CNA License in Arkansas

What You Need to Know about CNA Licensing in Arkansas

Are you interested in beginning a healthcare career in Arkansas? Do you need to start working right away? If you answered yes to both of these questions, the career of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) may be the perfect choice for you. CNA programs can typically be completed in just a few weeks, and there are currently no complicated licensing requirements to be eligible for employment as a CNA in Arkansas!

Certification Requirements in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Human Services oversees the rules regarding CNA certification. According to the department, aspiring CNAs must attend at least 90 hours of training that has been approved by the state. After completing the required training, they must then complete a CNA competency exam offered by Prometric Registry. This is a two-part test that consists of a computerized exam and a practical skills evaluation. Acceptable scores are required on both parts to obtain certification.

How to Get Your CNA Certification in Arkansas

In the state of Arkansas, Prometric Registry manages both the testing of prospective CNAs and the managing of the state's Nurse Aide Registry. What this means is that so long as you pass both parts of the CNA competency exam, Prometric Registry will automatically place your name on Arkansas's Nurse Aide Registry. This will allow you to apply for and obtain employment as a CNA in the state.

State-Approved CNA Schools in Arkansas

Finding a good school for your training is the first step to successfully becoming a CNA in Arkansas, and the following schools are some of the best in the state.

  1. Arkansas Northeastern College
    2501 South Division Street, Blytheville, AR 72315
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  2. Arkansas State University
    7648 Victory Boulevard, Newport, AR 72112
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  3. Arkansas State University
    1800 East Moore Avenue, Searcy, AR 72143
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  4. Arkansas State University
    1000 Iowa Street, Beebe, AR 72012
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  5. Arkansas State University
    1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653
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  6. Arkansas Tech University
    1605 Coliseum Dr., Russellville, AR 72801
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  7. Black River Technical College
    1410 Hwy 304 East, Pocahontas, AR 72455
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  8. College of the Ouachitas
    1 College Dr, Malvern, AR 72104
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  9. Mid-South Community College
    2000 West Broadway, West Memphis, AR 72301
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  10. National Park Community College
    101 College Drive, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913
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  11. North Arkansas College
    1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR 72601
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  12. Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
    1000 Campus Drive, Helena, AR 72342
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  13. Pulaski Technical College
    3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118
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  14. Rich Mountain Community College
    1100 College Drive, Mena, AR 71953
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  15. South Arkansas Community College
    300 S West Ave, El Dorado, AR 71731
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  16. Southeast Arkansas College
    1900 S Hazel St, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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  17. Southern Arkansas University Tech
    100 Carr Road, Camden, AR 71701
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  18. University of Arkansas at Monticello
    101 N Church St, Monticello, AR 71655
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  19. University of Arkansas Community College
    1537 University Boulevard, Morrilton, AR 72110
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  20. University of Arkansas Community College
    2005 White Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
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  21. University of Arkansas Community College
    2500 South Main Street, Hope, AR 71802
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How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Arkansas

If you, your employer or a prospective employer wants to verify your CNA certification, you can accomplish this by visiting the Prometric Registry's Arkansas LTCF Employment Clearance Registry. This application allows you to verify your certification by inputting your full name, CNA certificate ID or Social Security number.

How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Arkansas

The Prometric Registry handles CNA renewals for the state of Arkansas. You will need to renew your certification every two years. However, to be eligible for renewal, you must have worked as a CNA for at least 8 consecutive hours within the past two years.

How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in Arkansas

If you do not work as a CNA for at least 8 consecutive hours within any two-year period, you will need to reinstate your certification. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to complete additional training and/or complete the CNA competency exam again to reinstate your CNA certification.

How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from Arkansas to Another State

The first thing you will need to do to transfer you CNA certification to another state is to verify your certification to your new employer if you have one. You can do this through the Prometric Registry's Arkansas LTCF Employment Clearance Registry. After you do this, you need to contact the Nurse Aide Registry in your new state and fulfill any requirements they may have for transferring your certification.

Arkansas Department of Human Services

For additional information pertaining to CNA training and certification requirements, you can contact Arkansas's Office of Long-Term Care at:

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Office of Long-Term Care

PO Box 8059, Slot S405
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501) 682-8430

If you are looking for a career in Arkansas that offers great wages and plenty of job opportunities, you should consider becoming a Certified Nursing Aide / Assistant.