ARKANSAS NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Arkansas
Nursing Licenses in Arkansas Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Y
Certified Nurse Practitioner Y
Certified Nurse-Midwife Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Arkansas Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $21,280
Licensed Practice Nurse: $35,810
Registered Nurse: $56,150
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: >$80,000* 

*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Arkansas can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Arkansas nursing salary.

For nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

There are many paths to become a nurse in Arkansas. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Arkansas, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Arkansas nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Arkansas, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Arkansas is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Arkansas

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority under Schedule III-V for a $150 fee. 45 contact hours in pharmacology or 3 semester hours in the last 2 years are required, or 3 semester hours of pharmacology as part of an advanced practice nursing education program in the last 5 years. A collaborative practice agreement and quality assurance plan must be submitted.

Arkansas Nursing Licensure Renewal

Nurses born in odd-numbered years renew in odd years, and those born in even years renew in even years. Active licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and advanced practice nurses must complete the continuing education requirement by one of these methods prior to each biennial renewal:

  1. Earn 15 contact hours of appropriately accredited practice-focused activities; OR
  2. Hold a current nationally recognized certification/recertification; OR
  3. Complete a minimum of one college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better during licensure period.

Advanced practice nurses must present documentation of current national certification at the time of renewal. Requirements for renewal include the completion of 15 contact hours from board-approved continuing education providers per renewal period. Renewal fees are $75 for the registered nurse (R.N.) license plus a $150 prescriptive authority fee for advanced practice nurses.

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Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Arkansas

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from an Approved Program for Specialty
 
Examination
Varies for Different Certifications
 
Fees
$100 Application Fee, $41.25 Fingerprint and Background Check Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
 
Experience
Varies for Different Certifications
 
Certification Required
Nurse Practitioner (Various Specialties Accepted), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist – Board Certified (ACNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist – Board Certified (PCNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist – Board Certified (PMHCNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist – Board Certified (GCNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialign Center (ANCC)
 
Renewal
ARNPs renew licenses every two years on the last day of the nurse’s birth month. Advanced nurse practitioners with prescriptive rights must complete five CEUs in pharmacology specific to their practice area during each licensing period. Individuals practicing as an advanced nurse practitioner must renew their license through their national certifying organization.
 
Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Nursing Compact State Is Required for Application.

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Arkansas

Education
Nursing Degree from Board-Approved School in a Registered Nurse Program
 
Examination
NCLEX-RNFees$75 Application fee, $41.25 Fingerprint and Background Check Fee, $200 Examination Fee
 
Experience
None
 
Renewal
Requirements for renewal include the completion of 15 contact hours from board-approved continuing education providers per renewal period. Renewal fees are $75 for the registered nurse (R.N.) license plus a $150 prescriptive authority fee for advanced practice nurses.
 
Additional Information
None
 
Endorsement
Applicants Are Eligible for Endorsement If They Fit One of the Following Descriptions: Registered Nurse Graduates of Board-Approved Schools of Nursing Who Have Passed the NCLEX, Provided They Are Otherwise Qualified, Individuals Who Have Completed a Portion of an Registered Nurse Education Program and Hold Licensed Practical Nurse licensure in Other Jurisdictions, Provided They Are Otherwise Qualified. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Arkansas, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Arkansas.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Arkansas

Education
Nursing Degree from Board-Approved School a Licensed Practical Nurse Program. Education Requirements May Be Waived for Individuals Who Are Determined to Be Otherwise Qualified

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$75 Application fee, $41.25 Fingerprint and Background Check Fee, $200 Examination Fee
 
Experience
None
 
Renewal
LPNs renew licenses every two years on the last day of the nurse’s birth month. LPNs with prescriptive rights must complete five CEUs in pharmacology specific to their practice area during each licensing period. Individuals practicing as a LPNs must renew their license through their national certifying organization.
 
Additional Information
None
 
Endorsement
Individuals Licensed in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Arkansas, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Arkansas.

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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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