To become an LPN in Arkansas you will need to:
- Have good moral character.
- Attend a nursing school approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and have them send your transcripts to the Board.
- Submit to a successful background check with the Arkansas State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Apply for licensure with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and pay the $75 fee. You can request an application form here.
- 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.
- 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