Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Arkansas. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA. 

CNA Certification Requirements in Arkansas

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, an Arkansas state approved certification needs to be obtained.  In keeping with federal guidelines, nurse aides cannot volunteer or work for compensation in licensed long-term care facilities without proper certification and listing on the state registry. The state’s department of health has an established curriculum for training and testing of nurse aides. Long-term care facilities may hire non-certified nurse aide students for a period of 4 months (120 days) while they pursue training and competency evaluation. The 120-day allowance is not renewable.

Become a CNA in Arkansas

Here are the steps to follow in order to become an Arkansas certified CNA:

1.Enroll in a state certified school.

2.Complete the training. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses).

3. Register to take the state CNA exam.

4. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Arkansas, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English.Most Arkansas CNA training providers require students to possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and they must be at least 18 years old. The average cost of CNA training in Arkansas is $800. Tuition varies according to the institution. Programs consist of a combination of classroom and clinical instruction over the course of 90 hours.

Here are a few local CNA Classes  in Arkansas

CNA Classes in Benton

PAL CNA Training Academy: (507) 776-8422

Search All Arkansas State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in Arkansas (free CNA training available)

Arkansas CNA Testing

Prometric administers the nurse aide competency exam and manages the nurse aide registry in Arkansas. There is a  two-part exam that tests nurse aides’ readiness to provide care to residents at long term care facilities. Candidates must pass both components of the exam in order to obtain placement on the registry. The written test contains 60 multiple-choice questions to test nurse aides knowledge and skills. Students have 90 minutes to complete all 60 questions. You must pass all five skills in order to pass the skills exam. Prometric will add you to the state’s registry if you pass both written and skills exams. If you fail one component of the exam, you can retest up to three times. Thereafter, you’ll have to complete another 90 hours of training before you’re eligible to take the exam again.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written and skills exam – $75

  • Written retest – $20

  • Oral retest – $20

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