The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves programs preparing registered nurse and practical nurse candidates for licensure.  The Nurse Practice Act requires that the Board prescribe minimum standards, approve curricula and survey educational programs through its authorized representative.  Curriculum consultation and lectures by Board staff are provided to nursing education programs throughout the state. 
Continuing education for license renewal and reinstatement was mandated by Act 86 of the 2001 Arkansas legislative session.  The regulations were put into effect beginning July 1, 2003.  Random audits for compliance with the continuing education requirements are conducted each month.