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Accredited Nursing Schools in Arizona

In Arizona and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Arizona accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Arizona campus locations, then request free information from any or all Arizona nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Arizona Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Arizona Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Arizona

RNs: All registered nurses in Arizona must first complete an approved nursing program, by either earning a nursing diploma from a nursing school, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. However, it should be taken into consideration that most major health care facilities now prefer nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree-level education in the field. After completing one of these approved programs, prospective nurses must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination. Before taking this examination prospective nurses must be fingerprinted for official records. There are approximately 38,570 RNs working in the state. Every five years, all RNs must apply for a nursing license renewal in order to ensure continued competency. To qualify for a renewal, RNs must have met one of the following requirements within the past five years: participated in at least 950 hours of active practice, graduated from a nursing program, completed a Board approved refresher course, or obtained an advanced nursing degree.

LPNs: There are approximately 10,180 LPNs in Arizona. All LPNs must hold a nursing diploma or certificate, which can be done by completing a state-approved nursing education program. These types of programs are typically only a year long and are available at technical schools and community colleges, although some high schools and hospitals may also offer LPN nursing courses. In addition to finishing a nursing program, all prospective LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN examination. Before taking this examination prospective nurses must be fingerprinted for official records. Similar to RNs, all LPNs must renew their license every five years. To qualify for a renewal, LPNs must have met one of the following requirements within the past five years: participated in at least 950 hours of active practice, graduated from a nursing program, completed a Board approved refresher course, or obtained an advanced nursing degree.

The Best Cities in Arizona for Nursing Jobs

  • Phoenix. Not only the capital city but the largest one in the stateñ with an estimated population of 1.59 million, according to the 2009 census ñ it shouldn’t be surprising that Phoenix is one of the best cities to find a nursing job in Arizona. Several of the state’s largest medical centers are located right in the Phoenix metro area, many of which are dedicated to medical research and specialty treatments. Along with health care, Phoenix’s diverse economy benefits from the education and technology industries, as well as many Fortune 500 companies.
    • RNs: Phoenix employs approximately 24,300 RNs, with the average salary coming to $68,200 annually.
    • LPNs: Phoenix employs approximately 6,920 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $46,360 annually.
  • Tucson. Although it’s not the largest city in the state, Tucson is the largest in southern Arizona with 543,910 people, according to the 2009 census. Sometimes referred to as "Optics Valley," Tucson is home to a thriving technology industry with an abundance of optics manufacturing companies. Tourism is another large industry, as 3.5 million people come to Tucson each year to visit its resorts and attractions. As the Southwest’s premier health services center, Tucson has been recognized by HealthGrades as one of the top ten cities in the nation for emergency medical care.
    • RNs: Tucson employs approximately 7,860 RNs, with the average salary coming to $65,370 annually.
    • LPNs: Tucson employs approximately 1,890 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $44,890 annually.
  • Prescott. Located in the Bradshaw Mountains, Prescott was founded as a gold mining town in 1864 and designated as the first capital of the Arizona Territory. Today, it remains rich in cultural heritage with its many historic districts and is still home to over 800 buildings on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Despite its small town atmosphere, Prescott has plenty to offer when it comes to comprehensive health care with over 150 practicing physicians meeting the medical needs of Prescott residents.
    • RNs: Prescott employs approximately 1,280 RNs, with the average salary coming to $67,750 annually.
    • LPNs: Prescott employs approximately 260 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $46,010 annually.

Major Hospitals in Arizona

  • Maricopa Medical Center. Not only the largest medical center in Phoenix but one the largest public hospitals in the country, Maricopa Medical Center has 449 beds and roughly 20,000 inpatient admissions each year. MMC is known for its areas of specialty care and advanced medical services including burn care, adult emergency care, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, and labor and delivery suites. It has also been recognized among "America’s Best Hospitals" by the U.S. News and World Report for its excellence in the areas of respiratory disorders, medical care, urology, education, and research.
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Since 1983, this hospital has been providing top-notch health care especially for children. Today, it is among the top ten largest children’s hospitals in the United States with 345 licensed beds and six Centers of Excellence. PCH provides quality care in over 40 specialty areas including developmental pediatrics, genetics and dysmorphology, neuro-oncology, and rheumatology.
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. In 1895 St. Joseph’s was the first hospital to open in the Phoenix area. Today, with 673 licensed beds and nine Centers of Excellence, it provides a wide range of health, social, and support services. It has been nationally recognized for cardiovascular, neurology, and neurosurgery, as well as named one of the 100 Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare.
  • Flagstaff Medical Center. Providing Northern Arizona with excellent health care since 1936, Flagstaff Medical Center is one of the top providers in the area with over 270 inpatient beds, six centers, and 50 medical specialties. FMC’s active medical staff consists of almost 200 physicians who are dedicated to patient-centered care and quality health services. In 2009 the Arizona Nurses Association gave FMC the Employer Excellence Award for its nursing support, education, and environment.
  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center. This community hospital was incorporated in 1942 and now consists of two campuses and one outpatient center. YRMC West in Prescott serves as the main campus with 135 licensed beds, two intensive care units, and several specialty centers. At the Heart Center at YRMC you will find a top- notch cardiac surgery program with nationally recognized heart surgeons as well as various rehabilitation, preventative medicine, and critical care services. YRMC West’s over 160 physicians and hundreds of professional nurses, therapists, technicians and administrative personnel, continually strive to meet the needs of surrounding communities with high quality care.

Arizona State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Tempe, Arizona
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1885
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.asu.edu

Grand Canyon University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1949
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.gcu.edu

Northern Arizona University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1899
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.nau.edu

The University of Arizona School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Tucson, Arizona
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1885
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.arizona.edu