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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: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
CEs not required.
Must have worked as a nursing assistant performing nursing or nursing-related services for pay for at least 8 consecutive hours within the immediate 24 month period prior to your current registry document expiration date.
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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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.

Arkansas Registered Nurse (RN)

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Arkansas
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

(1) 15 contact hours of appropriately accredited practice-focused activities, OR (2) Hold a current nationally recognized certification/recertification, OR (3) Completed a minimum of one college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better during licensure period. Reinstatement from inactive status/late renewals of less than five years must complete 20 contact hours of appropriately accredited activities.

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 Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Approved Provider
#50-353
Instant Reporting to
Arkansas
Approved Provider #50-353
Instant Reporting to CE Broker
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

(1) 15 contact hours of appropriately accredited practice-focused activities, OR (2) Hold a current nationally recognized certification/recertification, OR (3) Completed a minimum of one college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better during licensure period. Reinstatement from inactive status/late renewals of less than five years must complete 20 contact hours of appropriately accredited activities.

Special Requirements
 For each renewal, advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority must complete an additional five contact hours of pharmacotheraputics related to their specialty certification.
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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
CEs not required.

(1) 15 contact hours of appropriately accredited practice-focused activities, OR (2) Hold a current nationally recognized certification/recertification, OR (3) Completed a minimum of one college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better during licensure period. Reinstatement from inactive status/late renewals of less than five years must complete 20 contact hours of appropriately accredited activities.

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 year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
20 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physical Therapists must complete, in each biennium (two-years), two (1) CEUs.

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, 2016.

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: 9 Shackleford Plaza Suite 3
Little Rock  72211

Arkansas Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Arkansas Requires
10 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
10 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physical Therapy Assistants must complete, in each biennium (two-years), two (1) CEUs.

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, 2016.

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: 9 Shackleford Plaza Suite 3
Little Rock  72211

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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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 year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
50 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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: 9 Shackleford Plaza
Ste 3
Little Rock  72211

Arkansas Respiratory Therapist (RT)

Arkansas Requires
12 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Arkansas requires
12 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Monday, August 5, 2019
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