Healthy Communities

ASBN - Medication Assistant (Certified)

Act 1423 of the 2005 Arkansas legislative session authorized the use of trained and certified medication assistants in nursing homes in Arkansas. In June 2021, the Rules were updated to authorize the use of Medication Assistants-Certified in designated facilities in Arkansas. A designated facility is defined as any Board approved facility to include a nursing home or a facility operated as a local correctional facility as defined by ACA §12-41-107. Medication Assistants are required to successfully complete an education program and pass a certification exam; or complete a portion of a nursing education program equivalent to the MA-C education program and pass a certification exam, before being allowed to function in the role of Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) in a designated facility.

Approved MA-C Programs

Arkansas Northeastern College – Blytheville
2501 S. Division St.
PO Box 1109
Blytheville, AR  72316
Brenda Holifield, Dean

Arkansas State University - Beebe
PO Box 909
Searcy, AR  72145
Cindy Smith – Director
(501) 207-6215

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

Arkansas State University – Newport
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR  72112
Judith Coggin, Instructor

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
Lisa Pittman – Head Instructor
479-508-8500, ext 6352

East Arkansas Community College – Forrest City
1700 New Castle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Dr. Terri Moody, Director

Northwest Technical Institute
709 South Old Missouri Road
Springdale, AR  72764
Dr. Debra Walker – Director
(479) 751-8824 ext 123

University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College – North Little Rock
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Talayia Johnson, Director


Welcome to Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN). The information contained herein is designed to assist you with the information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

THE FIRST STEP in application submission is to create an account in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

Click HERE to view the video for instructions on the CREATION OF AN ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL ACCOUNT.

Once you have created your Nurse Portal account, sign in to your Nurse Portal account to submit an application.  

Once you have submitted an application, you may monitor the status of your application by accessing your Nurse Portal account and clicking on view status.

Click HERE to view the video for instructions on How to Check Application Status.

For more information about a specific application, click on the respective application name listed below.

Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Initial Application (required for individuals that have completed Medication Assistant Certified training from an Arkansas MA-C program):

Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Endorsement Application (required for individuals that have completed Medication Assistant Certified training from another state and are applying for MA-C in Arkansas):



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