Arkansas Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Arkansas

The nursing shortage in America continues as healthcare demands and population increases. Arkansas alone lacks 19% of nurses needed in healthcare facilities across the state. The need for nurses spans across all sectors, however, nurses with flexible schedules and willingness to work in geriatrics will find work more promptly than those with stringencies.  The leading employers of Arkansan nurses are White County Medical Center North, Northwest Medical Center, and Baptist Health Medical Center, just to name a few. There is an increasing demand for nurses to fill positions in home healthcare as well as nursing homes, in particular. Nurses are needed across the entire state, although certain areas have a denser need, including big cities like Fayetteville and rural areas like Perryville.

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About Arkansas

Known as “The Natural State”, Arkansas encompasses the only active diamond mine in the United States. Arkansas certainly can be called a diamond in the rough with its beautiful rolling hills branching off the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains, dense forests in the Arkansas Timberlands, and lowlands along the Arkansas Delta. Little Rock, the state’s capital, is named after the small rock formation called la Petite Roche on the southern bank of the Arkansas River. Little Rock is the home to several corporation headquarters, renowned museums, two campuses of the University of Arkansas, and the Pinnacle Mountain State Park, to name just a few of its assets. The diverse geography, humid subtropical climate, low-cost of living and employment opportunities make Arkansas a precious jewel in the United States.

Change in nursing jobs in the future

2012

24,160

2020

26,490

$51,540

Avg. Salary

62

Number of nursing programs in state

57

Number of hospitals in state

25

Number of nursing schools in state

Nursing programs offered in Arkansas

  • Arkansas Northeastern College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Associate Degree Nursing
      • Practical Nursing
      • Nursing Assistant
      • ADN LPN to RN

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

  • Arkansas State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • Accelerated Second Degree Program
      • LPN-BSN Option
      • RN-BSN Option
      • MSN

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

  • Arkansas Tech University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • RN to BSN
      • MSN in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

  • Henderson State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of Arkansas +
    • Programs Offered

      • B.S.N. Generic 
      • R.N. to B.S.N. Online
      • Nurse Educator (M.S.N.)
      • DNP

      Accreditation

      CCNE