Nursing Schools in Arkansas

There are 41 nursing schools in Arkansas. This year, we evaluated 34 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology 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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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


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North Arkansas College
Harrison, AR
North Arkansas College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$4,891
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 93.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 98.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Phillips Community College (PCCUA)
Helena, AR
Phillips Community College (PCCUA)
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,142
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 99.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,833
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville, AR
Arkansas Northeastern College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,213
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 96.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score 94.6

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville, AR
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,050
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Batesville, AR
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,953
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 79.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 81.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 91.0

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,205
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 72.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 86.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 90.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score 90.7

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Southeast Arkansas College
Pine Bluff, AR
Southeast Arkansas College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,739
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 53.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 84.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score 84.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 88.7

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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National Park College
Hot Springs, AR
National Park College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,605
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 84.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 83.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score 82.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Fort Smith, AR
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$10,809
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 94.2%
RN Program Best-Value Score 81.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 80.5

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN - closed in 2014
  • BSN
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University of Arkansas at Monticello
Monticello, AR
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$11,260
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 77.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
Arkansas Tech University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$11,510
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 76.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$11,243
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 72.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 79.5%
RN Program Best-Value Score 74.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 75.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Jonesboro, AR
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$13,420
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 91.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score 70.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 71.8

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$13,404
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 70.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
University of Central Arkansas
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,005
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 69.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$12,333
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 70.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 68.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
University of Arkansas
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$15,966
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 63.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$17,431
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 60.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Harding University
Searcy, AR
Harding University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$19,317
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 98.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 56.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price$4,379
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 89.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$4,821
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 86.5%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 98.6

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,173
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 96.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 97.7

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,366
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 88.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 96.8

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Northwest Technical Institute
Springdale, AR
Northwest Technical Institute
Student PopulationSmall
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price$5,625
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 97.2%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 96.3

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Ozarka College
Melbourne, AR
Ozarka College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,716
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 89.9%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 95.8

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Black River Technical College
Pocahontas, AR
Black River Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,734
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 99.2%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 93.2

Programs offered

  • LPN
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South Arkansas Community College
El Dorado, AR
South Arkansas Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,728
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 94.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 92.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
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University of Arkansas Community College-Hope
Hope, AR
University of Arkansas Community College-Hope
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,451
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 92.9

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arkansas State University-Beebe
Beebe, AR
Arkansas State University-Beebe
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,930
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 96.5%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 89.5

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arkansas State University-Newport
Newport, AR
Arkansas State University-Newport
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,445
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 86.1%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 83.2

Programs offered

  • LPN
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University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,670
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 90.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 83.3

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden, AR
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$12,609
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 92.5%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 74.6

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Baptist Health College-Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
Baptist Health College-Little Rock
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$19,398
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 88.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 51.7

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • Diploma - closed in 2016
  • ADN
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Arkansas State University Mid-South
West Memphis, AR
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$11,624
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • CNA
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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$8,149
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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