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LPN Training in Arkansas

To become an LPN in Arkansas you will need to:

  1. Have good moral character.
  2. Attend a nursing school approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and have them send your transcripts to the Board.
  3. Submit to a successful background check with the Arkansas State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  4. Apply for licensure with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and pay the $75 fee. You can request an application form here.
  5. Register for the NCLEX-PN exam online here. The exam fee is $200. The exam can be taken in Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Texarkana, or U.S. Pearson testing locations outside Arkansas.
  6. Receive your license from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

If you fail the exam you can take it every 45 days up to an unlimited number of times. A retake fee will apply for each attempt.

  • 15 hours of Arkansas State Board of Nursing approved education,
  • Certification or re-certification recognized by ASBN, or
  • A course in nursing.

Did you know that LPNs in Arkansas earn a mean hourly wage of $16.01 or a mean annual wage of $33,300?

*Salary data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008

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