Arkansas FNP Programs
We do not currently have any FNP programs in our directory for Arkansas. You may consider an Online FNP program, or another Masters in Nursing program - there are 4 MSN programs in our directory in Arkansas.
Three of the state-approved schools for MSN programs in Arkansas are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and two are accredited by The Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing (ACEN).
A nursing license granted by the Board of Nursing in Arkansas is relatively versatile in terms of relocation: Arkansas is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), an agreement that allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure in those states.
Online MSN Programs in Arkansas
The following state-approved schools offer fully or partially online Master of Science in Nursing programs in Arkansas.
Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University offers 4 tracks within its Master of Science in Nursing program, but only three of these tracks take place substantially online: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Administration. Core and supplementary classes are conducted online, but the program does require periodic on-campus classes and meetings.
Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech offers a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management (NAEM), which includes a set of core courses followed by concentration work in either administration or emergency management. This degree can be completed online.
University of Arkansas
The MSN at the University of Arkansas is specifically designed for those wishing to pursue the Nurse Educator path. This is a four-semester (plus one summer) course, and both full-time and part-time options are available. The program will help to arrange practicum clinical hours with an approved preceptor.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
This school offers a Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) that prepares students to become nurse practitioners or administrators. Though core (and some specialty) courses are conducted online, occasional on-campus presence is required and clinical experiences are arranged in the student's geographic vicinity. Note that since the fall of 2017, the MNSc has been decreasing the number of specialties (within the Nurse Practitioner track) that they can accommodate; thoroughly checking the course catalog prior to applying is recommended.
Nursing Licensure in Arkansas
Advanced Practice Nurses with prescriptive authority must include 5 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics study pertaining to their specialty as a component their continuing education coursework. Arkansas is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure.
After completing their Master’s study, Arkansas nurses can apply for and obtain an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license and should seek accreditation from an Arkansas state-approved national certification institution associated with their specialty, such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the National Certification Corporation (NCC), or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).
Salary Information for Nurse Practitioners in Arkansas
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2018 the annual mean salary for nurse practitioners in Arkansas was $104,300 (lower than the national estimate, which is $110,030). Arkansas registered nurses earned an annual mean salary of $60,780 (the national average was estimated to be $75,510) and nursing anesthetists in Arkansas earned $186,970 (compared to an estimated national average of $174,790). Nursing instructors in this state earned an annual mean salary of $54,920, significantly lower than the national average of $81,350 (BLS).