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Arkansas CNA Information – Requirments, Salary, Training and Reciprocity

April 22nd, 2022

Like many states, there is high demand for Certified Nursing Assistants state of Arkansas. the Arkansas Nurse Registry Office provides guidelines for training and testing in regard to CNA certification. In addition, the Office maintains a registry of current CNAs and keeps a record of convictions for resident abuse, neglect, and misappropriation of resident property to support good quality of care throughout the state.

Requirements to work as an Arkansas CNA

Pass both the written and skill sections of the CNA State Exam
Good technical, communication, and behavioral skills
Applicants must submit fingerprint cards for the federal background check.
Salary Average for Certified Nursing Assistant in Arkansas
Between $18,720 to $22,880
$9.21 per hour typically (Hourly rate will increase based on experience)
CNA Training program criteria in Arkansas
Arkansas CNA programs must consist of at least 75 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of hands-on training. Some state-approved training programs may differ when it comes to the number of hours in classroom and hands-on settings.

Applying for CNA Reciprocity in Arkansas

If an approved CNA moves to Arkansas from their home state, he/she must contact the AR Nurse Aide Registry or OLTC to obtain the reciprocity form. The OLTC will contact all other states of previous employment to verify the status the applicants standing before transferring his/her certification. The OLTC will then notify him/her of their decision. If the certification is not active, he/she will be required to take the competency examination.

State Information for CNA Certifications

For more detailed information contact:

AR Nurse Aide Registry AR Department of Human Services or Office of Long-term Care

List of State-Approved Training Programs:

One of the most important requirements for becoming a CNA is to be enrolled in state-approved training programs. Below is a list of training programs in the state of Arkansas.

Southern Arkansas University – Technical Magnolia, Arkansas

Estimated cost is $822, which includes:
Late registration Fee
Course Change Fee
Graduation Fee
Transcript Fee
Learning Strategies Fee
Laboratory Fee
Seven (7) credit hours per semester
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Hope, AR
Estimated Costs for tuition only, fees are not included:
Hempstead County Resident is $378
Arkansas Resident is $413
Out-of-State Resident is $413
Seven (7) credit hour per semester
Arkansas Northeastern College – Burdette Burdette Center Highway Burdette, AR
Estimated Costs for tuition only, fees are not included:
Arkansas Resident is $364
Out-of-county Resident is $434
Out-of-state Resident is $784
Out-of-state for MO, TN Student is $434
International Student is $784
Seven (7) credit hour per semester
Ouachita Technical Malvern, Arkansas
Estimated Cost for:
Arkansas Resident is $489
Out-of-State Resident is $922
International Student is $1415
Seven (7) credit hours per semester and 140 hours of classroom and clinical instruction
Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute Forrest City, AR
Cost is $760.98
360 hours of classroom and clinical training per semester
UAM College of Technology-Crossett Crossett, AR
Cost is $615 – includes books and supplies
Seven (7) credit hours per semester