CNA Training in Arkansas

Arkansas has one of the highest populations of baby boomers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As the baby boomers age in place, there is a higher demand for healthcare needs. As a result, the state of Arkansas has a high demand for healthcare professionals, including Certified Nurse Aides. The state of Arkansas allows those seeking CNA certification to work for a total of 120 days. However, once the 120 days expire, they are not renewable. The Department of Health makes exceptions for those who are foreign-trained or have received military CNA training. 

Arkansas CNA Certification Requirements

Listed below are the requirements in order to qualify for admissions for a CNA in Arkansas. These include:

  • Ability to read and write
  • High school diploma may be required
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live scan method for a criminal background check
  • Physical exam
  • Negative TB test
  • Up-to-date immunization

Arkansas CNA Training & Testing Costs

The state of Arkansas requires training that will take place in the classroom, lab, and include an internship in a long-term care facility. The course must begin with 16 hours of lectures and informational demonstrations to help in preparing the students for the next step. On-site training is required for 16 hours of demonstration in a supervised environment. The following 58 hours will include further lectures and labs to help in developing skills. Once the program is completed, you will receive a certificate that you will need in order to schedule your state competency exam. 

Certification costs can vary due to the type of program and location. Classes in Arkansas can have an average cost of $800. Some nursing homes may offer the CNA training with tuition assistance, or potentially for free if you commit to working with them upon completion. For other options that offer free training, click on this link

Free CNA Classes & Nurse Aide Training Courses in Arkansas

Listed below are some further options for programs in a city in Arkansas near you. The link will help to provide contact information should you have any further questions. 

Training ProgramCityZip CodePhone
Ash Flat Healthcare & RehabAsh Flat, AR72513870-994-2341
University of Arkansas Community College at BatesvilleBatesville, AR72501870-612-2000
PAL C.N.A Training AcademyBella Vista, AR72015501-776-8422
PAL C.N.A. Training AcademyBenton, AR72015501-776-8422
NorthWest Arkansas Community CollegeBentonville, AR72712479-636-9222
Arkansas Northeastern CollegeBlytheville, AR72315870-762-1020
University of Arkansas - Cossatot Community College De Queen CampusDe Queen, AR71832870-584-4471
Phillips Community CollegeDeWitt, AR72042870-946-3506
Southern Arkansas University TechEast Camden, AR71701870-574-4500
South Arkansas Community College-West CampusEl Dorado, AR71730870-862-8131
Career Development Center University of ArkansasFayetteville, AR72701479-575-2805
The Eleanor Mann School of NursingFayetteville, AR72701479-575-3904
University of ArkansasFayetteville, AR72701479-575-2000
CNA Training AcademyForrest City, AR72335870-494-5393
East Arkansas Community CollegeForrest City, AR72335870-633-5411
PRN Medical ServicesFort Smith, AR72903479-785-9222
Petra Allied Health, Inc.Fort Smith, AR72903479-424-1176
UAMS Family Medical Center - Fort SmithFort Smith, AR72901479-785-2431
Phillips Community College of the University of ArkansasHelena, AR72342870-338-6474
University of Arkansas Community College at HopeHope, AR71801870-777-5722
University of Arkansas Hope-TexarkanaHope, AR71801866-956-8595
National Park CollegeHot Springs, AR71913501-760-4222
RSB Nursing Assistant Training ProgramJonesboro, AR72401870-926-9496
Schmieding Home Caregiver TrainingJonesboro, AR72401870-207-7600
Schmieding Home Caregiver TrainingJonesboro, AR72401870-926-9496
Arkansas College of Health CareersLittle Rock, AR72205501-319-7573
UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on AgingLittle Rock, AR72205501-296-1000
Arkansas Health Care AssociationLittle Rock, AR72201501-374-4422
UAMS Medical CenterLittle Rock, AR72205501-686-7000
PAL C.N.A Training AcademyLittle Rock, AR72209501-776-8422
Apria HealthcareLowell, AR72745479-770-0813
Arkansas State University Three RiversMalvern, AR72104501-337-5000
Ozarka CollegeMelbourne, AR72556870-368-7371
University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Community CollegeMena, AR71953479-394-7622
Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care CenterMonticello, AR71655870-367-0044
River Chase Rehabilitation and Care CenterMorrilton, AR72110501-354-4647
ASUMHMountain Home, AR72653870-508-6100
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical CollegeNorth Little Rock, AR72118501-812-2200
First Step Technical CollegeNorth Little Rock, AR72117501-413-2104
Center On Aging, South CentralPine Bluff, AR71603870-879-1440
Renaissance Health CarePine Bluff, AR71603870-536-2300
Black River Technical CollegePocahontas, AR72455870-248-4000
Black River Technical CollegePocahontas, AR72455870-248-4000
PRN Medical ServicesRogers, AR72756479-899-6561
Stella ManorRussellville, AR72801479-968-4141
Arkansas Tech UniversityRussellville, AR72801479-968-0237
The Crossing At Riverside Health and RehabilitationSearcy, AR72143501-268-2324
Har-Ber High SchoolSpringdale, AR72762479-750-8777
Petra Allied Health, Inc.Springdale, AR72762479-750-9876
Schmieding Center for Senior Health and EducationSpringdale, AR72764479-751-3043
Northwest Technical InstituteSpringdale, AR72764479-751-8824
Northwest Technical InstituteSpringdale, AR72764479-751-8824
UAMS Family Medical Center - TexarkanaTexarkana, AR71854870-779-6000
Texarkana Nursing AcademyTexarkana, AR71854870-772-6860
East Arkansas Community CollegeWynne, AR72396870-238-4593

CNA Training in Little Rock, AR

Little Rock Job Corps Center. The Job Corps offers excellent flexibility with training, providing good work and life balance through the program. The course is offered over an 18 month period with tuition assistance, and in some cases, free.

Medlinc. Medlinc offers flexible training with a day program and also a night program. The program also invites you to tour the campus and speak with a program counselor.  

CNA Training in Fort Smith, AR

PRN Medical Services.  This program is 90 hours, Monday through Friday, from 8am-4pm over a four week period. The cost is $480 for tuition, and there may be additional costs for uniforms and other tools needed for the program. The facility does offer scholarships and tuition assistance. PRN Medical Services also can help with placement assistance upon graduation. 

The University of AR at Fort Smith. The University offers a CNA program that is for one year. Upon graduation, students do receive credits, which is beneficial if you decide to further your education in the healthcare field. 

Additional Arkansas CNA resources

For further information during your program or after when you are working in the field, please see below for the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry

Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry

To contact the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry, use the information below:

Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry
AR Department of Human Services
Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405
Little Rock, AR 72203-8059
Automated Line: 501-682-8484
Direct Line: 501-682-1807
Fax: 501-682-8551

Out of State CNAs

The applications for transfer CNA licenses are processed through the Office of Long-Term Care. See below for further information when requesting to transfer:

  • Get approval for nurse aide testing by contacting the Office of Long-Term Care.
  • Prepare copies of your transcript, certificate and other identification 
  • You will receive an approval letter once determined you can continue on in the process.
  • You may be required to take an exam. Fill out the application for testing with the Prometric site. Be sure to have your approval letter handy as you will need this when scheduling the exam.

CNA License Renewal in Arkansas

The renewal process in Arkansas is budget-friendly in that there is no fee. In order to renew, you must re-certify every two years. The form to renew can be found online. Eight consecutive hours are required for paid employment within the last two years. A paystub will work as acceptable proof. Your employer will need to complete the employment section of the form.

How much does a CNA make in Arkansas?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a CNA in Arkansas can make, on average, $25,080 a year. The salary can be higher or lower depending on the location of the job and also what type of work the CNA will be doing. 

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