 (870) 230-5000
Campus: Arkadelphia, AR
Net Price: $8,853.00
Enrollment: 3,199
Transfer Out Rate: 44.40%
Loan Default Rate: $15.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.86%
Graduation Rate: 28.60%
Median Borrowing: 10,500.00%
Median Payment: 109.63%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.319186.38%

Arkansas Tech University

Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, AR - 72801-2222 (479) 968-0389
Campus: Russellville, AR
Net Price: $8,137.00
Enrollment: 10,482
Transfer Out Rate: 32.20%
Loan Default Rate: $17.40
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.58%
Graduation Rate: 40.70%
Median Borrowing: 11,338.00%
Median Payment: 118.38%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.246184.92%

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

2105 E. Aggie Road, Jonesboro, AR - 72401 (870) 972-2100
Campus: Jonesboro, AR
Net Price: $8,984.00
Enrollment: 10,098
Transfer Out Rate: 30.80%
Loan Default Rate: $14.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.43%
Graduation Rate: 35.70%
Median Borrowing: 15,263.00%
Median Payment: 159.36%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.222184.44%

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Highway 425 South, Monticello, AR - 71656 (870) 367-6811
Campus: Monticello, AR
Net Price: $9,577.00
Enrollment: 3,706
Transfer Out Rate: 20.60%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA, COE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.05%
Graduation Rate: 28.00%
Median Borrowing: 8,038.00%
Median Payment: 83.93%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6325172.65%

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

100 E. University, Magnolia, AR - 71753 (870) 235-4000
Campus: Magnolia, AR
Net Price: $7,604.00
Enrollment: 2,960
Transfer Out Rate: 30.60%
Loan Default Rate: $18.10
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.37%
Graduation Rate: 30.40%
Median Borrowing: 11,958.00%
Median Payment: 124.86%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.8335156.67%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

1200 N University Mail Slot 4789, Pine Bluff, AR - 71601 (870) 575-8000
Campus: Pine Bluff, AR
Net Price: $7,298.00
Enrollment: 2,521
Transfer Out Rate: 12.00%
Loan Default Rate: $29.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-8.31%
Graduation Rate: 25.80%
Median Borrowing: 14,164.00%
Median Payment: 147.89%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Arkansas

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
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Arkansas RN Licensing Requirements

The state of Arkansas has strict requirements candidates must meet in order obtain licensure as an RN.

RN License by Exam

The first and most direct path to obtaining licensure is through examination. Candidates need to register for the NCLEX-PN exam through Pearson VUE.  In addition to completing the exam, candidates  must also complete the following steps:
  1. Complete a State-approved nursing program:
In order to become eligible for state licensure through the state of Arkansas, candidates must have completed high school as well as a preparation program approved by the state. Applicants who have completed a program in a different state have the possibility of being eligible for licensure if the Arkansas State Board of Nursing believes they are qualified. Nursing programs must have been approved by the Department of Higher education and hold accreditation from a recognized body.
  1. Complete online application for licensure:
Every candidate must apply for licensure through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. They must also gain permission to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before taking the exam. This should be completed about two months before graduation from a nursing program.
  1. Complete a criminal background check:
First time applicants must complete a background check at both the state and federal levels. When this has been completed, the applicant must also submit a fingerprint that will be forwarded to the Arkansas State Police. Licenses may be denied on the basis of disciplinary history or criminal background.

RN License by Endorsement

One can obtain licensure through endorsement if they already have a license in one of the other 50 states. Out of state candidates have the opportunity to work using a temporary permit while they are working on gaining their endorsement. Candidates who have had their license for less than five years will need to provide documentation stating they have practice for 1,000 hours or completed a program in an approved accredited university.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who were educated abroad also have an opportunity to obtain licensure as long as they provide transcripts that reflect a similar education. More Arkansas Nursing Resources

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 LPN Jobs by City

Arkansas RN Job Outlook

According to a survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the prospects for BSN graduates were better in the southern parts of the country. This does not mean that by attending a school in the south automatically guarantees you a job. It also does not mean that you won’t be able to find a job by not attending school in the south. The participants in the survey were college deans who indicated that 82% of their graduates had job offers right after graduation. Healthcare is a necessity. However, like every other industry, it has been affected to some degree by the broken economy. There are some nurses who will refuse to relay retirement. There is a long-term need for professional nurses that will never cease.

Arkansas Registered Nursing Salaries

Below is a table of the hourly mean wage and the annual median wage in all the metropolitan areas in the state of Arkansas. By looking at this table, you will notice that the annual median wage in Fayetteville metropolitan area has the highest annual median wage. However, Little Rock has highest number of employed RNs.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,650 $26.71 $55,550
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,900 $25.95 $53,970
Hot Springs, AR 990 $25.47 $52,970
Jonesboro, AR 1,340 $25.60 $53,240
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 9,300 $28.73 $59,760
Pine Bluff, AR 660 $24.08 $50,100
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 1,080 $23.72 $49,330
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 1,670 $24.19 $50,320
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 1,780 $26.05 $54,170
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 1,390 $25.16 $52,320
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data