In our Arkansas RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Arkansas RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Arkansas, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Arkansas RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs2412
Average NCLEX Passing Rate82.19%84.62%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range67.61% to 93.08%51.88% to 92.63%
Average Net Price$7,101.79$9,507.27
Average Net Price Range$3,143.00 to $12,117.00$6,351.00 to $16,578.00
Average Student Loan$8,422.95$13,464.00
Average Student Loan Range$2,600.00 to $15,263.00$8,038.00 to $23,058.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Arkansas

Best Ranked RN Programs in ArkansasTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Arkansas and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 15 ADN degree programs and 11 BSN degree programs in Arkansas. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Arkansas to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

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97.24 ADNArkansas Northeastern College142 BlythevillePublicCampusSee School Details
96.04 ADNPhillips Community College of the University of Arkansas267 HelenaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
95.93 ADNNorthWest Arkansas Community College371 Bentonville

Northwest Arkansas Community College is located in Bentonville. Their nursing program is ideal for a variety of student types, as some of their classes are available online. In addition, classes are also offered at their other campuses in Springdale or Farmington.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
94.06 ADNNorth Arkansas College4136 Harrison

North Arkansas College is located in Harrison, Arkansas.  They offer both an LPN to RN program and an RN program.  Their LPN to RN program is offered yearly, beginning in January.  In addition to meeting the prerequisite requirements that all RN students must meet, the LPN to RN program requires its students to have practiced as an LPN for at least 3 months or 120 hours, and have this verified by their employer.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
87.76 ADNArkansas Tech University5377 RussellvillePublicCampus, OnlineSee School Details
84.00 ADNNational Park College6510 Hot Springs

National Park College is located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.  They offer multiple nursing programs – an LPN program, an RN program, and an LPN to RN program.  Unique to National Park College is the High School to ASN track.  The high school student applies in their senior year of high school and can elect either a two year or three year option; the three year option is often selected if the student suspects that they will eventually continue for a BSN degree.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
82.96 ADNUniversity of Arkansas Community College - Batesville7543 Batesville

University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville is located in Batesville, Arkansas.  They offer a general RN program, an on-campus LPN to RN program and an online LPN to RN program.  Their LPN to RN program runs for 11 months, and begins in the spring.

PublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
81.75 ADNArkansas State University-Main Campus8569 JonesboroPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
80.41 ADNUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock9590 Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) s located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They offer multiple types of RN programs – an RN program, a BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, and an LPN or paramedic to to RN program.  The Department of Nursing is the largest department at UALR – at any given time, there are 600 students, twenty full-time faculty and six staff members.

PublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
75.29 ADNUniversity of Arkansas at Monticello10655 MonticelloPublicCampusSee School Details
73.60 ADNCollege of the Ouachitas11673 MalvernPublicCampusSee School Details
66.80 ADNEast Arkansas Community College12707 Forrest CityPublicCampusSee School Details
50.61 ADNSoutheast Arkansas College13728 Pine BluffPublicCampusACENSee School Details
100.00 BSNHarding University11 Searcy

Harding University is located in Searcy, Arkansas.  Carr College of Nursing was founded in 1975; their graduates are now working throughout the world.  Carr College of Nursing produces nurses who are not only prepared for entry-level nursing positions, but are also Christian servants.  Their students have the opportunity to join a Health Care Missions Program, with local and international experiences.

Private Not-For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
95.43 BSNUniversity of Arkansas278 Fayetteville

University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing offers a BSN and an RN to BSN program.  It is their belief that professional nursing begins with a Bachelor of Science degree, so their curriculum “offers a research base for nursing practice that promotes the ability of the nurse to effect change needed to improve health.”

PublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
94.07 BSNHenderson State University3131 ArkadelphiaPublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
93.87 BSNUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences4139 Little RockPublicCampus, HybridACEN, CCNESee School Details
92.53 BSNUniversity of Arkansas-Fort Smith5189 Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  They are proud to boast that their online RN to BSN program has been rated third out of 30 best affordable online programs by Great Value Colleges, which helps students get the best education for their money.

PublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
92.39 BSNArkansas State University-Main Campus6192 JonesboroPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
90.91 BSNUniversity of Central Arkansas7245 Conway

University of Central Arkansas is located in Conway, Arkansas.  Their BSN program was founded in 1967 in response to the closure of a neighboring school’s BSN program.  They currently offer a BSN program, an LPN to BSN program, an RN to BSN programa, and an RN to BSN/MSN program.  In addition, they have an MSN program that is subdivided into Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), and Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty (NECS).  Their MSN program is ranked 8th in the nation by Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

PublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
87.83 BSNArkansas Tech University8329 RussellvillePublicCampus, OnlineSee School Details
87.24 BSNUniversity of Arkansas at Monticello9342 MonticelloPublicCampusSee School Details
81.39 BSNSouthern Arkansas University Main Campus10458 MagnoliaPublicCampusSee School Details
62.04 BSNUniversity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff11533 Pine BluffPublicCampusCCNESee School Details