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).

  • LPN Programs in Arkansas

    ProgramDetails
    Arkansas Northeastern College
    2501 South Division Street, Blytheville, AR 72315
    (870) 762-1020 Visit Homepage
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    Arkansas State University - Beebe
    1000 W Iowa St, Beebe, AR 72012
    (501) 882-3600 Visit Homepage
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    Arkansas State University - Jonesboro
    5504 Krueger Dr, Jonesboro, AR 72401
    (870) 932-2176 Visit Homepage
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    Arkansas State University - Mt. Home
    1600 S College St, Mountain Home, AR 72653
    (870) 508-6100 Visit Homepage
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    Arkansas State University - Newport
    7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, AR 72112
    (870) 512-7800 Visit Homepage
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    Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
    1700 Helberg Lane, Ozark, AR 72949
    (866) 225-2884 Visit Homepage
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    Baptist Health College Little Rock
    11900 Colonel Glenn Rd, Little Rock, AR 72210
    (501) 202-6200 Visit Homepage
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    Black River Technical College
    1410 Highway 304 East, Pocahontas, AR 72455
    (870) 248-4000 Visit Homepage
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    College of the Ouachitas
    One College Circle, Malvern, AR 72104
    (501) 337-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
    1620 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, AR 72335
    (870) 633-5411 Visit Homepage
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    National Park College
    101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR 71913
    (501) 760-4222 Visit Homepage
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    North Arkansas College Harrison
    1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, AR 72601
    (870) 743-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Northwest Technical Institute
    709 S Old Missouri Rd, Springdale, AR 72764
    (479) 751-8824 Visit Homepage
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    Ozarka College
    218 College Dr, Melbourne, AR 72556
    (870) 368-7371 Visit Homepage
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    Pulaski Technical College
    3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118
    (501) 812-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Rich Mountain Community College
    1100 Bush St, Mena, AR 71953
    (479) 394-7622 Visit Homepage
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    South Arkansas Community College
    300 S West Ave, El Dorado, AR 71730
    (870) 862-8131 Visit Homepage
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    Southeast Arkansas College
    1900 S Hazel St, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    (870) 543-5900 Visit Homepage
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    Southern Arkansas Community Tech
    6415 Spellman Road, Camden, AR 71701
    (870) 574-4500 Visit Homepage
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    U of A – Phillips Community College
    1210 Rice Belt, DeWitt, AR 72042
    (870) 946-3506 Visit Homepage
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    UA Cossatot
    183 College Dr, De Queen, AR 71832
    (870) 584-4471 Visit Homepage
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    UAM College of Technology - Crossett
    1326 HWY 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635
    (870) 364-6414 Visit Homepage
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    UAM College of Technology - McGehee
    1609 East Ash, McGehee, AR 71654
    (870) 222-5360 Visit Homepage
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    University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
    5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72904
    (479) 788-7000 Visit Homepage
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    University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
    2005 White Dr, Batesville, AR 72501
    (870) 612-2000 Visit Homepage
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    University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
    2500 S Main St, Hope, AR 71801
    (870) 777-5722 Visit Homepage
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    University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
    1537 University Blvd, Morrilton, AR 72110
    (501) 977-2053 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • 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.

    Learn more about Arkansas LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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)

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Arkansas LPN to RN programs page.