Welcome to the Natural state!

Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.


Arkansas is a compact state. If you are moving to Arkansas or claiming it as your primary state of residence, you will need to apply for application by endorsement in order to use your license in Arkansas. General instructions are listed below.

  • Passing NCLEX results

  • Gradutation from a Board approved nursing program

  • US Social Security Number

  • License verification

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Completed online application and fee of $100

For more details on endorsement, click here.

Licenses are renewed every two years and cost $75

Continuing Competency

Generally, 15 contact hours of accredited, practice focused activity, current certification from a nationally recognized body, or one college credit hour in a nursing course (grade of C or higher) will suffice for your continuing education requirement.

For more details on continuing education, click here.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web Address:


Arkansas State Board of Nursing

University Tower Bldg.

1123 South University

Suite 800

Little Rock, AR 72204-1619

Phone number: 501-686-2700

Fax number: 501-686-2714

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