Nurse Aide Training Programs in Arkansas

Did you know that the Arkansas Department of Human Services has chosen Prometric to be the company which develops and administers the Nursing Assistant Competency Exam? Furthermore, this company is also responsible for managing the Nursing Assistant (NA) Registry in Arkansas. A nurse aide who has successfully completed a training program in Arkansas must challenge and pass the CNA competency examination within one year of program completion. Each candidate is allowed to challenge this exam three times.

Those who fail to obtain a passing score on both the written and skills parts of the exam within twelve months (one year) of their CNA training or within three attempts, need to retrain and retest. Graduates of Arkansas-approved nursing assistant training programs have the option of choosing the site where they challenge the CNA examination. If the facility where you have completed your nurse aide training program is qualified to administer the CNA exam, you are allowed to take the test at that training site. Otherwise you should request testing at an approved Arkansas regional test site managed by Prometric.

Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) - Burns Hall Campus
One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712

North Arkansas College CNA Class - Harrison
1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, Arkansas 72601

South Arkansas Community College - El Dorado
300 South West Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730

East Arkansas Community College Nursing Assistant Program - Forrest City
1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335

University of Arkansas Community College - Hope
2500 South Main, Hope, AR 71801

University of Arkansas CC – Batesville
2005 White Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501

University of Arkansas CC Nurse Aide Training - Morrilton
1537 University Blvd., Morrilton, AR 72110

Phillips Community College CNA Course – DeWitt
1210 Ricebelt Ave. Hwy 165, DeWitt, Arkansas 72042

Phillips Community College Nurse Aide Training Program – Helena
1000 Campus Drive, Helena, AR 72342

Phillips Community College – Stuttgart
2807 Hwy. 165 South, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160

Arkansas State University Nursing Assistant Course - Searcy
P.O. Box 909, Searcy, AR 72145

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Violet on September 02, 2011 at 04:03 PM
I have recently acquired my CNA certificate for the state of Ohio. I'm moving to the state of Arkansas in two months. What will I have to do to get it changed over from a different state? I also have more than 10 years of experience in this field.


Admin on September 03, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Having an active nursing assistant certification in Ohio makes you eligible to transfer your credentials to Arkansas. First contact the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care at (501) 682-1807 to request the nurse aide reciprocity forms. Once your application for reciprocity is approved, you have to apply and challenge the Arkansas CNA exam. Passing the nursing assistant competency test in Arkansas will result in certification and eligibility to work as a CNA in this state. The application to challenge the Arkansas nursing assistant exam may be found here (complete and send this application after you have been approved for reciprocity): Arkansas Nursing Assistant Eligibility Screening Application.


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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.


While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.


A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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