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CNA Certification In Arkansas

The initial step to obtain CNA certification in Arkansas is to enroll in a nursing assistant program program that is recognized by the state. Other requirements to become certified includes, passing the state approved license examination and get your name listed in the Arkansas Nursing Assistant Registry. With the growing need for nurse aides in the state, individuals holding nurse aide certification can expect to have strong job security.

Requirements to Obtain Certification

1. New Nursing Assistant

If you have never held a CNA license in AR and have completed a nursing assistant program program approved by the state within the past 2 years, you are required to submit the following:

  • Submit the completed application.
  • Submit a copy of the document (or certificate) verifying the completion of your program program to the Prometric. It must include the official name of the program program and the date of completion of the program.

2. Reciprocity

If you hold nursing assistant certificate in another state, you will be required to:

  • Submit the endorsement form with all the required details.
  • Provide a copy of your registration / certificate from the state in which your name is listed on the Nursing Assistant (Nurse Aide) Registry.
  • In case your certification is not active, you may be required to retake the competency exam.

3. Trained in Another State

If you have successfully completed a geriatric program program in another state (approved by the state of AR), but your name was not added to the Nursing Assistant (Nurse Aide) Registry of that state, you must:

  • Contact the OLTC at 501-682-8430 for approval.
  • The OLTC will find out if your program meets all the federal requirements.
  • If your program does not meet these requirements, you may need to take additional program.
  • Once the OLTC approves your program, you can apply for testing.

4. Previously Certified in the State of Arkansas

If you have had held your CNA certificate in AR as an active nurse aide, but have allowed your license to expire, then –

  • If your license is less than 2 years old, you may apply for renewal.
  • If your license has expired for more than 2 years, you are required to retest.

5. RN or LPN Students

If you are an LPN or RN student and have successfully completed and passed the Basic Nursing I or an equivalent course, then:

  • Get in touch with the OLTC at 501.682.8430 for approval.
  • Take and pass the competency exam within 12 months of testing eligibility approval, which must be passed within 3 attempts.
  • Complete the examination application.

Procedure to Acquire CNA License in AR by Examination

The step-by-step process to gain CNA license in the state is as follows:

Step 1: Apply for certification by examination using any one of the following methods:

  • Online at
  • Paper Application
    Download the printable application using the below link: you are testing at a Regional Test Site, complete the required details of this form and send it to the following address:Prometric
    Attn: Arkansas Nursing Assistant Testing Program
    7941 Corporate Drive,
    Nottingham, Maryland 21236

Step 2: Pay the required fees in the form of company check, cashier’s check, money order, MasterCard, American Express, or Visa. Check must be made payable to Prometric.

Step 3: Prepare for your exam. You may use the bulletin available on the Prometric website.

Step 4: After passing the exam, your nurse aide certificate will be mailed to you and your name will be listed on the Arkansas Nursing Assistant Registry.

Procedure to Acquire CNA License in AR by Reciprocity

If you have completed your certification in another state and planning to move to AR, you are required to follow the below given steps:

Step 1: Download the inter-state form by pasting the below given link on your browser:

After pasting the link, form will be downloaded automatically in your computer.

Note – You can also obtain the form by OLTC at 501-682-8430.

Step 2: After downloading the form, fill all the required details of the form.

Step 3: Mail the completed application to:

Nursing Assistant Registry
Slot S405
P. O. Box 8059
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-8059

Application Status Search

Use the following link to look for the status of your licensure application:

In order to search for your application, you will be required to enter the following details:

  • Prometric ID
  • Last Name
  • Birth Year
  • Program

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Renewal of CNA License

All nursing assistants are required to renew their license in every 2 years. In order to meet the eligibility criteria, the individuals must have worked as a CNA, performing nursing or services related to nursing for a minimum of 8 consecutive hours within a period of 2 years, before the current registry document expiration date. You are not eligible for renewal, if you have any employment restrictions for neglect, resident abuse, criminal record disqualifications or misappropriation of resident property. In the state of Arkansas, no renewal fee is charged.

Methods to Renew

Search for a Nursing Assistant in AR

Use the following link to look for CNA in the state of Arkansas LTCF Employment Clearance Registry:

You may search for your license using any of the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Certificate ID
  • Name

Duplicate License or Name / Address Change

If you want to update Prometric registry files for name and address change, download the change request form using the following link:

If you are requesting for a name change, attach any legal document along with the form. You may provide a copy of any of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Legal name change document
  • SSN card or driver’s license

If you are requesting for an address change, you need to provide the following information:

  • Old Street Address
  • Old City/State/Zip Code
  • New Street Address
  • New City/State/Zip Code

Mail the completed form to the following address:

ATTN: Nurse Aide Program
7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, Maryland – 21236


Question 1 – I haven’t received any renewal notification for my CNA certificate. What should I do?

Answer – In case you do not receive any renewal notification, you will be required to log in to the official nursing board website of Arkansas and request for a renewal application.

Question 2 – I have lost my Arkansas CNA license. How can I regain it?

Answer You will be required to apply for a duplicate license and pay some amount of fees for ordering it.

Question 3 – It’s been several years now that I received my nursing assistant license, but I never renewed it. I am working as a CNA in a hospital from the past 9 years and now require a license. How can I renew it?

Answer The renewal period in Arkansas is 2 years. Since it has been more than 2 years now, you will be required to retake the program, as well as the certification exam.