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ASBAT - Filing a Complaint

Overview of Responsibilities

The board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints placed against athletic trainers and has authority to conduct investigations, enforce regulations and impose sanctions when a violation of law or regulation has occurred.

The Handling of Complaints

The Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training receives complaints against its licensees and will determine if the complaint falls within its jurisdiction. If the complaint is within the board’s jurisdiction, an investigation will be conducted.

The Complainant is notified of the board’s decision on each complaint. You should note, however, that the proper conduct of an investigation can be a time-consuming process and it may be several months before the investigation is completed and a decision is reached.

If a violation of the law or regulation has occurred, the board may give the licensee an opportunity to come into compliance with the law or regulation, or the board may determine that other action is necessary. If there is no violation of law or regulation, the file on the complaint is closed.

If the investigation should result in a formal hearing, the board may subpoena persons to testify at that hearing if it is believed that their testimony is essential to the case.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be submitted on the complaint form. It is important that you include as much fact as is available, including such things as the date(s) of the alleged action, the licensee’s full name and address, the exact nature of the complaint, the names of other individuals who might be involved and their relationship to the complaint, as well as any other information which will assist in the investigation.

The board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, may contact you for additional information and will notify you of the board’s decision concerning the complaint.

ASBAT - Licenses and Forms

Licenses:

Forms:

ASBAT - Board Information

The Board is composed of five members appointed by the Governor for terms of three years. Four members are athletic trainers licensed to engage in athletic training in the state of Arkansas. One member is a consumer who is not actively engaged in or retired from the practice of athletic training, medicine, physical therapy, or employment by an athletic department of an accredited educational institution. This member is a full voting member.

Board Members
Ronald J. Carroll, AT, Chairman
Terry DeWitt, AT, Secretary/Treasurer
Chris Turnage, Public Member
Natalie Trotter, AT Member
Michael Neal, AT
Joe West, Assistant, Attorney General, Attorney for the Board
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director, Staff
Lyndsey Collins, Administrative Specialist III, Staff

Minutes: For Board minutes earlier than 2019, contact the Athletic Training Board office:

Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training

The Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training was created by Act 1124 of 2001. Prior to that time, a committee appointed by the Governor worked with the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy to license and regulate the activities of Athletic Trainers.

The Board is a licensing and regulatory organization created to issue license for athletic training and to uphold the standards prescribed by statute to protect the health of the public.

Roster:

Resources:

Rules:

Staff
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director
Lyndsey Collins, Administrative Specialist III
Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training 9 Shackleford Plaza
Suite 3
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 683-4076 (501) 228-0294

ASBPT - Disciplinary Action

From May 28, 2009 to Present

ASBPT - Continuing Education

Please select a form below to view and print:

Continuing Education Procedures

I. Requirements:

II. Jurisprudence Exam:

III. Approval of CEU Programs:

IV. Content of CEU Programs/College Courses for CEUs:

V. Failure to Comply

ASBPT - Filing a Complaint

Overview of Responsibilities

The board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints placed against physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and has authority to conduct investigations, enforce regulations and impose sanctions when a violation of law or regulation has occurred.

The Handling of Complaints

The Board of Physical Therapy receives complaints against its licensees and will determine if the complaint falls within its jurisdiction. If the complaint is within the board's jurisdiction, an investigation will be conducted.

The Complainant is notified of the board's decision on each complaint. You should note, however, that the proper conduct of an investigation can be a time-consuming process and it may be several months before the investigation is completed and a decision is reached.

If a violation of the law or regulation has occurred, the board may give the licensee an opportunity to come into compliance with the law or regulation, or the board may determine that other action is necessary. If there is no violation of law or regulation, the file on the complaint is closed.

If the investigation should result in a formal hearing, the board may subpoena persons to testify at that hearing if it is believed that their testimony is essential to the case.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be submitted on the enclosed complaint form. It is important that you include as much fact as is available, including such things as the date(s) of the alleged action, the licensee's full name and address, the exact nature of the complaint, the names of other individuals who might be involved and their relationship to the complaint, as well as any other information which will assist in the investigation.

The board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, may contact you for additional information and will notify you of the board's decision concerning the complaint.

ASBPT - License Verification

If you did not find the licensee you were looking for please check the Physical Therapist Compact Commission Verification Webpage to see if the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant holds a compact privilege in Arkansas. For the Physical Therapist Compact Commission Verification Webpage, please click https://purchase.ptcompact.org/Verify.

ASBPT - Forms and Links

Please select a form below to view and print:

Links

ASBPT - Online Services

ASBPT - Rules

ASBPT - Applying for Licensure

Please select a file below to view and print:

ASBPT - Board Information

The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor for three year terms. Four of those members are to be from each congressional district in order to provide statewide representation of physical therapists. One member shall not be engaged in or retired from the practice of physical therapy and shall serve as the representative of the public interest. This is a voting member but shall not participate in examination administration.

The Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy was created by Act 1232 of 1991. Prior to that time licensing was by the Arkansas Medical Board.

The Board is a licensing and regulatory organization created to protect the public from incompetent, unprofessional and unlawful practice of physical therapy. Laws are established to set forth standards for the practice of physical therapy, continuing education and testing, and to define the scope and limitations of practice. The board receives, investigates and adjudicates complaints against licensees. The most important function of the board is consumer protection.

Board Members
Sam Denton, PT Member
Velvet Medlock, PT Member
Rob Jordan, PT Member
Rob Tillman, PT Member
Don Pierce, Public Member
Sara Farris, Attorney for the Board
Staff Members
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director
Lyndsey R. Kinsey, Administrative Specialist III

Minutes: For board minutes earlier than 2020, contact the ASBPT office.

Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

Criminal Background Checks

Effective February 20, 2020, the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy will implement fingerprint-based criminal background checks under ArCA §17-93-303(b) and ArCA §17-93-304(b). This requirement will apply to all new applicants and reinstatements as of February 20, 2020. Please review the applications for licensure form and reinstatement form for instructions pertaining to this new requirement.

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) is a state-based solution to the challenges of interstate licensure portability for physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs). It will improve patient access to physical therapy services by giving eligible licensees in participating states a faster, less expensive alternative to traditional licensure.

On March 5, 2019 Governor Hutchinson signed into law HB 1421, which establishes the Interstate Physical Therapy Licensure Compact in Arkansas. The PT Compact Commission has continued to work on establishing the various systems necessary to issue Compact Privileges and Arkansas will actively issue and accept Compact Privileges beginning February 28, 2020.

The Compact Commission has set a fee of $45, and the Arkansas fee of $50 was adopted by the Arkansas Board on July 18, 2019 to be effective after new Rules are adopted.

Information regarding the availability of compact privileges and the procedure for applying for a privilege is available online at www.ptcompact.org.

Individuals applying for a compact privilege to Arkansas must pass the AR state Board of Physical Therapy Jurisprudence Exam. The exam is to be completed on the Board's website.

Board Staff
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director
Lyndsey R. Kinsey, Administrative Specialist III

Board Meetings:

Resources:

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy 9 Shackleford Plaza
Suite 3
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 228-7100 (501) 228-0294
 

ABESPA - About

The Board is comprised of seven members. These include professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology (at least 2 from each field), a consumer representative, and a senior citizen representative. The members are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms and may serve two full consecutive terms. Board members may be reimbursed for expenses, but otherwise receive no compensation.

Current Board Members Location Term Expiration
Elizabeth Williams
MS, CCC-SLP
Board Chairperson
Fayetteville, AR 6.30.20
Aimee Cloud
MS, CCC-SLP
Treasurer
Conway, AR 6.30.20
Dr. Andrea Sieczkowski
Board Member
Maumelle, AR 6.30.22
Geraldine Sterling
MS, CCC-SLP
Vice Chair
Little Rock, AR 6.30.21
Dr. Randall Cummings
Senior Representative
Hot Springs Village, AR  6.30.22
Dr. Zachary Ward
Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Board Member
Little Rock, AR 6.30.21

*New Position Available: Consumer Representative

Board Meetings:

ABESPA - Disciplinary Action

What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?

The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek the provisions of speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal the Board’s mission is to assure a process is provided by which consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

Who can/should file a complaint?

A complaint should be filed by anyone who believes that an individual has acted illegally, irresponsibly, or unprofessionally in providing care to a client. The most effective complaints are those that contain verifiable, firsthand information. The Board cannot act on anonymous complaints. To that end all complaints must include a signature.

What types of complaints does ABESPA handle?

What types of complaints are outside of ABESPA’s jurisdiction?

How do I file a complaint?

A complaint must be submitted in writing and signed before it can be processed. Individuals who file complaints are notified in writing of the status of their complaint throughout the process.

When submitting a complaint, a statement should be provided in the individuals own words, which explains the nature of their complaint. Provide as much detail as possible as well as any copies of documents, such as patient records, photographs, contracts, correspondence, etc. that can be used as evidence. Original copies should not be provided. Dates, times, and the type of service received should be included when possible. It is not necessary to cite sections of the law that have allegedly been violated.

How are complaints processed?

Notification of the receipt of the complaint will be mailed to the complainant. While confidential and not public record, the board must disclose information to the licensee regarding the complaint. Licensees who are named in the complaint are given 30 days to respond to any accusations.

Complaints are reviewed by board members at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The board may dispose of the complaint informally through correspondence or conference or may forward the complaint to an investigation officer.

If forwarded to an investigator, that investigator may contact the complainant during the course of the investigation.

Are licensees required to report unprofessional conduct by colleagues?

The ABESPA Code of Ethics mandates that the licensee is responsible for reporting alleged misrepresentation or violation of the act or rules to the Board.

Resources:

ABESPA - Consumer Information

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What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?

The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal, the Board’s mission is to assure there is a process where consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

What does the Board Do?

Audiologists

Who is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Those hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of hearing and balance disorders, leading to improved outcomes and a higher quality of life.

What does an Audiologist do?

Requirements for Licensing

Speech-Languagte Pathologists

Who is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism spectrum disorders.

What does Speech-Language Pathologist do?

Requirements for Licensing

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Who is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

Speech-language pathology assistants are individuals who, following academic and on-the-job training, performs tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by licensed speech-language pathologists.

What does Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant do?

Requirements for Licensing

SLPA Licensing Information

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ABESPA - Application Information

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Upon initial licensure, an applicant is granted a grace period to work while his/her initial application is being processed. Upon receipt of a completed application packet, a letter will be sent to the applicant granting the grace period. Below are the licensure requirements listed by licensure type.

In order to apply for licensure, you may complete an application online then mail it in with the $140.00 application fee via check or money order, as well as the required documentation listed below. Transcripts and Verifications of Licensure must remain in a sealed envelope.

Below are the requirements listed by license type:

Important Documents:

ABESPA - Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

In Arkansas, a registration process is used to recognize and approve the use of Speech Language Pathology Assistants and Aides in all settings. Individuals who wish to work as a speech-language pathology assistant or a speech-language pathology aide must register with his/her supervising speech-language pathologist with the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), or the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The setting where the Speech Language Pathology Assistant will be used dictates which agency the individuals register with:

Once the appropriate application is completed and approved, the names of the supervising SLP, SLP-Assistant, and SLP-Aide are placed on a registration list by each agency and all lists are submitted to ABESPA. Individuals registering with ABESPA are approved through June 30 and must re-register by July 1 each year. Individuals registering with ADE are approved through August 31 and must re-register by September 1 each year.

A registration number is assigned to the SLP-Assistant and a memo with this number is provided each time the SLP-Assistant registers or renews registration. This memo verifies that the SLP-Assistant is registered and can be submitted to Medicaid. In the future if an individual registers with another agency, the initial registration number will be used.

Resources:

Helpful links for SLP-A registration information:

ABESPA - Licensee Renewal Information

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Renewal Information

Renewal notices are sent annually in April. All licenses shall be renewed annually by July 15, to avoid delinquent renewal fees. Please remember all licenses expire on June 30th of each year.

Mailed Renewals

Renewals that are mailed to the Board office will be processed as quickly as possible. Remember they must be postmarked by July 15th or be considered delinquent. If you wish to confirm that we have received your renewal documentation, we recommend sending it via certified mail.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

CPEs shall consist of a series of planned learning experiences beyond the educational programs that have led to the degree that qualifies one for licensure. The licensee must participate in CPE activities of at least ten (10) clock hours for each license period (July 1 through June 30 of each year). At least five (5) of these hours must be in Content Area I. Dual licensees must complete fifteen (15) clock hours with a minimum of five (5) hours in each discipline from Content Area I. Renewal of a license shall be contingent upon the licensee fulfilling the CPE requirements, submitting an annual CPE report, and maintaining evidence for possible audit.

Provisional and full licensees are not required to complete a report of continuing professional education and will not be audited during the initial licensing year, but will need to submit the report to document a minimum of ten (10) hours for the next licensing period (7/1 to 6/30). There is no exemption for the year in which the provisional license is converted to a full license unless it occurs in the initial licensing year.

Full instructions including definitions of content areas and audit information can be found in Section 9 of the rules and regulations.

Audits

Annually, the Board will select licensees for audit. Audits are randomly selected and licensees will be notified by mail. Licensees who are audited are required to submit verification of CPE’s submitted, including information regarding date, the content of course, and number of hours.

Inactive Status

Inactive status is available for licensees who wish to no longer practice in the state of Arkansas. To apply for inactive status the licensee must hold a license that is active. If inactive status is requested more than 30 days after expiration, late fees will apply. Requests for inactive status must be made to the Board in writing.

Delinquent Renewals

Delinquent renewals will be accepted by the board through the mail. A licensee is considered delinquent if it is postmarked after July 15, and a late fee will apply. In order to renew after July 15, a licensee must contact the Board to receive the additional required documentation.

Resources:

Important Documents:

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

Updated Rules:

Announcements & Resources:

Are You?

The function of the Board is to examine the credentials and qualifications of Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, and Audiologists who wish to provide services to the people of Arkansas, and to issue licenses or registration to those individuals who meet the standards set forth in §17-100-101 et seq. The Board acts on behalf of consumers by handling complaints to ensure that quality speech-language pathology and audiology services are delivered to the public.

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 101 East Capitol, Suite 103
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-9180 501-682-9181

ASBN - Military Spouse

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a military spouse is an individual who is currently married to an active duty service member or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service.

There are several situations in which a spouse would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you the spouse of an active duty service member or the spouse of a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information 

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application.  During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of active duty military member” or “Yes, Spouse of veteran within one (1) year of discharge”

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of active duty military member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of veterans within one (1) year of discharge include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1

Situation 2:

Are you the spouse of an active duty service member or the spouse of a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks, “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of active duty military member” or “Yes, Spouse of veteran within one (1) year of discharge”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of active duty military member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of veterans within one (1) year of discharge include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you the spouse of an active duty service member or the spouse of a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service? Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of active duty military member” or “Yes, Spouse of veteran within one (1) year of discharge”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of active duty military member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of veterans within one (1) year of discharge include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Veteran

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a Veteran is an individual who has served on active duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, for any length of time, and has been honorably discharged within one (1) year from active duty.

There are several situations in which a veteran would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you a veteran that has been discharged within one (1) year from active duty and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”  You will select “Yes, Veteran within one (1) year of discharge" and upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1

Situation 2:

Are you a veteran that has been honorably discharged within one (1) year from active duty and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

Please select “Yes, Veteran within one (1) year of discharge and upload supporting documents." Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination? And, are you a veteran that has been honorably discharged within one (1) year from active duty?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application.  During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?” Please select “Yes, Veteran within one (1) year of discharge” and upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:


Resources:

 

Military Education and Training

Arkansas State Board of Nursing allows an individual who has graduated from one of the listed military programs, to submit application and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX®. If an individual is already licensed, refer to endorsement of a license. 

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Active Duty Military

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, an active duty service member is an individual who is currently serving on an "active duty" status in a branch of the United States Armed Forces, the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.

Members of the Arkansas National Guard may also receive support services as active duty service members if they are currently designated as serving on active duty status.

There are several situations in which an active duty military member would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you an active duty military member and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Active duty military member- request waiver of fee” or “Yes, Active duty military member- I do not request waiver of fee."

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1:

Situation 2:

Are you an active duty military member and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

Please select “Yes, Active duty military member” and upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination? And, are you an active duty military member?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active duty member of the military of the United States or a veteran within one (1) year of discharge from service?”

Please select “Yes, Active duty military member” and upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Military Education and Training

Arkansas State Board of Nursing allows an individual who has graduated from one of the listed military programs, to submit application and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX®. If an individual is already licensed, refer to endorsement of a license.

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Military

Introduction

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) is committed to honoring the service of active-duty members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Arkansas National Guard and their families. ASBN recognizes that these individuals experience unique challenges during the nursing licensure process. We strive to enhance the licensure process for military personnel and their families by streamlining certain services to qualified individuals. Several licensure support services are offered once all required documents are received; services include expedited temporary permit licensure and preferential processing during issuance of a permanent license.

The information listed on this site identifies additional support services to assist in understanding the laws associated with respective military designation, streamlining licensure process, obtaining Arkansas licensure, and availability of other important resources.


Military Designation

In addition to information listed on this page, click the respective link below for information related to an individual’s specific military designation status.


Arkansas Nurse Practice Act (NPA) & Rules Related to Military Nurses and Spouses

As mandated by Act 820 of the 2019 and Act 248 of the 2017 Arkansas legislative sessions, the ASBN has adopted rules to assist active-duty members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Arkansas National Guard and their spouses in obtaining nursing licensure.

Note: An Arkansas active duty military nurse that is being deployed outside the state can upload to nurse portal account, a request for review of expiration date extension and waiver of continuing education requirements. Also upload deployment orders.

Click here to access Arkansas NPA & Rules in their entirety.


Licensure Portability Between States

In order to practice nursing in Arkansas, an individual is required to be licensed. Arkansas is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice physically, electronically or telephonically in both their home state (Primary State of Residence or PSOR) and other states that have joined the NLC. APRNs are not issued a license under the NLC.

There is specific licensure information that should be reviewed:


Educational Opportunities

Resources

Active-duty members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Arkansas National Guard and their families can find helpful information using the links below.

ASBN - APRN Renewal Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses that wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas APRN license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state. The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process.

Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

General Instructions

  1. APRN Late Renewal Application
    • No application is complete until all required documentation (if applicable) and fees are received.
  2. Fee Information
    • Click here for current fees.
    • The accepted method of payment is with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover).
    • Verify that the charges are correct before submitting application.
    • ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
    • Late renewal fees are added to regular renewal fee.
    • You will receive a payment receipt by email which should be printed as proof of payment.
  3. APRN licensure requirements include:
    • Maintenance of National Certification related to you area of certification, and
    • Active unencumbered Arkansas RN license OR active unencumbered multistate compact RN license.
    • If out of practice greater than two (2) years a refresher course or extensive orientation is required.
    • If you have Prescriptive Authority, additional requirements include five (5) hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in your area of APRN certification within the last two (2) years. Note: Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRN’s in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

ASBN - RN Approved Baccalaureate Degree Programs

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 
School of Nursing
P. O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 680-8201; Fax: (870) 972-2954
www.astate.edu 
Dr. Mollie Manning, Chair
E-mail:mmanning@astate.edu

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Department of Nursing
Dean Hall
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Phone: (479) 968-0383; Fax: (479) 968-0219
www.atu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Daily, Chair
Email:sdaily@atu.edu

HARDING UNIVERSITY 
College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-0001
Phone: (501) 279-4476; Fax: (501) 279-4669
www.harding.edu 
Dr. Susan Kehl, Dean
Email: skehl@harding.edu

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY 
Department of Nursing
HSU Box 7803 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: (870) 230-5015; Fax: (870) 230-5390
www.hsu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Austin, Chair
Email: austins@hsu.edu

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: (479) 524-1646; Fax:  (479) 524-7441
www.jbu.edu 
Dr. Janet Gardner, Director
Email: jgardner@jbu.edu

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY 
Department of Nursing
100 E.University MSC9402
Magnolia, AR 71753
Phone: (870) 235-4331; Fax: (870) 235-5058
www.saumag.edu 
Dr. Karen Landry. Chair
Email: KarenLandry@saumag.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
606 N. Razorback Road                                                                            
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-4280; Fax:  (479) 575-3218
www.uark.edu
Dr. Susan Patton, Director
Email:  skpatton@uark.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH
Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing
5210 Grand Avenue      College of Health Sciences Office 207
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7844; Fax:  (479) 424-6831
www.uafs.edu
Paula D. Julian, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, CPN Associate Professor, Executive Director of Nursing
Email: Paula.Julian@uafs.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
Division of Nursing
P. O. Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71656-3606
Phone: (870) 460-1069; Fax:  (870) 460-1969
www.uamont.edu 
Dr. Brandy Haley, Dean
Email: haley@uamont.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF
1200 University Drive #4973
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-7076; Fax: (870) 575-8229
www.uapb.edu 
Dr. Kymberly Beard, Chair
Email: beardk@uapb.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES 
College of Nursing
4301 W. Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 686-8493; Fax:  (501) 686-7998
www.nursing.uams.edu 
Dr. Patricia Cowan, Dean
Email: pacowan@uams.edu
Nicole Ward, BSN Program Director
Email:  nnward@uams.edu
Larronda Raney, RN - BSN Director
Email:  lmraney@uams.edu

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS 
Department of Nursing
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-5531; Fax: (501) 450-5560
www.uca.edu/nursing 
Dr. Susan Gatto, Director
Email: Susang@uca.edu

ASBN - Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Arkansas State University
Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 972-3074

Arkansas Tech University
Department of Nursing
Dean Hall
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Phone: (479) 968-0383; Fax: (479) 968-0219
www.atu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Daily, Chair
E-mail: sdaily@atu.edu

Harding University
Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 7 2149
Phone: (501) 279-4476; Fax: (501) 279-4669
www.harding.edu 
Dr. Susan Kehl, Dean
E-mail: skehl@harding.edu

Henderson State University
College of Nursing
HSU Box 7803
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Phone: (870) 230-5015; Fax: (501) 230-5390
www.hsu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Austin, Chair
E-mail: austins@hsu.edu

University Of Arkansas
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
606 Razorback Rd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-4280; Fax: (479) 575-3218
http://online.uark.edu/nurse
Dr. Susan Patton, Director
E-mail: skpatton@uark.edu

University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences
College of Nursing
4301 West Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, AR 72250
Phone: (501) 686-7997

University Of Central Arkansas
Department of Nursing
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-3119 

ASBN - CE Broker

The license renewal process and CE requirements have not changed and at this time the use of CE Broker is not mandatory. However, we encourage our licensees to take advantage of the benefits available through a free Basic Account.

CE Broker is an electronic tracking system for continuing education (CE) that will allow you to have access to a 100 percent free Basic Account. This account provides an easy way to track your completed CE online and simplifies the process of maintaining your CE records and completion certificates.

CE Broker helps nursing professionals in Arkansas track your CE progress. This easy electronic workflow streamlines the ability for you to track your CE history and maintain your documentation or professional portfolio for personal, academic, employment or license renewal purposes.

With CE Broker, licensees and some education providers will be able to electronically enter CE course completion certificates through the tracking system. The information is maintained within CE Brokers centralized database. This simplifies the process of tracking your continuing education with easy reporting, digital storage for your certificates, and a credit counting CE compliance transcript all in one online portal.

Key features of the CE Broker free Basic Account include:

How do I register with CE Broker?

Go to CE Broker and click “account options.” Select “Arkansas” and register for the account of your choosing. You can register for a free Basic account with just your license. The Basic Account will let you report, see your current compliance status, and search for courses. You may opt to use CE Broker’s paid service, but it is not required.

Once you have created your account and logged into the system, click “Report CE” and find the option that best applies. You will need to answer a few questions and then attach the documentation that the Board requires. If you are using your mobile app, you can take a picture of your documentation and upload it via your phone or tablet.

Don’t wait until the last minute to claim your account. If you have questions call the CE Broker Support Center  M-F, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern time at 1-877-434-6323.

Remember, do not forward your CE documentation to the ASBN. Documentation should be sent to CE Broker. If you have registered for your account with CE Broker, the Board will review your records in CE Broker electronically when conducting renewal audits.

Additional CE Broker Options

There are other account options available through CE Broker, such as Professional and Concierge Accounts. These are paid accounts, but are priced reasonably to give all licensees access to them.

With a Professional Account, in addition to other features, CE Broker builds a personal Compliance Transcript, which automatically calculates what specific requirements you have left to complete.

A Concierge Account comes with a dedicated Account Manager who will retrieve completion certificates, report hours on your behalf, and ensure you are ready for renewal on time.

ASBN - Medication Assistants (Certified)

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 MA-C Programs

Arkansas State University – Mtn. Home 
1600 So. College
Mtn. Home, AR 72653
Dr. Julia Gist, Dean
870-508-6154

Applications

Resources

ASBN - Insulin & Glucagon Administration Training Programs

Pursuant to the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as it existed on July 1, 2011, the 2011 Arkansas General Assembly passed a law pertaining to the administration of glucagon by trained volunteer school personnel to Arkansas public school students who are diagnosed with diabetes. Further, the 2015 Arkansas General Assembly passed a law pertaining to the administration of insulin by trained volunteer school personnel to Arkansas public school students who are diagnosed with diabetes.

These laws allow trained volunteer school personnel in the absence of the school nurse to administer glucagon, insulin or both to a child diagnosed with diabetes in an emergency situation. Consequently, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, in collaboration with the Arkansas School Nurses Association and diabetic experts, worked together to identify and approve Insulin and Glucagon Administration Training  programs that meet the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules, Chapter 9.

Approved Training Programs

Certifications of Training

Certificates of Approval

Certificates of Participation

COVID-19 Guidance for Self Home Isolation

WHAT IS ISOLATION?

Isolation is for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19, being in isolation means you must stay home and away from others while you are infectious in order to stop the spread of the virus to anyone else.

LENGTH OF ISOLATION

If you have COVID-19 with mild symptoms, you must isolate until:

​If you have COVID-19 and are not experiencing any symptoms, you must isolate until:

If you have severe COVID-19 and have been hospitalized or if you have a weakened immune system, you must isolate until:

RESTRICTIONS DURING ISOLATION

Additional Help

For immediate sheltering needs for people who are homeless or displaced or cannot safely quarantine at home, please call (501) 661-2136.

For all other issues, contact the ADH call center at (800) 803-7847.

 

 

COVID-19 Reports

General:

Briefing Slides:
These slides are posted any day there is a press briefing.

Educational Institutions:
Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases
*This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Active Cases:
This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Nursing Homes:
This report is generally released on weekdays.

Congregate Settings:
This report is generally released on weekdays.

Contact Tracing:
These reports are generally released on Tuesdays.

Case Investigation:
This report is generally released on Fridays.

Occupational:

Percent Positivity Map

 

 

 

 
 

ASBN - LPTN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

 General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Post Expiration Application Informatoin

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

 General Instructions

1.  ASBN Post Expiration Renewal Application Information

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a. driver’s license with a home address;

b. federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;

c. voter registration card with a home address;

d. military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or

e. W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Post Expiration Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a. driver’s license with a home address;

b. federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;

c. voter registration card with a home address;

d. military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or

e. W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

Plan Review and Submission Portal

The Arkansas Department of Health has introduced and implemented a new ELECTRONIC Plan Submission portal.

WELCOME to the Arkansas Department of Health Plan Review page. The mission of the Arkansas Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans. The plan review process is one important factor in attaining this mission.

The purpose of a plan review process is to ensure that development or building projects comply with the adopted policies and codes. Staff review plan submissions for proposed projects. Plan reviews are coordinated through multiple divisions Engineering (Civil projects: drinking water, civil drawings, drinking wells, etc.), Protective Health Codes (Plumbing, Natural Gas), and Environmental (Retail Food, Wholesale/Manufactured food, Public Swimming Pools/Spas). This coordinated process helps to ensure that all pertinent codes/policies are followed in the design and execution of the project. 

Adhering to the ADH Guiding Principles, the Plan Review staff work diligently to review all projects in a timely manner. While staff is allotted up to 30 days to complete a review, review times vary depending on numerous factors. To ensure the most efficient process, providing complete submissions referencing the current adopted codes is necessary. For more information contact the appropriate division(s).

Plans may now be submitted electronically along with electronic forms and electronic pay capabilities. ADH has also implemented electronic review software, Bluebeam Revu. This is beneficial for submitters who are out of town and out of state thus saving time, gas, and money.

ADH Plan Review Divisions:

Plan Submissions:

Plans may be submitted in person, by mail, or electronically. Plans may be brought in person by contacting the proper division and setting an appointment for review*. If the submitter is unable to wait for review, plans may be dropped off and staff will review them and send documentation of the review. Plans may also be mailed to the ADH central office in Little Rock. For proper routing, each division has a specific slot number that must be included on the address.

*(Please note that appointments or building access may be limited or ceased during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Paper Plan submissions are accepted in the same manner they have been in the past. Each submission should consist of complete plans with all pages required for each specific division required, all associated forms/applications/documents, and associated fees.

All project submissions require a Project Cost Estimate worksheet and Plan Review fee. Projects that are multiple departments (e.g. Plumbing and Retail food) share 1 form and 1 Plan Review Fee. For this example, Plumbing costs and Food establishment costs are added to get the total project cost. The Plan Review fee is then calculated as 1% of the project cost (minimum $50 and maximum $500).

Electronic Plan submissions are submitted through https://planreview.adh.arkansas.gov/. Those submitting plans electronically are required to create a unique user account. The Project Cost Estimate sheet can be electronically filled out and plans submitted as attachments. Please submit attachments as PDF or CAD files. Photos or .JPEG attachments are allowed but they cannot be utilized in the electronic review process and must be printed out for use/review. Upon submission, staff will issue an invoice for payment. Due to system requirements, payment cannot be made until after 9:00 am the following day. Staff will not review or release any approvals until payment is confirmed.  

Staff can attach approval letters or other documentation of the review as an attachment to the file or send via email or postal service.

Divisional:

Retail Food (mobile, kiosk, pushcart, brick & mortar) requires a retail food permit application and initial annual permit fee at the time of submission. Click the Retail Food link here for the Plan Review Packet.

In addition, plans should provide the following:

Manufactured Food also requires a food permit application and initial annual permit fee at the time of submission. Click the Manufactured/Wholesale Food Link here for the Plan Review Packet. Consult the webpage for additional submission requirements.

Plumbing Plan Review submission requirements are contained here.

Engineering-Water and Sewer Utility submission requirements here.

NOTE: HVAC has moved to the Department of Labor.

Divisional Plan Contacts Phone
Retail Food:
Chuck Dumas
501-661-2163
Manufactured/Wholesale Food:
Louis Nevala
Brad Tubbs
501-661-2171
Swimming Pools/Spas:
Cole Kitchens
501-661-2171
Plumbing/Natural Gas:
Josh Hazlewood
Pam McCullah
Bill Sims
501-661-2022
501-661-2650
501-661-2648
Engineering:
Lance Jones
Jeff Stone
501-661-2623
Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Links:

MCH - Public Comments on Five-Year Plan

Faith-Based Outreach

Linking Communities of Faith to Public Health

Who We Are

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) understands the important role that faith plays in helping people have better health outcomes. Faith leaders are trusted messengers within their communities and are on the front lines of fighting many of the health issues that are affecting our communities. The Arkansas Department of Health respects the diversity of religious belief and practice of all people. We believe that all communities of faith and public health can work well together to promote the common goal of improving health and well-being of people, families and communities.

What We Do

The Office of Faith-based Outreach works to inform, educate and empower communities of faith to take an active role in their health. We believe that everybody should have an opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Realizing that communities of faith reach a broad audience, we work with you to identify and address community health concerns, as well as support projects, initiatives and research that will enable every Arkansan to achieve their optimal level of health and well-being.

There is no one right way to improve the health of everyone in a community. The most successful efforts involve different people all working together. We work in collaborative partnership with different ADH programs and community organizations to strengthen, expand resources, and find solutions that will have a lasting positive impact on health. These partnerships also help to build a stronger foundation so that hard-to-reach and at risk persons can have better health.


How May We Help?

Nutrition for Women, Children, and Adolescent Girls

Arkansas residents are facing hardships as a result of COVID-19. Many individuals and families are experiencing economic challenges for the first time and need help. It is important now more than ever to achieve the best physical health possible. Arkansas WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women infants and Children) can help. WIC provides a wide variety of select healthy foods for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, babies, and young children up through five years of age.

Getting Real About Hospital Readmissions

People who are admitted to the hospital sometimes have many health problems. When someone is discharged from the hospital, it is important that they take good care of themselves so that they will not be readmitted to the hospital too early. For people who live in the Arkansas Delta, early readmissions occur more often, are expensive and can often be prevented. In collaboration with the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, we engage faith-focused groups in a process that enables identifying and responding to community resources as it relates to preventable hospital readmissions.

The Power 2B Whole Regional Summits

The Power 2B Whole Regional Summits are an annual gathering of ADH public health professionals, faith and spiritual leaders, community organizations, community stakeholders and advocates that come together to develop solutions, introduce new strategies and fuel collaborations to build healthy and sustainable communities. The original event slated to take place this fall, has been postponed to Spring 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Power 2B Whole organizers will continue to monitor the latest information from health officials to ensure a safe and exciting event for everyone.

Tobacco Free Communities of Faith

Helping people become tobacco free is a major step towards having tobacco free communities. When it comes to quitting tobacco products or using e-cigarettes, different people need different types of support to quit and stay tobacco and nicotine free. Communities of faith provide a place of acceptance and support for those trying to quit. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation offers a variety of trainings and community education designed to help both youth and adults to stop using tobacco and nicotine products, including “No Menthol Sunday”, a National African American Prevention Network program.

Stroke is No Joke

Stroke is a sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow! Not knowing stroke signs and symptoms, or what to do when someone is having a stroke could cost someone their life. Data from the Arkansas Stroke Registry shows that many people experiencing stroke symptoms are NOT calling 911, but instead are arriving to emergency rooms in their private car. ADH in partnership with UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Stroke Program, educates Arkansas hospitals, communities, including faith communities on stroke signs and symptoms using the acronym B.E. F.A.S.T.

Get Vaccinated

Vaccines are a key part of public health, saving millions of lives and billions of dollars by preventing diseases.  Arkansas immunization rate are low and this means many people aren’t protected and are at risk for illnesses that are preventable.  Faith communities and faith leaders can be extremely helpful in encouraging healthy behaviors and educating communities about the importance of immunizations.  We offer free preventive education workshops, as well as provide training on how to conduct a mass flu clinic for your community.

Get Vaccinated: Prevention and You!

Interventions that promote vaccinations are more effective when communities of faith are engaged in the process.  ADH in partnership with ImmunizeAR, offers tools and resources that support community engaged teaching. The toolkits have everything you need to conduct a workshop, including a leaders manual, participant booklet, PowerPoint presentation (with presenter notes) and handouts for the participants. Everything is downloadable and available to print from the following sites:

Living with Chronic Illness

Many Arkansans live with chronic illness and pain, such as uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic conditions and illnesses are constantly changing; a person may feel fine one day, but unable to get out of bed the next day. Many people turn to their faith family for guidance, acceptance and support during difficult health times. If you know someone suffering with a chronic illness, there are many things you can do to help. We offer chronic disease self-management education, as well as resources to help people cope and adapt to chronic illness.

Mental and Emotional Wellness

People are hurting. Faith leaders report that more and more people are coming through their doors struggling with addictions, anxiety, and depression. Research shows there is a strong mind-body connection through which mental, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and environmental factors can directly affect our health. When these things are out of balance, things such as disease, depression, alcohol or drug misuse and suicide can occur. Your faith community can become a healing community. We provide support through trainings that include substance abuse and misuse, as well as suicide awareness and prevention.

Wellness for Women, Adolescents, Infants, and Children

Communities of faith have a genuine concern about the health of their members and broader community.  As a trusted source, you have the power to make a positive impact on health.  ADH is committed to improving the health of women of childbearing age, adolescents, children, infants, and children with special health care needs.  We support the development of family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care.  Learn how you can support better health and well-being for your community.

Moms and Babies Welcome!

For many people, communities of faith are the center of community life; places where physical and spiritual well-being can be nourished and nurtured. Research has shown that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants and more families are deciding to offer the natural nutrition that breast milk provides. We can help you create healthy, friendly faith communities for breastfeeding families.

Know the Signs and Act in Time for Heart Attack

Early symptoms, such as mild or stuttering chest pain, are identified as major risk factors for heart attack. Adults often ignore these warnings and put themselves at risk for significant damage to the heart muscle, or even death. Most heart damage occurs within the first two hours of heart attack. ADH partners with the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council and American College of Cardiology to help bring Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) educational materials to Arkansans. EHAC education teaches people to recognize the early signs and symptoms of heart attack to increase usage of 911 when suspected. To order your materials, complete the form found here and submit as instructed (a version in Spanish is available on the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council page). Another ADH partner is the American Heart Association which provides online education on heart attack warning signs. More information can be found here

Dose of Reality

Communities of faith are often the first to recognize brokeness and are places of refuge for those addicted to prescription pain medicines. Communities of faith are insturmental in helping to address, educate and prevent this growing substance abuse crisis. Learn how you can help! We provide Dose of Reality training for faith leaders and places of worship.

Hometown Health

Healthy communities are places where people live, learn, work, play and worship.  Health interventions that incorporate faith or spiritual elements have proven to be the most achievable.  We understand this matters to you.  The Hometown Health Program supports you in efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles among your faith community. We help you to identify health needs specific to your community of faith and offer tools and resources to help your community take charge of their health.  Whatever health goal you would like to achieve—we can help.

 

We Would Love to Hear from You!
If you are interested in any of these programs or would like more information please contact:

Office Contact Phone Email
Arkansas Department of Health
Kimberly Hayman
Faith-based Outreach Coordinator
501.280.4545 Kimberly.Hayman@arkansas.gov

Whatever you need--health education, disease prevention, health promotion, or training--we have it. If we don't have it, we will do our best to find it.
 

Materials & Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Communities of Faith

The following resources are meant to support specific needs and interests of diverse communities of faith. This page will be continually updated as we learn more.

CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Communities of Faith

Faith Specific Guidance for Communities of Faith

COVID-19 Download Signage

FAITH Network Toolkit

Mental Health

Drive-Thru Testing


COVID-19 Burials, Funerals, Memorials

Every faith community has unique practices to honor the deceased, however due to COVID-19 traditional practices and rituals may need to be changed. The following are considerations for communities of faith.

General Resources:

Faith-Specific:

Additional Resources:

The following community organizations share our passion for improving health and support efforts of the Office of Faith-based Outreach.

  

 

Connect with us:

  

ASBN - License Verification

The public, licensees, nursing employers, and other state boards or organizations can obtain verification of licensure information to confirm if an individual holds a current, valid nursing license in Arkansas. Arkansas has paperless licensure since an Arkansas license is issued and maintained electronically.

Do not accept the blue plastic card or a copy of the license verification report as a reliable verification that the person is licensed; check license verification for yourself.

The following options are available for verification of an Arkansas nursing license:

  1. Nursys® Nurses' verification
    • ​The Nursys licensure and disciplinary database is the repository of data provided directly from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and is primary source equivalent. For participating states, go to www.nursys.com. If the original state of nurse licensure is not a Nursys® participant, contact the original state licensing board. NOTE: To verify Arkansas RNP and LPTN licenses you must access the ASBN Registry Search. Access and view or download discipline documents as applicable.
  2. ASBN Registry Search\License Verification
    • The Arkansas State Board of Nursing license verification portal is a database for license lookup and is considered a primary source of verification. For verification of an Arkansas license, go to https://arsbn.boardsofnursing.org/licenselookup.

Resources:

COVID-19 Recursos en Español

Para protegerse y proteger a los demás, el ADH recomienda:

Pruebas

Si tienen fiebre, tos, o dificultad para respirar o si cree que ha estado expuesto a COVID-19, llame anticipadamente a su médico o solicite una cita para hacerse la prueba en la Unidad Local de Salud. Las pruebas están disponibles.

De clic aquí para ver el calendario de eventos programados donde se harán pruebas alrededor del estado.

Use el mapa que se encuentra abajo para encontrar un lugar que ofrece pruebas cerca de usted. En las Unidades Locales de Salud, las cuales se encuentran marcadas en rojo, las pruebas son gratuitas y no se requiere tener seguro médico. Llame primero para hacer una cita.

 

Aislamiento and Cuarentena

     

 

Actualización del estatus

Haga clic aquí para un ver un mapa que detalla la última información de casos en Arkansas. “Total COVID-19 Cases” refiere el número total de casos en todo el estado. “Active cases” son los casos que están actualmente activos. “Recoveries” muestra el número de personas que se han recuperado. “Deaths” muestra el número de personas que han muerto por COVID-19. También puede hacer clic en cualquier condado para tener más información acerca del área.

Directivas

Una lista completa de directivas de ADH está disponible haciendo clic aquí, pero las que se enumeran a continuación están disponibles en español. Haga clic en cualquiera de ellas para obtener todos los detalles.

Recursos

Haga clic en cualquiera de los siguientes enlaces para obtener más información sobre el tema.

Videos

 

 

ADH Event Plan Submission

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is how public health officials track the spread of an infectious disease outbreak. When a patient is confirmed to have an illness, they isolate themselves to prevent further spread of that illness. Public health staff help those who have been infected recall where they have been and with whom they had close contact while they were infectious. Those “contacts” are contacted by public health staff and asked to quarantine themselves to stop further spread of the illness.

What data is available?

The latest reports from our contact tracing partners are available here.

Who is considered a contact?


Contact tracing focuses on close contacts while a positive patient was infectious. The infectious period begins 48 hours before the patient’s symptoms began. If the person with COVID-19 never developed symptoms, the infectious period begins the 48 hours before the positive test was collected. A person is considered a close contact if they have been within 6 feet of the patient for at least 15 minutes. If a person is thought to be a close contact, then a contact tracer will give them a call. If the exposure wasn’t within 6 feet, if it didn’t last 15 minutes or more, or if it occurred before the infectious period, that person would not be considered a close contact and will not receive a phone call from a contact tracer.

What if I am a contact to a person with COVID-19?
If you have had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. A quarantine of 14 days is needed because you may develop COVID-19 anytime during the virus’s incubation period, which is 14 days. If you work in a critical infrastructure job, it may be possible for you to still work while under quarantine. The Arkansas Department of Health will coordinate such arrangements with your employer.

In addition, you will be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible – in case you already have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms yet. You will still be required to complete the 14 days of quarantine, even if your test comes back negative, because you could still develop the illness later in the quarantine period.

When will I receive a call?
Case investigators reach out to COVID-19 patients shortly after a positive test result is confirmed in order to learn about the patient’s close contacts. The contact tracer then calls each of the close contacts to inform them about their exposure to COVID-19 and give them instructions about how to quarantine. The goal is to reach the close contacts within a day or two after the positive test result is received. Sometimes it takes longer.

What if I never heard from a contact tracer?
You might not hear from a contact tracer if the exposure you had was not enough to put you at increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. For example, the exposure may not have been for at least 15 minutes, or it may have occurred prior to the infectious period. Please email us at ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov or call us at 1-800-803-7847, if you have not been reached by a contact tracer and you believe you may be a close contact.

What can contact tracers do for close contacts?
Contact tracers reach out to contacts to help them safely quarantine, find alternate arrangements as necessary, and help them get tested for COVID-19, if recommended. The ADH can also help Arkansans with things such as food delivery or alternative housing if they need extra support to safely self-quarantine.

Contact tracers also educate individuals on the need to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, and they request permission to enroll the person in the SARA (Situational Awareness Response Assistant) Alert system.

What number will they call from?
Case investigators will call from a variety of phone numbers. It’s possible you won’t recognize the number, but it’s important to answer or return the call if it goes to voicemail. A contact tracer will then follow up and reach out to your close contacts. This call will come from a different phone number. Many of our contact tracers will use these numbers:

UAMS/COPH will be using 501-686-5875. If calling a land line it will identify UAMS as the caller, this UAMS identifier will not show if the call is to a cell.

How can I verify the call is legitimate?
The case investigator and contact tracer will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card. If the caller ever discusses money, that’s a sign that it is not a legitimate Department of Health investigator. If you want to verify that you have been contacted by a Health Department case investigator or contact tracer, you may call (800) 803-7847.
If you haven’t spoken to a tracer on the phone to enroll in the automated SARA Alert program for reporting symptoms, beware of text messages asking you to click on a link. It could be a scammer. A tracer will not send you any links to click before speaking with you on the phone.
If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer posing as an official, you can report these calls to the Attorney General’s office online at www.ArkansasAG.gov, by emailing OAG@ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982. Please note the time of the call and the number it came from when you report it.

What is SARA Alert?
SARA Alert is an automated system that sends a daily email, text message or automated phone call to individuals identified as a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person. Enrollees are asked if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, and if symptoms are reported, SARA Alert flags the case for follow-up by ADH staff.  SARA Alert also allows the ADH to compile reports for identification of specific areas to target for testing and to provide information for decision-making by state leaders.

How can I apply to be a contact tracer?
The Arkansas Department of Health has contracted with two firms, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) and Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), to handle contact tracing. 

 

 
 

 

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ASBN - Quality Assurance Plan

APRNs with prescriptive authority must have in place a written quality assurance plan by which patient care is evaluated and quality is maintained by the APRN.

Plan must:

Examples of Quality Assurance measures (not an inclusive list – you may have other measures)

Quality Assurance Guidelines for APRNs

ASBN - Collaborative Practice

Guidelines for Collaborative Practice Agreements

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with Prescriptive Authority must have a current updated Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) on file with the Board of Nursing. APRNs should keep their original CPA and submit a copy (PDF) to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) through the Arkansas Nurse Portal message center. The APRN is responsible for ensuring this requirement is met. After review of any new CPA, the APRN will be contacted through the Nurse Portal that the CPA has been approved or it has been denied and the reason for the denial. You may NOT practice under a CPA until you receive an approval letter.

The APRN must notify the Board in writing within seven (7) days after the CPA is terminated. If the Board does not have a current CPA on file, the APRN’s Prescriptive Authority will be inactivated. When a new CPA has been approved by Board staff, Prescriptive Authority is reactivated.

The Collaborative Practice Agreement must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be complete and legible.
  2. The collaborating physician must have a current AR license to practice under the Medical Practice Act, § 17-95-201. The collaborating physician must also have an unrestricted DEA registration number for APRNs who prescribe controlled substances.
  3. The collaborating physician must have training within the scope, specialty, or expertise of the APRN’s practice/specialty.
  4. Must include a statement that “APRN’s prescribing will be limited to the area of educational preparation and certification.”
  5. Provision addressing availability of the collaborating physician for consultation and/or referral.
  6. Method of management of the collaborative practice (include a statement regarding protocols for Prescriptive Authority)
  7. Plans for coverage of the health care needs of the patient in the emergency absence of the APRN or collaborating physician.
  8. Provision for quality assurance (attach a separate Quality Assurance Plan that has been signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician).
  9. Signatures with dates of both the APRN and the collaborating physician.
  10. If signatures are on a separate sheet from the agreement, a statement indicating that there is mutual agreement to the terms and conditions of the CPA must be included on the signature page (so that it is clear what the signature indicates).
  11. License numbers and certification specialties of both the APRN and the collaborating physician.
  12. Address and phone number of the APRN’s and physician’s practice site(s).
  13. The APRN and collaborative physician must both initial the requested category of controlled substances.

In order to be eligible for the prescribing waiver, the APRN must complete at least 24 hours of initial training which is offered through organizations such as American Association of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a free eight hour Data-waiver course for treatment of opioid use disorder.

Upon completion of the training, the APRN must submit a copy of the CE, a new collaborative practice agreement (CPA) to the ASBN with language indicating you are requesting the DATA Waiver, and supply evidence that your collaborating physician also has a DATA waiver. The ASBN will notify the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) once the criteria is met and the DEA will then assign a special identification number to be included on all buprenorphine prescriptions for opioid dependency treatment. This is in addition to the APRN’s regular DEA number.

In order to qualify, the Arkansas APRN must:

ASBN will then forward to DEA the required documents indicating eligibility.

Submit a copy of the waiver to the Arkansas Nurse Portal message center – choose APRN prescriptive authority.

In summary, submit to the ASBN a copy of the 24 hours CE training, CPA with DATA Waiver language, Quality Assurance Plan, and evidence that your collaborating physician has obtained a DATA Waiver from the DEA. Be sure to add this to your prescriptive protocols. Once obtained, you must forward a copy of the DEA Certificate to the ASBN for your file.

 

ASBN - Adv Practice Registered Nurse Initial by Exam

Initial Licensure by Exam

Information & Application Process

If you are applying for an Arkansas APRN license and you DO NOT already hold APRN licensure in another state(s).

The Arkansas Nurse Portal will enable you to create a user profile account which is a prerequisite to the application process. A valid personal email address rather than a work email is preferable.

In order to expedite your license application process, there are specific documents and data which should be readily on hand. First, proceed to www.nursys.com. Select the Quick confirm tab. Scroll down and select “I agree”. Enter the requested information and download your report. Print the information. This will supply your complete licensing history.

All applicants for initial licensure must provide a notarized statement (on company letterhead) attesting the applicant has practiced as a registered nurse for a minimum of two-thousand (2,000) hours. Click here for the form. 

You will also need to access your educational history to include the date of graduation for each degree completed. The month and year will suffice for the date of completion.

You should have a copy of your national certification on hand to include the date of original certification, current issue date, and expiration date. The certificate will need to be uploaded as requested (pdf). If you have not taken your certification at this point, you may skip this but your license will not be issued until the official proof of certification is received by the Board.

Complete and submit the licensure application along with associated fees. There is a nominal fee for online processing that will be included in the final total. Payment of associated fees may be made by credit card and are paid within the online process prior to submission of the application. Print the final payment screen as this will have a number that is necessary for applying for your criminal background check.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

State and federal background checks are required in order to complete your application. These results are only valid for 12 months. If already on file with ASBN and current (less than one year) you may forego this step. Otherwise you must utilize the criminal background check (CBC) instructions on the ASBN website. Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted.

The federal CBC requires either:

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant's expense and are paid within the CBC application.

You will need to print a copy of the payment page (Payment Summary) for your records. IMPORTANT: You will need the INA Search number that is located on the Payment Summary to include on your fingerprint card. It is also used in the Live Scan process.  The CBC information is found here.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them send an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), ATTN: APRN Department, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite #800, Little Rock, AR 72204.

CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION

Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at ellen.harwell@arkansas.gov

LICENSE VERIFICATION INFORMATION

RN Licensure Verification

To be licensed as an APRN in Arkansas, you must hold an RN (Arkansas or compact state) and APRN license.

If you hold current RN licensure in Arkansas, skip this section.
If you hold RN licensure in a state that is NOT a compact state, you must also apply for an Arkansas RN license.
If you hold a multistate RN licensure in a compact state (other than Arkansas), you must submit verification of your RN licensure by logging on to https://www.nursys.com. Choose Nurse License Verification for Endorsement. Submit a verification request.

 TEMPORARY PERMIT INFORMATION 

If you would like a temporary permit, select this during the application process. There is an additional nonrefundable fee. In order to be eligible for a temporary permit, you must have your APRN program submit an official transcript showing your degree and APRN role/specialty, federal and Arkansas state criminal background check result (no violations of ACA 17-87-312), and verification of your eligibility to sit for your respective certification exam.
The temporary permit is valid up to six months, is nonrenewable, and does NOT apply to prescriptive authority.
The temporary permit becomes invalid if the applicant fails their respective certification exam. Upon receipt of the verification of certification, the temporary permit will be voided and the full APRN license will be issued.
To verify confirmation of a temporary permit or full license being issued, log onto www.nursys.com and follow the instructions for the Quick Confirm access.

PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY

You do not automatically receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application for Prescriptive Authority must be completed in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

You may apply online for Prescriptive Authority which is included at the end of your APRN application. You may request prescriptive authority at a later time ( if you are not employed, therefore do not have a CPA or QA plan). Prescriptive Authority includes an additional fee.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit two items:

Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA), and
Quality Assurance (QA) Plan.

These documents should be uploaded in your application.

Prescribing protocols

APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for and classifications of legend and controlled substances). You must modify the example provided to meet your specialty as this is a generic form.

To prescribe a legend drug, medicine or therapeutic device not included in the written protocols the APRN shall obtain a specific written or verbal order obtained from the collaborating physician or podiatrist before the prescription or order is issued.  The APRN shall document the consultation in the client’s medical record.

Do not submit prescriptive protocols to the ASBN unless requested. They must be reviewed and approved yearly by you and your collaborating physician.

DEA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Do not apply for a DEA certificate until you receive full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number.

If you plan to prescribe Schedules II - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA number #. Submit a copy of your DEA # card to the ASBN once received.

TO BEGIN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR APRN LICENSURE, SELECT THE FOLLOWING LINK: Nurse Portal

ASBN - Adv. Practice Endorsement

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are applying for an Arkansas APRN license and you already hold an APRN license in another state(s), you will apply by endorsement in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

The Arkansas Nurse Portal will enable you to create a user profile account, which is a prerequisite to the application process and is accessed at www.arsbn.org. A valid personal email address rather than a work email is preferable.  

In order to expedite your license application process, there are specific documents and data which should be readily on hand. First, proceed to www.nursys.com. Select the Quick confirm tab. Scroll down and select, "I agree." Enter the requested information and download your report. Print the information. This will supply your complete licensing history.

You will also need to access your complete educational history to include the date of graduation for each degree completed.  The month and year will suffice for the date of completion.

You should have a copy of your national certification on hand to include the date of original certification, current issue date and expiration date.  The certificate will need to be uploaded as requested (pdf).

Complete and submit the licensure application, along with associated fees. There is a nominal fee for online processing that will be included in the final total. Payment of associated fees may be made by credit card and are paid within the online process prior to submission of the application.  Print the final payment screen as this will have anumber that is necessary for applying for your criminal background check.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

State and federal background checks are required to complete your application.  These results are only valid for 12 months.  If already on file with ASBN and current (less than one year) you may forego this step.  Otherwise you must utilize the criminal background check (CBC) instructions on the ASBN website.  Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted.

The federal CBC requires either:

  1. Completion of a fingerprint card supplied through ASBN
  2. Completion of this process through Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning.

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant's expense and are paid within the CBC application.   

You need to print a copy of the payment page (Payment Summary) for your records. IMPORTANT: You will need the INA Search number that is located on the application Payment Summary to include on your fingerprint card. It is also used in the Live Scan Process. The CBC information is found here.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them mail an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), Attn:  APRN Department, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite 800, Little Rock, AR  72204

CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION

Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed by the agency directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at ellen.harwell@arkansas.gov.

LICENSE VERIFICATION INFORMATION

RN Licensure Verification 

To be licensed as an APRN in Arkansas, you must hold an RN (Arkansas or compact state) license and APRN license.

If you hold RN licensure in a compact state (other than Arkansas), you must submit verification of your RN licensure by logging on to https://www.nursys.com. Choose Nurse License Verification for Endorsement. Submit a verification request. A fee is required.

If you hold RN licensure in a state that is NOT a compact state (does not participate in the Compact State Agreement), you must apply for an Arkansas RN license. To apply for an Arkansas RN license, go to www.arsbn.org

TEMPORARY PERMIT INFORMATION

PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY

You do not automatically receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application for Prescriptive Authority must be completed in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

You may apply online for Prescriptive Authority which is included at the end of your APRN application. You may request prescriptive authority at a later time (if you are not employed, therefore do not have a CPA or QA plan). Prescriptive Authority includes an additional fee.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit three (3) items:

  1. Verification of prescribing hours,
  2. Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA), and
  3. Quality Assurance (QA) Plan.

These documents should be uploaded in The CPA and QA must be signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician(s).

Prescribing protocols

APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for and classifications of legend and controlled substances medications). You must modify the example provided to meet your specialty as this is a generic form.

To prescribe a legend drug, medicine or therapeutic device not included in the written protocols the APRN shall obtain a specific written or verbal order obtained from the collaborating physician or podiatrist before the prescription or order is issued.  The APRN shall document the consultation in the client’s medical records

Do not submit prescriptive protocols to the ASBN unless requested. They must be reviewed and approved yearly by you and your collaborating physician.

Examples and more information is located on the ASBN website under the Adv. Practice tab or by selecting the following link - Prescriptive Protocol Guidelines for APRNs

DEA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Do not apply for a DEA certificate until you receive full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number.

If you plan to prescribe Schedules II - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA certificate. Submit a copy of your DEA card to the ASBN once received.

TO BEGIN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR APRN LICENSURE, SELECT THE FOLLOWING LINK: Nurse Portal

ASBN - LPTN Endorsement

Licensure by endorsement application is for a nurse who holds an LPTN license in another state and is applying for licensure in Arkansas for the same license type; has no previous Arkansas LPTN license. LPTN applicants are accepted from Kansas and California only.

It is NOT an application for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for endorsement of another license type (LPN, RN) or renewal of an Arkansas license.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1 – 5 is required:

1. Application for Licensure by LPTN Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

3. License Verification Information

4. Verification of Employment Information

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Internationally Educated Endorsement

This License Application is for applicants educated outside the United States who hold a license in another jurisdiction and is applying for licensure in Arkansas jurisdiction for the same license type.

It is NOT an application for renewal or examination.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 6 is required:

1. Application for Licensure by Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

 2. Fee Information

3. Credentialing Agency Review Information

NOTE: The CES must be current with the credentialing agency.

4.  License Verification Information 

5.  Verification of Employment Information

6. Criminal Background Check Information

7. Temporary Permit Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Endorsement

This License Application by endorsement is for a nurse who holds a license in another jurisdiction and is applying for licensure in Arkansas jurisdiction for the same license type.

It is NOT an application for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal of an Arkansas license.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1 – 5 is required:

1. Application for Licensure by Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a) driver’s license with a home address;
b) federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;
c) voter registration card with a home address;
d) military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or
e) W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2. Fee Information

3. License Verification Information

4. Verification of Employment Information

In accordance with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules, a nurse who is an applicant for licensure by endorsement who has not been engaged in the active practice of nursing for a period greater than five (5) years shall document completion of the following: 

a. Completion of an Arkansas board approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application; or
b. Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one year of the date of application; and
c. Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Endorsement

This License Application by endorsement is for a nurse who holds a license in another jurisdiction and is applying for licensure in Arkansas jurisdiction for the same license type.

It is NOT an application for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal of an Arkansas license.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1 – 5 is required:

1.  Application for Licensure by Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a) driver’s license with a home address;
b) federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;
c) voter registration card with a home address;
d) military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or
e) W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2. Fee Information

3. License Verification Information

4. Verification of Employment Information

a. Completion of an Arkansas board approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application; or
b. Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one year of the date of application; and
c. Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

 CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - RNP Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas license/certificate. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Application

2.  Fee Information

Continuing Education Compliance Information

A nurse that holds an active Arkansas license is required to complete certain continuing education requirements prior to licensure renewal.

There is a specific question within the renewal application that will ask you to affirm that you “have met the continuing education requirements during the 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date (current renewal cycle)”.

Requirements for licensees who hold an active nursing license include one of the following:

If you are using the contact hour option for compliance, the renewal application no longer requires that you specifically list information about each continuing education course that you have taken and you do not upload your certificates in the message center.

Click here for additional CE information 

Refer to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules Chapter 2, Section VII for complete CE information.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - APRN Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas APRN license. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  APRN Renewal Application

2.  Fee Information

3.  APRN Licensure Requirements Include:

a. Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRNs in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.
b. If it is your first renewal since issuance Prescriptive Authority, you must take an additional 1 credit hour of continuing education related to prescription use and abuse. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

Continuing Education Compliance Information

A nurse who holds an active Arkansas license is required to complete certain continuing education requirements prior to licensure renewal.

There is a specific question within the renewal application that will ask you to affirm that you “have met the continuing education requirements during the 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date (current renewal cycle)”.

Requirements for licensees who hold an active nursing license include one of the following:

If you are using the contact hour option for compliance, the renewal application no longer requires that you specifically list information about each continuing education course that you have taken and you do not upload your certificates in the message center.

Click here for additional CE information 

Refer to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules Chapter 2, Section VII for complete CE information.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - LPTN Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas license/certificate. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Application

2.  Fee Information

Continuing Education Compliance Information

A nurse who holds an active Arkansas license is required to complete certain continuing education requirements prior to licensure renewal.

There is a specific question within the renewal application that will ask you to affirm that you “have met the continuing education requirements during the 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date (current renewal cycle)”.

Requirements for licensees who hold an active nursing license include one of the following:

If you are using the contact hour option for compliance, the renewal application no longer requires that you specifically list information about each continuing education course that you have taken and you do not upload your certificates in the message center.

Click here for additional CE information 

Refer to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules Chapter 2, Section VII for complete CE information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT  RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2.  Fee Information

Continuing Education Compliance Information

A nurse who holds an active Arkansas license is required to complete certain continuing education requirements prior to licensure renewal.

There is a specific question within the renewal application that will ask you to affirm that you “have met the continuing education requirements during the 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date (current renewal cycle)”.

Requirements for licensees who hold an active nursing license include one of the following:

If you are using the contact hour option for compliance, the renewal application no longer requires that you specifically list information about each continuing education course that you have taken and you do not upload your certificates in the message center.

Click here for additional CE information 

Refer to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules Chapter 2, Section VII for complete CE information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT  RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Internationally Educated

This License Application is for applicants educated outside the United States, its' territories, or Canada who wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process.Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Applicants must complete the application process for both Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and Pearson VUE to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®). Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 5 is required:

1. State Application for Licensure Information

 ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

3. Credentialing Agency Review Information

4. Pearson VUE Registration/NCLEX Information

When you receive the letter of completion from verifying credentialing agency, you may register with Pearson VUE, the testing vendor, for the NCLEX RN.

5. Criminal Background Check Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Equivalency Initial by Exam

To qualify for taking the NCLEX -PN via the equivalency provision, the applicant must meet the following:

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Applicants must complete the application process for both Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and Pearson VUE to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®). Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 6 is required:

1. State Application for Licensure Information

 ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

3. Transcript Information

4. Scope of Practice Licensed Practical Nurse Overview and Behaviors course Information

5. Pearson VUE Registration/NCLEX Information

6. Criminal Background Check Information

Arkansas law requires applicants for licensure by examination to submit a State and Federal criminal background check. If an applicant has pleaded guilty, nolo contendere, or been found guilty of any offense listed in ACA §17-3-102, he/she is not eligible for Arkansas licensure. ACA §17-3-102 provides opportunity to request a waiver of eligibility criteria related to a criminal background in certain circumstances.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - RN/LPN Rewrite

This License Application by examination is for applicants that have previously failed the NCLEX® – PN or NCLEX® – RN. It is NOT an application for renewal or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Applicants must complete the application process for both Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and Pearson VUE to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®). Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 5 is required:

1. State Application for Licensure Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
You will receive a payment receipt by email which should be printed as proof of payment.

3. Affidavit of Graduation Information

4. Pearson VUE Registration/NCLEX Information

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

7. Licensure Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Initial by Exam

This License Application is for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Applicants must complete the application process for both Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and Pearson VUE to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®). Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 5 is required:

1. State Application for Licensure Information

 ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

3. Affidavit of Graduation Information

4. Pearson VUE Registration/NCLEX Information

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

7. Licensure Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Initial by exam

This License Application is for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Applicants must complete the application process for both Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and Pearson VUE to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®). Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 5 is required:

1.  State Application for Licensure Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
You will receive a payment receipt by email which should be printed as proof of payment.

3. Affidavit of Graduation Information

4. Pearson VUE Registration/NCLEX Information

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

7. Licensure Information

An official transcript must be submitted to the ASBN office prior to release of your examination results and issuance of a license. This must come directly from your nursing program. In accordance with the ASBN Rules, a transcript shall reflect:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

ASBN - Licensure by Examination

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

The National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®) is a computer adaptive exam designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities of the entry-level practitioner.  Passage of the exam is a part of the process used by Boards of Nursing when determining eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

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

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

Disclaimer: The ASBN may deny licensure to candidates who have had a license revoked, suspended, or placed on probation and may not be reinstated in other jurisdictions. The ASBN may also deny licensure to candidates who have been convicted of a crime.  

LICENSURE APPLICATION FOR EXAMINATION INFORMATION
For more information about a specific application, click on the respective application name listed below. 

LPN Initial by Exam Application Information
Initial licensure by examination application based on the NCLEX-PN, for first-time applicants educated in the United States.

RN Initial by Exam Application Information
Initial licensure by examination application based on the NCLEX-RN, for first-time applicants educated in the United States.

RN/LPN Rewrite Application Information
Initial licensure by examination application for applicants that have previously failed the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN.

LPN Equivalency Initial by Exam Application Information
LPN Equivalency examination application is for applicants that have failed the NCLEX-RN and want to test for LPN licensure.

RN Internationally Educated Application Information
Initial licensure by examination application, based on the NCLEX-RN, for applicants educated outside the United States, its' territories, or Canada

ASBN - ENOTIFY

Nursys® e-Notify is an innovative nurse licensure notification system. It is developed and provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.  It allows you to receive real-time email notifications about you as a nurse or, if you are an institution, nurses that you employ.  The system provides publicly available discipline data directly to you automatically as the data is entered into the Nursys database without you needing to proactively seek the information.  Learn more and subscribe to Nursys e-Notify by visiting www.nursys.com.  For more information contact nursysenotify@ncsbn.org.

Free Service

The service is offered to you free of charge through a partnership with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Easy, Quick and Efficient

Entering yourself or nurses that you employ into Nursys e-Notify is fast and easy.  

Individual Nurse Enrollment

In just a few minutes, you can self-enroll and keep up to date with your professional license(s). Creating an account is quick and easy. You can receive license expiration reminders, status updates on your license and track your nurse license verifications for endorsement.

Self-enroll here and select “As a Nurse” to complete the registration process:  www.nursys.com/e-notify

Institution Enrollment

Search the Nursys database for nurses to add to your list, bulk upload your entire nursing staff list and/or connect to and upload directly from your system. You manage the addition, deletion or deactivation of nurses with just a few easy clicks.

Once you enter your nurses into the Nursys e-Notify system you will receive notification about changes in licensure status as soon as they are made by a board of nursing. If a nurse’s license is about to expire, the system will alert you and then you can choose to use the system option to send the nurse a reminder. You will also immediately find out if there has been new disciplinary action or a publicly available nurse alert issued by a board of nursing for your employed nurse. Nursys e-Notify will alert you when changes are made to a nurse’s record including license status, license expirations, license renewal and disciplinary action resolved. You choose how often you receive emails, when and how often you receive nurse licensure status change updates, and when to run your reports. You can even choose to enter nurse contact information so you can send licensure renewal reminders to them via email or text directly from the system.

Enroll your nurses here and select “As a Institution” to complete the registration process:  www.nursys.com/e-notify

Why Nursys e-Notify?

Nursys is the only national database for verification of nurse licensure, discipline and practice privileges for RNs, LPN/VNs and APRNs. Nursys e-Notify provides real-time automatic notification of status and discipline changes delivered directly to you.  Nursys e-Notify economically provides you with vital information saving you money and staff time.  

Learn more and subscribe to Nursys e-Notify by visiting www.nursys.com.  For more information contact nursysenotify@ncsbn.org. 

Additional Resources

ASBN - Fees

  RN APRN* RNP* LPN LPTN MA-C
Certificate of Prescriptive Authority, APRN --- $160.00 ---

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Certified Copy of Records $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 ---
Duplicate License/Cert $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00
License/Cert By Examination

$100.00

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$35.00
License/Cert By Endorsement $125.00

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$125.00 $100.00 $65.00
Original License

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License by Examination for International Nurse $200.00

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License/Cert Reinstatement (Late renewal penalty) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $50.00
License/Cert Renewal

$100.00

$65.00* $40.00* $90.00 $90.00 $40.00
License Certification/Verification • $30.00

$30.00

$30.00

• $30.00

$30.00

$30.00

PN Equivalency Examination

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Reinstatement Form Inactive Status** $10.00 + license renewal $10.00 + license renewal $10.00 + license renewal $10.00 + license renewal $10.00 + license renewal $10.00 + license renewal
Retired Nurse License

no fee

no fee

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no fee

no fee

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Temporary Permit

$30.00

$30.00

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$30.00

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* Must also hold a valid RN license
• Provided for jurisdictions outside the USA
 **Documentation of continuing education may be requested

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Resources:

ASBN - Licensure Application and Instructions

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Initial Licensure Application and Instructions

Initial Licensure by Exam

Information & Application Process

If you are applying for an Arkansas APRN license and you DO NOT already hold APRN licensure in another state(s), after reading this information, select the link at the bottom of this webpage. This will direct you to the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

The Arkansas Nurse Portal will enable you to create a user profile account which is a prerequisite to the application process. A valid personal email address rather than a work email is preferable. The nurse portal is also accessed by going to www.arsbn.org.

In order to expedite your license application process, there are specific documents and data which should be readily on hand. First, proceed to www.nursys.com. Select the Quick confirm tab. Scroll down and select “I agree”. Enter the requested information and download the view report. Print the information. This will supply your complete licensing history.

You will also need to access your educational history to include the date of graduation for each degree completed. The month and year will suffice for the date of completion.

You should have a copy of your national certification on hand to include the date of original licensure, current issue date, and expiration date. The certificate will need to be uploaded as requested (pdf). If you have not taken your certification at this point, you may skip this but your license will not be issued until the official proof of certification is received by the Board.

Complete and submit the licensure application along with associated fees. There is a nominal fee for online processing that will be included in the final total. Payment of associated fees may be made by credit card or E-check and are paid within the online process prior to submission of the application. Print the final payment screen as this will have a number that is necessary for applying for your criminal background check.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

State and federal background checks are required in order to complete your application. These results are only valid for the 12 months. If already on file with ASBN and current (less than one year) you may forego this step. Otherwise you must utilize the criminal background check (CBC) instructions on the ASBN website. Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted.

The federal CBC requires either:

Completion of a fingerprint card supplied through ASBN and submission of the card to the Arkansas State Police or
Completion of this process through Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning.

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant's expense and are paid within the CBC process.

You will need to print a copy of the payment page (Payment Summary) for your records. IMPORTANT: You will need the INA Search number that is located on the Payment Summary to include on your fingerprint card. It is also used in the Live Scan process.  The CBC information is found HERE

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them send an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), ATTN: APRN Department, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite #800, Little Rock, AR 72204.

CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION

Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at eharwell@arsbn.org

LICENSE VERIFICATION INFORMATION

RN Licensure Verification

To be licensed as an APRN in Arkansas, you must hold both RN (Arkansas or compact state) and APRN licenses. To apply for an Arkansas RN license, go HERE

If you hold current RN licensure in Arkansas, skip this section.
If you hold RN licensure in a state that is NOT a compact state (does not participate in the Compact State Agreement), you must also apply for an Arkansas RN license.
If you hold RN licensure in a compact state (other than Arkansas), you must submit verification of your RN licensure by logging on to https://www.nursys.com. Choose Nurse License Verification for Endorsement. Submit a verification request.

 TEMPORARY PERMIT INFORMATION 

If you would like a temporary permit, select this during the application process. There is an additional nonrefundable fee. In order to be eligible for a temporary permit, you must have your APRN program submit an official transcript showing your degree and APRN role/specialty, a clear federal and Arkansas state criminal background check result (no violations of ACA 17-87-312), and verification of your eligibility to sit for your respective certification exam.
The temporary permit is valid up to six months, is nonrenewable, and does NOT apply to prescriptive authority.
The temporary permit becomes invalid if the applicant fails their respective certification exam. Upon receipt of the verification of certification, the temporary permit will be voided and the full APRN license will be issued.
To verify confirmation of a temporary permit or full license being issued, log onto www.nursys.com and follow the instructions for the Quick Confirm access.

PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY

You do not automatically receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application process for Prescriptive Authority must be completed.

You may apply online for Prescriptive Authority which is included at the end of your APRN application or you may request prescriptive authority at a later time ( if you are not employed, therefore do not have a CPA or QA plan). Prescriptive Authority includes an additional fee.

Eligibility guidelines are located at: www.arsbn.org/Laws & Rules tab/Rules link/Chapter 4 link/Section VIII Prescriptive Authority or by selecting this link - Chapter 4 - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit two items:

Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA), and
Quality Assurance (QA) Plan.

These documents should be uploaded into your application and also mailed or faxed to the ASBN, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite #800, Little Rock, AR 72204, Attention: APRN Dept., or faxing to 501.686.2714, Attention: APRN Dept. Both documents must be signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician(s).

Feel free to make changes to accommodate the agreement between you and your collaborating physician however, certain required criteria must be included in these documents. You are welcome to use the examples provided on our website (under the Adv. Practice tab) or by selecting the following links:

Collaborative Practice Guidelines for APRNs 

Quality Assurance Plans for APRNs

Prescribing protocols

APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for and classifications of legend and controlled substances medications). You should modify the example provided to meet your specialty as this is a generic form.

Do not submit prescriptive protocols to the ASBN unless requested. They must be reviewed and approved yearly.

Examples and more information is located on the ASBN website under the Adv. Practice tab or by selecting the following link - Prescriptive Protocol Guidelines for APRNs

DEA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Do not apply for a DEA certificate until you receive full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number.

If you plan to prescribe Schedules III - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA #. Directions for applying for a DEA # are provided on our website under the Adv. Practice tab, DEA registration link. Submit a copy of your DEA # card to the ASBN once received.

If you have requested expressed authority to request Schedule II hydrocodone combination products, you must use the appropriate CPA. You will see Schedule II on the DEA certificate but you are limited to hydrocodone combination products.

TO BEGIN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR APRN LICENS

ASBN - COVID-19

Listed below are Statutes and Rules identified pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order 20-06, as being suspended:

For full citation of statute and/or rule, click here .

The sections highlighted in bold black below are being suspended.

Ark. Code Ann.

17-87-307. Temporary permits.

(a)

(1) Upon application and payment of the required fee, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing may issue a temporary permit to practice professional, practical, or psychiatric technician nursing to a qualified applicant who has:

(A) Completed a program in professional, practical, or psychiatric technician nursing approved by the appropriate state or national authorizing agency of this state or country and by the appropriate authorizing agency of other states or territories or foreign countries; and

(B) Applied for or is awaiting results of the first examination he or she is eligible to take after the permit is issued.

(2) The permit shall become invalid upon notification to the applicant of the results of the first examination he or she is eligible to take after the permit is issued.

(b)

(1) Upon application and payment of the required fee, the board shall issue a temporary permit to a qualified applicant holding a current professional, practical, or psychiatric technician license from another jurisdiction from any other state or territory awaiting endorsement.

(2) This permit must have an issuance date and an expiration date. The permit shall be valid for no more than six (6) months.

(c)

(1) Upon application and payment of the required fee, an applicant shall be issued a temporary permit to practice advanced practice nursing who has:

(A) Satisfactorily completed an educational program for advanced practice nursing approved by the board; and

(B) Been accepted by the appropriate certification body to sit for the first national certification exam he or she is eligible to take.

17-87-308. Renewal of licenses

(g) As a condition of licensure renewal, an advanced practice registered nurse shall submit proof of current national certification and successful completion of continuing education as required by the board.

ASBN Rules

Chapter 2, Section VII

C.  CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT STANDARDS

1. Standards for Renewal of Active Licensure Status. Licensees who hold an active nursing license shall document completion of one of the following during each renewal period:

a.  Fifteen (15) practice focused contact hours from a nationally recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the ASBN; or

b.  Certification or re-certification during the renewal period by a national certifying body recognized by the ASBN; or

c.  An academic course in nursing or related field; and

d.  Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

e.  Effective January 1, 2010, APRNs with prescriptive authority shall complete five (5) contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in the APRN’s area of certification each biennium prior to license renewal.

2. Standards for Nurses on Inactive Status. Nurses who have their license placed on inactive status have no requirements for continuing education.

3. Standards for Reinstatement of Active Licensure Status

a.  Nurses reinstating a nursing license to active status within five years or less shall document completion of the following within the past two (2) years:

i)  Twenty (20) practice focused contact hours within the past two years from a nationally  recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the ASBN, or

ii)  Certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by the ASBN; or

iii)  An academic course in nursing or related field; and/or

iv)  Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

b. Nurses reinstating a nursing license to active status after greater than five (5) years shall document completion of the following:

i)  Twenty (20) practice focused contact hours within the past two (2) years from a nationally recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, or

ii)  Certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by the ASBN; or

iii)  An academic course in nursing or related field; and

iv)  Active practice of nursing for a minimum of one thousand hours (1,000) within the one year immediately prior to application. Verification of employment shall be submitted; or

v)  Completion of a Arkansas board approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application; or

vi)  Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one (1) year of the date of application, and

vii)  Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

4. Standards for Reinstatement of Prescriptive Authority Effective January 1, 2010, APRNs whose prescriptive authority is inactive shall complete five (5) contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in the APRN’s area of certification for each twelve (12) months of non-prescribing activity in addition to the five (5) contact hours required for APRN license renewal, as noted in Chapter 4, III(F)(7), prior to reactivation of prescriptive authority.

Chapter 4, Section III

B.  APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

In addition to a current registered nurse license to practice in Arkansas, the information submitted to the Board shall include:

1.  A completed Board application form;

2.  Verification of active practice of nursing as a registered nurse for a minimum of two-thousand (2,000) hours, effective July 1, 2019;

3. An official transcript or document from a nursing education program accredited by a nursing accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), as acceptable by the Board and meets the qualifications of Section II of this Chapter in the category of advanced practice nursing for which the applicant is seeking licensure. The transcript or document shall verify the date of graduation, the degree or certificate conferred, clinical hours completed, and the role and population focus of the education program;

4. Evidence of state and federal criminal background checks conducted by the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed no earlier than twelve (12) months prior to the application for advanced practice licensure;

5. Verification of certification directly from the Board-approved national certifying body evidencing current certification in good standing; and

6. Payment of the nonrefundable fee.

Chapter 4, Section III

F.  RENEWALS

3.  Advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority shall submit evidence of a current collaborative practice agreement as a prerequisite to license renewal. 

4.  If disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against an individual with a lapsed, inactive, or retired license, the license shall not be renewed until the proceedings have been completed.

5.  Continuing education submitted to the certifying body to meet the qualifications for recertification shall be accepted as meeting the statutory requirement for continuing education.

6.  Upon request, an APRN shall submit documentation to the Board of continuing education.

7.  APRNs with prescriptive authority shall complete five (5) contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in the APRN’s area of certification each biennium prior to license renewal. Effective January 1, 2017, two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries and the prescribing rules, regulations and laws that apply to APRNs in the State of Arkansas.

Chapter 6, Section II

I.   EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

4.  The curriculum plan for registered nursing and practical nursing education programs may include the use of simulation as a substitute for traditional clinical experiences, not to exceed fifty percent (50%) of its clinical hours in each course.

A program that uses simulation shall demonstrate the use of current standards of best practice for simulation and provide evidence of compliance that shall include:

a. An organizing framework that provides adequate fiscal, human, and material resources to support the simulation activities.

b. Management by an individual who is academically and experientially qualified. The individual shall demonstrate continued expertise and competence in the use of simulation while managing the program.

c. A budget that will sustain the simulation activities and training of the faculty.

d. Appropriate facilities for conducting simulation. This shall include educational and technological resources and equipment to meet the intended objectives of the simulation.

e. Training for faculty involved in the use of simulation, both didactic and clinical,

f. On-going professional development in the use of simulation, for faculty involved in simulations, both didactic and clinical.

g. Programmatic outcome that are linked to simulation activities.

h. Written policies and procedures on the following:

  1. short-term and long-term plans for integrating simulation into the curriculum;
  2. method of debriefing each simulated activity; and
  3. plan for orienting faculty to simulation.

i. Criteria to evaluate the simulation activities.

j. Student evaluations of simulation experiences on an ongoing basis.

k. Information about the use of simulation, as requested by the Board of Nursing, on the annual report.

ASBN - Criminal Background Checks

Arkansas law requires applicants for initial licensure to submit a state and federal criminal background check. If an applicant has pleaded guilty, nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of any offense listed in ACA §17-3-102, he/she is not eligible for Arkansas licensure. ACA §17-3-102 provides opportunity to request a waiver of eligibility criteria related to a criminal background in certain circumstances.

All applicants must submit application for conduction of state and federal Criminal Background Checks by following instructions located here and submitting your request by accessing the Criminal Background Checks System.

 

Criminal Background Check System

READ ALL INFORMATION AND CHOOSE FINGERPRINT METHOD BELOW

A state and federal criminal background check is required if they are not already on file with Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) within the last 12 months of application. Background checks from other agencies are not accepted.

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant’s expense and are paid within this online system. A fee of $36.25, in addition to a processing fee, is required to process the state and federal criminal background checks. After submission of your request, you will receive two automatically generated email notifications, an Arkansas GovPay receipt and Request Acknowledgement. These emails will be sent to the email address that you provide.

FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CONTACT THE ARKANSAS STATE POLICE OR THE FBI ABOUT THE STATUS OF YOUR CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.

Arkansas State Police Criminal Background Check

The State Criminal Background Check information is obtained within this system; no additional form is completed or submitted to Arkansas State Board of Nursing or the Arkansas State Police.

Federal Criminal Background Check

The Federal Criminal Background Check requires that your fingerprints are used to check the criminal history records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fingerprint information is obtained in one of two ways, EITHER by 1) Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning or 2) Ink based fingerprint card. Refer to the respective instructions contained herein.
Note: Out of state Endorsement applicants will need to either come to Arkansas to have Federal fingerprints live scanned or request the Ink based fingerprint card method.

Arkansas Live Scan Fingerprint Scanning:

Arkansas Live Scan is the ONLY vendor approved to conduct digital scanning of fingerprints for Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Obtaining fingerprints via Arkansas Live Scan is a wonderful option with significant benefits. Click here for the Arkansas Live Scan Fingerprint Scanning flyer which includes locations and contact information.

Benefits of Live Scan include:

There is an additional $15.00 fee that each applicant pays to Arkansas Live Scan when having a live scan conducted.

Ink based Fingerprint Card:

To have your fingerprints obtained via the ink based option you MUST use the fingerprint card provided by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The fingerprint card will be mailed to you for completion and submission for the federal criminal background check. Arkansas State Board of Nursing typically receives results in 4 – 6 weeks; at times it may be longer.

When you request a fingerprint card through this system, it will be mailed to the address you provide. You must use the fingerprint card provided by ASBN. Refer to the instructions for directions on how to complete and mail the fingerprint card.

Click here to download instructions for obtaining, completing and submitting an ink based fingerprint card.

REQUEST CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS (CBCs) & DETERMINE FINGERPRINT COLLECTION METHOD

CHOOSE ONE METHOD

RESEND CONFIRMATION EMAIL:

Click RESEND CONFIRMATION EMAIL if you need your email notification information and are not able to locate it in your email.

ASBN - IV Therapy Guidelines

Nursing Programs - IV Therapy Guidelines

Guidelines for Teaching Content Related to IV Therapy for Arkansas
Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Practical Nursing Students 

The profession of nursing is a dynamic discipline. Practice potentials change and develop in response to health care needs of society, technical advancements, and the expansion of scientific knowledge.  The Arkansas State Board of Nursing developed Position Statement 98-6, Scope of Practice Decision Making Model, to enable nurses to determine if a specific task is within their personal scope of practice.  It is recommended that this model continue to be used. 

The Practice of Practical Nursing: 

The delivery of health care services which are performed under the direction of the professional nurse, licensed physician, or licensed dentist, including observation, intervention, and evaluation, fall within the LPN/LPTN scope of practice.
The performance for compensation of acts involving: 

the care of the ill, injured, or infirm; 
the delegation of certain nursing practices to other personnel  
under the direction of a registered professional nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a licensed physician or a licensed dentist, which acts do not require the substantial specialized skill, judgement, and knowledge required in professional nursing. ACA § 17-87-102 (5) 

The Practice of Psychiatric Technician Nursing: 
The performance for compensation of acts involving: 

the care of the physically and mentally ill, retarded,  injured, or infirm; 
the delegation of certain nursing practices to other personnel 
the carrying out of medical orders under the direction of a registered professional nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a licensed physician or a licensed dentist, where such activities do not require the substantial specialized skill, judgment, and knowledge required in professional nursing. ACA § 17-87­102 (6) 

Over time, it has become generally acceptable practice for the RN to delegate certain tasks related to intravenous therapy to LPNs and LPTNs who have completed training and have validated competencies. RNs are prohibited from delegating tasks that require the substantial specialized skill, judgment, and knowledge required in professional nursing to an LPN or LPTN. 

Minimum training for the LPN, LPTN, or LPN student who will be delegated IV therapy should include: 

Anatomy and physiology; 
Fluid & Electrolyte Balance; 
Equipment & procedures in intravenous therapy; 
Complications, prevention, and nursing interventions; 
Introducing a peripheral intravenous device on an adult client; 
Set-up, replace and remove intravenous tubing for gravity flow and/or pump infusion; 
Perform intravenous infusion calculations and adjust flow rates on intravenous fluids; 
Monitoring the administration of blood and blood products  
Administration of medications through a peripheral intravenous catheter by intravenous piggyback or intravenous push provided the medication does not require the substantial specialized skill, judgment, and knowledge required in professional nursing. 

References:  

National Council State Boards of Nursing 2003 LPN/VN Practice Analysis
National Council State Boards of Nursing 2001 Detailed Test Plan for the NCLEX-PN Examination
Arkansas Nurse Practice Act
Arkansas State Board of Nursing Position Statement 98-6 Decision Making Model 

ASBN - Approved RN Associate Degree Programs

ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE-BLYTHEVILLE 
Department of Nursing
P. O. Box 1109
Blytheville, AR  72316
Phone: (870) 780-1223; Fax: (870) 762-3376
www.anc.edu 
Tonya Pankey, Director
Email: tpankey@smail.anc.edu

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - BEEBE
P.O. Box 909
Searcy, AR 72145
Phone: (501) 207-6215; Fax: (501) 2076263
www.asub.edu
Cindy Smith, Director
Email: casmith@asub.edu

AR RURAL NURSING EDUCATION CONSORTIUM (ARNEC) 
3501 U of A Way
Texarkana, AR 71854
Phone: (870) 368-2076; Fax: (870) 368-2075  
www.arnec.org 
Laura Clark, Interim Director
Email: laura.clark@uaht.edu

ASU – NEWPORT
Christopher Hicks, Director  
Phone: (870) 512-7833; Fax: (870) 512-7715                                                                   

BLACK RIVER TECHNICAL COLLEGE - POCAHONTAS
1410 Hwy. 304 East
P.O. Box 468
Pochahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 248-4000, ext. 4174; Fax: (870) 248-4100
www.blackrivertech.edu
Tonya Hankins, Director
Email: tonya.hankins@blackrivertech.edu

OZARKA COLLEGE - MELBOURNE
Katie Wilson, Chair
Phone: (870) 368-2081; Fax: (870) 368-2075

SOUTHARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Sherri Arrington, Director
E-mail: yhoof@southark.edu 
Phone: (870) 864-7136; Fax: (870) 864-7104

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COSSATOT
Kim Dickerson, Chair
(Nashville Campus Office Location)
Phone (870) 584-1147; Fax: (870) 642-8212

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS RICH MOUNTAIN
Charla K. Hollin, Director
Phone: (479) 394-7622; Fax: (479) 394-2828

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – HOPE - TEXARKANA
Lori Arnette, Director
Phone: (870) 722-8505; Fax: (870) 722-8511

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MORRILTON
Angie Moore, Chair
Phone: (501) 977-2063; Fax: (501) 977-2049

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 
School of Nursing
P. O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 972-3074; Fax: (870) 972-2954
www.astate.edu 
Karen Blue, Chair
Email: kblue@astate.edu

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - MOUNTAIN HOME SATELLITE (MOUNTAIN HOME and WEST MEMPHIS)
Lisa Drake, Site Coordinator Mountain Home  
Phone: (870) 508-6172  
Email: ldrake@astate.edu

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - MOUNTAIN HOME 
1600 So. College
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Phone: (870) 508-6154; Fax: (870) 508-6154
www.asumh.edu 
Dr. Julia Gist, Dean
Email: jgist@asumh.edu

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - NEWPORT
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR 72112
Phone: (870) 512-7833;  Fax: (870) 512-7715
www.asun.edu 
Chris Hicks, Interim Director
Email:  Christopher_Hicks@asun.edu 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - THREE RIVERS
#1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: (501) 332-0303; Fax: (501) 467-3680
www.coto.edu 
Melinda Sanders, Dean
Email: msanders@atutr.edu

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY - OZARK
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone: (479) 508-8500, ext. 6351; Fax: (479) 508-8500, ext.5351
www.atu.edu/ozark 
Lesley Krohn, Chair
Email:  lkrohn@atu.edu 

BAPTIST HEALTH COLLEGE LITTLE ROCK
School of Nursing
11900 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR  72210
Phone:  (501) 202-7937; Fax: (501) 202-6015
www.bhclr.edu
Laura Hamilton, Dean
Email:  Laura.Hamilton@baptist-health.org

EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
Department of Nursing
1700 New Castle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335-9598
Phone: (870) 633-4480 ext 268; Fax: (870) 633-7222
www.eacc.edu 
Terri Moody, Director  
Email: tmoody@eacc.edu 

JRMC SCHOOL OF NURSING
1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR  71603
Phone:  (870) 541-7164; Fax: (870) 541-7807
www.jrmc.org/nursingschool.html 
Michelle Newton, Director
Email:   newtonm@jrmc.org

NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE 
Division of Nursing
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Phone: (501) 760-4352; Fax: (501) 760-4183
www.np.edu 
Janice Ivers, Dean
Email: jivers@np.edu
Janet Smith, RN Director
Phone:  (501) 760-4304
Email: Janet.Smith@np.edu

NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE 
Department of Nursing
1515 Pioneer Dr.
Harrison, AR 72601
Phone: (870) 391-3535; Fax: (870) 391-3354
www.northark.edu 
Carla Jacobs, RN Director
Email: cjacobs@northark.edu

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COLLEGE 
Department of Nursing
One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 619-4256; Fax: (479) 619-4254
www.nwacc.edu 
Carla Boyd, Director
Email: cboyd3@nwacc.edu

PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE  OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
Department of Nursing
P. O. Box 785
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Phone: (870) 338-6474, X1371; Fax: (870) 338-7901
www.pccua.edu 
Shanna Pryor, Dean
Email: spryor@pccua.edu

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE
Nursing and Allied Health Technologies Division
1900 Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 850-4917; Fax (870) 850-4917
www.seark.edu 
Joyce Scott, Dean
Email: jscott@seark.edu

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH
P.O. Box 3499
Camden, AR 71711
Phone: 870-574-4475; Fax: 870-574-4474
www.sautech.edu
Shelley Young, Director
Email:  syoung@sautech.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK 
Department of Nursing
2801 South University Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 916-5150; Fax: (501) 916-3146
www.ualr.edu 
Dr. Sloan Davidson, Chair
Email: esdavidson@ualr.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
Division of Nursing
LPN/LPTN-to-RN Program
P. O. Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71656-3606
Phone: (870) 460-1069; Fax: (870) 460-1969
www.uamont.edu 
Dr. Brandy Haley, Dean
Email: haley@uamont.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT BATESVILLE
P. O. Box 3350
Batesville, AR  72503
Phone: (870) 612-2070; Fax: (870) 612-2059
www.uaccb.edu 
Marietta Candler, Chair
Email: marietta.candler@uaccb.edu

ASBN - Approved Practical Nursing Programs

ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE-BLYTHEVILLE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
2501 S. Division St., P. O. Box 1109
Blytheville, AR 72316
Phone: (870) 780-1285; Fax (870) 762-3376
www.anc.edu 
Hilary Gilliam, Director
Email: hgilliam@smail.anc.edu 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
P. O. Box 909
Searcy, AR 72145
Phone: (501) 207-6215; Fax (501) 207-6263
www.asub.edu (Beebe & Searcy Campus)
Cindy Smith, Director
Email: casmith@asub.edu 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-MT. HOME
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
1600 South College
Mt. Home, Arkansas 72653
Phone: (870) 508-6154; Fax (870) 508-6154
www.asumh.edu 
Dr. Julia Gist, Dean
Email: jgist@asumh.edu 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - NEWPORT
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, Arkansas 72112
Phone: (870) 512-7719; Fax (870) 512-7715
www.asun.edu   
Christopher Hicks, Director
Email:  Cristopher_Hicks@asun.edu

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - THREE RIVERS
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
#1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: (501) 332-0303; Fax (501) 467-3680
www.coto.edu 
Melinda Sanders, Dean
​Email: msanders@asutr.edu

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY - OZARK
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72943
Phone: (479) 508-8500, ext. 6201, Fax (479) 667-0198
www.atu.edu 
Ester Leonard, Chair
Email: eleonard@atu.edu 

BAPTIST HEALTH COLLEGE SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL NURSING  
11900 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR 72210-2820
Phone: (501) 202-7966; Fax (501) 202-6015
www.bhslr.edu 
Susan Brock, Coordinator
Email: Susan.Brock@baptist-health.org 

BLACK RIVER TECHNICAL COLLEGE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
P. O. Box 468
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 248-4000, X-4174; Fax (870) 248-4100
www.blackrivertech.edu 
Tonya Hankins, Director
Email: tonya.hankins@blackrivertech.edu 

EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
P. O. Box 925
Forrest City, AR 72335
Phone: (870) 633-5411; Fax (870) 633-9328
www.eacc.edu 
Debbie Hill, Chair
Email dhill@eacc.edu

NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71914
Phone: (501) 760-4352; Fax (501) 760-4183
www.np.edu 
Janice Ivers, Dean
Email: jivers@np.edu
Angela McJunkins, PN Director
Email: amcjunkins@np.edu
Phone:  (501) 760-4295

NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
1515 Pioneer Ridge Drive
Harrison, AR 72601
Phone (870) 391-3369; Fax (870) 391-3000
www.northark.edu 
Jennifair Ditmanson, Director
Email: jditmanson@northark.edu 

NORTHWEST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
709 South Old Missouri Road
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: (479) 751-8824, ext. 123; Fax (479) 751-7750
www.nwti.edu 
Debra Walker, Director
Email: dwalker@nwti.edu

OZARKA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
P. O. Box 10
Melbourne, AR 72556
Phone: (870) 368-2081; Fax (870) 368-2075
www.ozarka.edu 
Katie Wilson, Director
Email: kwilson@ozarka.edu 

PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS  
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
1210 Ricebelt Ave.
DeWitt, AR 72042
Phone: (870) 946-3506 x 1612 ; Fax (870) 946-2644
www.pccua.edu 
Jeanne McCullars, Chair
Email: jmccullars@pccua.edu 

SOUTHARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
P. O. Box 7010
El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
Phone: (870) 864-7136; Fax (870) 864-7104
www.southark.edu 
Sherri Arrington, Director
Email: sarrington@southark.edu 

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 850-4917; Fax (870) 850-4917
www.seark.edu 
Joyce Scott, Dean,  Email: jscott@seark.edu 
Tonya McBride, Department Chair of Nursing                                                                                                                
Phone:  (870) 350-3115
Email:  tmcbride@seark.edu

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY - TECHNICAL
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
P. O. Box 3499
Camden, AR 71711
Phone: (870) 574-4475; Fax (870) 574-4474
www.sautech.edu 
Shelley Young, Director
Email: syoung@sautech.edu 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COSSATOT
P. O. Box 960
DeQueen, AR 71832
Phone: (870) 584-1147; Fax (870) 642-8212
www.cccua.edu  
Kimberly Dickerson, Division Chair
Email: kdickerson@cccua.edu                                                                                                                                       
Stephanie Flaherty, Director                                                                                                                                                
Email:  sflaherty@cccua.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY - CROSSETT
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
1326 Hwy. 52W
Crossett, AR 71635
Phone: (870) 460-2025; Fax (870) 364-5717
www.uamont.edu/uamctc 
Shela Upshaw, Chair
Email: upshaw@uamont.edu 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY-MCGEHEE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
P. O. Box 747
McGehee, AR  71654
Phone: (870) 222-5360; Fax (870) 222-9906
www.uamont.edu/mcgehee 
Peggie Orrell, Chair
Email: orrellp@uamont.edu 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS - PULASKI TECHNICAL
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2286; Fax (501) 812-2391
www.pulaskitech.edu 
Talayia Johnson, Director
Email: tajohnson@uaptc.edu 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS - RICH MOUNTAIN
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953
Phone: (479) 394-7622; Fax (479) 394-2828
www.uarichmountain.edu 
Charla K. Hollin, Director  
Email: chollin@uarichmountain.edu 

U of A COMMUNITY COLLEGE - BATESVILLE
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
P. O. Box 3350
Batesville, AR 72503
Phone: (870) 612-2070; Fax (870) 612-2059
www.uaccb.edu 
Marietta Candler, Chair
Email: marietta.candler@uaccb.edu                                                                                                                                   
Ashley Ball, Coordinator                                                                                                                                                        
Email:  ashley.ball@uaccb.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MORRILTON
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
1537 University Blvd.
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone: (501) 977-2063; Fax (501) 977-2049
www.uaccm.edu 
Angie Moore, Program Chair
Email: mooreangie@uaccm.edu                                                                                                                                                   

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT HOPE - TEXARKANA
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
2500 S. Main
Hope, AR  71801
Phone:  (870) 722-8505; Fax: (870) 722-8511
www.uacch.edu
Jessica Schroader, Site Coordinator
Email: Jessica.Schroader@uaht.edu                                                              
Lori Arnette, Director
Email: lori.arnette@uaht.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS - FORT SMITH
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM 
P. O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7715; Fax (479) 424-6856
www.uafs.edu 
Frankie Allred, Executive Director                                                                                                                              
Email: granki.allred@uafs.edu 

ASBN - Renewal of Arkansas License

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

IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING RENEWAL

The first step in the renewal process is creating an account in the Arkansas Nurse Portal or signing into an account you have already created.  

 Click HERE to view video on How to Create an Arkansas Nurse Portal Account with an existing license.

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

Click HERE to view video on How to Renew a License.

Once you have created an Arkansas Nurse Portal account, you will begin the renewal process. The renewal link will be available 60 days prior to license expiration.

Once you have submitted a renewal application, you may check the status of your license by accessing your Nurse Portal account, or accessing the ASBN homepage and clicking on the blue box titled Verify License or Certificate.

LICENSURE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL INFORMATION
For more information about a specific application, click on the respective application name listed below. 

On Time Renewal

LPN Renewal Application Information
License renewal application for the nurse who has a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license in Arkansas that is due to expire on a date in the future.


LPTN Renewal Application Information
License renewal application for the nurse who has a Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse (LPTN) license in Arkansas that is due to expire on a date in the future.


RN Renewal Application Information
License renewal application for the nurse who has a Registered Nurse (RN) license in Arkansas that is due to expire on a date in the future.


APRN Renewal Application Information
License renewal application for the nurse who has an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license in Arkansas that is due to expire on a date in the future.


RNP Renewal Application Information
License renewal application for the nurse who has a Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) license in Arkansas that is due to expire on a date in the future.


Post Expiration (Late) Renewal

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ASBN - Licensure by Endorsement

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

ENDORSEMENT is the process of obtaining a nursing license in a U.S. jurisdiction other than the jurisdiction of original licensure.

The first step in application submission is to create an account in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

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

Disclaimer:

The ASBN may deny licensure to candidates who have had a license revoked, suspended, or placed on probation and not reinstated in other jurisdictions. The ASBN may also deny licensure to candidates who have been convicted of a crime.

LICENSURE APPLICATION FOR ENDORSEMENT INFORMATION
For more information about a specific application, click on the respective application name listed below.

LPN Endorsement Application Information 
Licensure by endorsement application for the nurse applicant who has an LPN/LVN license in another state and is applying for a license in Arkansas as LPN/LVN; has no previous Arkansas LPN license.

RN Endorsement Application Information 
Licensure by endorsement application for the nurse applicant who has an RN license in another state and is applying for a license in Arkansas as an RN; has no previous Arkansas RN license.

RN Internationally Educated Endorsement Application Information 
Licensure by endorsement application for applicants educated outside the United States, its' territories, or Canada.  The applicant has an RN license in another state and is applying for a license in Arkansas as an RN; has no previous Arkansas RN license.

Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse (LPTN) Endorsement Application Information 
Licensure by endorsement application for the nurse applicant who has an LPTN license in another state and is applying for a license in Arkansas for the same license type; has no previous Arkansas LPTN license.  LPTN applicants accepted from Kansas and California only.

COVID-19 Directives, Orders, & Health Guidances

ADH Directives

NOTE: There is no quarantine requirement in effect at this time for travelers arriving in or returning to Arkansas.
October 6, 2020: Revised Visitation, Screening, and Staffing Directive for Long-term Care Facilities
September 9: Directive on Resuming Restaurant Dine-in Operations Phase II (Modified)
August 26: Directive on Face Coverings (Amended Oct. 5, 2020)
August 21: Directive for Community and School-Sponsored Team Sports
August 14: Directive for Large Outdoor Venue and Large Indoor Venue Plans for School-Sponsored Team Sports
August 5: Directive for Community-School Sponsored Music and Theater Return to Play (Amended Oct. 5, 2020)
August 1: Directive on Resuming Elective Procedures, Phase IV
June 15: Directive for Reopening of Casinos Phase II
June 15: Directive for Gym, Fitness Center, Athletic Club and Weight Room Reopening Phase II (Amended June 22, 2020)
June 15: Directive on Business Limitations Phase II
June 15: Directive on Resuming Restaurant Dine-in Operations Phase II
June 15: Directive on Resuming Bar or Club Operations Phase II
June 15: Directive for Barber Shops, Body Art Establishments, Cosmetology Establishments, Massage Therapy Clinics/Spas, and Medical Spas Phase II
June 15: Directive Regarding Large Indoor Venues Phase II | To submit an increased capacity proposal for agriculture related events (rodeos, fairs, livestock shows, etc), please click HERE, all other proposals click HERE.
June 15: Directive Regarding Large Outdoor Venues Phase II | To submit an increased capacity proposal for agriculture related events (rodeos, fairs, livestock shows, etc), please click HERE, all other proposals click HERE.
June 15: Directive on Resuming Elective Dental Services (revised June 22, 2020)
May 22: Directive for Recreational Pool Reopening
May 21: Directive Regarding Overnight Camps
May 18: Directive Regarding Summer Day Camps
May 8: Directive Regarding Prohibition of the Use of Non-FDA Approved Serologic Tests for the Diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 Infections
May 6: Directive for Barber Shops, Body Art Establishments, Cosmetology Establishments, Massage Therapy Clinics/Spas, and Medical Spas | Spanish
April 17: Directive for Approval of Emergency Responder Activities
March 26: Directive for Limitations on Gatherings
March 13: Directive for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 for Long-Term Care Facilities

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ASBN - Approved Certifications

The certifications listed below meet the continuing education criteria for license renewal. Any certification accepted for advanced practice licensure also meets the CE requirement for license renewal. Unless appropriately licensed, the Nurse Practice Act of Arkansas restricts the use of certain credentials such as C.R.N.A. or C.N.S.

Practice Area Certifying Body Credentials RN/LPN

General

American Nurses Credentialing Center
www.nursecredentialing.org
All RN

Addiction

International Nurses Society on Addictions
www.intnsa.org
CARN
 CARN-AP
RN

Administration

National Associate Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care
www.nadona.org
CDONA/LTC RN
Anesthesia

Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists
www.aana.com

American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing
www.cpancapa.org

CPAN (post-anesthesia)
 CAPA (ambulatory perianesthesia)
RN

Critical Care

American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation
www.aacn.org
PCCN (adult, neonatal, pediatric) RN

Case Management

Commission for Case Management Certification
www.ccmcertification.org
CCM RN/LPN
Diabetes

American Association of Diabetes Educators
www.aadenet.org

Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education
https://www.cbdce.org

Arkansas State Board of Nursing – Diabetes Self-Management Educator
www.arsbn.org

BC-ADM

 

 

CDCES

 

 

None

 

RN

 

 

RN

 

 

RN

 

Disability

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
www.ddna.org
CDDN
 DDC
RN
 LPN

Education

National League for Nursing
www.nln.org
CNE RN
Emergency Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing
https://home.pearsonvue.com/bcen
CEN
 CFRN
RN
Forensic International Association of Forensic Nurses
https://www.forensicnurses.org/
SANE-A RN
Gastroenterology American Board of Certification for Gastro Nurses
www.abcgn.org
CGRN
 CGN
RN
 LPN

Healthcare Quality

National Association for Healthcare Quality
www.nahq.org
CPHQ RN
 LPN

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board
http://www.hancb.org/Index/about_us.php
ACRN RN

Holistic

American Holistic Nurses’ Certification Corporation
https://www.ahncc.org/
HNC RN

Hospice & Palliative

National Board for Certification of Hospice & Palliative Nurses
www.hpna.org/
CHPN RN/LPN

Infection Control

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology
www.cbic.org
CIC RN

Infusion

Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation
https://www.Ins1.org

CRNI

RN

Legal Nurse Consulting

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
www.aalnc.org
LNCC RN

Long Term Care


 

National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service
www.napnes.org

National Associate Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care
www.nadona.org

CLTC

 

 

 

CDONA/LTC

LPN

 

 

 

RN

Managed Care

American Board of Managed Care Nursing
www.abmcn.org
CMCN RN/LPN

Medical/Surgical 

Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses
https://www.amsn.org/
CMSRN RN

Nephrology

Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission
www.nncc-exam.org

CDN
CNN

RN
RN(BSN)

Neuroscience American Board of Neuroscience Nursing
www.abnncertification.org
ABNN, CNRN RN

Nurse Practitioner

American Academy Association of Nurse Practitioners
www.aanp.org

NP-C

RN

Occupational Health

American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
www.abohn.org
COHN
 COHN-S
 COHN/CM (case manager)
RN
 RN(BSN)

Oncology Nursing

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
www.oncc.org
OCN
 AOCN (advanced)
 CPON (pediatric)
RN

Ophthalmic

National Certifying Board for Ophthalmic Registered Nurses
www.asorn.org
CRNO RN

Orthopedic

Orthopedic Nurses Certification Board
www.oncb.org
ONC RN

Otorhinolaryngology

National Certifying board for Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses
www.sohnnurse.com
CORLN RN

Pain Management

American Society for Pain Management Nursing
www.aspmn.org
FAAPM RN
Pediatric

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
www.pncb.org

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
www.oncc.org

CPN
 CPNP (nurse practitioner)

 

CPON

RN

 

 

RN

Pharmacology National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service
www.napnes.org
NCP LPN

Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses
info@aspsn.org
CPSN RN
Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) Certification https://www.aacn.org/certification/get-certified/pccn-adult PCCN  

Radiology

Radiologic Nursing Certification Board
www.certifiedradiologynurse.org

CRN

RN
Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board
https://rehabnurse.org/
CRRN
 CRRN-A (advanced)
RN
 (master, doctorate)

School Nurses

National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NCSN)
www.nbcsn.org
NBCSN RN
Stroke Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN)
https://abnncertification.org/
SCRN RN
Surgery

Certification Board of Perioperative Nursing
www.certboard.org

Association of Surgical Technologist
www.ast.org

CNOR
CRNFA

 

CST
CFA

RN
 RN (BSN)

 

RN/LPN

Transplant Coordinators

American Board of Transplant Certification
www.abtc.net

CCTC, CPTC

RN/LPN

Urology Certification Board for Urologic Nurses & Associates
www.suna.org
CURN
CUNP
CUCNS
CUA
RN
RN-NP
RN-CNS
LPN

Wound/Ostomy


 

Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board
www.wocncb.org

American Academy of Wound Management
www.abwbcertified.org

CCCN
COCN
CWCN
CWOCN

 

CWS

RN

 

 

 

RN

Women’s Health

American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council
www.midwife.org

CNM

RN

ASBN - Model

1
 Licensee Status
2
 Competence Assessment
3
 Competence Review 
A
 Initial Licensure
Graduation from an approved program or equivalency
 AND
Passed NCLEX examination (RN/LPN) or LPTN licensure examination
 AND
Provide other evidence as requested by the Board

ASBN review of application

Criminal background check and discipline databank check

B
 Renewal of Active Licensure Status
Documented evidence of the following continuing education requirements during renewal period:  

15 practice focused contact hours from a nationally recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the ASBN
 OR
 Maintenance of Certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by ASBN
 OR
Completed academic course in nursing or related field
 AND
Provide other evidence as requested by the Board

ASBN review of application

Random audit of applications

Non-compliance could result in civil penalties, disciplinary action and/or non-renewal of the license.

C
 Inactive Status
None None
D
 Reinstatement from Inactive
 Status

If 5 years or less:

Documented evidence of the following continuing education requirements within the past two years:

20 practice focused contact hours from a nationally recognized or state continuing education approval body recognized by the ASBN
OR
Certification or re-certification by a national certifying body recognized by ASBN
OR
Completed academic course in nursing or related field
AND/OR
Provide other evidence as requested by the Board

If greater than 5 years:

Verification of completion of the above continuing education requirements and verification of completion of:

a refresher course approved by the ASBN

ASBN review of application

Audit of applications as determined by Board

Non-compliance could result in civil penalties, disciplinary action and/or non-reinstatement of the license.

ASBN - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (download)

Q.  How do I obtain continuing education?

A.  Requirements can be met in one of the following three ways:

15 practice-focused contact hours from a national or state continuing education approval body recognized by ASBN,
Maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying body recognized by ASBN,
 Completion of an academic course in nursing or related field.

The most common method of meeting the requirements is by obtaining contact hours. These hours can be obtained through home study, nursing journals, Internet sources, or by attending workshops.  For a list of Internet websites, and approved certifications visit www.arsbn.org, under  "Continuing Education". 

Q.  I hold a current RN license and a current LPN license.  How many continuing education hours will I need?

A.  Whether you are an LPN, RN and/or have advanced practice licensure, if you are meeting the requirement by contact hours, you only need 15 contact hours every renewal cycle (2 years). 

Q.  I received my first (initial) Arkansas license in November 2018.  My birthday is in March and I understand that to get into the Arkansas biennial renewal cycle, my license will need to be renewed in March 2019, only five (5) months after the issuance of my initial license.  How many continuing education contact hours will I be required to have?

A.  None.  If the first renewal cycle is less than 24 months, there is no continuing education requirement for the first renewal period.  This is true for persons who received their initial license by endorsement or examination and the first renewal period is less than two years. 

Q.  I have ACLS training.  Will this count as continuing education?

A.  American Heart Association advanced life support courses for various age groups (ACLS, PALS, NRP, PEARS) are acceptable as continuing education.  The ASBN will allow ten (10) contact hours each for initial training or retraining if it occurs during the two-year timeframe immediately preceding license renewal.  (Chapter 2, Section VII, E.1)  CPR/BLS training/instructor does not count for continuing education.

Q.  I did not receive a certificate of completion for my ACLS training.  What proof do I need?

A.  A copy of the ACLS, PALS, NRP or PEARS card will suffice as proof of completion.  The class roster is not adequate.

Q.  My employer requires that I complete STABLE training.  Can I count this for continuing education?

A.  Yes.  The ASBN will allow 9.3 contact hours for initial training or retraining if it occurs during the two (2) year timeframe immediately preceding license renewal.

Q.  I am planning to take the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) offered through the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).  Will this count as continuing education?

A.  Advanced training courses with established curriculum recognized by an ASBN approved approval body and completed during licensure period are acceptable as continuing education.  The ENA is listed as an approved approval body on the ASBN website.  The courses that they have approved and oversee - e.gm. Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) are accepted as continuing education.  (Chapter 2, Section VII, E.1) 

Q.  I have information about an upcoming workshop that is in my practice area, but how do I know if the provider is approved by the Board?

A.  Before attending a continuing education activity, confirm through the providers advertising material that they have had the program properly accredited through one of the accepted approval bodies/accrediting organizations recognized by the ASBN.  The accreditation statement listing the approval body should appear on advertising material and must be on the certificate of completion.  The approval body/accrediting organization is not the company or business offering the educational activity. (i.e. CME Resource is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation).   Visit our website, www.arsbn.org, click on the "Continuing Education"  for a current list of approved approval bodies/accrediting organizations found on the CE resource page that are recognized by the ASBN.

Q.  I don’t know how many contact hours I have obtained since my last renewal.  Does the Board of Nursing keep up with my hours?

A.  No.  It is the licensee’s responsibility to maintain the records.  These records must be original certification card, contact hour certificates, transcripts or grade slips.  If selected during a random audit, you will be notified by mail to submit copies as evidence for review.  Records of continuing education must be maintained for a minimum of two (2) consecutive renewal periods or four (4) years.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.D.3.) 

Q.  Since I will not be sending my continuing education certificates to the ASBN, how will I verify to the ASBN that I have completed the continuing education requirements?

A.  The licensee must attest at time of renewal that he/she has completed the continuing education requirement for license renewal to comply with the regulation.  The renewal will not be processed without this declaration.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.A.) 

Q.  What happens if I get audited and I don’t have appropriate continuing education hours?

A.  You will be allowed 90 days to meet the continuing education requirement.  Failure to comply after 90 days, you will be assessed a late fee and receive a letter of reprimand which is reported to a national and federal disciplinary data bank.  The second occurrence of non-compliance may result in further disciplinary action.  (Chapter 2, Section VII, B. D. and I.) 

Q.  Although I haven’t worked, my license has been active for years.  When I renew my  license, how  many continuing education contact hours do I need?

A.  15 contact hours during the two-year period immediately preceding the renewal date. (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.3.a) 

Q.  My license is on inactive status.  How many continuing education contact hours do I need?

A.  You are not required to have continuing education if your nursing license is inactive.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.2.) 

Q.  I have not worked in nursing for the past eight years and I would like to re-enter nursing practice.  My license is on inactive status (or expired).  What do I need to do?

A.  To renew your license you must have completed twenty (20) contact hours of nursing continuing education within the past two years and complete a Board approved refresher course or an employer competency orientation program.  You must obtain a temporary permit to practice while taking the refresher course or competency orientation program.  This temporary permit is only valid for attendance in the refreshed course or orientation program.  You cannot “work” on this permit.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.3.b. & 4).

Q.  What is the difference between CEU’s and contact hours?

A.  Both CEU’s and contact hours are measurements for continuing education.  One contact hour is equal to 0.1 CEU.  Ten contact hours are equal to 1 (one) CEU. 

Q.  I am an LPN going back to nursing school.  Will any of my courses count for continuing education contact hours?

A.  Yes.  Completion of nursing courses, (i.e. Introduction to Nursing, O.B., Peds, Medical Surg.) will be accepted as continuing education. (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.1.d.)  No prerequisites, (i.e. Chemistry, Micro. Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Psychology) count as continuing education.  One completed (nursing course prefixed on official transcript by NUR, NURS, NSG, etc., then course title) college semester hour with a grade of C or better during licensure period will be equivalent to 15 contact hours and may be used to meet the total requirement of continuing education for nursing license renewal.  RNs returning to nursing school can also count completed nursing courses as continuing education.  Nursing programs utilizing clep-testing format (i.e. Excelsior College) cannot be counted for continuing education hours.

Q.  I am required to complete radiology continuing education.  Can I use this for renewal of my nursing license since I take X-Rays as part of my job.

A.  Radiology is a separate allied health profession.  However if the continuing education activity is a nursing topic, approved by an organization on the ASBN approved approval body list and meets all other requirements it may be used. 

Q.  My advanced practice licensure requires me to get continuing education in order to recertify.  Will this new requirement be in addition to my other continuing education contact hours?

A.  No.  Certification or re-certification during the renewal period is acceptable to meet the ASBN requirements.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.1.b.) 

Q.  My hospital requires that I attend yearly in-services such as fire safety and infection control and that I maintain CPR training.  Will that count as my continuing education?   

A.  No.  In-service programs and CPR/instructor training are not acceptable for continuing education.  (Chapter 2,  Section VII.G.) 

Q.  What is the difference between in-service education and continuing education?

A.  As defined by the American Nurses Association in the 2000 Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development, in-service educational activities are “learning experiences provided in the work setting for the purpose of assisting staff members in performing their assigned functions in that particular agency or institution (p.24)”.

Continuing education is “systematic professional learning experiences designed to augment the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nurses and therefore, enriches the nurses’ contributions to quality health care and their pursuit of professional career goals”. (p.24)

Continuing education enhances practice, while in-service meets requirement needed to function in a specific work setting.

For example: If the educational activity was to inform nurses about the concept of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), the advantages/disadvantages, patient education, medications, dosage, side effects – this is continuing education. If the educational activity was to inform nurses about policies related to use of PCA pump, documentation required, procedures to access medication, change-out/add medication or discontinue pump – this is in-service). 

Q.  My employer has required that I attend classes in computer technology.  Can I count these hours for my continuing education contact hours requirement?

A.  No.  The requirement is for nursing practice-focused continuing education.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.1.a.) 

Q.  I have worked in labor and delivery for the past five years, but I’m interested in gerontology.   Will my attendance at a gerontology workshop count as my continuing education requirement?

A.  No.  The requirement is for “practice-focused” continuing education.  Your continuing education must be related to labor and delivery.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.1.a.) 

Q.  Can I count CME’s (continuing medical education) as my continuing education contact hours?

A.  Maybe.  If the target audience for CME’s includes nurses, and the content is relevant to your practice area in nursing, it can be counted.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.1.a) 

Q.  I hold a license in other states that require continuing education.  Can I use the contact hours earned in other states for Arkansas?

A.  You may if they meet the Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s approver and practice focused requirements.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.E.) 

Q.  I attended a weeklong educational conference and received 30 continuing education contact hours.   Can I use those hours to count for the next two license renewal periods?

A.  Continuing education contact hours beyond the required contact hours cannot be “carried over” to the next renewal period.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.5.) 

Q.  I have information about an upcoming workshop that is in my practice area, but the approver of continuing education does not appear on your list.  Can I take this workshop and use it for my continuing education contact hours?

A.  You may request an individual review for a non-approved workshop by submitting information containing the topic, agenda, presenters, content, and objectives, along with an ASBN application for individual review and accompanying fee.  (Chapter 2, Section VII.H.) 

Q.  My license is suspended for six months because I have violated the Nurse Practice Act.  How many continuing education contact hours do I need to reinstate my license?

A.  According to the regulations (Chapter 2, Section VII.C.3.a.i.) you must have completed twenty (20) practice-focused contact hours and meet any other conditions specified in the Board’s order. 

Q.  I would like to offer continuing education programs for nurses in Arkansas.  Will the ASBN approve the programs I plan to provide?

A.  No.  The ASBN will not approve programs for providers.  The provider should seek approval from the ArNA or other ASBN approved approver bodies.  (Chapter, Section VII) 

Q.  Do the contact hours offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing count for our contact hours?

A.  Yes. Their website is www.learningext.com and they offer a variety of programs.

Accreditation status can change for any company offering nursing continuing education studies. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the licensee to confirm through the providers advertising material/web site that they have had the program(s) appropriately accredited through one of the accepted approval bodies/accrediting organizations recognized by the ASBN before participating in any continuing education activity. The accreditation statement listing the approval body should appear on advertising material and must be on the certificate of completion. The approval body/accrediting organization is not the company or business offering the educational activity. (i.e. CME Resource is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation). The example above illustrates the approval body as the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Visit our website, www.arsbn.org, click on the “Education” option (link) then “Continuing Education” option (link) on the left border of the page for a list of current approval bodies/accrediting organizations on the CE resource page recognized by the ASBN

ASBN - Competency Definitions

Recommended by Continued Competency Task Force: August 1, 2001
Approved by Arkansas State Board of Nursing August 1, 2001

Updated: June 10, 2020

ASBN - CE Websites

The following is a list of potential websites, which may assist you in your search for acceptable sources of continuing nursing education. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, nor are any of the vendors listed here endorsed or necessarily approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Depending upon the organization that approved the courses offered, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing may or may not accept such courses for continuing education credit for the purpose of licensure renewal. Please refer to the list of Accrediting Organizations/Approved Approval Bodies to determine if the provider’s educational activity is accepted by ASBN.

Contact hours from MEDCEU dba American Medical Education, Inc. are not accepted by ASBN.

Other Helpful Sites:

COVID-19 Positive Test Support Groups

Registration is now open for new tele-health support groups for Arkansas residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

These groups will offer support for Arkansans in an anonymous, secure setting, while they remain in the safety of their homes. Our hope is to allow a safe place for participants to share their fears and anxiety as well as gain strength and encouragement from each other. 

Participants will be encouraged to offer support to each other and to share ideas for ways to cope with their feelings in a healthy and positive way.

These meetings are not medical advice, group therapy or intended for any type of mental health diagnosis or treatment. Participants may be referred or encouraged to seek counseling if appropriate, but this is not a treatment group. Any identified needs for a higher level of intervention will be quickly addressed and referred to the appropriate place, such as the patient’s primary care physician.

Registration is free and is based on a patient’s county of residence. See the table below to register for the call in your region:

County of Residence Support Group Registration

Lonoke, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline

Call Lisa or Michelle at 501-340-6646 between 8:30am and 4pm, Monday-Friday to register.

Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Logan, Miller, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier

Call LaDonna at 479-785-9480 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday to register.

Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Clay, Cleveland, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Fulton, Grant, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp, St. Francis, White, Woodruff

Call Ginger at 870-972-4021 between 8:30am and 4pm, Monday-Friday to register.

Baxter, Benton, Boone, Calhoun , Carroll , Cleburne, Columbia, Conway, Dallas, Faulkner, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pope, Searcy, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington, Yell

Call Amanda at (479) 316-7100 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday to register.

 

 

 

ASBN - Disciplinary Actions

January 2017 thru April 2020

The nurses listed have had disciplinary action taken against their licenses. When a nurse's license to practice nursing is revoked or suspended, return of the license to the Board Office is requested; however, licenses may not be returned. Also, individuals placed on probation must continue to meet conditions for the retention, or future reinstatement, of their licenses. When hiring such an individual the Board office should be contacted. Therefore, we suggest this list be routinely shared with the appropriate supervisory personnel and recruiters in your agency.

At the completion of the disciplinary period, the nurse applies for reinstatement. Reinstatement is contingent upon meeting the conditions set forth by the Board.

In accordance with the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act and the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing took the following action after individual hearings:

The format for reporting disciplinary actions includes the statutory citation of the violation. Grounds for Disciplinary Action ACA § 17-87-309.

Disciplinary:

*For any Disciplinary Actions older than 2017, contact the Board of Nursing Office at 501-686-2700

ASBN - Consent Agreements

The Board has approved guidelines to offer a nurse an informal settlement known as a Consent Agreement. Board staff members offer a Consent Agreement to a nurse for violations of the Nurse Practice Act and Rules. A Consent Agreement is essentially a contract between the Board of Nursing and the nurse. The Order has required stipulations, which may include courses, random drug screening, performance evaluations, employment restrictions, or a civil penalty.

Course Instructions

Course Information

ASBN Update

2020

2019

2018

2017

*For any ASBN Update older than 2017 contact the Board of Nursing Office at 501-686-2700.

ASBN - Calendar of Events

Photo Gallery

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ASBN - Staff

Administration

Sue Tedford, MNSc, APRN                           
ASBN Executive Director
sue.tedford@arkansas.gov 

Leslie Suggs                           
Executive Assistant to the Director
leslie.suggs@arkansas.gov                               

Accounting

Darla Erickson, CPA                           
Information Services Manager
darla.erickson@arkansas.gov 

Andrea McCuien                           
Administrative Specialist II
andrea.mccuien@arkansas.gov

Advanced Practice 

Shannon McKinney
ASBN Assistant Director for APRNs
shannon.e.mckinney@arkansas.gov

Ellen Harwell                           
Licensing Coordinator/Advanced Practice
ellen.harwell@arkansas.gov

Alternative to Discipline 

Tonya Gierke, JD, BSN, RN                           
ASBN Assistant Director - ArNAP
tonyagierke@arkansas.gov  

Discipline & Practice

Lisa Wooten, MPH, BSN, RN                           
ASBN Assistant Director 
lisa.wooten@arkansas.gov  

Debbie Rodgers, MSN, RN                           
ASBN Assistant Director 
deborah.rodgers@arkansas.gov

Mindy Darner                           
Legal Support Specialist
mindy.darner@arkansas.gov

Corrie Edge
Legal Support Specialist
corrie.edge@arkansas.gov

Debra Fletcher
Legal Support Specialist
debra.fletcher@arkansas.gov

Brandon Grimes
Regulatory Board Chief Investigator
brandon.grimes@arkansas.gov 

Chandler Sullivan
Legal Support Specialist
chandler.sullivan@arkansas.gov

Education & Licensing 

Karen McCumpsey, MNSc, RN, CNE
ASBN Assistant Director
karen.mccumpsey@arkansas.gov

Tammy Vaughn, MSN, RN, CNE
ASBN Program Coordinator
tammy.vaughn@arkansas.gov

Carla Davis 
Licensing Coordinator
carla.davis@arkansas.gov

Kelly Dopplehammer
Administrative Specialist III
kelly.l.dopplehammer@arkansas.gov
 
Lori Gephardt
Licensing Coordinator
lori.gephardt@arkansas.gov   
 
Shannon Nixon 
Licensing Coordinator
shannon.nixon@arkansas.gov

Markeisha Rotimi
Licensing Coordinator
markeisha.rotimi@arkansas.gov

Tra'Vonda Tate
Licensing Coordinator
travonda.tate@arkansas.gov

Information Technology 

Lou Ann Walker
Public Information Coordinator
louann.walker@arkansas.gov

Albert Williams
Information Systems Coordinator
albert.williams@arkansas.gov

Susan Moore
Computer Operator
susan.moore@arkansas.gov  

Legal 

David Dawson
ASBN General Counsel 
david.dawson@arkansas.gov

Mary Trentham, MNSc, MBA, APRN-BC
Attorney Specialist 
mary.trentham@arkansas.gov   

ASBN - Links

ASBN - Director Letter

Welcome to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website.  I hope you find our site to be a source of valuable information, as it is available to assist the public and licensed nurses to more fully utilize the services of the Board of Nursing.

Issuing licenses and certificates of prescriptive authority, prescribing minimum standards and surveying nursing education programs, and acting on complaints and conducting disciplinary proceedings are just a few of the services provided by the ASBN.

Remember, our mission at the ASBN is to protect the public and act as their advocate by effectively regulating the practice of nursing.  In addition to the Nurse Practice Act and Rules, there are position statements and guidelines for nurses to follow.  The ASBN is responsible for enforcing these laws and rules pertaining to the regulation of nurses, nursing education and nursing practice.  Please visit this site frequently to stay current with the Nurse Practice Act and Rules.

Whether you are a student, licensed nurse, or a citizen, we want your interaction with us to be the best it possibly can be.  Please give us your suggestions and feedback.

Cordially,

Sue A. Tedford, MNSc, APRN
ASBN Executive Director

ASBN - Board Members

For information on Board Member appointment, length of terms, etc. see Arkansas Nurse Practice Act 17-87-201.
 

Ramonda Housh,  APRN  
APRN | Term expires October 1, 2023

Ramonda Housh, of Pocahontas, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and fills the Board position for advanced practice registered nurse. She received her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and earned her Master of Nursing Science degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Housh is the Division Chair for Allied Health and RN Program Chair at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. Previously she served patients as a registered nurse in medical-surgical nursing and as a community health nurse, as well as pediatric patients as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Housh is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Housh, a native Arkansan, stated, “After 20 years as a nurse and ten years as a nurse educator, I want to be involved in the protection of the public and in the regulation of our profession.” She is married to Eric Housh and has two children, Dylan and Sydney.

 

 Lance K. Lindow, RN
 Vice President 
 RN | October 1, 2021

Lindow fills the at-large position for a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.  He is a registered nurse and earned his associate degree from National Park Community College.  He received the Duke University Hospital “Strength, Hope and Caring” award in 2012.  Lindow’s nursing background includes being a flight nurse and NICU.  Currently, he is an emergency room nurse at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He states, “I became a nurse because I can’t change the world, but I can change my patients’ world 12 hours at a time. Lindow is married and has two sons.  In his spare time he likes Razorback sports and being with family.

 

Janice Denton Ivers, RN
Treasurer

RN (BSN or higher)  | Term expires October 1, 2020

 Janice Denton Ivers, of Jessieville, is the Dean of Nursing at National    Park College in Hot Springs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1983 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Ivers has served in various capacities of nursing education since 2001 and is a Certified Nurse Educator. Previously, she practiced in various patient settings in Arkansas and Colorado, with the majority of her experience in oncology. Ivers states, “I became a nurse because as a nurse, I have the unique opportunity to help people during some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. I love serving others and, hopefully, being able to have an impact on their lives. To top it off, I get to enjoy one of the most exciting and fast-paced professions.” She wants to serve on the Board to protect the public, administer accountability and direction to the current workforce and refine the future workforce. Ivers is married and has three grown sons. 

 

Mike Burdine, RN                                                                                      
President
RN (associate) | Term expires October 1, 2019

Mike Burdine, of White Hall, is a registered nurse and fills the position for one of the associate degree nurses on the Board.  He received his associate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Burdine works at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock   He wants to serve on the Board to bring the perspective of a long term bedside nurse who intends to remain in direct patient care.  Burdine is married with two adult children and, in his spare time, enjoys sailing, kayaking and gardening.

 

 

Neldia Dycus, RN    
RN (diploma) | Term expires October 1, 2021  

Neldia Dycus, from Cabot, is a registered nurse and works at the   Arkansas  Department of Health as a Regional Director.  Previously she practiced at Baptist Medical Center as a staff nurse for labor and delivery and ICU, and as a chief nurse at St. Anthony CHI and St. Vincent North CHI.  She earned a nursing diploma from the Baptist School of Health, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and master degrees in health services administration and human resource development from Webster University. Dycus also has a post-graduate certificate in public health from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. When asked why she wanted to serve on the Board, she said, "I have been interested in serving on the board for many years.  I see it as a way to contribute to my profession and to give back to the nursing community." Dycus is married to Dennis Dycus and has one daughter, 2 stepsons and six grandchildren.  Her hobbies include drawing, writing and reading.

 

Jasper Fultz, LPN
LPN   | Term expires October 1, 2023

Jasper Fultz, of Augusta, is a licensed practical nurse. He has been employed at White County Medical Center for over 30 years. Fultz’s awards include the Arkansas Nursing Compassion Award and the Arkansas Business Healthcare Hero. He hopes to make a positive difference in nursing by serving on the Board and feels his many years experience will be beneficial to the Board.

 

 

Melanie Garner, LPN 
LPN | Term expires October 1, 2020

 Melanie Garner, of Fort Smith, is a licensed practical nurse and graduated from Westark Community College. Garner has worked in women’s health and public health and is a Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a lifelong resident of Sebastian County and is married with a son, daughter-in-law and foster grandson who will soon be adopted. Garner wants to serve on the Board to serve her state and profession and to ensure that all respondents have a fair hearing. Her hobbies include exercising, reading and Beth Moore Bible studies. 

 

Yolanda Green, LPN 
LPN | Term expires October 1, 2021

Yolanda Green, of Jacksonville, is a licensed practical nurse.  She graduated from Arkansas State University in Newport. Green has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing at the Arkansas State Hospital.   Green states, “I believe nursing is one of the most important occupations.  We can positively or negatively affect at person’s healing process.  By serving on the Board, I want to make sure that the public is being served by the best nurses.” In her spare time, she likes to read, bowl and is a movie buff.

 

Stacie Hipp, RN
Secretary
RN (BSN or higher)  | Term expires October 1, 2020

Stacie Hipp, of White Hall, began her nursing career in 1996 after graduating from the Jefferson School of Nursing diploma program.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2010 and graduated December 2016 with  a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Hipp is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society-Kappa Rho at Large, International Association of Forensic Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association. She is an an advanced practice registered nurse at White Hall Family Medicine in White Hall and a sexual assault nurse examiner at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Pine Bluff. Hipp said, “I want to serve on the Board because I want to be part of a team of different disciplines that all have one goal in mind, which is to protect the public by ensuring nurses at all levels provide safe and effective care that is achieved through proper education and by continuing education." She is married with three children and one grandson and loves to spend time with family and enjoys forensics.   

 

Rachel Sims, RN
RN | Term expires October 1, 2021

Rachel Sims, of Little Rock, is a registered nurse and fills an at-large registered nurse or licensed practical nurse position on the Board. She learned her bachelor's degrees in nursing and dietetics from the University of Central Arkansas and is certified from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Sims also has certifications in Advanced Injection Training and Advanced Laser Resurfacing Certified and works at Little Rock Plastic Surgery. Previously, she worked at Conway Regional Medical Center. Sims stated, "I want to represent my field of nursing to make positive changes to ensure patient safety. In 2017, Sims was named as AY's (About You magazine) Best Healthcare Professional. In her spare time, she enjoys running.

ASBN - Board Meeting Minutes

2020

2019

2018

ASBN - Annual Reports

*For any Annual Report older than 2017, contact the Board of Nursing Office at 501-686-2700

ASBN - Program Director & Faculty Information

The Program Director and Faculty Information area of the ASBN website is developed for the purpose of providing access to resources for program directors and faculty who teach in Arkansas nursing programs.

Affidavit of Graduation (AOG) Portal

Presentations

Resources:

ASBN - Approved Nursing Programs

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves programs preparing registered nurse and practical nurse candidates for licensure. The Nurse Practice Act requires that the Board prescribe minimum standards, approve curricula and survey educational programs through its authorized representative.

In order to qualify for licensure as a nurse in any state in the United States, an individual must graduate from a board approved nursing program. The Arkansas Board of Nursing has set minimum standards that each educational program must meet in order to obtain initial approval and maintain continued board approval. These standards can be found in the Rules, Chapter 6.

​​Approved Nursing Education Programs

Arkansas Nursing Education Program Progressioon Model

ASBN - NCLEX Exam

The National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®) is a computer adaptive exam designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities of the entry-level practitioner. Passage of the exam is a part of the process used by Boards of Nursing when determining eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Exam Statistics

Arkansas Programs - 5 Year NCLEX Licensure Exam Results

National NCLEX Licensure Exam Results

Testing Resources

ASBN - Loans & Scholarships

In 2009 Act 9 was passed which authorized additional funding for the nursing student loan program. Act 9 was designed to encourage nurses to teach in Arkansas nursing education programs. To be eligible for the loan, the applicant must be an Arkansas resident enrolled in accredited nursing program and be teaching or hired to teach in a nursing program located in Arkansas. 

ASBN - Refresher Course Information

Refresher courses are designed for the nurse who has been out of practice for a period of time. All ASBN approved refresher courses include a didactic and clinical component. Nurses desiring to reactivate a license after a period of five or more years must complete a board approved refresher course before reactivation of the nursing license. 

Note: Contact hours obtained from a refresher course cannot be used to meet the requirements for license renewal.

 

Approved Refresher Courses
Contact Level Type Additional Requirements
Baptist Health School of Nursing
Dianna Wilson, RN
11900 Colonel Glenn Rd., Ste 1000
Little Rock, AR  72210
501.202.7918
dianna.wilson@baptist-health.org
RN
LPN
Correspondence  
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Karen Stenstrom, RN
Director of Health Training
1900 28th Ave. South
Moorhead, MN  56560
218.299.6586
karen.stenstrom@minnesota.edu
www.cts.minnesota.edu
RN
LPN
Online
South Dakota State University
Linda Lemme
Program Assistant II
Dept. of Continuing Education
College of Nursing
Wagner Hall 207, Box 2275
Brookings, SD  57007-0098
605.688.5745
SDSU.ContinuingNursingEducation@sdstate.edu
RN
PN
Online ASBN Nurse Practice Act

Resources:

ASBN - Diabetic Educator

In compliance with the Diabetic Self Management Act of 1997 (ACA§23-79-601 et seq.) the Arkansas State Board of Nursing developed a process to certify RNs who provide education in the management of Diabetes. This certification allows for insurance reimbursement for the education.

Diabetic Educator Guidelines

To be certified by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) as a Diabetes Self-Management Educator, the applicant must:

  1. Hold an active Arkansas license as a registered nurse.
  2. Hold current certification as a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) by the American Diabetes Association; or 
  3. Have successfully completed a diabetes educational program, approved by the ASBN, which complies with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs as developed by the American Diabetes Association.
  4. Submit completed notarized Initial Certification for Diabetes Self-Management Educator Application, along with a non-refundable fee of $25.00.
  5. Submit notarized documentation from the ASBN approved education program coordinator and preceptor that applicant has successfully completed both didactic and practicum sessions; or 
  6. Submit proof of current certification as a CDE by the American Diabetes Association. 

See ASBN Rules and Regulations for information regarding renewal. Please contact the Director of Nursing Education, if you have questions.

ASBN - Accrediting Organizations

Act 86 of 2001 requires nurses to complete certain continuing education requirements in order to renew their license. The continuing education must be recognized by a Board approved continuing education accrediting organization/approval body.

Accrediting Organizations/Approved Approval Bodies of Continuing Education

When considering a continuing education activity, the brochure or information about the activity should list the organization that is the accrediting organization/approval body.  On the certificate of participation, the accreditation statement must stand alone and be similar to: “This continuing nursing education activity was approved by (this is where the accrediting organization/approved body is found), an accredited approver by…”

The Board of Nursing will accept nursing continuing education activities approved by the following organizations/bodies PROVIDED that the appropriate documentation and contact hour assignment has been made and meets all other guidelines as set forth by the ASBN Rules.  This list will be updated as needed.

ASBN - Workshops

ASBN is currently not offering workshops.

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
1-800-462-0599