Nursing Schools in Arkansas

Lindsay Smith
Last updated at March 23, 2021

Arkansas has a prospering healthcare industry and a strong demand for nursing professionals in a variety of hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities. Also, nursing schools in Arkansas are more accessible and affordable than many other states. You can become an LPN, RN, Nurse Practitioner, and specialize in many areas of healthcare.

Major hospitals in Arkansas:

  • The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Baptist Health Medical Center
  • Jefferson Regional Medical Center
  • St. Edward Mercy Medical Center
  • Washington Regional Medical Center

In the list below, you'll find several accredited nursing schools where you can start your path to become a licensed nurse practicing in Arkansas.

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  • Regent University , Online

    Location - Virginia Beach, VA, US 23464

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    Programs
    Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
    Master of Public Administration (MPA)
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    M.S. in Psychology
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    M.S. in Business Analytics
    M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - K-12 Track
    M.Ed. in Student Affairs
    M.Ed. in Reading Specialist - Non-Licensure
  • FVI School of Nursing and Technology , Online

    Location - Miami, FL, US 33144

    Programs
    Medical Assistant Program
    Patient Care Technician Program
    Pharmacy Technician Program
  • ProSkills Institute , Online

    Location - Maumee, OH, US 43537

    Programs
    Medial Assisting
    Physical Therapist Assistant
    Practical Nursing
    Medical Billing and Coding
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology , Online

    Location - Chicago, IL, US 60654

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  • Pacific Oaks College , Online

    Location - San Jose, CA, US 95128

    Pacific Oaks College is a not-for-profit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor's-completion, master's, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, educat... Read More

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    M.A. in Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
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    Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
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    M.A. Education: Elementary Education
    M.A. Human Development
    B.A. Human Development
    B.A. Early Childhood Education
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    Location - Columbia, SC, US 29203

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    Programs
    Master of Business Administration
  • Central Penn College , Online

    Location - Summerdale, PA, US 17093

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    Programs
    Bachelor in Business Administration - Marketing
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  • California Baptist University , Online

    Location - Riverside, CA, US 92504

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    Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
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    Master of Science in Education: Specialization in Teaching
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    Location - Clifton, NJ, US 07011

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    Programs
    Medical Assisting
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  • Trident University International, a member of the American InterContinental University System , Online

    Location - Cypress, CA, US 90630

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    Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
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    Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Public Health - Health Education
    Bachelor of Science in Health Administration - Dual Credit
    Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Public Health - Health Care Administration
    Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
    Bachelor of Science in IT Management
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Safety Management
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Arkansas Tech University School of Nursing

ATU or “Tech” as it is usually known, is located in Russellville in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley, between the Ozark and Ouachita mountains. The college is proud of its big campus experience offering an active Greek life, 1,500 annual student events, 48 major-specific clubs, and 130 campus activities.

The nursing programs include a BSN pre-licensure program; an LPN to BSN Program; a 12-month RN to BSN online program and an MSN in Nursing Administration. All programs are accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

The curriculum for the BSN is focused on a blend of academic coursework and hands-on clinical experience. The program is structured around the completion of three semesters of pre-requisite coursework before students may apply to be accepted to the nursing major. After acceptance into the program, students are taught through classroom sessions plus skills and simulation laboratory work as well as clinical assignments in various health care agencies.

215 West O Street,

Russellville, Arkansas 72801

844- 804-2628

Website: http://www.atu.edu

Harding University School of Nursing

Harding University is a private Christian university which adheres to a distinctive set of practices that include required Bible classes; daily chapel; and a Christian code of behavior for the board, administration, faculty, and students. Almost 6,000 students are enrolled.

The Carr College of Nursing is ranked #1 in Arkansas by registerednursing.org and is accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). The mission that the college has set for itself is to develop nurses as Christian servants by preparing graduates who are able to provide nursing care reflective of their faith and who value lifelong intellectual growth. The college also deeply values the development of a global and intercultural perspective and offers it's nursing students several international learning experiences in Christian mission projects in Guatemala, Tanzania, and Haiti.

Harding offers a traditional BSN track, an accelerated BSN track, and an online MSN leading to qualification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

915 E. Market Avenue

Searcy, AR 72149

501-279-4000

Website: http://www.harding.edu

Henderson State University School of Nursing

HSU was founded in 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College and is now a public four-year liberal arts university that requires all its undergraduates to complete a core of courses in the arts and sciences. It’s proud of its nickname, “the school with a heart” and its many traditions including the annual football “Battle of the Ravine”. Its nursing programs are accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).

On offer at Henderson is an online RN to BSN with flexible practicum projects that can be completed in two semesters, a dual degree RN to BSN offered on campus in Hot Springs, a hybrid RN to BSN that blends online learning with face to face classes, a traditional BSN on campus on Arkadelphia, and an LPN to BSN pathway also in Arkadelphia.

1100 Henderson Street

Arkadelphia, AR 71999

870-230-5028

Website: http://www.hsu.edu

University of Arkansas Monticello School of Nursing

Accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), the University of Arkansas Monticello is part of the public university of Arkansas system and has campuses in Monticello, McGehee, and Crossett.

On offer at the school is a traditional BSN, an RN to BSN, an LPN to RN and an accelerated LPN to ADN option. Nursing students can take advantage of a seven-bed simulation lab utilizing both adult and pediatric models. In addition, access to a simulated nurses’ station gives students the opportunity to learn how to work with the most widespread computer applications currently in use in the nursing profession.

346 University Drive

Monticello, Arkansas 71656

870-460-1026

Website: http://www.uamont.edu

List of Board of Nursing Approved Nursing Schools

Arkansas State University School of Nursing
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.astate.edu

Arkansas Tech University School of Nursing
Location: Russellville, Arkansas
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.atu.edu

Harding University School of Nursing
Location: Searcy, Arkansas
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.harding.edu

Henderson State University School of Nursing
Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.hsu.edu

University of Arkansas School of Nursing
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
and NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.uark.edu

University of Arkansas Monticello School of Nursing
Location: Monticello, Arkansas
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.uamont.edu

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff School of Nursing
Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.uapb.edu

University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Nursing
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
and NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Website: http://www.uams.edu

University of Central Arkansas School of Nursing
Location: Conway, Arkansas
Programs: BSN, MS
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.uca.edu