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A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works in a medical setting and assists nurses and doctors in the care and treatment of all types of patients. An LPN typically works on the nursing staff under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Doctor.

To become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Arkansas it is necessary to attend and successfully pass an accredited Arkansas LPN training program, pass the state required NCLEX-PN licensing exam and pass a criminal history background check.

Candidates for an LPN training programming must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and taken prerequisite courses such as nutrition, biology and college level English. There are LPN programs that include the necessary prerequisite study and will add 6 months to a year to the program.

All state approved Arkansas LPN programs must include the following elements in their curriculum: theory based learning, clinical training and 75% must pass the NCLEX-PN exam. The courses that must be included in an approved program are psychology, gerontology, general adult, maternity, and pediatric nursing and pharmacology. IV therapy must be included for advanced studies.

The clinical part of the program must be performed in a medical care facility, usually a hospital, under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Doctor and provide a hands on environment using the skills learned in class. The class work and clinical training will prepare the student to take the NCLEX-PN exam.

LPN training programs can be found in community and technical colleges and vocational training facilities, 4-year universities and hospitals. The programs take one year to complete and offer a diploma or certificate upon completion, but there are some two year programs that offer an Associate’s Degree.

The State of Arkansas is a participant in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The Compact is a group of 23 states that accept out of state LPN licenses automatically from other participating compact states. Arkansas will also accept endorsements applications from those with a valid license from Non-Compact states.

Upon completion of the LPN program candidates can apply to take the licensing exam by submitting an application and the required fee, either online or by postal mail. The exam is regulated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The exam time limit is 5 hours and the candidate must answer at least 85 questions. The exam is graded as pass or fail.


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              List of LPN Schools in Arkansas (AR)

              Complete list of Arkansas schools that offer state approved LPN training programs:

              ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE-BURDETTE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 36 (Hwy. 148 & I-55)
              Burdette, AR 72321
              Phone: (870) 780-1225

              ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-MT. HOME
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1600 South College
              Mt. Home, AR 72653
              Phone: (870) 508-6154

              ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-NEWPORT
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              7648 Victory Boulevard
              Newport, AR 72112
              Phone: (870) 512-7833

              ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 909
              Searcy, AR 72145
              Phone: (501) 207-4035

              AR STATE UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL CENTER
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              5504 Krueger Rd.
              Jonesboro, AR 72401
              Phone: (870) 932-2176

              ATU OZARK CAMPUS
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1700 Helberg Lane
              Ozark, AR 72949
              Phone: (479) 667-2117, ext.340

              BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS – LITTLE ROCK
              SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL NURSING

              11900 Colonel Glenn Road
              Little Rock, AR 72210
              Phone: (501) 202-7966

              BLACK RIVER TECHNICAL COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 468
              Pocahontas, AR 72455
              Phone: (870) 248-4000, ext. 4174

              COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE – UA
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 960
              DeQueen, AR 71832
              Phone: (870) 584-4471, ext. 147

              CROWLEY’S RIDGE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 925
              Forrest City, AR 72335
              Phone: (870) 633-5411

              NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              101 College Drive
              Hot Springs, AR 71913
              Phone: (501) 760-4352

              NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1515 Pioneer Ridge Drive
              Harrison, AR 72601
              Phone: (870) 743-3000

              NORTHWEST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Drawer 2000
              Springdale, AR 72765
              Phone: (479) 751-8824, ext. 115

              OUACHITA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              #1 College Circle
              Malvern, AR 72104
              Phone: (501) 337-5000, ext. 1201

              OZARKA COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 10
              Melbourne, AR 72556
              Phone: (870) 368-7371

              PCCUA – DeWitt Campus
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 427
              DeWitt, AR 72042
              Phone: (870) 946-3506 ext. 1612

              PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              3000 West Scenic Drive
              North Little Rock, AR 72118
              Phone: (501) 812-2286

              RICH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1100 College Drive
              Mena, AR 71953
              Phone: (479) 394-7622, ext. 1366

              SAU TECH
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 3499
              East Camden, AR 71711
              Phone: (870) 574-4585

              SOUTHARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
              THE BETTY OWEN SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL NURSING

              P.O. Box 7010
              El Dorado, AR 71731-7010
              Phone: (870) 862-8131, ext. 228

              SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1900 Hazel Street
              Pine Bluff, AR 71603
              Phone: (870) 543-5900

              U of A COMMUNITY COLLEGE – BATESVILLE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 3350
              Batesville, AR 72503
              Phone: (870) 612-2065

              U of A COMMUNITY COLLEGE – HOPE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              2500 S. Main
              Hope, AR 71801
              Phone: (870) 722-8224

              U of A COMMUNITY COLLEGE – MORRILTON
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1537 University Blvd.
              Morrilton, AR 72110
              Phone: (501) 977-2152

              UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FT. SMITH
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 3649
              Fort Smith, AR 72913
              Phone: (479) 788-7376

              UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
              COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY – CROSSETT
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              1326 Hwy. 52W
              Crossett, AR 71635
              Phone: (870) 364-6414, ext. 155

              UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
              COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY-MCGEHEE
              PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

              P.O. Box 747
              McGehee, AR 71654
              Phone: (870) 222-5360

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              University Tower Bldg.
              1123 South University Suite 800
              Little Rock, AR 72204
              501-686-2700


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