Nursing Schools in Arkansas

There are 41 nursing schools in Arkansas. This year, we evaluated 34 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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North Arkansas College
Harrison, AR
North Arkansas College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,891
NCLEX-RN Pass rate91.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Phillips Community College (PCCUA)
Helena, AR
Phillips Community College (PCCUA)
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,142

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCC or PCCUA) is a two-year institution that is located in Helena, Arkansas. This is a community college that offers a large number of different degree programs and several certificate programs. Students can also choose to transfer ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • CNA
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
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East Arkansas Community College
Forrest City, AR
East Arkansas Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,833

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville, AR
Arkansas Northeastern College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,213
NCLEX-RN Pass rate94.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.0%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville, AR
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,050

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Batesville, AR
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,953
NCLEX-RN Pass rate79.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate81.8%

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) is a two-year community college with open enrollment. It is located in Batesville, Arkansas and is considered to be a small college. This school was originally established in 1991 as Gateway Technical College before being ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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College of the Ouachitas
Malvern, AR
College of the Ouachitas
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,205
NCLEX-RN Pass rate72.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate86.3%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Southeast Arkansas College
Pine Bluff, AR
Southeast Arkansas College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,739
NCLEX-RN Pass rate53.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate84.6%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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National Park College
Hot Springs, AR
National Park College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,605
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate84.7%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Fort Smith, AR
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,809
NCLEX-RN Pass rate93.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.2%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN - closed in 2014
  • BSN
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University of Arkansas at Monticello
Monticello, AR
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,260

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
Arkansas Tech University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,510

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • MSN
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Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
Mountain Home, AR
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,243
NCLEX-RN Pass rate72.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate79.5%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Jonesboro, AR
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$13,420
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.6%

Arkansas State University is a public research University established in 1909. The main campus is in Jonesboro, Arkansas and is the flagship campus of the ASU System – the second-largest university system in the state. It is also home to the largest library in the state, the Dean B. Ellis ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • LPN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$13,404

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
University of Central Arkansas
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,005

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • MSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Magnolia, AR
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,333

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
University of Arkansas
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,966

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, AR
Henderson State University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$17,431

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Harding University
Searcy, AR
Harding University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,317

Harding University is the largest private university in Arkansas, with the main campus in Searcy and three satellite campuses throughout the state. The school was founded in 1924 and now includes 49 buildings on the main campus and a growing student body. 5,541 students were enrolled for the ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
Forrest City, AR
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,379
NCLEX-PN Pass rate89.7%

Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute (CRTI) is located in Forrest City, Arkansas. It is a technical institute that offers various different certificate programs to its students. This is a small institute that is affiliated with East Arkansas Community College. It was founded in 1967 and has been ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
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UA Rich Mountain Community College
Mena, AR
UA Rich Mountain Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,821
NCLEX-PN Pass rate86.5%

The University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain is a public two-year community college that is located in Mena, Arkansas. This school was established in 1973 and it has over 1,000 students enrolled. It has a 40-acre main campus that features several buildings such as a library, a ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • CNA
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University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton
Morrilton, AR
University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,173
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.7%

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) is a two-year college that is located in Morrilton, Arkansas. This community college was established in 1961 and it has a student population of over 2,000. UACCM is officially recognized and accredited by the Higher Learning ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
De Queen, AR
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,366
NCLEX-PN Pass rate88.7%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Northwest Technical Institute
Springdale, AR
Northwest Technical Institute
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,625
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.2%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Ozarka College
Melbourne, AR
Ozarka College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,716
NCLEX-PN Pass rate89.9%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Black River Technical College
Pocahontas, AR
Black River Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,734
NCLEX-PN Pass rate99.2%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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South Arkansas Community College
El Dorado, AR
South Arkansas Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,728
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.6%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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University of Arkansas Community College-Hope
Hope, AR
University of Arkansas Community College-Hope
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,451
NCLEX-PN Pass rate83.0%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arkansas State University-Beebe
Beebe, AR
Arkansas State University-Beebe
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,930
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.5%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arkansas State University-Newport
Newport, AR
Arkansas State University-Newport
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,445
NCLEX-PN Pass rate86.1%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,670
NCLEX-PN Pass rate90.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden, AR
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,609
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.5%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Baptist Health College-Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
Baptist Health College-Little Rock
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,398
NCLEX-PN Pass rate88.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • Diploma - closed in 2016
  • ADN
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Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Pine Bluff, AR
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • Diploma - closed in 2016
  • ADN
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Arkansas State University Mid-South
West Memphis, AR
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,624

Programs offered

  • CNA
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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,149

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Arkansas Northeastern College at Burdette Center
Burdette, AR
Arkansas Northeastern College at Burdette Center

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus
Ozark, AR
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Phillips Community College of The University of Arkansas - DeWitt Campus
DeWitt, AR
Phillips Community College of The University of Arkansas - DeWitt Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN

Arkansas's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Arkansas's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Arkansas Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 24,380 20.318 $28 $57,570
Nurse Anesthetists 350 0.291 $70 $145,610
Nurse Practitioners 1,830 1.527 $45 $94,270
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 12,350 10.294 $18 $37,750
Nursing Assistants 18,040 15.029 $11 $23,320
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey