CNA Classes in Arkansas (AR)

To become a CNA in Arkansas you need to take training classes. After passing the exam, you will be placed on the state Nursing Assistant Registry. Then you will be able to work as a CNA.


  • 16 years old
  • High school or GED diploma
  • CPR certified
  • Proof of immunization
  • Pass a criminal background check with fingerprinting


The cost of the training program is $800 to $1000. If you work in a nursing home, the costs will be paid by the state. Include a letter from your employer.

Testing fees include:

  • Eligibility screening – $10
  • Written/Oral and Skills – $79
  • Written/Oral only – $34
  • Skills test only – $45
  • Practice exam – $10

How to Apply for the Test

You may be able to take the exam without the training if you:

  • Have a current out-of-state CNA certification
  • Have an LPN or RN license in another state
  • Are a nursing student or a graduate nurse.

Training classes take about one year to finish. They require 75 hours of classroom learning and 100 hours of practical skills.

Apply to Prometric to take the exam after completing the training. You must pass the exam within one year. Three attempts are allowed. If you do not pass, you will need to retrain.

An online practice test is at the Prometric website. A sample test can also be found here.


Your CNA certification is valid for two years. You must renew it within 60 days before it expires.

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