Becoming an LPN in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas strives to serve the nursing community by fostering professional development and promoting excellence. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, a 12% increase in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs per year is predicted for Arkansas by 2024. This growing demand has job-seekers scrambling to qualify for LPN positions. Individuals looking to apply for licenses, can do so by exam or by endorsement if they aren't currently licensed as an LPN in a state that participates in Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Arkansas

    Are you interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Arkansas? There are almost 30 LPN programs located in community colleges, technical centers, and private schools from Fayetteville to Little Rock. We've reviewed state test scores and the NCLEX-PN pass-rates for LPN programs across the state of Arkansas and rated the top 10 accordingly.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

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    Black River Technical College

    1410 Highway 304 East, Pocahontas, AR 72455 - (870) 248-4000 - Visit Homepage

    Black River Technical College is located in Pocahontas, Arkansas, with an additional campus located in Paragould. By blending tradition, technology, and innovation, Black River Technical College emphasizes quality in their programs of study and workforce training. They also believe that nurturing relationships increase access, leading to seamless education.

    Overall Score: 98.66 - Request Info on Black River Technical College
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    Northwest Technical Institute Springdale

    709 S Old Missouri Rd, Springdale, AR 72764 - (479) 751-8824 - Visit Homepage

    Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) is located in Springdale, Arkansas, providing quality education and preparing students for jobs currently in demand in northwest Arkansas. NTI assists students in developing technical skills that are in high demand, helping them advance in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 98.48 - Request Info on Northwest Technical Institute Springdale
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    Arkansas State University - Beebe

    1000 W Iowa St, Beebe, AR 72012 - (501) 882-3600 - Visit Homepage

    Arkansas State University-Beebe is two-year school that operates separately from the Arkansas State University (ASU) System. ASU-Beebe located in Beebe, Arkansas, with additional campuses in Heber Springs, Searcy, and Little Rock Air Force Base. With high-quality programs and reasonable pricing, students can work today an associate's degree or transfer on for their bachelor's.

    Overall Score: 98.09 - Request Info on Arkansas State University - Beebe
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    Uam College of Technology - Crossett

    1326 HWY 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635 - (870) 364-6414 - Visit Homepage

    University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) in Crossett, Arkansas, with additional campuses at McGehee and Monticello. UAM seeks to offer quality educational opportunities through masters, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, as well as certifications in various programs and workforce training. These well-rounded programs are designed to broaden and enrich student awareness.

    Overall Score: 97.88
    5

    North Arkansas College Harrison

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

    North Arkansas College (Northark) is a public, two-year school located in Harrison, Arkansas. Northark offers a variety of educational opportunities including transfer and technical degree programs, one-year technical certificates, customized business training, GED classes, and community education courses. With a commitment to learning, Northark seeks to offer affordable, quality education to enrich the community.

    Overall Score: 96.85 - Request Info on North Arkansas College Harrison
    6

    U of a – Phillips Community College

    1210 Rice Belt, DeWitt, AR 72042 - (870) 946-3506 - Visit Homepage

    Phillips County Community College (PCCUA) is located in DeWitt, Arkansas, with additional campuses in Helena and Stuttgart. PCCUA-DeWitt campus offers associate's degrees, technical certificates, transfer programs, community education programs, business training, and computer workshops. With the inclusion of the technology and training center, students can acquire hands-on-training for their field of choice.

    Overall Score: 96.77
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    Uam College of Technology - Mcgehee

    1609 East Ash, McGehee, AR 71654 - (870) 222-5360 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 95.68
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    Ozarka Technical College

    218 College Dr, Melbourne, AR 72556 - (870) 368-7371 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 95.01 - Request Info on Ozarka Technical College
    9

    University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

    1537 University Blvd, Morrilton, AR 72110 - (501) 977-2053 - Visit Homepage

    University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) is approximately 50 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas, in the town of Morrilton. By offering affordable tuition, small class sizes, dedicated faculty and staff, hands-on training, and career transfer services, UACCM helps to ensure collegiate and professional success and academically challenging programs within a supportive environment.

    Overall Score: 94.42 - Request Info on University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
    10

    Rich Mountain Community College

    1100 Bush St, Mena, AR 71953 - (479) 394-7622 - Visit Homepage

    Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) is located in Mena, Arkansas with an off-campus site located in Waldron, providing a broad range of programs, services, and learning opportunities for its students. RMCC program opportunities include transfer degrees, professional workforce programs, professional development, and adult basic education and GED programs.

    Overall Score: 93.52 - Request Info on Rich Mountain Community College

    Continued List of All Programs in Arkansas

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #11 National Park College
    101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR 71913
    (501) 760-4222 Visit Homepage
    92.74Request Information
    #12 Arkansas Northeastern College
    2501 South Division Street, Blytheville, AR 72315
    (870) 762-1020 Visit Homepage
    91.69Request Information
    #13 Ua Cossatot
    183 College Dr, De Queen, AR 71832
    (870) 584-4471 Visit Homepage
    91.17Request Information
    #14 Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
    1700 Helberg Lane, Ozark, AR 72949
    (866) 225-2884 Visit Homepage
    90.86Request Information
    #15 Pulaski Technical College
    3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118
    (501) 812-2200 Visit Homepage
    90.13Request Information
    #16 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
    5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72904
    (479) 788-7000 Visit Homepage
    89.32Request Information
    #17 Arkansas State University - Mt. Home
    1600 S College St, Mountain Home, AR 72653
    (870) 508-6100 Visit Homepage
    89.16Request Information
    #18 Baptist Health College Little Rock
    11900 Colonel Glenn Rd, Little Rock, AR 72210
    (501) 202-6200 Visit Homepage
    88.77Request Information
    #19 South Arkansas Community College
    300 S West Ave, El Dorado, AR 71730
    (870) 862-8131 Visit Homepage
    87.93Request Information
    #20 College of the Ouachitas
    One College Circle, Malvern, AR 72104
    (501) 337-5000 Visit Homepage
    87.77Request Information
    #21 Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
    1620 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, AR 72335
    (870) 633-5411 Visit Homepage
    87.75Request Information
    #22 Arkansas State University - Jonesboro
    5504 Krueger Dr, Jonesboro, AR 72401
    (870) 932-2176 Visit Homepage
    87.47Request Information
    #23 Southeast Arkansas College
    1900 S Hazel St, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    (870) 543-5900 Visit Homepage
    86.51Request Information
    #24 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
    2005 White Dr, Batesville, AR 72501
    (870) 612-2000 Visit Homepage
    81.04Request Information
    #25 Southern Arkansas Community Tech
    6415 Spellman Road, Camden, AR 71701
    (870) 574-4500 Visit Homepage
    79.08Request Information
    #26 University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
    2500 S Main St, Hope, AR 71801
    (870) 777-5722 Visit Homepage
    78.82Request Information
    #27 Arkansas State University - Newport
    7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, AR 72112
    (870) 512-7800 Visit Homepage
    78.41Request Information

    Recent Articles

  • Arkansas LPN Licensing Requirements

    Arkansas’ educational requirements for an LPN license include attending a Board-certified nursing school and passing the state-required test.

    In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state to months prior to graduation, including:

    • Proof of valid social security number.
    • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program with degree received (must come directly from school).
    • Verification of graduation date (done by the director of graduated nursing program via secure electronic process).
    • Submit to a criminal background check.

    Application Forms (http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/forms/Pages/default.aspx)

    For LPNs to successfully tackle their jobs, they shouldn't have any physical limitations preventing them from performing their day-to-day activities.

    As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm), Arkansas allows nurses from other NLC states to work within its boundaries without additional licensing requirements. Nurses from other non-compact states, are required to apply for a license by endorsement to practice in the state. They must also submit the following:

    • Proof of having passed the NCLEX.
    • Proof of state licensure in another state.
    • Proof of employment as an LPN in another state.
    • Submit to a criminal background check.

    Foreign nurses can apply for a license from the state of Arkansas, but must also provide office transcripts, including a full course-by-course review by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/), proof of English proficiency, as well as submit proof of the following:

    • Graduated from an approved nursing school equivalent to Arkansas.
    • Licensed or eligible to be licensed as an LPN in another country.
    • Submit to a criminal background check.
    • Passed all required licensure examinations.

    Arkansas LPN licenses expire every 2 years on the licensee’s birthday.

    Additional AR 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
    http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov

    1. Arkansas Nurses Association (http://www.arna.org)

  • LPN Salary: Arkansas vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Arkansas LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Arkansas was $36,200. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Arkansas (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=05&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 12% increase in LPN jobs in Arkansas by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 470 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm).

     

    Arkansas Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Arkansas. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway3,220$18.34$38,150
    Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers1,080$19.66$40,900
    Fort Smith1,030$17.00$35,370
    Jonesboro650$17.31$36,010
    Hot Springs480$17.49$36,390
    Pine Bluff460$15.41$32,050