Free CNA Training In Arkansas

There are many job opportunities in the state of Arkansas for those certified to be a CNA. There are several options and paths for those looking to become a registered CNA in the state of Arkansas.  CNAs are listed in a registry that is maintained by the Office of Long-Term Care.

Locations Offering Free CNA Classes and Training in Arkansas

If you live in Arkansas and are considering becoming a CNA, the following locations offer various forms of free CNA training. Browse our listings to find free CNA training across the state, with locations including nursing homes, colleges, and medical facilities. Please contact these organizations directly to learn the specifics of their programs, as some may offer tuition reimbursement or conditional labor contracts as part of their package.

Free CNA Training LocationCityPhone
Clark County Community Education
Arkadelphia870-246-6337
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville479-936-5130
Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville870-780-1228
Greenhurst Nursing Center
Charleston(479) 965-7373
South Arkansas Community College
El Dorado870-875-7281
Butterfield Trail Village
Fayetteville(479) 442-7220
Legacy Health and Rehabilitation, LLC
Fort Smith(479) 783-3101
Fianna Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Fort Smith(479) 648-9600
Arkansas Academy for Nursing Assistants
Lonoke501-940-1914
CNA School of North East Arkansas
Marked Tree870-588-5544
Brookridge Cove Rehabilitation & Care Center
Morrilton(501) 354-4585
Montgomery County Nursing Home
Mount Ida(870) 867-2156
Paris Health and Rehabilitation, LLC
Paris(479) 963-6151
Perry County CNA Training Center
Perryville501-889-2422
Davis Life Care Center
Pine Bluff(870) 541-0342
Innisfree Health & Rehab
Rogers(479) 636-5545
Shiloh Health & Rehabilitation Center
Springdale479-750-3800
Texarkana Nursing Academy
Texarkana870-772-6860


Who is the Regulatory Body for CNAs in Arkansas?

Certification in the state of Arkansas is administered by the Office of Long-Term Care in the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Who Administers the CNA Exam in Arkansas?

The CNA certification exam in Arkansas is administered by Prometric. If you’re interested in preparing for the exam we encourage you to take one of our free CNA practice test options available on this site. You can find a full list of practice tests below:

Arkansas State Requirements for CNAs

It is required that those seeking to become a CNA in Arkansas completed a CNA training program and obtain a passing score on the state-administered CNA exam.  In Arkansas, a minimum of 90 hours of CNA training must be completed at an accredited training program for new candidates.  There are other options for nursing assistants who completed training programs out of state, as well as those that have studied student nursing programs.  Additionally, those that have completed home health aide programs may test out without CNA training. A variety of institutions offer accredited training, including career programs at high schools, community colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and also the American Red Cross

Arkansas CNA Exam Details

In Arkansas, a candidate must pass the Nursing Assistant Competency Exam (NACE), which is controlled by Prometric.  The exam has two sections, a knowledge section, and a practical skills section.  The knowledge section can be taken in either audio or written formats.  Users may retake the exam up to three times in order to pass it.   Those who complete an approved training program may submit their application to Prometric. Applications to take the CNA exam can be found here.

Upon passing the Arkansas CNA exam, you are added to the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry. Nurse aide certificates must be renewed every two years in even-numbered years regardless of when the certificate was issued.

How Much Does the Arkansas CNA Exam Cost?

For CNA candidates working in nursing homes have they exam cost waived by the state of Arkansas.

Exam costs in Arkansas are:

  • $34 – Written or Oral Test
  • $45 – Clinical Test

Where Can I Take the CNA Exam in Arkansas?

There are regional test sites throughout the state of Arkansas, as well as in-facility test sites that are offered by CNA training programs offered by CNA institutions to students.

How Much Does a CNA Get Paid in Arkansas?

The average salary for a CNA in Arkansas is $25,950 according to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry

Click the link for information if you’re looking to contact the Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry. To review the status of a CNA on the Arkansas registry, follow the link.

Additional CNA Classes In Arkansas

If our free CNA classes aren’t a good fit for you, there are a number of additional providers of CNA training in Arkansas that can help you gain your certification for a fee. There is also a list of CNA classes in Arkansas on our sister site. 

LocationCityPhone
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville(479) 636-9222 or (800) 995-6922
Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville(870) 762-1020
Blytheville Public Schools
Blytheville(870) 762-2053
Conway Public Schools
Conway(501) 450-4800
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
De Queen(870) 584-4471
Black River Technical College
East Pocahontas(870) 248-4000
South Arkansas Community College
El Dorado(870) 862-8131
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Little Rock(501) 682-1500
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Little Rock(501) 686- 9164
Little Rock Job Corps Center
Little Rock(501) 618-2500
Ozarka College
Melbourne(870) 994-7273
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Monticello(870) 460-1026
Arkansas State University Mountain Home
Mountain Home(870) 508-6100
Mountain View School District
Mountain View(870) 269-3443
Arkansas State University Newport
Newport(870) 512-7800
Quitman Public School
Quitman(501) 589-3156
Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education
Springdale(479) 757-3333
Petra Allied Health, Inc.
Springdale(479) 750-9876
Hillcrest School District
Strawberry(870) 528-3856
Baptist Health Medical Center
Stuttgart(870) 673-3511
Summit Health & Rehabilitation
Taylor(870) 694-3781
Texarkana Nursing Academy
Texarkana(870) 772-6860
Jackson County School District
Tuckerman(870) 349-2232
Phillips Community College
Helena-West Helena(870) 338-6474
Northeast Arkansas Career & Technical Center
Jonesboro AR 72401(870) 933-5891
University of Arkansas Community College
Batesville, AR(800) 508-7878
Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Ash Flat, AR 72513(870) 994-2341
Rich Mountain Community College
Mena AR 71953(479) 394-7622