LPN Programs in Arkansas

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Because of the Affordable Care Act, more Arkansas residents have access to health insurance, which means the demand for qualified licensed practical nurses is steadily increasing. In addition, federal legislation has shifted the way health institutions deliver patient care, putting greater emphasis on prevention and chronic disease management, which also bumps up the need for highly skilled LPNs. The following guide explores the practical nursing field specifically in Arkansas. Those considering this career path will find information on state licensing requirements, earning potential, and employment opportunities in specific locations of the state.

Top LPN Programs in Arkansas

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Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Graduation Rate
1 Northwest Technical Institute 97.67 $$$$$ 5:1 51%
2 University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana 94 $$$$$ 15:1 31%
3 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas 93 $$$$$ 12:1 27%
4 Arkansas Northeastern College 92.33 $$$$$ 14:1 23%
5 Arkansas State University-Newport 92 $$$$$ 16:1 32%
6 North Arkansas College 91 $$$$$ 16:1 23%
7 Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas 90.67 $$$$$ 16:1 24%
8 University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville 90.33 $$$$$ 17:1 24%
9 Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock 89.67 $$$$$ 13:1 39%
10 Ozarka College 89 $$$$$ 16:1 24%
11 Arkansas State University – Beebe 89 $$$$$ 17:1 39%
12 South Arkansas Community College 89 $$$$$ 14:1 13%
13 Rich Mountain Community College 88.67 $$$$$ 17:1 24%
14 Southeast Arkansas College 86.67 $$$$$ 14:1 19%
15 Arkansas State University – Mountain Home 86 $$$$$ 20:1 24%
16 University of Arkansas Community College – Morrilton 86 $$$$$ 20:1 27%
17 College of the Ouachitas 86 $$$$$ 15:1 23%
18 Black River Technical College 85.67 $$$$$ 16:1 18%
19 Arkansas Tech University 85.67 $$$$$ 20:1 45%
20 University of Arkansas at Monticello 85 $$$$$ 17:1 28%
21 Southern Arkansas University Tech 85 $$$$$ 21:1 41%
22 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 83.33 $$$$$ 18:1 26%
23 National Park College 79.33 $$$$$ 26:1 18%
24 Pulaski Technical College 78 $$$$$ 22:1 10%

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Nursing is a great career for anyone who wants to work with others and provide care to those in need, and a practical nursing program can offer a fast track to this type of work. State-approved programs can be found at community colleges and technical schools across Arkansas. Although there are several programs from which to choose, not all will be the best fit for every nursing student. The search tool below helps users filter through and compare options to find the LPN program that’s right for them.

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Applying for an LPN License in Arkansas

In order to legally work as an LPN, all professionals must obtain a license in their state of employment. Requirements for licensing differ from state to state. This section reviews what is required to obtain an LPN license specifically in Arkansas, as well as how to keep that license active.

Basic Eligibility

  • Complete and submit an online application two months before graduating from nursing school
  • Have a valid social security number
  • Have a physical, mailing, and valid email address for communication from the Board

Education & Training Requirements

In order to work as a practical nurse, the Nurse Practice Act mandates that prospective LPNs be licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. To be eligible for licensure by examination, applicants must complete a Board-approved accredited practical nursing program. Certain exceptions may be made such as if an individual completed part of an RN program, graduated from an approved RN program and failed the NCLEX-RN exam, or graduated from a Board-approved LPTN program after March 18, 1980.

Additional Requirements

  • Pay non-refundable application fee to the Board of Nursing
  • Submit fingerprint card to undergo criminal background check
  • Arrange to have official transcripts from nursing school sent directly to the Board
  • Arrange for the director of your nursing program to verify graduation by submitting a secure electronic verification form (applicable to out of state programs only)

How to Renew a License

In Arkansas, nurses are required to renew their licenses every two years. Renewal dates are based on the applicant’s year of birth. For example, those born in even-numbered years will have an even year expiration date and those born in odd-numbered years will have an odd-numbered year expiration date. In addition, the expiration date of licenses is always the last day of the applicant’s birth month and licenses must be renewed within the 60-day period before the expiration date.

To renew an active license, LPNs must complete 15 contact hours of Continuing Education (CE) from a Board-approved provider. Individuals will be required to list all CE that has been fulfilled and also submit verification, such as copies of certificates, transcripts, or certification information. Licenses must be renewed by midnight. Licenses considered expired can be renewed online (provided it has been expired for less than five years); however, an additional five hours of CE will be required, as well as a $100 late fee (in addition to the regular renewal fee of $65).

LPN Salary in Arkansas

The job outlook and salaries of licensed practical nurses depend on where in the state they work. This section explores LPN job opportunities and salaries in Arkansas, as well as how these numbers measure up against national averages.

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Employment Trends for LPNs in Arkansas

According to a 2014 Health Professions Manpower report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state’s 13,963 active LPNs accounted for 28 percent of Arkansas’s nursing population. LPNs could be found in all regions across the state, with the largest concentrations in Northwest and Central Arkansas. Take a look at the data below for a closer look at the state’s practical nursing field.

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