Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Certification
Arkansas NPs are called ANPs. To become certified as an ANP in Arkansas, you must first be a licensed RN and then complete an advanced educational program, earning either a master’s or doctorate degree in a specialized medical field from an accredited school that offers an advanced nursing educational program. Within Arkansas, some of these schools are Brandman University, South University, University of Cincinnati, Graceland University, and Liberty University. You may also attend approved online schools, such as the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing or Philadelphia University. Some of the campus-based schools also offer online programs as an option.
Earning your degree through an online program can offer you the flexibility needed to continue working or meet other obligations while you study. The programs can usually be completed at any pace, from relaxed to accelerated, in order to accommodate your scheduling needs.
After earning your advanced degree, you must take an exam to become certified by a national certifying organization that is recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Some of these agencies include the NCC, AANP, NBCRNA, and PNCB.
As of December 2010, Arkansas Nurse Practitioners earn an average of $85,000 per year, but salary can vary significantly based on experience, location, and area of specialty.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014