CNA Certification in Arkansas

There is a growing need for qualified certified nursing assistants in Arkansas.  If you are interested in an entry-level healthcare position, you can consider training for a career as a certified nursing assistant.  There are a variety of state-approved nursing assistant certification training programs throughout the state of Arkansas.

Training Hours and Requirements

In the state of Arkansas you need to complete at least 75 hours of training when studying to become a certified nursing assistant.  Training courses are designed to prepare students for their nursing assistant certification exam as well as a career as a CNA.  The guidelines for training courses are set forth by the Office of Long Term Care in Arkansas.

The Office of long Term Care also sets the guidelines for the nursing assistant certification exam.  All testing centers must adhere to these requirements.  Prospective CNAs must attend training programs that have been approved by the state of Arkansas.

Transfer CNA certification to Arkansas via Reciprocity

You might be eligible to be certified in Arkansas if you already hold a certification in another state.  If you moved or are moving to Arkansas, you should apply for certification through reciprocity.  You will need to apply to be considered for nursing assistant reciprocity.  Your nursing assistant certification in the former state must be valid and active.

It will be necessary to submit to a background check in Arkansas.  You will need to provide verification that you attended and completed a nursing assistant training class in your former state.  Of course, you will also need to verify that you passed the state-approved nursing assistant certification exam.  If you are approved for reciprocity, you will need to sit for the certification exam in Arkansas but will not need to repeat a training course.

The procedure to transfer your CNA license to Arkansas is as follows:

  1. Obtain a copy of the DMS-798 Exemption/reciprocity Request Form from Arkansas Office of Long Term Care (OLTC) by calling (501) 682-1807.
  2. Submit the completed form to the OLTC along with a copy of your certificate/registration document from every state where you are listed on the Nursing Assistant Registry.
  3. After you’re done, send the form to:

Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Medical Services
Office of Long Term Care
Nursing Assistant Registry
Slot S405
P.O.Box 8059
Little Rock, AR 72203-8059

CNA Certification Renewal

Be prepared to renew your certification every 24 months.  You should receive the necessary paperwork several weeks before your renewal forms are due.  Complete the forms in their entirety and send to the address provided on the paperwork.  You must have worked as a certified nursing assistant or in a job providing nursing related duties in order to qualify to renew your certification.

The updated Arkansas renewal paperwork can be found at: The completed forms can be sent to: Prometric Attn: Arkansas Nursing Assistant Registry Renewal 7941 Corporate Drive, Nottingham, MD21236.

Any CNAs with history of resident abuse, misappropriation of resident property, neglect or criminal record disqualifications are not eligible for renewal in Arkansas.

You can contact the nursing aide registry in Arkansas for information about how to renew your license if you have not worked in the past two years.  Do not be surprised if you need to repeat a training program as well as sit for the examination again.

You will find this helpful: Free CNA training classes in Arkansas and Accredited CNA classes in Arkansas


25 Responses to CNA Certification in Arkansas

  1. Barbara A Parker October 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    I didn’t recieve a renewal for my CNA Certifcate…Can you please help me.Thanks

    • Admin October 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Barbara, You will need to log in to the nursing board website for your state and get the renewal form from there.

    • sherry willis October 28, 2012 at 12:33 am #

      I moved and never received my C.N.A renewal and was wanting to know if I am still certified. And if so how do I reinstate them?

  2. Vickie Timms November 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I never got my renewal Its been about 2 years I had it since 1989 when they fist started getting
    Cna certification. I would like to have them renewed.

    • Admin December 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

      You need to see your certification in the Arkansas nurse aide registry first. If it hasnt been renewed you’ll need to get in touch with them and fill out a renewal form.

  3. Amber Baggett January 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I recieved my CNA license several years ago and never renewed it. I have worked at a hospital for the last nine years and now need the CNA license for school. What is the process of getting my license renewed?

    • Admin February 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      You’ll need to retake the training as well as the certification exam. Its been over two years since your license expired so the training is a must.

  4. LASHANDA MATTHEWS June 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    can you get your cna with out have a ged

    • Admin June 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      Most of the time you have to have the GED.. however if you’re older than 18 most training centers will accept you into their courses.

  5. traschell barnes July 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    could you call or email me the number for my cna renewal (number removed)

    • Admin July 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      To renew your CNA license in Arkansas, you have to fill out the following form and mail it to the address listed in the form. Here you go Renewal form

  6. Cindie harrison January 5, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I took my classes and. Was working for about 2 1/2 months and I didn’t take my test I was just wondering if I have to take the classes again or can I just take my test

    • Admin January 5, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      As long as you have a valid certificate for your training, you will just need to appear for the test.

  7. Kathleen Stancliff January 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    How many units is my 75 hour CNA license? I need this info for a job

  8. jessica June 15, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    I was in nursing school getting my lpn in 2010 I could not finish due to medical reasons but on my transcript it says I earned a certificate of completion for nursing assistant. Now I am able to go back to work and would like to work as a cna while I finish my LPN befor I take state boards will I need to re take a cna class ? Or can I use my certicate and take state boards?

    • Admin June 15, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Most states normally allow 2 years after completion of training to take the state exam. Unless you took the LPN certification course in late 2010 you might have to redo the training. You should check with the nursing board in Arkansas though as they may provide special dispensation.

  9. tiffany June 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Am certified in the state of Virginia and want to move to AR do ia need to take the exam in AR? thanks

  10. Samuel Myers August 8, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    How can I transfer my Oklahoma cna license to Arkansas and do I have to take any tests and such? Thank You

  11. ArleneMiles November 9, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    Hi, i have a nursing degree from the philippines and i would like to start working as a CNA in AR. What are the requirements needed for me to be a CNA or do i still need to complete the CNA training in AR? I hope you can help me.
    Thank you so much for your time.

  12. Thomeka Jones January 4, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    can u give me the number to transfer my license to texas

  13. Jacquelyn Howard August 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    The link given for the CNA transfer application is not working. Could you possibly send me the application via e-mail?

  14. Jerry Byrne August 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I first became certified in Arkansas, and after working in Arkansas for almost a year I moved to the state of Iowa and transferred my certification to Iowa. I’ve now worked in Iowa for over a year and just recently moved back to Arkansas. I was wondering how I could transfer my certification back to Arkansas?

  15. Lindsay September 11, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    PLEASE HELP!! I will be relocating to AR, and I have been a CNA in IL for 10 years…I have been calling every number I can get my hands on…I want to transfer my license. It is proving to be impossible. Any information would be greatly appreciated…I am lost. Thank-you in advance!!

  16. Amber Darneal February 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    I have my Oklahoma certification that’s current and had my Arkansas as well but never used them or renewed them so now I’m trying to get my Arkansas certification back but confused on which process I need to go forward with

  17. Lontillda Hudspeth June 19, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I lost my CNA license… How can I retrieve it?

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