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  • Employment: 23,050
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $27.42
  • Annual Mean Wage: $57,040

Those who've never visited or lived in Arkansas often don't realize what a gem it is until they get there—it's something of a 'best kept secret.' First of all, it's called The Natural State for good reason. Natural beauty abounds throughout the state, especially in the lush Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Mountains, adding to the quality of life, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors. The cost of living here is also wonderfully low, as is characteristic of the Southern states. That means your paycheck will go farther and everyday costs will be lower. Arkansas also happens to be a great place to launch a nursing career. In 2008, nursing education leaders here estimated there were about 3,000 vacant nursing positions in Arkansas, and expected that gerontology nurses and those working in nursing homes and home health care would be in great demand over the next 20 years as the Baby Boomers age. Nurses who are skilled in working with the elderly are increasingly in demand here, particularly because Arkansas is a haven for retirees.

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Job opportunities for nurses abound in the state's hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor's offices, nursing homes and home health care agencies. However, the most in-demand jobs in Arkansas are concentrated in and around the more heavily populated areas such as Little Rock, Fayetteville and Hot Springs. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Arkansas include Baptist Health, Inc.; Triad Hospitals, Inc.; and Arkansas Children's Hospital. Those who wish to become nurses in the state can get information about state licensure through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, and search the board's website for information about accredited nursing schools in the state. The Arkansas Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and the organization maintains a website where RNs can find continuing education opportunities and keep up to date on issues relevant to nurses.

School Name: Arkansas Northeastern College

Address: 2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109

Contact: (870) 762-1020 x1114

Website: www.anc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

School Name: Arkansas State University-Beebe

Address: 1000 Iowa Street, Beebe, Arkansas 72012-1000

Contact: (501) 882-3600

Website: www.asub.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Address: 2105 E. Aggie Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401

Contact: (870) 972-2100

Website: www.astate.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Arkansas State University-Mountain Home

Address: 1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

Contact: (870) 508-6100

Website: www.asumh.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name Arkansas State University-Newport:

Address: 7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Arkansas 72112

Contact: (870) 512-7800

Website: www.asun.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

School Name: Arkansas Tech University

Address: Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222

Contact: (479) 968-0389

Website: www.atu.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock

Address: 11900 Col Glenn Rd Ste 1000, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210-2820

Contact: (501) 202-6200

Website: www.bhslr.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

School Name: Black River Technical College

Address: 1410 Hwy 304 East, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455

Contact: (870) 248-4000

Website: www.blackrivertech.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas

Address: 183 College Drive, De Queen, Arkansas 71832

Contact: (870) 584-4471

Website: cccua.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute

Address: 1620 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335-0925

Contact: (870) 633-5411

Website: www.crti.tec.ar.us

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 7 to 1

School Name: East Arkansas Community College

Address: 1700 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335

Contact: (870) 633-4480

Website: WWW.EACC.EDU

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: Harding University

Address: 915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, Arkansas 72143

Contact: (501) 279-4000

Website: www.harding.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Henderson State University

Address: 1100 Henderson Street, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999-0001

Contact: (870) 230-5000

Website: www.hsu.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

Address: 1600 West 40th St, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603

Contact: (870) 541-7850

Website: www.jrmc.org

Type of School: 2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

School Name: Mid-South Community College

Address: 2000 W. Broadway, West Memphis, Arkansas 72301-3829

Contact: (870) 733-6722

Website: www.midsouthcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: National Park Community College

Address: 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913

Contact: (501) 760-4222

Website: www.npcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: North Arkansas College

Address: 1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508

Contact: (870) 743-3000

Website: www.northark.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Address: One College Dr, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712-5091

Contact: (479) 636-9222

Website: www.nwacc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Northwest Technical Institute

Address: 709 S Old Missouri Rd, Springdale, Arkansas 72764

Contact: (479) 751-8824 x0

Website: www.nti.tec.ar.us

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

School Name: Ouachita Technical College

Address: One College Cir, Malvern, Arkansas 72104-0816

Contact: (501) 337-5000 x1100

Website: www.otcweb.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Ozarka College

Address: 218 College Dr, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556-0010

Contact: (870) 368-7371

Website: www.ozarka.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

Address: 1000 Campus Drive, Helena, Arkansas 72342-0785

Contact: (870) 338-6474

Website: www.pccua.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Pulaski Technical College

Address: 3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-3347

Contact: (501) 812-2200

Website: www.pulaskitech.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1

School Name: Rich Mountain Community College

Address: 1100 College Dr, Mena, Arkansas 71953

Contact: (479) 394-7622

Website: www.rmcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: South Arkansas Community College

Address: 300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010

Contact: (870) 862-8131

Website: www.southark.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Southeast Arkansas College

Address: 1900 Hazel St., Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603

Contact: (870) 543-5900

Website: www.seark.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Address: 100 E. University, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753

Contact: (870) 235-4000

Website: WWW.SAUMAG.EDU

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: Southern Arkansas University Tech

Address: 100 Carr Road, Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906

Contact: (870) 574-4500

Website: www.sautech.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 27 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas

Address: Administration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Contact: (479) 575-2000

Website: www.uark.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Address: 2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

Contact: (501) 569-3000

Website: www.ualr.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas at Monticello

Address: Highway 425 South, Monticello, Arkansas 71656

Contact: (870) 367-6811

Website: www.uamont.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Address: 1200 N University Mail Slot 4789, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Contact: (870) 575-8000

Website: www.uapb.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville

Address: 2005 White Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72503-3350

Contact: (870) 612-2000

Website: www.uaccb.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas Community College-Hope

Address: 2500 S Main, Hope, Arkansas 71802-0140

Contact: (870) 777-5722

Website: www.uacch.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton

Address: 1537 University Blvd., Morrilton, Arkansas 72110

Contact: (501) 977-2000

Website: www.uaccm.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Address: 4301 W Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Contact: (501) 296-1275

Website: www.uams.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

School Name: University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Address: 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649

Contact: (479) 788-7000

Website: www.uafortsmith.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: University of Central Arkansas

Address: 201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, Arkansas 72035-0001

Contact: (501) 450-5000

Website: www.uca.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

 

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/