CNA Training in Arkansas

CNA training will vary from state to state based on different regulations. In most cases, your CNA training should be obtained in the state you wish to become certified in. If you were previously certified outside the state and are seeking certification in Arkansas, you will need to contact the OLTC (Office of Long Term Care – a division of the Arkansas Department of Human Services) to obtain reciprocity/certification transfer forms.

Prometric is the company that Arkansas uses to develop and administer the CNA Competency Exam. Their site has a great deal of information about being a nursing assistant in Arkansas. Their website http://www.prometric.com/NurseAide/AR.htm gives links to bulletins, practice tests, the Arkansas Nursing Assistant Eligibility Screening Application Form, and more.

Once you complete a CNA training program in Arkansas, you have one year to pass the competency examination, and you can challenge the exam three times. Failure to pass both the written and skills sections of the exam within the twelve months or within three attempts requires the student to retrain.

Although there are some programs offered online, Arkansas requires clinical training hours as well. There are a number of places to obtain training in Arkansas, including:

  • Phillips Community College – Locations in DeWitt, Helena and Stuttgart

  • University of Arkansas – Locations in Hope, Morrilton, and Batesville

  • East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City

  • Arkansas State University in Searcy

  • Norwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville

Under Federal law, a CNA course must have at least 75 hours of classes and clinical training but many states have mandated more hours. To get a list of those programs that meet Arkansas’ requirements for both classroom instruction and clinical training hours, call the OLTC office and ask that a listing be mailed to you.