CNA Training in Arkansas

by Maria Pavel on February 26, 2011

Arkansas has a great need for Certified Nursing Assistants, just like a lot of other places. Guidelines for training and testing to become a CNA are provided by the Arkansas Nurse Registry Office. This office also maintains a list of CNAs currently licensed to work along with records of felony convictions. Doing this insures high quality care in the state.

Requirements to become a CNA in Arkansas include passing the written and skill portions of the CNA State Exam, good skills, and submitting fingerprint cards for a federal background check. The starting salary average for CNAs in Arkansas is $9.21 per hour with an increase with more experience. Yearly salaries range from $18,720 to $22,880.

Training for Certified Nursing Assistants in Arkansas includes classroom training of at least 75 hours and clinical training of 100 hours. Some of these state approved programs may differ in these numbers of hours. If you’re licensed as a CNA in another state and move to Arkansas, you can contact the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry or OLTC so they can verify your status for reciprocity.

Some state approved training CNA programs in Arkansas include:

1  Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas: The cost is $822 that covers fees for late registration, course change, tuition, graduation, transcript, learning strategies and laboratory.

2. University of Arkansas Community College in Hope, Arkansas: The costs don’t include fees but are for tuition only. These are $378 for residents of Hempstead County, $413 for Arkansas residents, and $413 for residents out of state.

3. Arkansas Northeastern College on Burdette Center Highway in Burdette, Arkansas: Costs for only tuition, excluding fees, are $364 for Arkansas residents, $434 for residents of other counties, $784 for residents of other states, $434 for Missouri and Tennessee residents and $784 for international residents.

4. Ouachita Technical in Malvern, Arkansas: The estimated costs are $489 for residents of Arkansas, $922 for residents of other states, and $1,415 for international students.

5. Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute in Forrest City, Arkansas: The cost is $760 for 360 hours of classroom and clinical training each semester.

6. UAM College of Technology in Crossett, Arkansas: The total cost of $615 covers books and supplies.

If you’re still in need of more information regarding Certified Nursing Assistant training programs in Arkansas, the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry can answer your questions. They can be reached through the Arkansas Department of Human Services, or the Office of Long Term Care.

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