Nurse Practitioner Education Programs in Arkansas

Becoming an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) in Arkansas requires completion of an educational program in a specific specialization of advanced nursing and certification in this category and specialization by a nationally recognized certifying agency that is recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Certification agencies for nurse practitioners recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing include the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the National Certification Corporation, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

The Board of Nursing accepts advanced nursing educational programs in the nurse practitioner specialization offered by accredited nursing schools throughout the country. Online nurse practitioner programs offer a unique opportunity for registered nurses to complete their education while maintaining a work, life and education balance. Programs are usually offered in a flexible format that can be completed at an accelerated pace or at a pace that fits a registered nurse’s schedule. Some nursing schools in Arkansas offer students an online option as well as an on-campus option. Research nurse practitioner programs offered in Arkansas below.

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According to the Advance for Nurse Practitioners 2008 Salary Survey, nurse practitioners in Arkansas earn an average annual salary of $79,494. Salaries trended significantly upward for ANPs with more than six years of experience.

Schools Offering Nurse Practitioner Programs in Arkansas

Maryville University

Maryville University – St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Programs Offered Online: MSN – (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – AGNP)

Spring Arbor University

The Spring Arbor University MSN programs are in the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN – Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for National certification as an Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Request information about these MSN programs today.

Programs Offered: Online MSN – (Concentrations: MSN/MBA, MSN/Education, MSN/Nurse Practitioner)

Frontier Nursing University – Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

Programs Offered: Online ADN – MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN – (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)

Graceland University – School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student’s community.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN – (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)

Regis University – Loretto Height School of Nursing

The Regis University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing (Tracks: Leadership in Health Care Systems – Management or Education), Online DNP – (Tracks: Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Leadership in Health Care)

Arkansas State University – School of Nursing

Programs Offered: MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The MSN program at Arkansas State University is accredited by the NLNAC.

Contact Information:
ASU – Department of Nursing
PO Box 910
Jonesboro, AR 72467
PH: 870-972-3024

University of Central Arkansas

The MSN programs are CCNE accredited. Most courses are offered online in each major.

Programs Offered: MSN – Clinical Nurse Specialist, MSN – Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator Certificate

Contact Information:
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72035
PH: 501-450-5000

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The MSN programs offered at UAMS are CCNE and NLNAC accredited.

Programs Offered: MSN Adult Acute Care NP, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN Family Psych-Mental Health NP, MSN Gerontological NP, MSN Nurse Educator, MSN Pediatric NP, MSN Women’s Health, MSN Nursing Administration

Contact Information:
UAMS College of Nursing
4301 W. Markham Street, # 529
Little Rock, AR 72205
PH: 501-686-5374

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