RN to MSN Programs in Arkansas

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Arkansas

There are 5 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Arkansas in our online directory, with 3 programs being CCNE accredited, and 2 programs being ACEN accredited. 60% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

Arkansas requires that licensed nurses complete an undergraduate nursing program that is officially approved by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. Additionally, the Board has approved five schools for graduate study. Arkansas Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure laws require that Nurse Practitioner programs also be accredited on a national level.

- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Typical Curriculum for a Master's of Nursing

A full-time student can typically complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2 years, though most schools offer a part-time option. Nursing programs generally require students to complete a core curriculum before delving into the nursing specialty of their choice.

This core curriculum tends to cover topics relating to research methods, foundational theories of nursing roles (including ethical and legal considerations), nursing informatics, healthcare policy, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology.

Following these initial semesters of coursework, students will learn advanced material relevant to the track of their choice. The latter part of a Master's in Nursing will likely integrate practical clinical experience with classroom study, allowing students to both learn from and apply their skills to real-life situations.

Nursing Licensure in Arkansas

After attending an ADN or BSN program recognized by the Arkansas Board of Nursing, applicants must earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then apply with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing for licensure to practice in Arkansas.

The following types of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licenses are recognized and regulated by the Arkansas State Board: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan, Adult-Gerontology, Neonatal, Pediatrics, Women’s Health/Gender-Related, or Psychiatric/Mental Health. Arkansas requires that nurses renew their licenses every two years after fulfilling ONE of the following conditions:
1) 15 contact hours specific to one’s specialty,
2) certification/re-certification from a nationally recognized institution,
3) at least 1 credit hour in nursing with a grade of C or better. Arkansas does stipulate a continuing education requirement for renewal.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Arkansas

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Jonesboro
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Department of Nursing
  • The MSN program at Arkansas State prepares nurses for professional growth in practical roles. ASU also offers a 2nd Degree and post Master's certificates in most specialty options.
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville
ACEN
  • Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management (NAEM)
  • The Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management (NAEM) program at Arkansas Tech prepares nurses for careers in administration, leadership and emergency management in a variety of healthcare settings.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock
CCNE
  • Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) - Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • The Master of Nursing Science program at UAMS prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers specialties in Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing - College of Nursing
  • The Master of Science in Nursing Program at The University of Arkansas prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is completed entirely online.
University of Central Arkansas
Conway
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN program at University of Central Arkansas prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers specialties in Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty, and Clinical Nurse Leader.