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Arkansas Continuing Education Requirements

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Throughout the country, Arkansas is widely known for its continuously free-flowing streams, crystal-clear lakes, beautiful rivers, forested mountains and a vast abundance of wildlife. So, while you’re not outside basking in the beauty of nature, it’s likely that you’re working hard indoors, maybe in a hospital as a Registered Nurse?

Although the history of nursing in Arkansas dates back long ago, it wasn’t until October 1912 that 25 graduate nurses met at the Little Rock YWCA and established the first Graduate Nurses Association of Arkansas. The goal of the organization was to enact the registration of nurses throughout the state. At the first meeting, they appointed a committee who then created a bill to establish the State Board of Nurse Examiners, which was to certify the registration and licensure of nurses in the state. By 1919, with twenty members and five officers attending, they voted to change the name to be the Arkansas State Nurses Association.

Today, the Arkansas Nurses Association works to improve the health standards and the availability of health care services throughout the state, as well as promotes the professional development of nurses and acts as an advocate for the profession. The association has certainly grown from its roots over a century ago, but has kept its original values.

Arkansas Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.
All facilities will continue to provide ongoing in-service training on a routine basis both in groups and as necessary in specific situations on a one-toone basis. Each nursing assistant must receive one (1) hour of in-service training per month.
Special Requirements
Employing facilities and/or individuals shall be required to submit update information to the registry to establish ongoing eligibility for active status. The registry shall make "inactive" those individuals who cannot document having worked in an aide capacity within a 24-month period. Nursing assistants who are currently employed as a nursing assistant at the time of their renewal will be renewed for 24 months. Nursing assistants who are not currently employed will be renewed for 24 months beginning with the last day employed as a nursing 26 assistant. A certification that has been expired for a period longer than 24 months cannot be renewed and the individual must retest to re-certify to an active status.
AR Department of Human Services
Phone: 501-682-1807 Website: Visit Site Address: AR Nurse Aide Registry - Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405
Little Rock  72203-8059

Arkansas Home Health Aid (HHA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.
HHAs are entry-level nurse aides in Arkansas. They do not need licensing to work until they choose to take the CNA exam.
Special Requirements

Arkansas also allows home health aides to be certified nurse aides (CNA) with no additional training – as long as they pass the CNA competency evaluation.

Arkansas Registered Nurse (RN)

Arkansas Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
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Arkansas requires
20 hours Every two years
Arkansas
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

20 contact hours, practice focused for RN license renewal.

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Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Phone: 501-686-2700 Fax: 501-686-2714 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: University Tower Building
1123 South University Suite 800
Little Rock  72204-1619

Arkansas Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Arkansas
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.

Current National Certification related to your area of certification, and if you have Prescriptive Authority, additional requirements include five (5) hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in your area of APRN certification within the last two (2) years. Note:

a. Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRNs in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

b. If it is your first renewal since issuance Prescriptive Authority, you must take an additional 1 credit hour of continuing education related to prescription use and abuse. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Phone: 501-686-2700 Fax: 501-686-2714 Website: Visit Site Address: 1123 South University Suite 800
Little Rock  72204-1619

Arkansas Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Arkansas
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Phone: 501-686-2700 Fax: 501-686-2714 Website: Visit Site Address: 1123 South University Suite 800
Little Rock  72204-1619

Arkansas Physical Therapist (PT)

Arkansas Requires
20 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
20 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022

Physical Therapists must complete 20 contact hours (19 hours plus the jurisprudence exam).

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Special Requirements
A passing score on the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy Jurisprudence Exam is required for initial licensure and for license renewal. The exam is required for every odd-numbered year renewal as part of continuing education and must be taken by December 31, 2022.

No more than 50% of continuing education can be taken through online courses.  
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Jurisprudence
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Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 501-228-7100 Fax: 501-228-0294 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 250254
Little Rock  72225

Arkansas Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Arkansas Requires
10 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
10 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022

Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 10 contact hours.

*CEUFAST is NOT a provider for Arkansas Physical Therapy Assistants

Special Requirements
A passing score on the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy Jurisprudence Exam is required for initial licensure and for license renewal. The exam is required for every odd-numbered year renewal as part of continuing education and must be taken by December 31, 2022.

No more than 50% of continuing education can be taken through online courses.  
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Jurisprudence
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Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
Phone: 501-228-7100 Fax: 501-228-0294 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 250254
Little Rock  72225

Arkansas Occupational Therapist (OT)

Arkansas Requires
10 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
10 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Occupational Therapists are required to earn 10 hours of CEU's annually. 
Special Requirements
This Guidance document details acceptable and unacceptable forms of continuing education.
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Arkansas State Medical Board
Phone: 501-296-1802 Fax: 501-296-1972 Website: Visit Site Address: 1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 340
Little Rock  72201-2936

Arkansas Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Arkansas Requires
10 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
10 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Occupational Therapy Assistants are required to earn 10 hours of CEU's annually. 
Special Requirements
This Guidance document details acceptable and unacceptable forms of continuing education.
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Arkansas State Medical Board
Phone: 501-296-1802 Fax: 501-296-1972 Website: Visit Site Address: 1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 340
Little Rock  72201-2936

Arkansas Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Arkansas Requires
50 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
50 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Athletic trainers shall renew their license annually on June 30th.  BOC certification is required.  The board will verify your NATA-BOC certification online.
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Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training
Phone: 501-683-4076 Fax: 501-228-0294 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 4815 W. Markham St. Slot 73
Little Rock  72225

Arkansas Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Arkansas Requires
12 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
12 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Licenses must be renewed annually on or before the last day of your birth month. Arkansas requires 12 continuing education units per renewal.
Special Requirements
CEUFast is not approved to provide continuing education activities to Arkansas RTs at this time.  
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Arkansas State Medical Board
Phone: 501-296-1802 Fax: 501-603-3555 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1401 West Capital Avenue, Suite 340
Little Rock  72201-2936

Arkansas Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.
All facilities will continue to provide ongoing in-service training on a routine basis both in groups and as necessary in specific situations on a one-toone basis. Each nursing assistant must receive one (1) hour of in-service training per month.
Special Requirements
Employing facilities and/or individuals shall be required to submit update information to the registry to establish ongoing eligibility for active status. The registry shall make "inactive" those individuals who cannot document having worked in an aide capacity within a 24-month period. Nursing assistants who are currently employed as a nursing assistant at the time of their renewal will be renewed for 24 months. Nursing assistants who are not currently employed will be renewed for 24 months beginning with the last day employed as a nursing 26 assistant. A certification that has been expired for a period longer than 24 months cannot be renewed and the individual must retest to re-certify to an active status.
AR Department of Human Services
Phone: 501-682-1807 Website: Visit Site Address: AR Nurse Aide Registry - Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405
Little Rock  72203-8059

Arkansas Certified Medication Assistant (CMA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.
All facilities will continue to provide ongoing in-service training on a routine basis both in groups and as necessary in specific situations on a one-toone basis. Each nursing assistant must receive one (1) hour of in-service training per month.
Special Requirements
Employing facilities and/or individuals shall be required to submit update information to the registry to establish ongoing eligibility for active status. The registry shall make "inactive" those individuals who cannot document having worked in an aide capacity within a 24-month period. Nursing assistants who are currently employed as a nursing assistant at the time of their renewal will be renewed for 24 months. Nursing assistants who are not currently employed will be renewed for 24 months beginning with the last day employed as a nursing 26 assistant. A certification that has been expired for a period longer than 24 months cannot be renewed and the individual must retest to re-certify to an active status.
AR Department of Human Services
Phone: 501-682-1807 Website: Visit Site Address: AR Nurse Aide Registry - Office of Long-term Care
PO Box 8059, Slot S405
Little Rock  72203-8059

Arkansas Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Instant Reporting to
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.

Current National Certification related to your area of certification, and if you have Prescriptive Authority, additional requirements include five (5) hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in your area of APRN certification within the last two (2) years. Note:

a. Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRNs in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

b. If it is your first renewal since issuance Prescriptive Authority, you must take an additional 1 credit hour of continuing education related to prescription use and abuse. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Phone: 501-686-2700 Fax: 501-686-2714 Website: Visit Site Address: 1123 South University Suite 800
Little Rock  72204-1619

Arkansas Certified Nurse Midwife

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Arkansas
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2022
CEs not required.

Current National Certification related to your area of certification, and if you have Prescriptive Authority, additional requirements include five (5) hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in your area of APRN certification within the last two (2) years. Note:

a. Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRNs in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

b. If it is your first renewal since issuance Prescriptive Authority, you must take an additional 1 credit hour of continuing education related to prescription use and abuse. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Phone: 501-686-2700 Fax: 501-686-2714 Website: Visit Site Address: 1123 South University Suite 800
Little Rock  72204-1619