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ARSBN - Licensing

The Nurse Practice Act requires that any person practicing as a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, registered nurse practitioner, practical nurse, or psychiatric technician nurse in this state shall be licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Nurse Practice Act requires biennial license renewal for practicing nurses. Nurses who allow their licenses to lapse and who have not practiced nursing during the preceding licensure period may be reinstated upon request, payment of the renewal fee, late penalty, and after meeting the continuing education requirements.Nurses who do not renew are in good standing as long as they do not practice nursing in Arkansas, but must meet all requirements when reactivating license.  

Temporary permits may be issued to Arkansas licensed nurses who are graduates of a nursing program. This permit allows a nurse to practice between graduation and receipt of results of the first examination for which the licensee is eligible. Temporary permits may be issued to qualified RN and LPN endorsement applicants holding current licensure in other states.  

RNs and LPNs holding a license from a compact multistate which is their primary state of residence may practice nursing in Arkansas.

License Renewal
Licensure by Examination Information
Expedited Renewal Application
Licensure by Endorsement Information
Continuing Education Information
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) 
Nurse Portal
Verification Information & Registry Search
Criminal Background FAQs
Criminal Background Information
Criminal Background Checks
Licensing Restrictions Based on Criminal Records


What is a MA-C?

Act 1423 of the 2005 Arkansas legislative session authorized the use of trained and certified medication assistants in nursing homes in Arkansas. Medication Assistants are required to successfully complete an education program and pass a certification exam before being allowed to function in the role of Medication Assistant Certified (MA-C) in a nursing home.

Medication Assistants are utilized in over 30 states in the United States and have proven to effectively reduce the number of medication errors in nursing homes. The use of medication assistants in Arkansas nursing homes will allow the nurse to spend more time focusing on the residents and supervising the care given by the CNA’s, resulting in quality care for our most vulnerable population.


Approved Medication Assistant Programs

Arkansas State University – Mtn. Home 
1600 So. College
Mtn. Home, AR 72653
Dr. Julia Gist, Dean

MA-C Brochure
Medication assistant testing information 
Instructions and Notification of Intent for Use of Medication Assistants-Certified in Nursing Homes 
Medication Assistant-Certified Endorsement Application and Instructions



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