Arkansas Licensure & Registration Info

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. Arkansas is a Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) state, meaning that nurses licensed by another Compact state do not need to apply for licensure unless they plan to make Arkansas their primary state of residency.

Select license type you’re applying for:

Registered Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP or VS Verification Letter

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in *English

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Passing Score: 83; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score: 6.5; Minimum score for each module: 6.0
  • TOEIC: Accepted

Notes

*Applicants are English Language Proficiency Exam Exempt if educated in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in *English

Notes

*Applicants are English Language Proficiency Exam Exempt if educated in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in *English

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Passing Score: 83; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score: 6.5; Minimum passing score for each module: 6.0
  • TOEIC: Accepted

Notes

*Applicants are English Language Proficiency Exam Exempt if educated in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in *English

Notes

*Applicants are English Language Proficiency Exam Exempt if educated in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States

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