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 Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 24 12
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 82.19% 84.62%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 67.61% 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 RNCareers.org 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 ADN Arkansas Northeastern College 1 42 Blytheville Public Campus See School Details
96.04 ADN Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas 2 67 Helena Public Campus ACEN See School Details
95.93 ADN NorthWest Arkansas Community College 3 71 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.

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94.06 ADN North Arkansas College 4 136 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.

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87.76 ADN Arkansas Tech University 5 377 Russellville Public Campus, Online See School Details
84.00 ADN National Park College 6 510 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.

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82.96 ADN University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville 7 543 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.

Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
81.75 ADN Arkansas State University-Main Campus 8 569 Jonesboro Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
80.41 ADN University of Arkansas at Little Rock 9 590 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.

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75.29 ADN University of Arkansas at Monticello 10 655 Monticello Public Campus See School Details
73.60 ADN College of the Ouachitas 11 673 Malvern Public Campus See School Details
66.80 ADN East Arkansas Community College 12 707 Forrest City Public Campus See School Details
50.61 ADN Southeast Arkansas College 13 728 Pine Bluff Public Campus ACEN See School Details
100.00 BSN Harding University 1 1 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-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
95.43 BSN University of Arkansas 2 78 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.”

Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
94.07 BSN Henderson State University 3 131 Arkadelphia Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
93.87 BSN University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4 139 Little Rock Public Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
92.53 BSN University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 5 189 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.

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92.39 BSN Arkansas State University-Main Campus 6 192 Jonesboro Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.91 BSN University of Central Arkansas 7 245 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.

Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.83 BSN Arkansas Tech University 8 329 Russellville Public Campus, Online See School Details
87.24 BSN University of Arkansas at Monticello 9 342 Monticello Public Campus See School Details
81.39 BSN Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 10 458 Magnolia Public Campus See School Details
62.04 BSN University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 11 533 Pine Bluff Public Campus CCNE See School Details