Healthy Communities

Arkansas State Medical Board

Mission

The Medical Board's mission is to protect the public and act as their advocate by effectively regulating the practices of Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, Medical Corporations, Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Radiology Practitioner Assistants, and Radiologist Assistants.

Services

For the Practitioner

Continuing Medical Education

Resources

COVID-19 Information

 

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Medical Board Victory Building
1401 West Capitol, Suite 340
Little Rock, AR
Office: 501-296-1802
Fax: 501-296-1968

ASCC - Publications & Resources

Annual Reports

For reports older than 2018, contact the Commission Office.

ASCC Brochure and Newsletters

Spinal Connection

For Spinal Connection editions older than 2020, contact the Commission Office.

Spinal Courier

For Spinal Couriers older than 2012, contact the Commission Office.

Manuals

Surveys

Resources

ASCC - Programs and Services

Who is Eligible for Services from Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission?

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission serves only Arkansas residents who have sustained a spinal cord disability. 

Making a Referral

Arkansas state law (ACA 20-8-206requires that: Every public and private health and social agency and attending physician shall report to the commission within five (5) calendar days after identification of any spinal cord disabled person. Within fifteen (15) days of the report and identification of a spinal cord disabled person, the commission shall notify the spinal cord disabled person or the most immediate family members of their right to assistance from the state, the services available, and the eligibility requirements. 

If a healthcare professional, individual with a spinal cord disability or another interested individual identifies someone with a spinal cord disability, contact the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission to make a referral. It is better to refer someone who is not eligible than not to refer someone who is eligible for services.

To make a referral, contact the regional Case Management office or call the ASCC administrative office at 501-296-1788 or 800-459-1517 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Confidential fax is available 24 hours a day at 501-296-1787. Click here for the ASCC Referral Form.

Damage to the Spinal Cord

Spinal cord disabilities result from damage to the spinal cord. ASCC serves only Arkansans whose spinal cord has been damaged. This damage may result from a traumatic spinal cord injury, from a birth defect such as spina bifida or sacral agenesis, or a disease process of the spinal cord including spinal cord tumors, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, or spinal stenosis. This list of diagnoses is not exhaustive and if a health care provider or individual has an individual whom they believe may qualify for services, that individual should be referred and an ASCC Case Manager will be assigned to collect medical records and information to determine the spinal cord disability. Individuals with disabilities of the spinal column that do not affect the spinal cord, the brain or brain stem (only without cord involvement), or the peripheral nerves typically do not qualify for ASCC services.

Medical Criteria

Once an individual is determined to have a spinal cord disability, the ASCC Medical criteria are applied. The medical criteria assess the actual disability or limitations in function resulting from the spinal cord damage. For the purpose of determining disability, the four criteria listed below are used. An individual must have at least three of the following symptoms. Medical records or information will be used to verify these criteria:

Lack of Normal Motor Control / Paralysis - A lack of normal voluntary motor function. There should be enough weakness and/or spasticity to significantly interfere with normal self-care activities and/or mobility. In most cases, this will require the use of a wheelchair, scooter, walker, braces (including AFOs, KAFOS), crutches, or cane for mobility. In some cases, particularly those with a diagnosis of central cord syndrome, the paralysis may be more severe in the arms and hands than in the legs to the point that adaptive devices or assistance is required for completing activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing, and hygiene.

Lack of Normal Sensation - A lack of normal sensation at or below the level of lesion that results in absent or impaired ability to discern touch, pressure, pain (the ability to tell sharp from dull), or temperature (the ability to tell hot from cold). The individual should have enough loss of sensation to have more than normal risk to the skin and musculoskeletal structures.

Loss of Normal Bladder Control - The lack of ability to voluntarily empty the bladder in a timely manner without accidents or the use of equipment or medication. Frequently, individuals with spinal cord injury will present with a neurogenic bladder. When this condition is present, it is usually obvious with symptoms of either urinary incontinence (involuntary voiding) or urinary retention (inability to void). However, with minimal spinal cord damage, the symptoms may be subtler.

Loss of Normal Bowel Control - The lack of ability to voluntarily empty the bowel in a timely manner without accidents or the use of equipment or medication. Frequently, individuals with damage to the spinal cord will present with a neurogenic bowel. 

For additional information regarding the ASCC Medical Criteria, please see the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission Policies and Procedures Manual policy CS-3 – Medical Eligibility Criteria.

Financial Criteria

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission and our Case Managers provide numerous services to individuals who have met the medical criteria, including lifelong case management, counseling, guidance, advocacy, resource identification, referral for other services, technical assistance, and other services without regard to income.

When an individual needs purchased services or financial assistance in obtaining equipment or services related specifically to the spinal cord disability, the individual must also meet financial criteria. 

In order for ASCC to assist a client with purchased services:

For additional information regarding the ASCC Financial Criteria please see ASCC Case Management Procedures Manual, Chapter 5, Determining Financial Eligibility

For additional information regarding the procedures and array of services purchased by ASCC, please see ASCC Case Management Procedures Manual, Chapter 10, and Purchasing Services for your Client.

Please note, the ASCC budget for purchased services is small and the agency may not be able to make purchases to meet all of the clients’ needs due to these budgetary constraints.

Resources:

Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission is a health-related agency of the state of Arkansas, established by Act 311 of 1975 and administered in accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated (ACA ) 20-8-201 – 206.

Our Mission

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission will administer a statewide program to identify and meet the unique and lifelong needs of people with spinal cord disabilities in Arkansas.

Our Purpose

To assist Arkansans with spinal cord disabilities in living as independently as they choose.

Our Goals

  1. Provide effective Case Management services to all eligible clients to improve independence and function.
  2. Conduct comprehensive consumer-driven service programs to meet client needs.
  3. Provide education and resources to individuals with spinal cord disabilities, their families, health care professionals, and the general public.
  4. Research the specialized needs, issues, trends, services, and health care resource utilization of individuals with spinal cord disabilities and make recommendations for change.
  5. Identify state, federal, and private funding sources to access additional funds for the provision of client services, research, and innovative program development.
  6. Network with state, federal, public, and private agencies to coordinate services and resources and to advocate for the needs of people with spinal cord disabilities.
  7. Operate the Arkansas Spinal Cord Disability Registry, promoting optimal and timely reporting, surveillance, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of registry information.
  8. Disseminate the results of ASCC spinal cord disability registry analysis and other research projects to compare with other states, systems, and national data.
  9. Utilize sound organizational management plan to assure effective, efficient fiscal, personnel, and programmatic services.
  10. Market and promote the activities and services of the Commission and the successes of our clients.

Commission Members

Name Location Term Expiration
Jimmy Ashley Jonesboro 2025
Jon Bruning Maumelle 2023
Dr. Patricia Knott Conway 2029
LeDanté Walker Hot Springs 2026

Commission Meetings (Regular meetings are held quarterly in February, May, and August on the last Tuesday of the month and in November on the third Tuesday of the month except when changed by the majority.)

 

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

Office Address Phone/Fax
Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission Freeway Medical Building
5800 W. 10th St., Suite 108
Little Rock, AR 72204
1-800-459-1517
Fax: 501-296-1787

OHIT - SHARE

Patient medical information has historically been stored on paper in filing cabinets at various medical offices. In recent years, many clinics and hospitals have shifted from paper charts to electronic health records. More than 37 percent of office-based physicians in Arkansas implemented an EHR system in 2011(according to the Department of Health & Human Services), and the adoption of EHR systems continues to grow. In 2013, all Arkansas hospitals are using an EHR system, and experts estimate that more than 60 percent of office-based Arkansas physicians currently use an EHR system.

A digital health care infrastructure provides many benefits over paper systems. But just like paper charts, electronic health records are stored within a clinic or hospital system and are rarely shared with your other providers. As a result, your doctors seldom have access to all your health information, which they need to give you the best care possible.

The Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a state-wide health information exchange (HIE) that solves this problem. SHARE allows participating doctors, nurses, specialists, health services professionals, and public health authorities to access and securely exchange with each other real-time, electronic patient information that is protected by federal and state privacy and security laws.

SHARE provides health information in a standardized electronic format and enables medical data to follow patients rather than being housed in separate physician’s offices or within a single hospital system. SHARE can greatly improve the completeness of patient’s records, which can have a major effect on care as medical history, current medications, and other information is reviewed during visits.

Appropriate, timely sharing of vital patient information through SHARE can better inform decision-making at the point of care and allow providers to:

Participating SHARE providers have access to their patients’ lab results, X-ray reports, medication allergies, and other vital information. By viewing health histories in SHARE, health care providers will have more complete medical information to provide high-quality care and coordinate treatment with other health care providers.

Click here for OHIT-SHARE full website.

ASWLB - Forms & Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Social Workers must complete thirty (30) hours of social work continuing education during the two-year license period to be eligible for license renewal. 

Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE) has been defined as those formalized activities that are directed at developing and enhancing an individual's social work knowledge base and service delivery skills in the applicable area of planning and administration, education, research, or direct service with individual, couples, families, and groups. These activities may include short academic courses, audit courses in colleges and universities, independent study courses, internet courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and lectures oriented toward the enhancement of social work practice, values, skills, and knowledge. 

The Board does not have the capacity to pre-approve all continuing workshops. It is the licensee's responsibility, using his/her professional judgment, to determine the workshops that are applicable and appropriate to his/her professional development as a social worker. The continuing education guideline may be found here.

Forms

Application Forms:

Forms for Filing a Complaint

Forms for License Renewal

Supervision Forms

Miscellaneous Forms

Note: Forms that are not available for download or submission on the Internet must be obtained by contacting the Board office at:
 
Social Work Licensing Board
P.O. Box 251965
Little Rock, AR 72225

ASWLB - Licensing Information & FAQs

The Social Work Licensing Law (A.C.A. 17-103-101 et seq.) requires individuals who practice social work or represent themselves to the public as social workers to be licensed.

"Social work practice" is defined as a professional service that affects change in social conditions, human behavior, and emotional responses of individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. "Social work practice" can only be performed with specialized knowledge and skills related to human development, the potential for human growth, the availability of social resources, and the knowledge of social systems. The disciplined application of social work knowledge and skills includes, but is not restricted to, the following:

Online Licensing:

Levels & Qualifications

The levels of licensure and requirements are as follows:

Licensed Social Worker (LSW):
A bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); successful completion of a Board-approved examination; and has applied a criminal background check and has not been found guilty of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any of the offenses listed in A.C.A. 17-103-307.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW):
A master's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; successful completion of a Board-approved examination; and has applied for a criminal background check and has not been found guilty of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any of the offenses listed in A.C.A. 17-103-307.

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW):
A master's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; two-years (4000 hours) postmaster's LCSW supervised social work experience; successful completion of a Board-approved examination; and has applied for a criminal background check and has not been found guilty of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any of the offenses listed in A.C.A. 17-103-307.

Provisional License

First-time applicants for LSW or LMSW licensure will be issued a provisional license upon approval of his or her application. A provisional license will be issued one time per person and will expire exactly one year from the date of issuance. Provisional licensing is prohibited at the LCSW level.

Applicants must apply for a criminal background check prior to being issued a provisional license. The fingerprint cards and instructions for having a background check will be mailed to the applicant upon receipt of his or her application.

Examination

The Board currently uses the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examinations. Information about the examination may be found at www.aswb.org. The levels of licensure and examinations are as follows:

Note: No one may take the examination without a valid application on file with the Board.

Q: If I fail the exam, may I retake it?
A: Yes, Your application is valid for one year or for up to three attempts to pass the examination. You must wait for 9O-days before retaking the examination. lf your approval period expires, you must complete a new application.

Criminal Background Checks

All first-time applicants for a social work license must apply to the Identification Bureau of the Arkansas State Police for state and national criminal background checks. No person shall be eligible to hold a license if that person has been found guilty of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any of the offenses listed in A. C. A. 17-103-307. The provisions of the requirement may be waived by the Board if the applicant meets the requirements for a waiver as defined in A.C.A. 17-103-307.

Endorsement

The Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board may grant a license without examination to a person meeting all of the other requirements of this chapter and who at the time of application is licensed as a social worker by a similar board of another state, territory, district, or Canadian province whose standards, in the opinion of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board, are substantially equivalent to those required by this chapter.

Q: I am moving out of state, can I be licensed in more than one state?
A: Arkansas does not restrict you from holding a license in any other state. You will need to check with the state where you are moving to see what their qualifications and requirements are. Please note, we have a $20 fee to endorse your license to another state.

Other FAQs:

Q: How Do I Change My Name or Address?
A: A Change of Address/Name is found under the FORMS tab on the Board's website. Rule X. E. Duty to provide accurate information: The licensee has the responsibility to provide and update the Board with accurate information of any change in their name or address and must do so within thirty (30) days of the change.

Q: What are the types of Supervision?
A: There are two types of Supervision. Please see Rule Vl. Supervision: A. Indicates that all social workers must be supervised. B. Gives information about supervision for obtaining an LCSW license.

Q: Is There an Inactive or Retired License?
A: Arkansas does not have a retired or inactive status. Your license is either active or expired.

Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

The Social Work Licensing Board was created by Act 791 of 1981 for the purpose of regulating the practice of social work in Arkansas

The mission of the Social Work Licensing Board is to protect the public by setting standards of qualification, training, and experience for those who seek to represent themselves to the public as social workers and by promoting high standards of professional performance for those engaged in the practice of social work.

Board Meetings: The Board meets on the second Monday of each month in The Freeway Medical Building at 5800 West 10th Street, Suite 100, Little Rock, AR. The meetings are open to the public.

Below is a list of the scheduled board meetings/hearings for 2021.

Please note: Meeting times and dates may be subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep the most current information available.

The deadline for submitting documentation for review at a Board meeting is always Thursday before the meeting. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted at https://portal.arkansas.gov on the Public Meeting Calendar Page.

Online Licensing:

Meeting Date Meeting Type Submission Due Date
August 9, 2021 Board Meeting  August 5, 2021
September 13, 2021 Board Meeting  September 9, 2021
October 11, 2021 Board Meeting  October 7, 2021
November 8, 2021 Board Meeting  November 4, 2021
December 13, 2021 Board Meeting  December 9, 2021

Meeting Minutes: for any minutes older than 2021, contact the Board office.

Resources:

Social Work-Related:

Arkansas Social Work Programs Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education:

Staff:

Ruthie Bain, Director of the Board
Chere' Johnson, Administrative Specialist III

Office Address Phone
Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

Mailing:
P.O. Box 251965
Little Rock, Arkansas 72225

Physical:
Freeway Medical Tower Building
5800 West 10th St., Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72204

Office:(501) 372-5071
Fax: (501) 372-6301

Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians

The Board is charged with administering, coordinating, and enforcing the Ophthalmic Dispensing Act codified at Ark. Code Ann. 17-89-101 et seq. "Ophthalmic Dispensing" includes the preparation of laboratory work orders, verification and dispensing of spectacle lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, or parts thereof to the intended wearer, on written prescription from ophthalmologists or optometrists. More detail is provided in Ark. Code 17-89-102 (1)(A)&(B).

The Board's duties include evaluating qualifications to take the licensing examination, establishing the format and content of the examination, and administering the written and practical examination for licensed dispensing opticians. The Board then issues a certificate of licensure or certificate of registry to those applicants who successfully meet the qualifications and pass the examination.

The Board investigates complaints, allegations, and charges of practices that violate the provisions of the Ophthalmic Dispensing Act and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the Act. These complaints are against licensed dispensing opticians and against a business that is acting as licensed dispensing opticians without being licensed.

The Board compiles and maintains a book of licensure and registry of all Dispensing Opticians who are licensed are registered to engage in the business of ophthalmic dispensing in the State.

The Board promulgates rules which establish which acts shall constitute improper conduct and grounds for revocation or suspension of a license or registry or for refusal to renew a license or registry. It also promulgates rules and regulations conforming to the policies of the Act for the purpose of carrying into effect the purpose of the Act. This includes establishing ethical standards of ophthalmic dispensing practices, application procedures, and procedures for investigating complaints.

The Board registers apprentice dispensing opticians who work with licensed or registered opticians.

The duties and functions of the Board are listed completely in Ark. Code Ann. 17-89-203.

Forms & Publications

Resources:

The Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians’ licensed and apprentice certificates must be renewed annually by July 1st. Pursuant to Board Rule 144.00.1-11. Annual Renewal, Licensees must obtain four (4) hours of the required continuing education in even-numbered years (2020). Due to covid-19, many licensees do not feel comfortable attending in-person educational meetings. 

There are concerns that some provisions within the Board’s rules may prevent or hinder the Board from rendering maximum assistance to the citizens of Arkansas while they are trying to adhere to guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Considering the State’s COVID-19 response and the Governor’s call for social distancing, this rule will be suspended pursuant to EO 20-16 until the current state of emergency is declared over by the Governor which will make it possible for licensees to obtain the required 9 hours of CEC’s before renewing July 1, 2021.

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians
Contact: Jerry Himes, Secretary-Treasurer
P.O. Box 627
Helena, AR 72342
870-572-2847

ASBEADAC - Licensure Information

A two-tier licensure system is currently available.  The most significant difference in the level of licensure relates to the level of education:

  1. Licensed Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) – holds a masters degree in the health or behavioral sciences field or another appropriate field from an accredited college or university;
  2. Licensed Associate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADAC)  – holds a baccalaureate degree in the health or behavioral sciences field or another appropriate field from an accredited college or university;

All applications are reviewed by the Credentialing Committee and presented to the Board for approval at the next regularly scheduled meeting following receipt of all required documents.

Relicensure Information

Arkansas State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

“This Board is authorized by Arkansas Code Annotated section 17-27-401 to 416 to license alcoholism and drug abuse counselors and to regulate such licensees to protect the public from unqualified or unprofessional persons holding themselves out to the public to be licensed alcoholism and drug abuse counselors. The Board is also authorized to investigate complaints and sanction licensed alcoholism and drug abuse counselors who violate the rules or ethics code of the Board.”

Our mission is to protect the public by upholding the standards of practice for alcoholism and drug abuse counselors.

On behalf of the members of the Board and staff, we hope these web pages will prove to be a useful tool for both the public and for certified and licensed alcohol and drug abuse personnel.

For individuals seeking licensure in the State of Arkansas, click here.

About Us

I. Purpose
This Scope of Practice Statement is intended to provide a definition of professional alcoholism and drug abuse counselor’s rights and responsibilities and to distinguish this profession from other behavioral healthcare professionals.

II. Introduction
Alcohol and drug abuse counseling is the application of general counseling theories and treatment methods adapted to specific alcohol and drug theory and research, for the express purpose of treating persons with alcohol and other drug problems and persons with co-occurring psychiatric disorders within our diverse society.

III. Foundations of Alcohol and Drug Counseling
The practice of alcohol and drug counseling is based on the following knowledge:

  1. Pharmacology and psychopharmacology of alcohol and drugs (drugs of abuse and drugs used in the treatment of addictions and other psychiatric disorders).
  2. Addiction processes including models and theories of addiction; the social and cultural context of addiction; the biological, psychological, and social effects of addiction; and the differentiation and interrelations of addiction from other medical and psychological conditions.
  3. Various treatment models and methods including models of treatment, relapse prevention, and continuing care; the impact of treatment on problems associated with addiction; co-occurring psychiatric disorders; the importance of community, social, family and self-help systems.
  4. Practical application including use of interdisciplinary approaches and teams in treatment; assessment and diagnostic criteria; appropriate use of treatment modalities; adapting treatment strategies to a patient’s individual characteristics and needs; and the use of other resources in securing the best available services for the patient.
  5. Professional standards of practice including recognizing the needs of diverse populations relating to issues of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders; adherence to ethical and professional standards of conduct; commitment to continuing education and clinical supervision; awareness of policies and procedures for patients and staff safety; an understanding of etiology, treatment and prevention; and the clinical application of current research in alcohol and drug treatment.

IV. Scope of Practice
The practice of alcohol and drug counseling consists of the activities listed below. The practice of these activities will conform to the individual’s level of training, education, and supervised experience.

1. Clinical Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol Issues
1.1 Screening of Alcohol and Drug Problems
1.2 Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Problems
1.3 Screening for the presence of other Psychiatric Disorders
1.4 Diagnosis of Alcohol and Drug Problems

2. Treatment Planning
2.1 Case Management
2.1.1 Implementing the Treatment Plan
2.1.2 Consulting
2.1.3 Continuing Assessment and Treatment Planning
2.2 Referral
2.3 Cultural Diversity
2.4 Patient Advocacy
3. Counseling
3.1 Individual Counseling
3.2 Group Counseling
3.3 Family Counseling

4. Education and Prevention
4.1 Patient
4.2 Family
4.3 Community
5. Documentation
6. Professional and Ethical Standards
 

Resources:

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

4815 West Markham
Mail Slot 42A
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-295-1100
Fax: 501-251-1151

ABEC - Online Renewal

ABEC has implemented an online renewal process. You will be able to do the following online:

To update your Statement of Intent, use the following process:

  1. Go to the online Statement of Intent data collection form
  2. Find your license record by searching for your license number
  3. Fill out the SOI form with accurate details of your current practice
  4. Attest to the required rules and regulations at the bottom of the form
  5. Hit the SUBMIT button and your responses will be added to your license

To update your C2.h, use the following process: NOTE: The board no longer requires this to be submitted to the board office.

To submit your Continuing Education, use the following process: NOTE: The total required hours is 24 CEs for single or dual license renewal.

  1. Go to the online CE collection form
  2. Find your license record by searching for your license number
  3. Fill out the CE information – noting the classification for each class
  4. Hit the SUBMIT button and enter your next CE
  5. Repeat the process until all CEs have been submitted
  6. All CE information will be added to your license and be used to validate your license renewal.

To pay for your renewal using the secure online payment system, use the following process: NOTE FOR DUAL LICENSE HOLDERS: Your licenses have been combined and you will only have to pay one time.

  1. Go to the Online Renewal Payment form
  2. Find your license record by searching for your license number and zip code
    NOTE: If you have trouble finding your license, use the online search tool link to get the exact license number and zip code. Use the second one listed if they are different.
  3. Update your personal information (if needed) and save that information
  4. Use the CE link to add any undocumented CE information needed to complete your renewal
  5. Fill out the payment form using your card’s billing address
  6. Hit the green PAY button. The payment will include an additional convenience charge for this service. 

If you receive a confirmation of payment, you will see a receipt. Print the page for your records. If you receive an error message, you can retry by correcting any wrong information.

ABEC - Licensees

In this section, you will find information, instructions, and forms that pertain to various licensee’s interests. All licensees are required to renew their license to practice every two years. Check your license wallet card for the renewal date of your license.

The instructions and forms for renewing your license are found on the Licensure Renewal page.

All associate status licensees are required to report client contact hours along with the supervisor's evaluation every six months. The forms for these supervision reports are found in this section under Supervision Reporting Forms.

The last section of interest for licensees is Specializations. All of the instructions and forms for obtaining a Specialization can be found in the Specialization tab. The most common is the Approved Supervisor Status.

We hope that you will be able to find and complete these without assistance but please contact the Board office if you need any help.

Current Supervision Reporting Forms:

Supervisor Status Documents:

Renewal Forms:

ABEC - Applicants

On this page, you will find all of the necessary steps and associated forms to become a licensed counselor or therapist in the state of Arkansas. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to contact us at 501.683.5800.

LAC Licensure

LAMFT Licensure

Licensure by Endorsement

Other Forms:

For Supervisor Status Application Documents, visit the LICENSEES page.

ABEC - Board Information

The Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling protects the public of Arkansas and ensures the quality of Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy services being provided to the citizens of Arkansas through regulation of title and practice of the persons licensed by the Board under Arkansas Code Annotated 17-27-101 et sq. The Board was authorized for title and practice licensing of Counselors by Act 593 of 1979. The Act was amended for title and practice licensing of Marriage and Family Therapists by Act 244 of 1997.

History and Organization

The Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling regulates the title and practice of Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of Arkansas. The Board examines the credentials of those who hold the license. The Board monitors and records the supervision of each new license until the license holder has completed the mandated three (3) years of supervised practice. The Board conducts investigations into violations of Statutes, Rules, and Regulations based on complaints, practice without a license, and/or information received by the Board administrative office. If the complaints are valid and have sufficient merit, administrative hearings are held to resolve the issue, suspend or revoke the license if necessary.

The Board's mission is to protect the public and to ensure the quality of mental health services being provided to the citizens of Arkansas. The staff is responsible for the operation of the Board, for carrying out the policies of the Board and making detailed reports and recommendations to the Board each month. The General Assembly of the State of Arkansas approved Act 593 of 1979 (A.C.A. §17-27-101) in the Regular Session, 1979. The General Assembly approved Act 244 of 1997 to amend A.C.A. §17-27-101 through 104 and approved Act 1317 of 1997 to amend A.C.A. §17-1-103 in the Regular Session, 1997. The Acts provided for the regulation of the practice and the use of the titles of Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Specialization Licenses created by the Board of Examiners in Counseling, prescribed the powers and duties of the Board, and provided for the examination and licensure of Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, and provided for the examination and licensure of those with specialized training in the field of Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.

The first Board of Examiners in Counseling, composed of seven members, was appointed by the Governor sixty days after July 1, 1979, in the manner and for the terms of office provided in Act 593 of 1979. A retired citizen board member was appointed in the fall of 1984 and a Marriage and Family Therapist was appointed in the fall of 1997 bringing the Board’s membership to a total of nine (9) members. The Board meets each month.

Disciplinary hearings held before the Board are pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act and are arranged through the staff of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 501-683-5800.

2021 Upcoming Meetings: All board meetings are open to the public. Oral interviews are held on Fridays. For information about attending a board meeting,

Board Members

Dr. Robbie Cline, Chair, LPC Practitioner
Dr. Ryan Martin, Counselor Educator
Dr. Justin Moore, Counselor Educator
Dr. Suzanne Casey, MFT Practitioner, DARC
Wendy Blackwood, LPC Practitioner
Sherry Holliman, Public Representative
Cheryl Edwards, Secretary, LPC Practitioner
Dr. Larry Hopkins, Counselor Educator
Vickie Keeton, 60+ Representative

Meeting Minutes (for any meeting minutes older than 2020, contact the Board's office.

Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling

Welcome To The Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy.

The Board of Examiners is here to help you pursue a professional license to practice in Arkansas. Our web pages provide access to application forms, licensure protocol, laws, rules, disciplinary procedures, rosters of practitioners and supervisors, and other helpful information that will assist you in your chosen career.

The Board also invites comments and questions from consumers. If you wish to locate a counselor, or if you have questions or concerns about the professionals who serve the citizens of our state, you can find it on this website.
We hope you will visit our website often to stay current on the latest developments pertaining to your pursuits. Feel free to contact us with any ideas or suggestions for improving our service.

To read more, visit the BOARD INFORMATION page.
 

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Important Notices

Rules & Codes of Ethics

The enabling legislation of the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling is codified at Arkansas Code Annotated §17-27—101 et seq. and it provides for the licensure and regulation of Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists; and the individuals who are allowed to use the titles “licensed professional counselor”, “licensed associate counselor”, “licensed marriage and family therapist”, and “licensed associate marriage and family therapist”. The Act is both title and practice.

The Board of Examiners in Counseling shall, in all deliberations and in all adopted Rules, diligently pursue goals most consistent with the public interest and protection of the public welfare and shall, at all times, apply the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated § 17-27-101, et seq. and the Rules in a fair and impartial manner.

ASBCE - Procurers

ACT 513 of 2013 went into effect on Friday, 8/16/2013.

17-81-107. Use of a procurer.
    (a) As used in this section:
        (1) (A) "Procurer" means a person or entity who for pecuniary benefit procures or attempts to procure a client, patient, or customer by directly contacting the client, patient, or customer in person, by telephone, or by electronic means at the direction of, request of, employment of, or in cooperation with a chiropractic physician.
                (B) "Procurer" does not include a provider or a person that procures or attempts to procure a client, patient, or customer for a provider through public media or a person that refers a client, patient, or customer to a provider as otherwise authorized by law; and
        (2) "Public media" means telephone directories, professional directories, newspapers and other periodicals, radio and television, billboards, and mailed or electronically transmitted written or visual communications that do not involve in-person or direct contact with specific prospective clients, patients, or customers.
    (b) A chiropractic physician who uses a procurer is required to:
        (1) Have a written contract with the procurer or procurement company with whom the chiropractic physician engages; and
        (2) Register the name of any procurer with whom the chiropractic physician contracts with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. [Acts 2013, No. 513, § 3].

17-81-108. Rulemaking and enforcement. -The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners shall establish rules to enforce the requirements of this chapter. [Acts 2013, No. 513, § 3].

D. ADVERTISING BY CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANS.
    9. Telephone communication including advertising/marketing. Any agent, procurer, contractor, or employee communicating with a prospective patient on behalf of a chiropractic physician shall disclose how the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee obtained the prospective patient's information. The agent, procurer, contractor, or employee must communicate his or her legal name and the name of the particular chiropractic physician on whose behalf the communication is being made, that he or she is an agent, procurer, contractor, or employee of the particular chiropractic physician. Unless such communication of the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee is true and evidence of the same is on file with the Board, the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee shall not state that he or she practices or is employed as attorney, insurance adjuster, chiropractor, and is not employed in the fields of law, health care, law enforcement, private investigation, or insurance.
        (a) When direct in-person solicitation is made by an agent, procurer, contractor, or employee of the chiropractor, in addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph 9, the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee shall show the person being solicited a photo ID with their legal name and the name of the chiropractic physician on whose behalf the solicitation is being made, and shall dispense a professional card bearing his or her legal name, and the name, address, and telephone number of the licensed chiropractic physician on whose behalf the solicitation is being made. Such professional card shall be provided to the person being solicited at the beginning of the encounter, and shall be left with the person regardless of whether the person being solicited accepts the solicitation request.
        (b) The licensee employing an agent, procurer, contractor, or employee for purposes of soliciting new patients shall file, in a format approved by the board, a registration form an a copy of the procurers' driver's license or state issued ID before the procurer acts on the chiropractor's behalf. Each procurer registration shall terminate on December 31. The chiropractic physician shall register each procurer annually. The chiropractor is required to provide the board with updated procurer registration information, should any of it change during the year. All registered phone numbers and pictures of the procurers will be made public on the board's website to be as transparent as possible. The chiropractic physician is responsible to the Board for the content of the contact, including prohibited statements made or required statements not made, as well as for any action that is foreseeable in a telephone or in-person encounter.
                (1) Telephone solicitation/marketing of victims of accidental injury and which are conducted on behalf of chiropractic physicians shall be made in substantial conformance to a written script which is considered by the Board to have been specifically approved by the chiropractic physician. The chiropractic physician shall be required to maintain such scripts for a period of two (2) years following their utilization. Scripts are to be made available for review upon request by this Board or its designee.
                (2) Agents, procurers, contractors, or employees of chiropractic physicians who solicit victims of accidental injury shall keep a log of all solicitation calls made, including at minimum the name and phone number of the person being solicited, the date and time of the phone call.

ASBCE - Continuing Education

License Information

AR Approved Continuing Education

Upcoming CE courses for 2021:

The CE rosters are in order by the sponsor name and each sponsor begins on a new page. You can scroll through the document or you can do a search/find (Ctrl + f) to look for something specific. Also provided are rosters by the course start date for easier access to what is coming up each month.


Continuing Education - Licensure Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the chiropractor to obtain the certificate of attendance and mail it to the Board office with the license renewal during the license renewal period.

In compliance with provisions of the Arkansas Chiropractic Practices Act, each licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, practicing in this State, must annually submit evidence to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners of having satisfactorily completed not less than twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education, acquired during the preceding twelve (12) months, conducted by an approved chiropractic college, institution or at the approved educational course, program or seminar. A maximum of twelve (12) distance-based learning credit hours may be submitted by a licensee during each licensing period. See Rules and Regulations Section E(3).


Sponsor Information

Application for Continuing Education Credit Approval.

The following steps must be followed when submitting a request for continuing education credit approval to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners:

Mail the completed form, accompanying information, and processing fee(s) to:

Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
ATTN: Continuing Education
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 209
Little Rock, AR 72201

ASBCE - Applicants

Chiropractic AidesChiropractic PreceptorshipTemporary License

 

ASBCE does not reciprocate with any other states.
 

Application for Licensure Information

Please note: NBCE Parts I, II, III, IV & the Physiological Therapeutic section will be mandatory effective July 1, 2016, and the ASBCE Board Practical exam will be repealed.

The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners offers a new doctor orientation four times a year. January, April, July, and October. The new doctor orientation is a prerequisite to licensure.

Applicants that have NOT graduated Chiropractic College:

If you are an Active Military member stationed in Arkansas or a returning Veteran or the spouse of one, please submit the Military Expedite form with your license application.

Please complete the License Application and mail it with the required fees to:

ASBCE
101 East Capitol Ave., Ste. 209
Little Rock, AR 72201

 

Chiropractic Aides

Ark. Code Ann. § 17-81-102(4) 'Chiropractic aide' means an unlicensed member of the chiropractic team who may assist a chiropractic physician in the performance of those procedures and techniques constituting the practice of chiropractic as defined in this chapter with the exception of spinal manipulation and adjustment, provided that such assistance shall be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed chiropractic physician.

Code Ark. R. 029.00.2-E(2)

ADH Radiologic Technology
ACRRT

 

Chiropractic Preceptorship Information

The Preceptorship program has been established in order to allow chiropractic students in the final clinical phase of their training to practice under the direct, on-site, supervision of a chiropractor licensed in this state.

Preceptor(supervisor) Application to be submitted to the board.

 

Temporary License Information

Fees - made payable to the ASBCE:

An applicant may apply for a temporary license once a COMPLETED application for licensure is on file with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Temporary license applications are voted on by the full Board.

Supervised Temporary License

After a temporary license holder has received approval from the Board, he may perform any acts or practices that a licensed Arkansas Chiropractor may do, as long as it is under the supervision of the supervising Chiropractor who must remain on the premises when these acts or practices are being performed.

Upon satisfactory evidence being submitted to the Board as to an applicant's ability and integrity and when no regular examination will be held within thirty (30) days from the date of an application for a temporary license, the board may, if approved by at least two-thirds of the membership of the Board, issue to the applicant a permit to practice until the next regular meeting of the Board.

Supervising Doctor Requirements:

Unsupervised Temporary License

The Board may at its discretion, issue a temporary license to a Doctor of Chiropractic who holds a current license in another state, to practice in Arkansas until his next scheduled examination and exempt him/her from any supervisory requirement.

Please complete the Temporary License Application form and mail it with the required fee to:

ASBCE
101 E. Capitol Ave., Ste. 209
Little Rock, AR 72201.

ASBCE - Licensees

ASBCE - Meeting Minutes and Newsletters

Board Newsletters:

Board Meeting Minutes:

For minutes older than 2016, contact the Board office.

 

Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners

*Please use the menu on the left to navigate our web pages.

The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners was created by Act 126 of 1915, as a regulatory board to:

The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners provides access to resources and other information on this Web Site as a public service. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all electronic information made available is current, complete, and accurate, the ASBCE does not warrant or represent that this information is current, complete, and accurate. All information is subject to change on a regular basis, without notice. The Agency assumes no responsibility for any damages incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this site.

Calendar: Below are dates of meetings and deadlines for application materials.

Board Meetings: To request an item be included on a board meeting agenda, please submit the request in writing to the Board office. Meeting dates for FY2020.
Date Time Agenda Item Request Due
July 20, 2021 10am 07-09-21
Deadlines for all application documents (includes background check forms)
Friday, June 4, 2021 (for July 2021 orientation)
Staff
Laurie Mayhan, Director
Lisa Cross, Administrative Analyst
Board Members Term
Tanya Holt, D.C., President July 2017 to June 2022
Sarah Hays, D.C., Secretary August 2018 to June 2023
Mr. Harold "Hal" Gunter, Treasurer/Consumer Member(60+) July 2018 to June 2023
Gregory Ungerank, D.C., Board Investigator October 2019 to June 2024
Mr. Jack McCoy, Consumer Member July 2019 to June 2024
Michael Courtney, D.C., FICC, Board Member July 2020 to June 2025
J. Kent Moore, D.C., Board Member June 2016 to June 2021
Note: Please call the Board office for any questions you might have. (501) 682-9015.

File a Complaint:

The Chiropractic Board is empowered by law to enact, interpret, and apply rules and regulations governing the conduct of individuals licensed under the State of Arkansas Chiropractic Practice Act.

Any person or legal entity may file a complaint or report a violation to the board. Such complaints should be in writing (along with the ASBCE Uniform Complaint Form) and should state facts, which indicate possible misconduct by the licensee. The board may act on its own initiative if evidence of misconduct comes to the attention of the board.

When filing a complaint give full details, which should include facts, details, and dates. Attach all billing document records, correspondence, and contracts.

Upon receiving a complaint a copy is forwarded to the Board Investigation Committee.

If the doctor is licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners a letter is mailed to the doctor along with a copy of the complaint requesting a response within ten days. Upon receiving a letter of response from the doctor the investigation committee determines whether further investigation is warranted or whether an informal disposition may be attempted by settlement, consent, agreement, or for lack of sufficient probable cause.

Upon completion of an investigation, the Board investigation committee determines whether a disciplinary hearing should be scheduled to resolve the issue.

The licensee has a right to a fair hearing. Procedures, which protect the licensee's rights, while allowing the board to conscientiously enforce its rules, are essential to an effective disciplinary environment.

Resources:

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners 101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 209
Little Rock, AR  72201
(501) 682-9015 Business
(501) 682-9016 Fax (currently not working)
(866) 257-8277 Toll Free

 

PANS/PANDAS

What is PANDAS?

According to the National Institutes of Health, PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when:

The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor or vocal tics or both and obsessions, compulsions, or both. In addition to these symptoms, children may become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.

Resources:

POLST - Resources

Questions or comments for AR POLST may be emailed to arpolst@hpcaa.org

Advance Care Planning

POLST - Advance Directives

There are three advance care planning documents:

Advance Directive

This is a legal document that states what kinds of treatment should be given to us when we can no longer make decisions or speak for ourselves. It only goes into effect if we are terminally ill or have lost decision-making capacity, and it is usually completed in advance of any known illness. We complete it ourselves (no one else may complete the form for you), and unless there are other known facts, it must be honored. To become valid, it must include the signatures of two witnesses. All adults should have an Advance Directive.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

This legal document authorizes someone chosen by an individual (called an ‘agent’) to make decisions on their behalf if they are no longer able to speak for themselves.  The agent makes decisions on behalf of the patient which is aligned with their known or stated preferences for ongoing medical care.

AR POLST does not replace the above forms but can be used to operationalize the directives of the living will.  

Advance Care Planning Resource for Patient & Families

The Center for Practical Bioethics shares The Caring Conversations® Workbook to guide you, your family, and your friends through the process of advance care planning with a highly individualized focus. The Workbook includes a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions form as well.

Click here to access.

POLST - Forms & Directions

Providers

AR POLST form is available through the Arkansas Department of Health website. Changes to the form are made through the legislative process.

Click here to download the current AR POLST form.

AR POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is an easily identifiable pink document that translates a patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences for end-of-life care into a physician order that transfers across AR health care settings.  The AR POLST form represents a “plan of care” for a patient with a life-limiting illness and is modeled after the Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm which is used in many states. 

The document should be completed after a thorough discussion with the patient, and if the patient is incapacitated, by his/her legal health care representative* regarding the patient’s understanding of the illness, treatment preferences, values, and goals of care.  Completion of an AR POLST form encourages communication between doctors and patients, enables patients to make informed decisions, and clearly documents these decisions to other physicians and health care professionals.  As a result, AR POLST can help ensure that a patient’s wishes are honored, prevent unwanted or non-beneficial treatments, and reduce patient and family stress regarding decision-making.

AR POLST does not replace an advance directive for health care but can be used to operationalize the directives of the living will.

The AR POLST form is an essential part of health information records that travels with the patient as he/she moves from one health care setting to another. A copy should always be kept in the patient’s chart or medical record and be immediately accessible by other health care providers as necessary across care settings.   

An AR POLST form may be revoked/voided at any time by the patient or legal proxy.

Please click here for a detailed video describing AR POLST.
Please click here to learn about physician and nurse practitioner billing for ACP discussions.

Compliance with AR POLST

In some cases, physicians have been hesitant to follow AR POLST orders without first reassessing the person’s wishes in the current clinical situation. However, the AR POLST form states that the orders on AR POLST form should be followed until a review is completed by the accepting health care professional.  The AR POLST form should be followed even if the physician who has signed the document is not on the medical staff of the facility.

Health care institutions are encouraged to develop policies and procedures for the use of AR POLST.

The Impact of AR POLST

Research has shown that documents like AR POLST are making a difference in end-of-life care.  It serves as a useful tool for starting a dialogue with patients regarding their wishes about end-of-life care.

Studies in states that have POLST available have revealed that among patients with completed POLST documents, treatment preferences were respected 98% of the time, and no one received unwanted CPR, intubation, intensive care, or feeding tubes. As a result, POLST has helped to bridge the gap between preferred treatment options and the actual treatments patients receive.

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Stroke Maps

 

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

Click here for the Arkansas Minority Health Commission's website.

Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Purpose | Vision | Mission | Goals | Arkansas Statistical Data
 

The Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee (AMMRC) began with the passage of Act 829 of 92nd General Assembly Regular Session, 2019. The AMMRC was developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Building US Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths and is modeled after well-established review committees in the United States.

To improve maternal health outcomes, you must begin with understanding the factors that contribute to maternal mortality. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) established inter-and intra-agency agreements to identify maternal deaths and to access records to facilitate committee review. Through data collection and analysis of clinical factors, preventability, and social determinants, the AMMRC seeks to identify factors that lead to poor maternal health outcomes and to make recommendations that will decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.

Membership

The AMMRC is a multidisciplinary committee whose members represent the Arkansas Department of Health's five public health regions and various specialties, facilities, and systems that interact with and impact maternal health.

Twenty-one members have been appointed by the Arkansas Secretary of Health. Membership consists of specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, anesthesiology, nursing, psychiatry, mental/behavioral health, nurse midwifery, public health, hospital association, patient advocacy, and more. Recruitment of new AMMRC members may occur annually as needed unless a specific type of expertise is required during the year for a case review (Example: domestic violence).

All AMMRC members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive compensation for participation in the review process. ADH Family Health Branch formed an internal workgroup to provide administrative support for the committee.

Resources

Reports

What is maternal mortality?

In understanding maternal mortality or deaths, several terms exist depending on what and who the term is being used for (i.e., surveillance and reporting, public education, grant applications, etc.). Below are a few common terms and definitions:

Scope

The scope of cases for Arkansas review is all pregnancy-associated deaths or any deaths of women during pregnancy or up to 365 days after pregnancy ends. In July 2020, committee members set forth exclusion criteria for abstraction (i.e., motor vehicle accidents and out-of-state residents). Deaths are identified from a review of death certificates, based on the cause of death, a pregnancy check box selection, or linkage of vital records by searching death certificates of women of reproductive age and matching them to birth or fetal death certificates in the year of or the year prior to the woman’s death.

Purpose

The purpose of the AMMRC is to identify and characterize maternal deaths with the goal of identifying prevention opportunities.

Vision

To protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans by eliminating preventable maternal deaths in Arkansas.

Mission

Optimize health for all Arkansans to achieve maximum personal, economic, and social impact.

Goals

The goals of the AMMRC are to:

Arkansas Statistical Data

In 2018, the total number of live births in Arkansas was 36,748. There were 40 reported maternal deaths. This included all deaths of women during pregnancy and within one year of the end of pregnancy from any cause.

Based on the exclusion criteria set forth by the committee members, 10 cases were excluded from the scope of review for Arkansas, and the remaining 30 cases were selected to be abstracted and reviewed. The 2018 cases determined to be outside the scope for review by the AMMRC included:

Quarterly Meetings

The AMMRC meets quarterly to review select cases and make recommendations about each case based on the case narrative and abstracted data. These are closed meetings. Members of the public or press will not be allowed at AMMRC meetings. If members of the public or press show up uninvited at a meeting, they will be notified that the AMMRC meetings are not open to the public and will be asked to leave. Members of the public or press will be offered the opportunity to engage with ADH staff about the work at a separate time outside of the AMMRC meetings. The committee examines the cause of death and contributing factors. This multidisciplinary group assembled for the first official meeting in January 2020.

For questions, please contact: ADH-AR.Maternal.Mortality.Review@arkansas.gov

ADH COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccination Locations | Vaccine FAQ | Vaccine Plan | Forms and Resources | Volunteers
 

Arkansans ages 12 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Each week, vaccine clinics will happen in each of the five public health regions. Some clinics will be first-come, first-served, but reservations can be made at others. See the table below for full details, or call the ADH vaccine clinic call center at 1-800-985-6030.

There is no out-of-pocket expense for the vaccine. People should bring their insurance cards to the clinic. If they do not have insurance, the vaccine will be available at no charge.

Click here for a list of locations offering vaccinations by appointment. To make reservations, call Call 1-800-985-6030.

If you would like to add a community vaccination clinic to the website, please click here and complete the form.

ADH Vaccine Clinics

Date Address City Time
July 29 Emerson Community Center, 202 North Elm St. Emerson 1:30pm - 4pm
July 31 Stone’s Throw Brewery – Outdoor Festival, 402 East 9th Street Little Rock 4pm - 7pm

Health Equity Strike Team Vaccine Clinics

Date Address City Time
7/31 Zion Temple Ministries Family Life Center, 8226 Hills Rd North Little Rock 10am - 1pm
7/31 Iglesia Samaritano International, 11820 Chicot Rd. Little Rock 3pm - 7pm
8/7 Junior League of Little Rock (Drive-Thru), 401 Scott St Little Rock 9am - 12pm
8/17 Shorter College - Gymnasium, 604 N Locust Street North Little Rock 10am - 1pm
8/21 Iglesia Samaritano International, 11820 Chicot Rd. Little Rock 3pm - 7pm
9/5 Saint Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W.12th St Little Rock 9:30am - 12pm
9/12 Saint Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W.12th St Little Rock 9:30am - 12pm
9/19 Saint Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W.12th St Little Rock 9:30am - 12pm
9/26 Saint Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W.12th St Little Rock 9:30am - 12pm
10/3 Saint Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W.12th St Little Rock 9:30am - 12pm

Faith-Based Vaccine Clinics

Date Address City Time
7/31 Curry's Community Outreach Ministry, 606 Greenlawn St Prescott 10am - 2pm
8/7 The Worship Center Church of God in Christ, 418 E. 49th Street North Little Rock 10am - 12pm
8/7 Ard Community Baptist Church, 13320 Ard. Rd Dardanelle 10am - 2pm
8/8 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 500 N. McKinney Sherrill 1pm - 3pm
8/10 St. James Baptist Church, 764 W. North St Fayetteville 10am - 1pm

Non-ADH Vaccine Clinics

 

 

Oral Health Surveillance

Oral Health Surveillance systems are designed to measure and monitor the burden of oral disease. Data collected can be used to:

Arkansas 3rd Grade Basic Screening Survey 2019-2020

One key element to any oral health surveillance system is simple and consistent Basic Screening Survey (BSS) collection. The BSS tools were developed by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors to provide states with a consistent model for monitoring oral disease in a timely manner, at the lowest possible cost, with minimum burden on survey participants, and that will support comparisons within and between states.

Introduction

Tooth decay (cavities) is the most common disease in the United States among children. Children with untreated tooth decay can have tooth pain and infections. This can affect your child’s overall health, such as issues with eating, talking, playing, and learning.

One method to reduce the incidence of tooth decay at an early age is the application of dental sealants.

Why Is This Report Important?

This report is important to know the current oral health status of third-grade children in Arkansas.

We use the Basic Screening Survey (BSS) created by The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) to gather information. The BSS is a tool that can help us, oral health advocates, researchers, policymakers, and other partners with important information for future programs and recommendations in Arkansas.

When Did The Survey Take Place?

During the 2019-2020 school year.

Where Did The Survey Take Place?

The dental hygienists traveled to the schools and performed the oral health screening. A total of 65 schools in Arkansas took part in the BSS.

What Information Was Collected From The Students?

We gathered the BSS information from Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the dental hygienist report to create the AR BSS Survey Collection:


About The Oral Health Condition Screening:


About The Students Who Took Part In The Survey:


Key Findings & Quick Facts:


What Did We Learn From These Results?

These results highlight the need to continue oral health interventions in Arkansas. Dental disease continues to affect the lives of many children in Arkansas. This also highlights the continued need for evidence-based practices for preventing oral disease to improve children’s oral health.

Another point this data highlighted were disparities (differences) based on race/ethnicity, geographic region (based on the Public Health Region), and house income (based on NSLP schools).

Differences between…

Group

Oral health condition concern

Possible reasons for the difference

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic students

A high percent of decay experience

  • Socioeconomic status
  • Language barrier
  • Uninsured for dental care
  • Legal status
  • Mistrust of health professionals
  • Additional studies can  help understand why Hispanic students had more decay experience

Race/Ethnicity

African

American students

1.) A high percent of untreated decay

2.) High percent of need for dental treatment

3.) The lowest percent of dental sealants

  • Socioeconomic status
  • A difficult relationship with the medical community
  • Mistrust for medical professionals
  • Uninsured for dental care
  • Additional studies can help understand why African American students had more untreated decay and need dental treatment

Geographic area (PHR)

Northeast PHR

1.) A high percent of untreated decay

2.) High percent in need of dental treatment, the urgent need for dental

3.) Low percent for the presence of dental sealants

  • Rural region of Arkansas that has counties with a short number of dental health professionals
  • Access to a dentist is still a primary concern
  • Low oral health literacy may also affect lack of participation in sealant programs

NSLP

(socioeconomic status)

Students attending schools with 50% or more NSLP eligibility

1.) A high percent of decay experience

2.) High percent of untreated decay

3.) High percent need for dental treatment

  • Uninsured for dental care
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Access to dental care
  • Low number of dentists who participate as a Medicaid provider

How Can We Improve The BSS For Next Time?

One issue from this BSS is the percent of missing student background data from the Arkansas Department of Education. This will have to be considered in future surveys whether it would be better to collect student background and oral health screening at the same time.

What Next Steps Are We Taking Based On This BSS?

We must continue the work with oral health partners and stakeholders and strive in educating and providing resources to Arkansas communities to prevent oral health diseases, especially among those at an early age.

Recommendations for a healthy mouth include:

To read the full report, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

Vaccine ClinicsVaccine FAQ | Vaccine Plan | Forms and Resources | Volunteers
 

All Arkansans age 12 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Use the map or table below to reach out to your local pharmacy or provider to let them know you need the vaccine.

All Arkansas Department of Health Local Health units are COVID-19 Vaccination locations. Click here for your local health unit.

A registration code is not required by ADH.

Please only contact one provider.


 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

 

 

COVID-19 Guidance About Monoclonal Antibodies

In November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization to allow the use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients.

What are monoclonal antibodies? 

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic your immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses.

Note: Bamlanivimab/ete has been paused and should not be used.

Who can get this treatment?

Non-hospitalized patients with mild to moderate symptoms with less than 10 days since symptom onset & high-risk factors including:

These medications are NOT approved for use in patients who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 or require oxygen therapy. Benefits of treatment have not been observed in patients hospitalized due to COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies may be associated with worse clinical outcomes when given to patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen ventilation. Individual administration sites may have additional criteria for use of these monoclonal antibody therapies in patients.

These medications will be available at no cost to patients, although health care facilities may charge for administering the medicine.


Resources

Locations in Arkansas Receiving Monoclonal Antibodies

 
 

Public Health Reporting

Click here to report COVID-19
 

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement

Please click here or use the link below to submit a COVID-19 provider agreement form to the Arkansas Department of Health. You can also print a CDC provider agreement form here to help you gather the necessary information, but you must enter the data into the electronic form in order to submit it to ADH.

The video below has additional information about the process.

 
 

Performance Management System

The Arkansas Department of Health is in the process of developing an agency-wide Performance Management System to improve the agency’s performance and increase accountability. The new system will provide a mechanism to guide the agency’s performance not only within the agency but also among the community partners and people it serves. The new system consists of several inter-related components as shown in the diagram above.

Performance Scorecards
ADH Performance Management System
Performance Measures Dashboard
State Health Assessment
State Health Improvement Plan
Strategic Plan
Center/Regional Strategic Work Plans
Workforce Development Plan
Quality Improvement Plan

Quality Improvement Plan

ADH Performance Management System | Performance Measures Dashboard | State Health Assessment |
State Health Improvement Plan | Strategic Plan | Center/Regional Strategic Work Plans |
Workforce Development Plan

 

The successful accomplishment of the goals and objectives outlined in the Performance Management System depends on the extent to which all staff demonstrate a commitment to continually improve the work they are doing. This is commonly referred to as Continuous Quality Improvement and it is defined as a CULTURE, shared across individual, unit, and agency levels, where the examination of processes, systems and programs for potential improvements, and the implementation of improvement initiatives, is a routine part of daily work.

Developing a culture of Continuous Quality Improvement is a priority at ADH and a Quality Improvement Plan has been developed to guide this work.

The goal:

The focus:

Our values:

Our work:

Workforce Development Plan

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The measures of the Performance Management system, and the goals of its constituent components, cannot be achieved without a well-trained and skilled workforce. Developing such a workforce requires the identification of gaps in knowledge, skills, and abilities through the assessment of both organizational and individual needs and addressing those gaps through targeted training and development opportunities. The Arkansas Department of Health’s philosophy on training and education is to provide employees with an ongoing mechanism to enhance their skills and knowledge, leading to job mastery and applied professional development; ultimately resulting in better production in the workplace.

Utilizing the results of the 2017 Association of State and Territorial Officers Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey as well as a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis by an ADH internal workforce development workgroup, a comprehensive Workforce Development Plan has been developed. The Plan roadmaps the agencies’ goals and objectives to maintain a highly skilled workforce that is prepared to deliver public health essential services and respond to public health emergencies. In addition to these goals and objectives, the Plan also identifies resources, roles, and responsibilities that are required to successfully implement it. Five goals and eleven objectives for addressing training and development needs were identified.

Center-Regional Strategic Work Plans

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Quality Improvement Plan

 

It was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic that working across ADH Branches, Centers, and Local Health Units was essential in combating the public health crises. As a result, the Strategic Work Plans which will be developed will reflect specific action steps that will be taken, across organizational divisions, to support the goals and objectives of the interim COVID-19 Strategic Plan, as well as identifying action steps that are unique to Centers, ADH Regions and Local Health Units.

State Strategic Plan

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Quality Improvement Plan

 

The updated ADH Strategic Plan will reflect both the State Health Assessment and the State Health Improvement Plan and establish ADH’s strategic priorities using measurable and time bound goals and objectives.

In late 2019 and early 2020, ADH held a five-month long exercise, involving over 70 people from ADH and community organizations to identify strategic priorities for the agency to update the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. The exercise began with the results of a Strategic Planning Survey that all ADH employees had a chance to respond to. The employees were asked to provide input on what health outcomes and health behaviors the agency should focus on. With this feedback as a starting point, participants in the strategic planning exercise drew from the draft State Health Assessment 2020 and identified eight primary focus areas. This next step of this exercise was the identification of measurable objectives and work plans to operationalize the established goals.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency’s immediate priorities changed. The leadership decided to develop an interim strategic plan to provide direction to the ongoing mitigation of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this interim plan may be different but many of the issues identified during the development of the State Health Assessment and the strategic planning exercise will be reflected in the interim COVID-19 Strategic Plan.

State Health Improvement Plan

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Quality Improvement Plan

 

The State Health Improvement Plan is a long-term, systematic plan to address issues identified in the State Health Assessment. Its purpose is to describe how ADH in collaboration with its community partners, will work together to improve the health of all Arkansans. The State Health Improvement Plan will help all partners develop strategies for making policy and system level changes, establish priorities for action, and aid in the development and implementation of programs/policies. It will also help the Agency identify the best use of resources in achieving public health goals.

State Health Assessment

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Quality Improvement Plan

 

The State Health Assessment 2020 (SHA) provides scientific evidence of the health status of people in Arkansas. It is the foundation upon which the State Health Improvement Plan and the ADH Strategic Plan are based. It is an updated edition of the 2013 publication “Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them”. The State Health Assessment has two complementary components: a report which is available in printed and electronic versions and an electronic scorecard.

State Health Assessment Report

The purpose of the State Health Assessment report is to provide information on the health of Arkansans including risk factors contributing to poor health outcomes for identified populations. In addition to data, the book identifies public health, health care, and other resources available in the community to help improve the health status of Arkansans. The report is also the foundation for the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), which serves as a blueprint for actions to be taken to address the issues identified in the Assessment.

Access to the full State Health Assessment 2020, as well as specific chapters, can be found here.

State Health Assessment Scorecard

For the first time, the State Health Assessment report is accompanied by an electronic ‘Scorecard’ which illustrates data trends for many of the issues highlighted in the report. This scorecard provides historical data to illustrate how the health issues have evolved over time and what the current trends are. Unlike the book version, the Scorecard primarily presents data in graphics and sometimes tabular formats, highlighting multiple year trends of behaviors, diseases, and deaths. Since the Scorecard does not provide extensive narrative and the illustrations contain layers of information, tools have been created to assist users. A brief PowerPoint presentation provides basic guidance on how to navigate through any Scorecard, while a more detailed video provides more comprehensive guidance on how to navigate through the SHA Scorecard specifically. 

 

Performance Measures Dashboard

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The identification of measurable objectives is an essential component of a Performance Management System in order for the effectiveness of programs, policies, and processes to be assessed. These objectives, as well as our performance in achieving these, will be presented in the Performance Measures Dashboard, which will be routinely updated with new data to demonstrate continuous assessment of performances associated with these objectives. The dashboard will function as a comprehensive planning guide as well as a monitoring tool. As a planning guide, the dashboard will explain the issues, highlight proven strategies, specify Agency action plans, and identify partners who will play a role in implementing the action plans.  As a monitoring tool, the dashboard will contain baseline data and data trends illustrating performances.  These data will be regularly updated to enable progress and performance to be monitored.

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

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Though the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has followed an accelerated timeline, safety has been the top priority.

Who is eligible to get the vaccine in Arkansas?

All Arkansans age 12 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

How can I get the vaccine?

Eligible Arkansans can make an appointment at a community pharmacy. Vaccine clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals, health care providers, or your worksite. Click here for a list of clinics. For those who work in education, the district, facility, or college/university should determine how many doses are needed, and then reach out to an ADH Local Health Unit or a community pharmacy to schedule a vaccination clinic. Call 1-800-985-6030 for assistance finding a vaccine in your area or to sign up for an ADH clinic.

Arkansans who receive a COVID-19 vaccine following the effective date of May 26, 2021 are eligible to receive an incentive for getting vaccinated. To learn more about the incentives, click here.

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Resources for Providers

 

ASBAT - Filing a Complaint

Overview of Responsibilities

The board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints placed against athletic trainers and has authority to conduct investigations, enforce regulations and impose sanctions when a violation of law or regulation has occurred.

The Handling of Complaints

The Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training receives complaints against its licensees and will determine if the complaint falls within its jurisdiction. If the complaint is within the board’s jurisdiction, an investigation will be conducted.

The Complainant is notified of the board’s decision on each complaint. You should note, however, that the proper conduct of an investigation can be a time-consuming process and it may be several months before the investigation is completed and a decision is reached.

If a violation of the law or regulation has occurred, the board may give the licensee an opportunity to come into compliance with the law or regulation, or the board may determine that other action is necessary. If there is no violation of law or regulation, the file on the complaint is closed.

If the investigation should result in a formal hearing, the board may subpoena persons to testify at that hearing if it is believed that their testimony is essential to the case.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be submitted on the complaint form. It is important that you include as much fact as is available, including such things as the date(s) of the alleged action, the licensee’s full name and address, the exact nature of the complaint, the names of other individuals who might be involved and their relationship to the complaint, as well as any other information which will assist in the investigation.

The board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, may contact you for additional information and will notify you of the board’s decision concerning the complaint.

ASBAT - Licenses and Forms

Licenses:

Forms:

ASBAT - Board Information

The Board is composed of five members appointed by the Governor for terms of three years. Four members are athletic trainers licensed to engage in athletic training in the state of Arkansas. One member is a consumer who is not actively engaged in or retired from the practice of athletic training, medicine, physical therapy, or employment by an athletic department of an accredited educational institution. This member is a full voting member.

Board Members
Ronald J. Carroll, AT, Chairman
Terry DeWitt, AT, Secretary/Treasurer
Chris Turnage, Public Member
Sherry Riggins, AT
Timothy Atkinson, AT
Joe West, Assistant, Attorney General, Attorney for the Board
Russell Burns, Executive Director

Upcoming meetings are posted here.

Minutes: For Board minutes earlier than 2019, contact the Athletic Training Board office:

Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training

The Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training was created by Act 1124 of 2001. Prior to that time, a committee appointed by the Governor worked with the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy to license and regulate the activities of Athletic Trainers.

The Board is a licensing and regulatory organization created to issue licenses for athletic training and to uphold the standards prescribed by statute to protect the health of the public.

Roster:

Resources:

Rules:

Staff
Russell Burns, Director
Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training 4815 W. Markham St., Slot 73
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 683-4076

ASBPT - Disciplinary Action

From May 28, 2009 to Present

ASBPT - Continuing Education

Please select a form below to view and print:

Continuing Education Procedures

I. Requirements:

II. Jurisprudence Exam:

III. Approval of CEU Programs:

IV. Content of CEU Programs/College Courses for CEUs:

V. Failure to Comply

ASBPT - Filing a Complaint

Overview of Responsibilities

The board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints placed against physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and has authority to conduct investigations, enforce regulations and impose sanctions when a violation of law or regulation has occurred.

The Handling of Complaints

The Board of Physical Therapy receives complaints against its licensees and will determine if the complaint falls within its jurisdiction. If the complaint is within the board's jurisdiction, an investigation will be conducted.

The Complainant is notified of the board's decision on each complaint. You should note, however, that the proper conduct of an investigation can be a time-consuming process and it may be several months before the investigation is completed and a decision is reached.

If a violation of the law or regulation has occurred, the board may give the licensee an opportunity to come into compliance with the law or regulation, or the board may determine that other action is necessary. If there is no violation of law or regulation, the file on the complaint is closed.

If the investigation should result in a formal hearing, the board may subpoena persons to testify at that hearing if it is believed that their testimony is essential to the case.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be submitted on the enclosed complaint form. It is important that you include as much fact as is available, including such things as the date(s) of the alleged action, the licensee's full name and address, the exact nature of the complaint, the names of other individuals who might be involved and their relationship to the complaint, as well as any other information which will assist in the investigation.

The board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, may contact you for additional information and will notify you of the board's decision concerning the complaint.

ASBPT - License Verification

If you did not find the licensee you were looking for please check the Physical Therapist Compact Commission Verification Webpage to see if the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant holds a compact privilege in Arkansas. For the Physical Therapist Compact Commission Verification Webpage, please click https://purchase.ptcompact.org/Verify.

ASBPT - Forms and Links

Please select a form below to view and print:

Links

ASBPT - Online Services

ASBPT - Rules

ASBPT - Applying for Licensure

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ASBPT - Board Information

The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor for three year terms. Four of those members are to be from each congressional district in order to provide statewide representation of physical therapists. One member shall not be engaged in or retired from the practice of physical therapy and shall serve as the representative of the public interest. This is a voting member but shall not participate in examination administration.

The Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy was created by Act 1232 of 1991. Prior to that time licensing was by the Arkansas Medical Board.

The Board is a licensing and regulatory organization created to protect the public from incompetent, unprofessional and unlawful practice of physical therapy. Laws are established to set forth standards for the practice of physical therapy, continuing education and testing, and to define the scope and limitations of practice. The board receives, investigates and adjudicates complaints against licensees. The most important function of the board is consumer protection.

Board Members
Sam Denton, PT Member
Velvet Medlock, PT Member
Rob Jordan, PT Member
Rob Tillman, PT Member
Don Pierce, Public Member
Sara Farris, Attorney for the Board
Staff Members
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director
Lyndsey R. Kinsey, Administrative Specialist III

Minutes: For board minutes earlier than 2020, contact the ASBPT office.

Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

Criminal Background Checks

Effective February 20, 2020, the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy will implement fingerprint-based criminal background checks under ArCA §17-93-303(b) and ArCA §17-93-304(b). This requirement will apply to all new applicants and reinstatements as of February 20, 2020. Please review the applications for licensure form and reinstatement form for instructions pertaining to this new requirement.

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) is a state-based solution to the challenges of interstate licensure portability for physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs). It will improve patient access to physical therapy services by giving eligible licensees in participating states a faster, less expensive alternative to traditional licensure.

On March 5, 2019 Governor Hutchinson signed into law HB 1421, which establishes the Interstate Physical Therapy Licensure Compact in Arkansas. The PT Compact Commission has continued to work on establishing the various systems necessary to issue Compact Privileges and Arkansas will actively issue and accept Compact Privileges beginning February 28, 2020.

The Compact Commission has set a fee of $45, and the Arkansas fee of $50 was adopted by the Arkansas Board on July 18, 2019 to be effective after new Rules are adopted.

Information regarding the availability of compact privileges and the procedure for applying for a privilege is available online at www.ptcompact.org.

Individuals applying for a compact privilege to Arkansas must pass the AR state Board of Physical Therapy Jurisprudence Exam. The exam is to be completed on the Board's website.

Board Staff
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director
Lyndsey R. Kinsey, Administrative Specialist III

Board Meetings:

Resources:

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

Freeway Medical Building
Suite 100, Office A103
Freeway Slot #16
Little Rock, AR 72204

(501) 228-7100 (501) 228-0294
 

ABESPA - About

The Board is comprised of seven members. These include professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology (at least 2 from each field), a consumer representative, and a senior citizen representative. The members are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms and may serve two full consecutive terms. Board members may be reimbursed for expenses, but otherwise receive no compensation.

Current Board Members Location Term Expiration
Elizabeth Williams
MS, CCC-SLP
Board Chairperson
Fayetteville, AR 6.30.20
Aimee Cloud
MS, CCC-SLP
Treasurer
Conway, AR 6.30.20
Dr. Andrea Sieczkowski
Board Member
Maumelle, AR 6.30.22
Geraldine Sterling
MS, CCC-SLP
Vice Chair
Little Rock, AR 6.30.21
Dr. Randall Cummings
Senior Representative
Hot Springs Village, AR  6.30.22
Dr. Zachary Ward
Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Board Member
Little Rock, AR 6.30.21

*New Position Available: Consumer Representative

Board Meetings:

ABESPA - Disciplinary Action

What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?

The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek the provisions of speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal the Board’s mission is to assure a process is provided by which consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

Who can/should file a complaint?

A complaint should be filed by anyone who believes that an individual has acted illegally, irresponsibly, or unprofessionally in providing care to a client. The most effective complaints are those that contain verifiable, firsthand information. The Board cannot act on anonymous complaints. To that end all complaints must include a signature.

What types of complaints does ABESPA handle?

What types of complaints are outside of ABESPA’s jurisdiction?

How do I file a complaint?

A complaint must be submitted in writing and signed before it can be processed. Individuals who file complaints are notified in writing of the status of their complaint throughout the process.

When submitting a complaint, a statement should be provided in the individuals own words, which explains the nature of their complaint. Provide as much detail as possible as well as any copies of documents, such as patient records, photographs, contracts, correspondence, etc. that can be used as evidence. Original copies should not be provided. Dates, times, and the type of service received should be included when possible. It is not necessary to cite sections of the law that have allegedly been violated.

How are complaints processed?

Notification of the receipt of the complaint will be mailed to the complainant. While confidential and not public record, the board must disclose information to the licensee regarding the complaint. Licensees who are named in the complaint are given 30 days to respond to any accusations.

Complaints are reviewed by board members at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The board may dispose of the complaint informally through correspondence or conference or may forward the complaint to an investigation officer.

If forwarded to an investigator, that investigator may contact the complainant during the course of the investigation.

Are licensees required to report unprofessional conduct by colleagues?

The ABESPA Code of Ethics mandates that the licensee is responsible for reporting alleged misrepresentation or violation of the act or rules to the Board.

Resources:

ABESPA - Consumer Information

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What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?

The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal, the Board’s mission is to assure there is a process where consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

What does the Board Do?

Audiologists

Who is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Those hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of hearing and balance disorders, leading to improved outcomes and a higher quality of life.

What does an Audiologist do?

Requirements for Licensing

Speech-Languagte Pathologists

Who is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism spectrum disorders.

What does Speech-Language Pathologist do?

Requirements for Licensing

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Who is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

Speech-language pathology assistants are individuals who, following academic and on-the-job training, performs tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by licensed speech-language pathologists.

What does Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant do?

Requirements for Licensing

SLPA Licensing Information

Helpful Consumer Links

ABESPA - Application Information

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Upon initial licensure, an applicant is granted a grace period to work while his/her initial application is being processed. Upon receipt of a completed application packet, a letter will be sent to the applicant granting the grace period. Below are the licensure requirements listed by licensure type.

In order to apply for licensure, you may complete an application online then mail it in with the $140.00 application fee via check or money order, as well as the required documentation listed below. Transcripts and Verifications of Licensure must remain in a sealed envelope.

Below are the requirements listed by license type:

Important Documents:

ABESPA - Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

In Arkansas, a registration process is used to recognize and approve the use of Speech Language Pathology Assistants and Aides in all settings. Individuals who wish to work as a speech-language pathology assistant or a speech-language pathology aide must register with his/her supervising speech-language pathologist with the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), or the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The setting where the Speech Language Pathology Assistant will be used dictates which agency the individuals register with:

Once the appropriate application is completed and approved, the names of the supervising SLP, SLP-Assistant, and SLP-Aide are placed on a registration list by each agency and all lists are submitted to ABESPA. Individuals registering with ABESPA are approved through June 30 and must re-register by July 1 each year. Individuals registering with ADE are approved through August 31 and must re-register by September 1 each year.

A registration number is assigned to the SLP-Assistant and a memo with this number is provided each time the SLP-Assistant registers or renews registration. This memo verifies that the SLP-Assistant is registered and can be submitted to Medicaid. In the future if an individual registers with another agency, the initial registration number will be used.

Resources:

Helpful links for SLP-A registration information:

ABESPA - Licensee Renewal Information

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Renewal Information

Renewal notices are sent annually in April. All licenses shall be renewed annually by July 15, to avoid delinquent renewal fees. Please remember all licenses expire on June 30th of each year.

Mailed Renewals

Renewals that are mailed to the Board office will be processed as quickly as possible. Remember they must be postmarked by July 15th or be considered delinquent. If you wish to confirm that we have received your renewal documentation, we recommend sending it via certified mail.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

CPEs shall consist of a series of planned learning experiences beyond the educational programs that have led to the degree that qualifies one for licensure. The licensee must participate in CPE activities of at least ten (10) clock hours for each license period (July 1 through June 30 of each year). At least five (5) of these hours must be in Content Area I. Dual licensees must complete fifteen (15) clock hours with a minimum of five (5) hours in each discipline from Content Area I. Renewal of a license shall be contingent upon the licensee fulfilling the CPE requirements, submitting an annual CPE report, and maintaining evidence for possible audit.

Provisional and full licensees are not required to complete a report of continuing professional education and will not be audited during the initial licensing year, but will need to submit the report to document a minimum of ten (10) hours for the next licensing period (7/1 to 6/30). There is no exemption for the year in which the provisional license is converted to a full license unless it occurs in the initial licensing year.

Full instructions including definitions of content areas and audit information can be found in Section 9 of the rules and regulations.

Audits

Annually, the Board will select licensees for audit. Audits are randomly selected and licensees will be notified by mail. Licensees who are audited are required to submit verification of CPE’s submitted, including information regarding date, the content of course, and number of hours.

Inactive Status

Inactive status is available for licensees who wish to no longer practice in the state of Arkansas. To apply for inactive status the licensee must hold a license that is active. If inactive status is requested more than 30 days after expiration, late fees will apply. Requests for inactive status must be made to the Board in writing.

Delinquent Renewals

Delinquent renewals will be accepted by the board through the mail. A licensee is considered delinquent if it is postmarked after July 15, and a late fee will apply. In order to renew after July 15, a licensee must contact the Board to receive the additional required documentation.

Resources:

Important Documents:

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

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Announcements & Resources:

Are You?

The function of the Board is to examine the credentials and qualifications of Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, and Audiologists who wish to provide services to the people of Arkansas, and to issue licenses or registration to those individuals who meet the standards set forth in §17-100-101 et seq. The Board acts on behalf of consumers by handling complaints to ensure that quality speech-language pathology and audiology services are delivered to the public.

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 4815 W. Markham, Slot 72
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
501-537-9151 501-682-9181

ASBN - Spouse

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a spouse is an individual who is currently married to an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran.

There are several situations in which a spouse would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you the spouse of an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information 

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application.  During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of uniformed service member” or “Yes, Spouse of uniformed service veteran”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of a uniformed service member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of a uniformed veterans include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1

Situation 2:

Are you the spouse of an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks, “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?"

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service member” or “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service veteran”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of a uniformed service member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of a uniformed include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you the spouse of an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran? Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service member” or “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service veteran”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of a uniformed service member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of uniformed include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Uniformed Service Veteran

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a uniformed service veteran is an individual who is a former member of the United States uniformed services discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

There are several situations in which a uniformed service veteran would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you a uniformed service veteran that has been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will select “Yes, Uniformed service veteran.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1

Situation 2:

Are you a uniformed service veteran that has been honorably discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will select “Yes, Uniformed service veteran.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Certificate of Release; or

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination? And, are you a uniformed service veteran that has been under conditions other than dishonorable?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application.  During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will select “Yes, uniformed service veteran."

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:


Resources:

 

Uniformed Service Education, Training, Experience, or Service–Issued Credential

Arkansas State Board of Nursing allows an individual who has graduated from one of the listed military programs, to submit application and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX®. If an individual is already licensed, refer to endorsement of a license. 

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Uniformed Service Member

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a uniformed service member is an individual who is currently serving in an active or reserve status in the United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Space Force, or National Guard; an active member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps; or an active or reserve member of the United States Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.

There are several situations in which a uniformed service member would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you a uniformed service member member and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Uniformed service member – I elect to Waive the Application fee” or “Yes, Uniformed service member – I elect to PAY the Application fee.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1:

Situation 2:

Are you a uniformed service member and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

Please select “Yes, Uniformed service member."

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination? And, are you a uniformed service member?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

Please select “Yes, Uniformed service member.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Uniformed Service Education, Training, Experience, or Service–Issued Credential

Arkansas State Board of Nursing allows an individual who has graduated from one of the listed military programs, to submit application and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX®. If an individual is already licensed, refer to the endorsement of a license.

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Military

Introduction

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) is committed to honoring the service of active and reserve uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans and their families. ASBN recognizes that these individuals experience unique challenges during the nursing licensure process. We strive to enhance the licensure process by streamlining certain services to qualified individuals. Several licensure support services are offered once all required documents are received; services include but are not limited to expedited temporary permit licensure and preferential processing during the issuance of a permanent license.

The information listed on this site identifies additional support services to assist in understanding the laws associated with respective military designation, streamlining licensure process, obtaining Arkansas licensure, and availability of other important resources.


Military Designation

In addition to the information listed on this page, click the respective link below for information related to an individual’s specific military designation status.


Associated Arkansas Nurse Practice Act (NPA) & Rules

As mandated by Act 135 of 2021, Act 820 of the 2019, and Act 248 of the 2017 Arkansas legislative sessions, the ASBN has adopted rules to assist active and reserve uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans, and their spouses in obtaining nursing licensure.

Note: An Arkansas uniformed service member nurse that is being deployed outside the state can upload to nurse portal account, a request for review of expiration date extension and waiver of continuing education requirements. Also upload deployment orders.

Click here to access Arkansas NPA & Rules in their entirety.


Licensure Portability Between States

In order to practice nursing in Arkansas, an individual is required to be licensed. Arkansas is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice physically, electronically or telephonically in both their home state (Primary State of Residence or PSOR) and other states that have joined the NLC. APRNs are not issued a license under the NLC.

There is specific licensure information that should be reviewed:


Educational Opportunities

Resources

Active and reserve uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans and their spouse can find helpful information using the links below.

ASBN - APRN Renewal Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses that wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas APRN license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state. The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process.

Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

General Instructions

  1. APRN Late Renewal Application
    • No application is complete until all required documentation (if applicable) and fees are received.
  2. Fee Information
    • Click here for current fees.
    • The accepted method of payment is with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover).
    • Verify that the charges are correct before submitting application.
    • ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
    • Late renewal fees are added to regular renewal fee.
    • You will receive a payment receipt by email which should be printed as proof of payment.
  3. APRN licensure requirements include:
    • Maintenance of National Certification related to you area of certification, and
    • Active unencumbered Arkansas RN license OR active unencumbered multistate compact RN license.
    • If out of practice greater than two (2) years a refresher course or extensive orientation is required.
    • If you have Prescriptive Authority, additional requirements include five (5) hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in your area of APRN certification within the last two (2) years. Note: Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRN’s in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

ASBN - RN Approved Baccalaureate Degree Programs

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 
School of Nursing
P. O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 680-8201; Fax: (870) 972-2954
www.astate.edu 
Dr. Mollie Manning, Chair
E-mail:mmanning@astate.edu

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Department of Nursing
Dean Hall
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Phone: (479) 968-0383; Fax: (479) 968-0219
www.atu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Daily, Chair
Email:sdaily@atu.edu

HARDING UNIVERSITY 
College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-0001
Phone: (501) 279-4476; Fax: (501) 279-4669
www.harding.edu 
Dr. Susan Kehl, Dean
Email: skehl@harding.edu

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY 
Department of Nursing
HSU Box 7803 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: (870) 230-5015; Fax: (870) 230-5390
www.hsu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Austin, Chair
Email: austins@hsu.edu

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: (479) 524-1646; Fax:  (479) 524-7441
www.jbu.edu 
Dr. Janet Gardner, Director
Email: jgardner@jbu.edu

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY 
Department of Nursing
100 E.University MSC9402
Magnolia, AR 71753
Phone: (870) 235-4331; Fax: (870) 235-5058
www.saumag.edu 
Dr. Karen Landry. Chair
Email: KarenLandry@saumag.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
606 N. Razorback Road                                                                            
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-4280; Fax:  (479) 575-3218
www.uark.edu
Dr. Susan Patton, Director
Email:  skpatton@uark.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH
Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing
5210 Grand Avenue      College of Health Sciences Office 207
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7844; Fax:  (479) 424-6831
www.uafs.edu
Paula D. Julian, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, CPN Associate Professor, Executive Director of Nursing
Email: Paula.Julian@uafs.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
Division of Nursing
P. O. Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71656-3606
Phone: (870) 460-1069; Fax:  (870) 460-1969
www.uamont.edu 
Dr. Brandy Haley, Dean
Email: haley@uamont.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF
1200 University Drive #4973
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-7076; Fax: (870) 575-8229
www.uapb.edu 
Dr. Kymberly Beard, Chair
Email: beardk@uapb.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES 
College of Nursing
4301 W. Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 686-8493; Fax:  (501) 686-7998
www.nursing.uams.edu 
Dr. Patricia Cowan, Dean
Email: pacowan@uams.edu
Nicole Ward, BSN Program Director
Email:  nnward@uams.edu
Larronda Raney, RN - BSN Director
Email:  lmraney@uams.edu

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS 
Department of Nursing
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-5531; Fax: (501) 450-5560
www.uca.edu/nursing 
Dr. Susan Gatto, Director
Email: Susang@uca.edu

ASBN - Post-Baccalaureate Programs

 

Contact Info

Degrees offered

Arkansas State University
Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: 870.972.3074

MSN
DNP
Post-master’s certificate

Arkansas Tech University
Department of Nursing
Dean Hall 126
402 West O St
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: 479.968.0383

MSN

Harding University
Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149
Phone: 501.279.4859

MSN
Post-master’s certificate
Master’s Entry into Practice (RN)

Henderson State University
College of Nursing
HSU Box 7803
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Phone: 870.230.5378

MSN

University of Arkansas
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
606 Razorback Rd
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479.575.4280

MSN
DNP

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Nursing
4301 W Markham, Slot 529
Rahn Building, Suite 5234
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501.686.5224

MNSc
DNP
PhD
Post-master’s certificate

University of Central Arkansas
Department of Nursing
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501.450.3119

MSN
DNP
Post-master’s certificate

ASBN - CE Broker

CE Broker is the official CE tracking system of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Board has provided you with a free Basic Account, so you have their helpful education tracking tools right at your fingertips. The license renewal process and CE requirements have not changed and at this time the use of CE Broker is not mandatory.

CE Broker helps nursing professionals in Arkansas track your CE progress. This easy electronic workflow streamlines the ability for you to track your CE history and maintain your documentation or professional portfolio for personal, academic, employment, or license renewal purposes.

With CE Broker, licensees and some education providers will be able to electronically enter CE course completion certificates through the tracking system. The information is maintained within CE Broker's centralized database. This simplifies the process of tracking your continuing education with easy reporting, digital storage for your certificates, and a credit counting CE compliance transcript all in one online portal.

FREE ACCESS

CE BROKER IS 100% FREE TO USE. You will never have to pay for a CE Broker Basic Account. Licensees do have the option to subscribe to an upgraded account, which offers additional CE tracking tools outlined below.

ACCOUNT OPTIONS

ACTIVATE YOUR FREE CE BROKER ACCOUNT

  1. Visit www.cebroker.com/ar/plans (Works best in Chrome)
  2. Select the Basic Account option
  3. Enter your license number and get started tracking your continuing education!

If you already have a CE Broker account, follow these simple steps to add your Arkansas license.

Once you have created your account and logged into the system, click “Report CE” and find the option that best applies. You will need to answer a few questions and then attach the documentation that the Board requires. If you are using the CE Broker mobile app, you can take a picture of your documentation and upload it via your phone or tablet.

HOW TO LOCATE ADVANCED PRACTICE MANDATORY COURSES

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) courses are located on the CE Broker platform.

Access the courses through your CE Broker account and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Find CE/CME
  2. In the “I’m a” field select Arkansas if it is not already populated.
  3. In the “My professions” field, use the drop-down menu to select your profession.
  4. In the “Looking For” field, use the drop-down menu to select Maintaining professional boundaries and the prescribing rules, regulations, and laws that apply to APRNs in the State of Arkansas.
  5. Complete the course by clicking on the “Take it Here” button beside the course.

KEY FEATURES OF THE CE BROKER FREE BASIC ACCOUNT INCLUDE

Comprehensive Course Search

The CE Broker Course Search helps you find every course you need to complete your license renewal. Any Courses with the “Take it Here” tag will be instantly reported to your account and appear in your Course History.  To find courses, visit courses.cebroker.com/search/ar and select your profession.

When you find CE in the Course Search, it may satisfy the requirements set by the Arkansas Board of Nursing (ASBN).  The course search is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, nor are any of the vendors listed endorsed or necessarily approved by the ASBN. Depending upon the organization that approved the courses, the ASBN may or may not accept such courses for continuing education credit for the purpose of licensure renewal. Refer to the list of Accrediting Organizations/Approved Approval Bodies to determine if the provider's educational activity is accepted by ASBN. Note: You will need to be sure that the CE contact hours are practice focused relevant to your specific area of practice. 

Helpful Support Center

CE Broker provides dedicated support 8AM - 8PM ET Monday - Friday with a team of experts trained on the rules and regulations of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. You can reach them by phone at 877-434-6323 or via email and live chat.

FAQs

Visit the CE Broker FAQ directly for detailed information on CE Broker and how to use your free account.

 

     

ASBN - Medication Assistants (Certified)

Act 1423 of the 2005 Arkansas legislative session authorized the use of trained and certified medication assistants in nursing homes in Arkansas. Medication Assistants are required to successfully complete an education program and pass a certification exam before being allowed to function in the role of Medication Assistant Certified (MA-C) in a nursing home.

Medication Assistants are utilized in over 30 states in the United States and have proven to effectively reduce the number of medication errors in nursing homes. The use of medication assistants in Arkansas nursing homes will allow the nurse to spend more time focusing on the residents and supervising the care given by the CNA’s, resulting in quality care for our most vulnerable population.

Approved MA-C Programs

Arkansas State University – Mtn. Home 
1600 So. College
Mtn. Home, AR 72653
Dr. Julia Gist, Dean
870-508-6154

Applications

Resources

ASBN - Insulin & Glucagon Administration Training Programs

Pursuant to the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as it existed on July 1, 2011, the 2011 Arkansas General Assembly passed a law pertaining to the administration of glucagon by trained volunteer school personnel to Arkansas public school students who are diagnosed with diabetes. Further, the 2015 Arkansas General Assembly passed a law pertaining to the administration of insulin by trained volunteer school personnel to Arkansas public school students who are diagnosed with diabetes.

These laws allow trained volunteer school personnel in the absence of the school nurse to administer glucagon, insulin or both to a child diagnosed with diabetes in an emergency situation. Consequently, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, in collaboration with the Arkansas School Nurses Association and diabetic experts, worked together to identify and approve Insulin and Glucagon Administration Training  programs that meet the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules, Chapter 9.

Approved Training Programs

Certifications of Training

Certificates of Approval

Certificates of Participation

COVID-19 Guidance for Self Home Isolation

WHAT IS ISOLATION?

Isolation is for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. If you have COVID-19, being in isolation means you must stay home and away from others while you are infectious in order to stop the spread of the virus to anyone else.

If you are fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19, you should still isolate.

LENGTH OF ISOLATION

If you have COVID-19 with mild symptoms, you must isolate until:

​If you have COVID-19 and are not experiencing any symptoms, you must isolate until:

If you have severe COVID-19 and have been hospitalized or if you have a weakened immune system, you must isolate until:

RESTRICTIONS DURING ISOLATION

Additional Help

For immediate sheltering needs for people who are homeless or displaced or cannot safely quarantine at home, please call (501) 661-2136.

For all other issues, contact the ADH call center at (800) 803-7847.

 

 

COVID-19 Reports

General:

Briefing Slides:
These slides are posted any day there is a press briefing.

Educational Institutions:
Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases
*This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Nursing Homes:
This report is generally released once a week.

Congregate Settings:
This report is generally released once a week.

Contact Tracing:
These reports are generally released on Tuesdays.

Percent Positivity Map:

Variant of Concern:

 

 
 

ASBN - LPTN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

 General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Post Expiration Application Informatoin

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

 General Instructions

1.  ASBN Post Expiration Renewal Application Information

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a. driver’s license with a home address;

b. federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;

c. voter registration card with a home address;

d. military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or

e. W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Post Expiration Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a. driver’s license with a home address;

b. federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;

c. voter registration card with a home address;

d. military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or

e. W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

Plan Review and Submission Portal

The Arkansas Department of Health has introduced and implemented a new ELECTRONIC Plan Submission portal.

WELCOME to the Arkansas Department of Health Plan Review page. The mission of the Arkansas Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans. The plan review process is one important factor in attaining this mission.

The purpose of a plan review process is to ensure that development or building projects comply with the adopted policies and codes. Staff review plan submissions for proposed projects. Plan reviews are coordinated through multiple divisions Engineering (Civil projects: drinking water, civil drawings, drinking wells, etc.), Protective Health Codes (Plumbing, Natural Gas), and Environmental (Retail Food, Wholesale/Manufactured food, Public Swimming Pools/Spas). This coordinated process helps to ensure that all pertinent codes/policies are followed in the design and execution of the project. 

Adhering to the ADH Guiding Principles, the Plan Review staff work diligently to review all projects in a timely manner. While staff is allotted up to 30 days to complete a review, review times vary depending on numerous factors. To ensure the most efficient process, providing complete submissions referencing the current adopted codes is necessary. For more information contact the appropriate division(s).

Plans may now be submitted electronically along with electronic forms and electronic pay capabilities. ADH has also implemented electronic review software, Bluebeam Revu. This is beneficial for submitters who are out of town and out of state thus saving time, gas, and money.

ADH Plan Review Divisions:

Plan Submissions:

Plans may be submitted in person, by mail, or electronically. Plans may be brought in person by contacting the proper division and setting an appointment for review*. If the submitter is unable to wait for review, plans may be dropped off and staff will review them and send documentation of the review. Plans may also be mailed to the ADH central office in Little Rock. For proper routing, each division has a specific slot number that must be included on the address.

*(Please note that appointments or building access may be limited or ceased during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Paper Plan submissions are accepted in the same manner they have been in the past. Each submission should consist of complete plans with all pages required for each specific division required, all associated forms/applications/documents, and associated fees.

All project submissions require a Project Cost Estimate worksheet and Plan Review fee. Projects that are multiple departments (e.g. Plumbing and Retail food) share 1 form and 1 Plan Review Fee. For this example, Plumbing costs and Food establishment costs are added to get the total project cost. The Plan Review fee is then calculated as 1% of the project cost (minimum $50 and maximum $500).

Electronic Plan submissions are submitted through https://planreview.adh.arkansas.gov/. Those submitting plans electronically are required to create a unique user account. The Project Cost Estimate sheet can be electronically filled out and plans submitted as attachments. Please submit attachments as PDF or CAD files. Photos or .JPEG attachments are allowed but they cannot be utilized in the electronic review process and must be printed out for use/review. Upon submission, staff will issue an invoice for payment. Due to system requirements, payment cannot be made until after 9:00 am the following day. Staff will not review or release any approvals until payment is confirmed.  

Staff can attach approval letters or other documentation of the review as an attachment to the file or send via email or postal service.

Divisional:

Retail Food (mobile, kiosk, pushcart, brick & mortar) requires a retail food permit application and initial annual permit fee at the time of submission. Click the Retail Food link here for the Plan Review Packet.

In addition, plans should provide the following:

Manufactured Food also requires a food permit application and initial annual permit fee at the time of submission. Click the Manufactured/Wholesale Food Link here for the Plan Review Packet. Consult the webpage for additional submission requirements.

Plumbing Plan Review submission requirements are contained here.

Engineering-Water and Sewer Utility submission requirements here.

NOTE: HVAC has moved to the Department of Labor.

Divisional Plan Contacts Phone
Retail Food:
Chuck Dumas
501-661-2163
Manufactured/Wholesale Food:
Louis Nevala
Brad Tubbs
501-661-2171
Swimming Pools/Spas:
Cole Kitchens
501-661-2171
Plumbing/Natural Gas:
Josh Hazlewood
Pam McCullah
Bill Sims
501-661-2022
501-661-2650
501-661-2648
Engineering:
Lance Jones
Jeff Stone
501-661-2623
Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Links:

MCH - Public Comments on Five-Year Plan

Faith-Based Outreach

Linking Communities of Faith to Public Health

Who We Are

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) understands the important role that faith plays in helping people have better health outcomes. Faith leaders have trusted messengers within their communities and are on the front lines of fighting many of the health issues that are affecting our communities. The Arkansas Department of Health respects the diversity of religious beliefs and practices of all people. We believe that all communities of faith and public health can work well together to promote the common goal of improving the health and well-being of people, families, and communities.

What We Do

The Office of Faith-based Outreach works to inform, educate and empower communities of faith to take an active role in their health. We believe that everybody should have an opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Realizing that communities of faith reach a broad audience, we work with you to identify and address community health concerns, as well as support projects, initiatives and research that will enable every Arkansan to achieve their optimal level of health and well-being.

There is no one right way to improve the health of everyone in a community. The most successful efforts involve different people all working together. We work in collaborative partnership with different ADH programs and community organizations to strengthen, expand resources, and find solutions that will have a lasting positive impact on health. These partnerships also help to build a stronger foundation so that hard-to-reach and at risk persons can have better health.


How May We Help?

Nutrition for Women, Children, and Adolescent Girls

Arkansas residents are facing hardships as a result of COVID-19. Many individuals and families are experiencing economic challenges for the first time and need help. It is important now more than ever to achieve the best physical health possible. Arkansas WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children) can help. WIC provides a wide variety of select healthy foods for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, babies, and young children up through five years of age.

The Power 2B Whole Regional Summits

The Power 2B Whole Regional Summits are an annual gathering of ADH public health professionals, faith and spiritual leaders, community organizations, community stakeholders, and advocates that come together to develop solutions, introduce new strategies, and fuel collaborations to build healthy and sustainable communities. The original event slated to take place this fall has been postponed to Fall 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Power 2B Whole organizers will continue to monitor the latest information from health officials to ensure a safe and exciting event for everyone.

Tobacco-Free Communities of Faith

Helping people become tobacco-free is a major step towards having tobacco-free communities. When it comes to quitting tobacco products or using e-cigarettes, different people need different types of support to quit and stay tobacco and nicotine-free. Communities of faith provide a place of acceptance and support for those trying to quit. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation offer a variety of training and community education designed to help both youth and adults to stop using tobacco and nicotine products, including “No Menthol Sunday”, a National African American Prevention Network program.

Stroke is No Joke

A stroke is a sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow! Not knowing stroke signs and symptoms, or what to do when someone is having a stroke could cost someone their life. Data from the Arkansas Stroke Registry shows that many people experiencing stroke symptoms are NOT calling 911, but instead are arriving to emergency rooms in their private car. ADH in partnership with UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Stroke Program, educates Arkansas hospitals, communities, including faith communities on stroke signs and symptoms using the acronym B.E. F.A.S.T.

Get Vaccinated

Vaccines are a key part of public health, saving millions of lives and billions of dollars by preventing diseases.  Arkansas immunization rates are low and this means many people aren’t protected and are at risk for illnesses that are preventable.  Faith communities and faith leaders can be extremely helpful in encouraging healthy behaviors and educating communities about the importance of immunizations.  We offer free preventive education workshops, as well as provide training on how to conduct a mass flu clinic for your community.

Get Vaccinated: Prevention and You!

Interventions that promote vaccinations are more effective when communities of faith are engaged in the process.  ADH in partnership with ImmunizeAR, offers tools and resources that support community-engaged teaching. The toolkits have everything you need to conduct a workshop, including a leader's manual, participant booklet, PowerPoint presentation (with presenter notes), and handouts for the participants. Everything is downloadable and available to print from the following sites:

Living with Chronic Illness

Many Arkansans live with chronic illnesses and pain, such as uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic conditions and illnesses are constantly changing; a person may feel fine one day, but unable to get out of bed the next day. Many people turn to their faith family for guidance, acceptance, and support during difficult health times. If you know someone suffering from a chronic illness, there are many things you can do to help. We offer chronic disease self-management education, as well as resources to help people cope and adapt to chronic illness.

Mental and Emotional Wellness

People are hurting. Faith leaders report that more and more people are coming through their doors struggling with addictions, anxiety, and depression. Research shows there is a strong mind-body connection through which mental, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual, and environmental factors can directly affect our health. When these things are out of balance, things such as disease, depression, alcohol or drug misuse, and suicide can occur. Your faith community can become a healing community. We provide support through training that includes substance abuse and misuse, as well as suicide awareness and prevention.

Wellness for Women, Adolescents, Infants, and Children

Communities of faith have a genuine concern about the health of their members and the broader community.  As a trusted source, you have the power to make a positive impact on health.  ADH is committed to improving the health of women of childbearing age, adolescents, children, infants, and children with special health care needs.  We support the development of family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care.  Learn how you can support better health and well-being for your community.

Moms and Babies Welcome!

For many people, communities of faith are the center of community life; places where physical and spiritual well-being can be nourished and nurtured. Research has shown that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants and more families are deciding to offer the natural nutrition that breast milk provides. We can help you create healthy, friendly faith communities for breastfeeding families.

Know the Signs and Act in Time for Heart Attack

Early symptoms, such as mild or stuttering chest pain, are identified as major risk factors for heart attack. Adults often ignore these warnings and put themselves at risk for significant damage to the heart muscle, or even death. Most heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. ADH partners with the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council and American College of Cardiology to help bring Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) educational materials to Arkansans. EHAC education teaches people to recognize the early signs and symptoms of heart attack to increase usage of 911 when suspected. To order your materials, complete the form found here and submit as instructed (a version in Spanish is available on the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council page). Another ADH partner is the American Heart Association which provides online education on heart attack warning signs. More information can be found here

Dose of Reality

Communities of faith are often the first to recognize brokenness and are places of refuge for those addicted to prescription pain medicines. Communities of faith are instrumental in helping to address, educate and prevent this growing substance abuse crisis. Learn how you can help! We provide Dose of Reality training for faith leaders and places of worship.

Hometown Health

Healthy communities are places where people live, learn, work, play and worship.  Health interventions that incorporate faith or spiritual elements have proven to be the most achievable.  We understand this matters to you.  The Hometown Health Program supports you in efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles among your faith community. We help you to identify health needs specific to your community of faith and offer tools and resources to help your community take charge of their health.  Whatever health goal you would like to achieve—we can help.

 

We Would Love to Hear from You!
If you are interested in any of these programs or would like more information please contact:

Office Contact Phone Email
Arkansas Department of Health
Kimberly Hayman
Faith-based Outreach Coordinator
501.280.4545 Kimberly.Hayman@arkansas.gov

Whatever you need--health education, disease prevention, health promotion, or training--we have it. If we don't have it, we will do our best to find it.
 

Materials & Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Communities of Faith

The following resources are meant to support the specific needs and interests of diverse communities of faith. This page will be continually updated as we learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information | Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Treatment Information

CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Communities of Faith

COVID-19 Ask the Doctor

COVID-19 Download Signage

Drive-Thru Testing

FAITH Network Toolkit

FAITH Specific Guidance for Communities of Faith

Mental Health

Minority Health

COVID-19 Burials, Funerals, Memorials

Every faith community has unique practices to honor the deceased, however, due to COVID-19 traditional practices and rituals may need to be changed. The following are considerations for communities of faith.

General Resources:

Faith-Specific:

Additional Resources:

The following community organizations share our passion for improving health and support efforts of the Office of Faith-based Outreach.

    

 

Connect with us:

  

ASBN - License Verification

The public, licensees, nursing employers, and other state boards or organizations can obtain verification of licensure information to confirm if an individual holds a current, valid nursing license in Arkansas. Arkansas has paperless licensure since an Arkansas license is issued and maintained electronically.

Do not accept the blue plastic card or a copy of the license verification report as a reliable verification that the person is licensed; check license verification for yourself.

The following options are available for verification of an Arkansas nursing license:

  1. Nursys® Nurses' verification
    • ​The Nursys licensure and disciplinary database is the repository of data provided directly from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and is primary source equivalent. For participating states, go to www.nursys.com. If the original state of nurse licensure is not a Nursys® participant, contact the original state licensing board. NOTE: To verify Arkansas RNP and LPTN licenses you must access the ASBN Registry Search. Access and view or download discipline documents as applicable.
  2. ASBN Registry Search\License Verification
    • The Arkansas State Board of Nursing license verification portal is a database for license lookup and is considered a primary source of verification. For verification of an Arkansas license, go to https://arsbn.boardsofnursing.org/licenselookup.

Resources:

COVID-19 Recursos en Español


Línea Telefónica para Vacunas: 1-800-985-6030

 

Vacunas para Niños y adolescentes.

El CDC recomienda la vacunación contra el  COVID-19 para todas las personas mayores de 12 años para ayudar a protegerse contra COVID-19.

 

El ADH no requiere un código de registro.

Favor de contactar solamente un proveedor.

Para protegerse y proteger a los demás, el ADH recomienda:

Vacuna Contra COVID-19 información para profesionales de atención médica

Pruebas

Si tienen fiebre, tos, o dificultad para respirar o si cree que ha estado expuesto a COVID-19, llame anticipadamente a su médico o solicite una cita para hacerse la prueba en la Unidad Local de Salud. Las pruebas están disponibles.

De clic aquí para ver el calendario de eventos programados donde se harán pruebas alrededor del estado.

Use el mapa que se encuentra abajo para encontrar un lugar que ofrece pruebas cerca de usted. En las Unidades Locales de Salud, las cuales se encuentran marcadas en rojo, las pruebas son gratuitas y no se requiere tener seguro médico. Llame primero para hacer una cita.

 

Aislamiento and Cuarentena

     

 

Actualización del estatus

Haga clic aquí para un ver un mapa que detalla la última información de casos en Arkansas. “Total COVID-19 Cases” refiere el número total de casos en todo el estado. “Active cases” son los casos que están actualmente activos. “Recoveries” muestra el número de personas que se han recuperado. “Deaths” muestra el número de personas que han muerto por COVID-19. También puede hacer clic en cualquier condado para tener más información acerca del área.

Directivas

Una lista completa de directivas de ADH está disponible haciendo clic aquí, pero las que se enumeran a continuación están disponibles en español. Haga clic en cualquiera de ellas para obtener todos los detalles.

Recursos

Haga clic en cualquiera de los siguientes enlaces para obtener más información sobre el tema.

Videos

 

 

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

How has contact tracing changed as cases have increased?
Due to a high volume of new cases that may exceed our ability to reach every close contact, ADH is following CDC recommendations and prioritizing cases who were exposed within the previous six days. This means it is possible that you will not be reached by a contact tracer.

What should I do if I am positive?
You may still hear from a contact tracer, but you should go ahead and notify anyone you believe you may have exposed as well as your employer. Close contacts are generally those people who were within 6 feet of you for at least 15 minutes total beginning two days before your symptoms started or two days before your test was collected if you do not have symptoms.

What if I am a contact to a person with COVID-19?
If you have had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be required to self-quarantine. A quarantine is needed because you may develop COVID-19 anytime during the virus’s incubation period. If you work in a critical infrastructure job, it may be possible for you to still work while under quarantine. The Arkansas Department of Health will coordinate such arrangements with your employer.

In addition, you will be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 in case you already have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms yet. You will still be required to complete the quarantine, even if your test comes back negative, because you could still develop the illness later in the quarantine period.

What data is available?
The latest reports from our contact tracing partners are available here.

Who is considered a contact?


Contact tracing focuses on close contacts while a positive patient was infectious. The infectious period begins 48 hours before the patient’s symptoms began. If the person with COVID-19 never developed symptoms, the infectious period begins the 48 hours before the positive test was collected. A person is considered a close contact if they have been within 6 feet of the patient for at least 15 minutes. If a person is thought to be a close contact, then a contact tracer will give them a call. If the exposure wasn’t within 6 feet, if it didn’t last 15 minutes or more, or if it occurred before the infectious period, that person would not be considered a close contact and will not receive a phone call from a contact tracer.

What if I am a contact to a person with COVID-19?
If you have had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be required to self-quarantine for a period of time because you may develop COVID-19 anytime during the virus’s incubation period. Click here for details on the quarantine process. If you work in a critical infrastructure job, it may be possible for you to still work while under quarantine. The Arkansas Department of Health will coordinate such arrangements with your employer.

In addition, you will be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 in case you already have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms yet. You will still be required to complete the quarantine period, even if your test comes back negative, because you could still develop the illness later in the quarantine period.

When will I receive a call?
Case investigators reach out to COVID-19 patients shortly after a positive test result is confirmed in order to learn about the patient’s close contacts. The contact tracer then calls each of the close contacts to inform them about their exposure to COVID-19 and give them instructions about how to quarantine. However, the high volume of new cases may exceed our ability to contact every person. ADH is following CDC recommendations and is prioritizing cases that were exposed within the previous 6 days. This means that some contacts won’t be reached. 

What if I never heard from a contact tracer?
You might not hear from a contact tracer if the exposure you had was not enough to put you at increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. For example, the exposure may not have been for at least 15 minutes, or it may have occurred prior to the infectious period. It is also possible that your exposure was more than six days earlier, so your case was not prioritized. Please email us at ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov or call us at 1-800-803-7847, if you have not been reached by a contact tracer and have questions or need additional information.

What can contact tracers do for close contacts?
Contact tracers reach out to contacts to help them safely quarantine, find alternate arrangements as necessary, and help them get tested for COVID-19, if recommended. The ADH can also help Arkansans with things such as food delivery or alternative housing if they need extra support to safely self-quarantine.

Contact tracers also educate individuals on the need to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, and they request permission to enroll the person in the SARA (Situational Awareness Response Assistant) Alert system.

What number will they call from?
Case investigators will call from a variety of phone numbers. It’s possible you won’t recognize the number, but it’s important to answer or return the call if it goes to voicemail. A contact tracer will then follow up and reach out to your close contacts. This call will come from a different phone number. Many of our contact tracers will use these numbers:

UAMS/COPH will be using 501-686-5875. If calling a land line it will identify UAMS as the caller, this UAMS identifier will not show if the call is to a cell.

How can I verify the call is legitimate?
The case investigator and contact tracer will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card. If the caller ever discusses money, that’s a sign that it is not a legitimate Department of Health investigator. If you want to verify that you have been contacted by a Health Department case investigator or contact tracer, you may call (800) 803-7847.
If you haven’t spoken to a tracer on the phone to enroll in the automated SARA Alert program for reporting symptoms, beware of text messages asking you to click on a link. It could be a scammer. A tracer will not send you any links to click before speaking with you on the phone.
If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer posing as an official, you can report these calls to the Attorney General’s office online at www.ArkansasAG.gov, by emailing OAG@ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982. Please note the time of the call and the number it came from when you report it.

What is SARA Alert?
SARA Alert is an automated system that sends a daily email, text message or automated phone call to individuals identified as a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person. Enrollees are asked if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, and if symptoms are reported, SARA Alert flags the case for follow-up by ADH staff.  SARA Alert also allows the ADH to compile reports for identification of specific areas to target for testing and to provide information for decision-making by state leaders.

Will I receive a letter allowing me to return to work?
ADH will no longer issue documentation stating when an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to work or other obligations. Employers are to use the guidance on isolation in determining their own return to work policy.

How can I apply to be a contact tracer?
The Arkansas Department of Health has contracted with two firms, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) and Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), to handle contact tracing. 

 

 

 
 

 

ACC Chest Pain MI Registry Performance Awards

2019

Hospital Level
Baxter Regional Medical Center Silver
Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas Silver
NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Platinum
St. Bernards Medical Center Silver

ASBN - Quality Assurance Plan

APRNs with prescriptive authority must have in place a written quality assurance plan by which patient care is evaluated and quality is maintained by the APRN.

Plan must:

Examples of Quality Assurance measures (not an inclusive list – you may have other measures)

Quality Assurance Guidelines for APRNs

ASBN - Collaborative Practice

Guidelines for Collaborative Practice Agreements

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with Prescriptive Authority must have a current updated Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) on file with the Board of Nursing. APRNs should keep their original CPA and submit a copy (PDF) to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) through the Arkansas Nurse Portal message center. The APRN is responsible for ensuring this requirement is met. After review of any new CPA, the APRN will be contacted through the Nurse Portal that the CPA has been approved or it has been denied and the reason for the denial. You may NOT practice under a CPA until you receive an approval letter.

The APRN must notify the Board in writing within seven (7) days after the CPA is terminated. If the Board does not have a current CPA on file, the APRN’s Prescriptive Authority will be inactivated. When a new CPA has been approved by Board staff, Prescriptive Authority is reactivated.

The Collaborative Practice Agreement must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be complete and legible.
  2. The collaborating physician must have a current AR license to practice under the Medical Practice Act, § 17-95-201. The collaborating physician must also have an unrestricted DEA registration number for APRNs who prescribe controlled substances.
  3. The collaborating physician must have training within the scope, specialty, or expertise of the APRN’s practice/specialty.
  4. Must include a statement that “APRN’s prescribing will be limited to the area of educational preparation and certification.”
  5. Provision addressing availability of the collaborating physician for consultation and/or referral.
  6. Method of management of the collaborative practice (include a statement regarding protocols for Prescriptive Authority)
  7. Plans for coverage of the health care needs of the patient in the emergency absence of the APRN or collaborating physician.
  8. Provision for quality assurance (attach a separate Quality Assurance Plan that has been signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician).
  9. Signatures with dates of both the APRN and the collaborating physician.
  10. If signatures are on a separate sheet from the agreement, a statement indicating that there is mutual agreement to the terms and conditions of the CPA must be included on the signature page (so that it is clear what the signature indicates).
  11. License numbers and certification specialties of both the APRN and the collaborating physician.
  12. Address and phone number of the APRN’s and physician’s practice site(s).
  13. The APRN and collaborative physician must both initial the requested category of controlled substances.

In order to be eligible for the prescribing waiver, the APRN must complete at least 24 hours of initial training which is offered through organizations such as American Association of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a free eight hour Data-waiver course for treatment of opioid use disorder.

Upon completion of the training, the APRN must submit a copy of the CE, a new collaborative practice agreement (CPA) to the ASBN with language indicating you are requesting the DATA Waiver, and supply evidence that your collaborating physician also has a DATA waiver. The ASBN will notify the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) once the criteria is met and the DEA will then assign a special identification number to be included on all buprenorphine prescriptions for opioid dependency treatment. This is in addition to the APRN’s regular DEA number.

In order to qualify, the Arkansas APRN must:

ASBN will then forward to DEA the required documents indicating eligibility.

Submit a copy of the waiver to the Arkansas Nurse Portal message center – choose APRN prescriptive authority.

In summary, submit to the ASBN a copy of the 24 hours CE training, CPA with DATA Waiver language, Quality Assurance Plan, and evidence that your collaborating physician has obtained a DATA Waiver from the DEA. Be sure to add this to your prescriptive protocols. Once obtained, you must forward a copy of the DEA Certificate to the ASBN for your file.

 

ASBN - Adv Practice Registered Nurse Initial by Exam

Initial Licensure by Exam

Information & Application Process

If you are applying for an Arkansas APRN license and you DO NOT already hold APRN licensure in another state(s).

The Arkansas Nurse Portal will enable you to create a user profile account which is a prerequisite to the application process. A valid personal email address rather than a work email is preferable.

In order to expedite your license application process, there are specific documents and data which should be readily on hand. First, proceed to www.nursys.com. Select the Quick confirm tab. Scroll down and select “I agree”. Enter the requested information and download your report. Print the information. This will supply your complete licensing history.

All applicants for initial licensure must provide a notarized statement (on company letterhead) attesting the applicant has practiced as a registered nurse for a minimum of two-thousand (2,000) hours. Click here for the form. 

You will also need to access your educational history to include the date of graduation for each degree completed. The month and year will suffice for the date of completion.

You should have a copy of your national certification on hand to include the date of original certification, current issue date, and expiration date. The certificate will need to be uploaded as requested (pdf). If you have not taken your certification at this point, you may skip this but your license will not be issued until the official proof of certification is received by the Board.

Complete and submit the licensure application along with associated fees. There is a nominal fee for online processing that will be included in the final total. Payment of associated fees may be made by credit card and are paid within the online process prior to submission of the application. Print the final payment screen as this will have a number that is necessary for applying for your criminal background check.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

State and federal background checks are required in order to complete your application. These results are only valid for 12 months. If already on file with ASBN and current (less than one year) you may forego this step. Otherwise you must utilize the criminal background check (CBC) instructions on the ASBN website. Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted.

The federal CBC requires either:

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant's expense and are paid within the CBC application.

You will need to print a copy of the payment page (Payment Summary) for your records. IMPORTANT: You will need the INA Search number that is located on the Payment Summary to include on your fingerprint card. It is also used in the Live Scan process.  The CBC information is found here.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them send an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), ATTN: APRN Department, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite #800, Little Rock, AR 72204.

CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION

Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at ellen.harwell@arkansas.gov

LICENSE VERIFICATION INFORMATION

RN Licensure Verification

To be licensed as an APRN in Arkansas, you must hold an RN (Arkansas or compact state) and APRN license.

If you hold current RN licensure in Arkansas, skip this section.
If you hold RN licensure in a state that is NOT a compact state, you must also apply for an Arkansas RN license.
If you hold a multistate RN licensure in a compact state (other than Arkansas), you must submit verification of your RN licensure by logging on to https://www.nursys.com. Choose Nurse License Verification for Endorsement. Submit a verification request.

 TEMPORARY PERMIT INFORMATION 

If you would like a temporary permit, select this during the application process. There is an additional, nonrefundable fee.

In order to be eligible for a temporary permit, you must:

  1. Submit an official transcript showing your degree and APRN role/specialty directly from your school
  2. Arkansas state criminal background check result (no violations of ACA 17-87-312)
  3. Verification of your eligibility to sit for your respective certification exam

The temporary permit is valid for up to six months, is nonrenewable, and does NOT apply to prescriptive authority.

The temporary permit becomes invalid if the applicant fails their respective certification exam. Upon receipt of the verification of certification, the temporary permit will be voided and the full APRN license will be issued.

To verify confirmation of a temporary permit or full license being issues, log onto www.nursys.com and follow the instructions for the Quick Confirm access.

PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY

You do not automatically receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application for Prescriptive Authority must be completed in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

You may apply online for Prescriptive Authority which is included at the end of your APRN application. You may request prescriptive authority at a later time ( if you are not employed, therefore do not have a CPA or QA plan). Prescriptive Authority includes an additional fee.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit two items:

Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA), and
Quality Assurance (QA) Plan.

These documents should be uploaded in your application.

Prescribing protocols

APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for and classifications of legend and controlled substances). You must modify the example provided to meet your specialty as this is a generic form.

To prescribe a legend drug, medicine or therapeutic device not included in the written protocols the APRN shall obtain a specific written or verbal order obtained from the collaborating physician or podiatrist before the prescription or order is issued.  The APRN shall document the consultation in the client’s medical record.

Do not submit prescriptive protocols to the ASBN unless requested. They must be reviewed and approved yearly by you and your collaborating physician.

DEA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Do not apply for a DEA certificate until you receive full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number.

If you plan to prescribe Schedules II - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA number #. Submit a copy of your DEA # card to the ASBN once received.

TO BEGIN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR APRN LICENSURE, SELECT THE FOLLOWING LINK: Nurse Portal

ASBN - Adv. Practice Endorsement

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are applying for an Arkansas APRN license and you already hold an APRN license in another state(s), you will apply by endorsement in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

The Arkansas Nurse Portal will enable you to create a user profile account, which is a prerequisite to the application process and is accessed at www.arsbn.org. A valid personal email address rather than a work email is preferable.  

In order to expedite your license application process, there are specific documents and data which should be readily on hand. First, proceed to www.nursys.com. Select the Quick confirm tab. Scroll down and select, "I agree." Enter the requested information and download your report. Print the information. This will supply your complete licensing history.

You will also need to access your complete educational history to include the date of graduation for each degree completed.  The month and year will suffice for the date of completion.

You should have a copy of your national certification on hand to include the date of original certification, current issue date and expiration date.  The certificate will need to be uploaded as requested (pdf).

Complete and submit the licensure application, along with associated fees. There is a nominal fee for online processing that will be included in the final total. Payment of associated fees may be made by credit card and are paid within the online process prior to submission of the application.  Print the final payment screen as this will have anumber that is necessary for applying for your criminal background check.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

State and federal background checks are required to complete your application.  These results are only valid for 12 months.  If already on file with ASBN and current (less than one year) you may forego this step.  Otherwise you must utilize the criminal background check (CBC) instructions on the ASBN website.  Background checks from other agencies will not be accepted.

The federal CBC requires either:

  1. Completion of a fingerprint card supplied through ASBN
  2. Completion of this process through Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning.

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant's expense and are paid within the CBC application.   

You need to print a copy of the payment page (Payment Summary) for your records. IMPORTANT: You will need the INA Search number that is located on the application Payment Summary to include on your fingerprint card. It is also used in the Live Scan Process. The CBC information is found here.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

Contact the university/college where you completed your APRN program and have them mail an official transcript to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), Attn:  APRN Department, 1123 S. University Ave., Suite 800, Little Rock, AR  72204

CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION

Have your certification agency submit verification that you passed the certification exam. Verification information should be mailed by the agency directly to the ASBN address above or emailed to Ellen Harwell, Licensing Coordinator, at ellen.harwell@arkansas.gov.

LICENSE VERIFICATION INFORMATION

RN Licensure Verification 

To be licensed as an APRN in Arkansas, you must hold an RN (Arkansas or compact state) license and APRN license.

If you hold RN licensure in a compact state (other than Arkansas), you must submit verification of your RN licensure by logging on to https://www.nursys.com. Choose Nurse License Verification for Endorsement. Submit a verification request. A fee is required.

If you hold RN licensure in a state that is NOT a compact state (does not participate in the Compact State Agreement), you must apply for an Arkansas RN license. To apply for an Arkansas RN license, go to www.arsbn.org

TEMPORARY PERMIT INFORMATION

If you would like a temporary permit, select this during the application proves. There is an additional, nonrefundable fee.

In order to be eligible for a temporary permit, you must:

  1. Submit an official transcript showing your degree and APRN role/specialty directly from your school
  2. Arkansas state criminal background check result (no violations of ACA 17-87-312)
  3. Verification of APRN license in another state with fitness to practice
  4. Active RN license valid in Arkansas

The temporary permit is valid for up to six months, is nonrenewable, and does NOT apply to prescriptive authority.

The temporary permit becomes invalid if the applicant fails their respective certification exam. Upon receipt of the verification of certification, the temporary permit will be voided and the full APRN license will be issued.

To verify confirmation of a temporary permit or full license being issues, log onto www.nursys.com and follow the instructions for the Quick Confirm access. 

PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY

You do not automatically receive Prescriptive Authority with the issuance of your APRN license. The application for Prescriptive Authority must be completed in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

You may apply online for Prescriptive Authority which is included at the end of your APRN application. You may request prescriptive authority at a later time (if you are not employed, therefore do not have a CPA or QA plan). Prescriptive Authority includes an additional fee.

IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION, you are required to submit three (3) items:

  1. Verification of prescribing hours,
  2. Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA), and
  3. Quality Assurance (QA) Plan.

These documents should be uploaded in The CPA and QA must be signed by the APRN and the collaborating physician(s).

Prescribing protocols

APRNs with Prescriptive Authority must have prescriptive protocols (indications for and classifications of legend and controlled substances medications). You must modify the example provided to meet your specialty as this is a generic form.

To prescribe a legend drug, medicine or therapeutic device not included in the written protocols the APRN shall obtain a specific written or verbal order obtained from the collaborating physician or podiatrist before the prescription or order is issued.  The APRN shall document the consultation in the client’s medical records

Do not submit prescriptive protocols to the ASBN unless requested. They must be reviewed and approved yearly by you and your collaborating physician.

Examples and more information is located on the ASBN website under the Adv. Practice tab or by selecting the following link - Prescriptive Protocol Guidelines for APRNs

DEA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Do not apply for a DEA certificate until you receive full APRN licensure and a Prescriptive Authority Certificate number.

If you plan to prescribe Schedules II - V controlled substances, you must apply for a DEA certificate. Submit a copy of your DEA card to the ASBN once received.

TO BEGIN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR APRN LICENSURE, SELECT THE FOLLOWING LINK: Nurse Portal

ASBN - LPTN Endorsement

Licensure by endorsement application is for a nurse who holds an LPTN license in another state and is applying for licensure in Arkansas for the same license type; has no previous Arkansas LPTN license. LPTN applicants are accepted from Kansas and California only.

It is NOT an application for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for endorsement of another license type (LPN, RN) or renewal of an Arkansas license.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1 – 5 is required:

1. Application for Licensure by LPTN Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

3. License Verification Information

4. Verification of Employment Information

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

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ASBN - RN Internationally Educated Endorsement

This License Application is for applicants educated outside the United States who hold a license in another jurisdiction and is applying for licensure in Arkansas jurisdiction for the same license type.

It is NOT an application for renewal or examination.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1- 6 is required:

1. Application for Licensure by Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

 2. Fee Information

3. Credentialing Agency Review Information

NOTE: The CES must be current with the credentialing agency.

4.  License Verification Information 

5.  Verification of Employment Information

6. Criminal Background Check Information

7. Temporary Permit Information

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ASBN - RN Endorsement

This License Application by endorsement is for a nurse who holds a license in another jurisdiction and is applying for licensure in Arkansas jurisdiction for the same license type.

It is NOT an application for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal of an Arkansas license.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1 – 5 is required:

1. Application for Licensure by Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a) driver’s license with a home address;
b) federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;
c) voter registration card with a home address;
d) military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or
e) W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2. Fee Information

3. License Verification Information

4. Verification of Employment Information

In accordance with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules, a nurse who is an applicant for licensure by endorsement who has not been engaged in the active practice of nursing for a period greater than five (5) years shall document completion of the following: 

a. Completion of an Arkansas board approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application; or
b. Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one year of the date of application; and
c. Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

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ASBN - LPN Endorsement

This License Application by endorsement is for a nurse who holds a license in another jurisdiction and is applying for licensure in Arkansas jurisdiction for the same license type.

It is NOT an application for new graduates that wish to apply for initial licensure by examination. It is NOT an application for renewal of an Arkansas license.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online system as you progress through the application process.

General Instructions

The following 1 – 5 is required:

1.  Application for Licensure by Endorsement Information

ASBN Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a) driver’s license with a home address;
b) federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;
c) voter registration card with a home address;
d) military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or
e) W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2. Fee Information

3. License Verification Information

4. Verification of Employment Information

a. Completion of an Arkansas board approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application; or
b. Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one year of the date of application; and
c. Provide other evidence as requested by the Board.

5. Criminal Background Check Information

6. Temporary Permit Information

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ASBN - RNP Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas license/certificate. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Application

2.  Fee Information

Continuing Education Compliance Information

A nurse that holds an active Arkansas license is required to complete certain continuing education requirements prior to licensure renewal.

There is a specific question within the renewal application that will ask you to affirm that you “have met the continuing education requirements during the 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date (current renewal cycle)”.

Requirements for licensees who hold an active nursing license include one of the following:

If you are using the contact hour option for compliance, the renewal application no longer requires that you specifically list information about each continuing education course that you have taken and you do not upload your certificates in the message center.

Click here for additional CE information 

Refer to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules Chapter 2, Section VII for complete CE information.

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ASBN - APRN Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas APRN license. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  APRN Renewal Application

2.  Fee Information

3.  APRN Licensure Requirements Include:

a. Two (2) of the five (5) hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries, and the prescribing rules, regulation and laws that apply to APRNs in Arkansas. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.
b. If it is your first renewal since issuance Prescriptive Authority, you must take an additional 1 credit hour of continuing education related to prescription use and abuse. The link to this MANDATORY course is located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org. Click on the Advanced Practice tab and then click the Continuing Education Mandatory button.

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ASBN - RN Renewal On Time

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the renewal application process. Read the instruction and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

2. Fee Information

Continuing Education Compliance Information

A nurse who holds an active Arkansas license is required to complete certain continuing education requirements prior to licensure renewal.

There is a specific question within the renewal application that will ask you to affirm that you “have met the continuing education requirements during the 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date (current renewal cycle)”.

Requirements for licensees who hold an active nursing license include one of the following:

If you are using the contact hour option for compliance, the renewal application no longer requires that you specifically list information about each continuing education course that you have taken and you do not upload your certificates in the message center.

Click here for additional CE information 

Refer to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules Chapter 2, Section VII for complete CE information.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

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