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Nursing Schools in Arizona

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Top rated nursing schools in Arizona provide an opportunity for students to pursue a variety of undergraduate programs spanning from certificates to associate degrees (ADN) to bachelor degrees (BSN). Specialty degree program are also available to research for students interested in leaning towards fields such as critical care nursing or psychiatric mental health nursing. Nursing degrees offered by Arizona state colleges will vary in length from 2-4 years with curriculum designed for each niche program. Before applying for licensure from Arizona Board of Nursing, students must successfully earn a certificate or degree from an accredited institution and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Collect admissions information from any number of top ranked nursing schools in Arizona using our nursing portal or by sorting the schools below based on your individual criteria.

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Top Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Programs in Arizona By Number of Graduates

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LPN program students enrolled.

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Cochise College Douglas, AZ LPN cochise.edu
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Fortis College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ LPN fortis.edu
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Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ LPN eac.edu
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Southwest Skill Center at Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ LPN estrellamountain.edu
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Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ LPN
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GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ LPN gatewaycc.edu
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Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ LPN mesacc.edu
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Brown Mackie College - Tucson Tucson, AZ LPN brownmackie.edu
Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ LPN gccaz.edu
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Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ LPN scottsdalecc.edu
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Chandler - Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ LPN maricopa.edu
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Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ LPN mohave.edu
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Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ LPN phoenixcollege.edu
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Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ LPN azwestern.edu
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Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ LPN centralaz.edu
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Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ LPN estrellamountain.edu
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Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ LPN paradisevalley.edu
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Pima Community College Tucson, AZ LPN pima.edu
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in Arizona By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

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GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ ADN-RN gatewaycc.edu
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Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ ADN-RN gccaz.edu
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Pima Community College Tucson, AZ ADN-RN pima.edu
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Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ ADN-RN mesacc.edu
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Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ ADN-RN scottsdalecc.edu
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Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ ADN-RN phoenixcollege.edu
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Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ ADN-RN mohave.edu
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Yavapai College Prescott, AZ ADN-RN www.yc.edu
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Chandler - Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ ADN-RN maricopa.edu
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Carrington College - Phoenix Westside Phoenix, AZ ADN-RN carrington.edu
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Cochise College Douglas, AZ ADN-RN cochise.edu
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Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ ADN-RN estrellamountain.edu
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Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ ADN-RN azwestern.edu
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Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ ADN-RN
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Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ ADN-RN eac.edu
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Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ ADN-RN pmi.edu
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Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Mesa, AZ ADN-RN pmi.edu
Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ ADN-RN centralaz.edu
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Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ ADN-RN paradisevalley.edu
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Coconino Community College Flagstaff, AZ ADN-RN coconino.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Arizona By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

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Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ BSN gcu.edu
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ BSN nau.edu
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Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix Campus Phoenix, AZ BSN chamberlain.edu
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University of Arizona Tucson, AZ BSN
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Brookline College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ BSN brooklinecollege.edu
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Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Arizona By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

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Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ MSN gcu.edu
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ MSN
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Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ MSN nau.edu
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Registered Nurses in Arizona can make a salary between $49,000 to $94,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout Arizona.

  • Sierra Vista, Douglas: $64,000
  • Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale: $76,000
  • Tucson: $69,000
  • Lake Havasu City, Kingman: $64,000
  • Prescott: $73,000

Nurse's in Arizona Compared to Median Income Averages

+107% Above State Median Income

+98% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in Arizona take home an average 35.31 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of Arizona average $73,430 which is 107% above the state median income and 98% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.09% of the working population in Arizona and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Arizona.

Average Income for a Nurse in Arizona

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Arizona Nurse 52,610 $35.31 $73,430
State Average 2,745,800 $17.05 $35,464.00
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $35.31
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.