Arkansas Board of Nursing

Board of Nursing Arkansas

Board of Nursing Arkansas is located at Little Rock, Arkansas and founded in 1913 by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the Public health of its residents and patients of AR.


Arkansas Board of Nursing strives hard to meet its goal of safeguarding of the life and health of Arkansas public and citizen by regulating the provisions of law and Nurse Practice Act in practice of licensee and Licenses.

In addition the Board is also authorized by the AR Nurse Practice Act and Law to regulates and set standards for safe nursing, approve or disapprove nursing schools and their programs, oversee licensing for practice and laid down guidelines that must be followed by practicing licensed nurses.

Composition of the AR Board of Nursing and Meeting Information

Composition of the AR Board of Nursing includes 13 Arkansas residents appointed by the Governor for four year terms and they must receive confirmation through the Senate.

The 13 Board members comprises of 2 diploma school graduates, 1 licensed advanced practice nurse, 2 RNs, 2 baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate graduates, 4 LPNs or licensed psychiatric technician nurses, 2 associate degree graduates and one advanced practice nurse possessing authority to issue prescriptions. All licensing members must posses actively practicing licenses of Arkansas. Two members represent Public and includes, 1 member representing consumers health service and another represents the elderly population

The members can not be re-elected after holding office for two consecutive terms. The Board meetings are held once every six months and Special meetings can be called by the President or by the secretary of the Board at the request of 3 members.

AR Nurse Practice Act

AR Nurse Practice Act is an important legislation related to nursing practice and the legislation requires License to Practice for safeguard life and health of AR citizen by all practicing licensed professionals, such as Professional nursing, APRNs, RNs, LPNs, Practical nursing or Psychiatric technician nursing and these professionals nursing personnel must submit evidence of their qualification to practice and must be licensed as required by the Nurse Practice Act Chapter.

The legislation further states that any practice by the nursing professionals not licensed by the Board shall constitute unlawful and use of any sign, card, or device fraudulently by these professionals to show that they are duly licensed and qualified will also be termed as unlawful.

Board of Nursing Arkansas Services

  • Issue of Licenses for all Licensing Professionals
  • Issue of Certificates
  • Issue of Certificates offering prescriptive authority to APNs and Diabetes Self-Management Educators.
  • Approval of Nursing Education Programs
  • Approval of Diabetes self-management courses for Diabetes Self-Management Educator certification.

AR Nursing Board Online services:

  • Renewal of the Licenses
  • Application for Duplicate License
  • Civil Penalty Payment
  • Verification of Licenses
  • Download of Roster
  • Search for the Registry
  • Information on Exam Results
  • Address Change

Board also offers information on Fields Nursing Scholarship Loan.


If any Practice, Behavior or Law violation complaints are received by the Board, it takes necessary steps such as Investigation, disciplinary action against licensee, issuing of warning letter and imposing of civil penalty, if it deem necessary.

The contact detail of AR Board of Nursing:

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Bldg.
1123 South University
Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
Phone: 501-686-2700
Fax: 501-686-2714

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