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Nursing Schools in Arizona - AZ

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population of Arizona grew 24.2% April, 2000 to July, 2007 with the over 65 age group comprising a large portion of this growth. As the baby boomers continue to flock to the warm climate of Arizona and as the current population ages the need for well qualified registered nurses will increase in direct correlation to the this population growth. 

Arizona nursing schools have been dedicated to graduating talented registered nurses over the last 50 years to keep up with this exponential growth.  Hospitals in Arizona are adding more beds as they aim to care for the population. Whether you live in Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, or somewhere else in Arizona,there is still a large shortage of registered nurses. In a 2005 article by Arizona’s Partnership in Nursing Education it was reported that there are 648 nurses (RN’s) per 100,000 population, which is well below the national average of 782/100,000. Due to the lack of nursing faculty in Arizona many prospective nursing students were turned down from Arizona nursing school programs, not helping with the state’s nursing shortage.

A popular option for nursing school applicants, who have been wait-listed in Arizona for ADN or Baccalaureate programs, is to become a Medical Assistant while on the wait-list. The upside to becoming a medical assistant is that one can earn a nice salary while gaining valuable work experience. Many nursing schools are bumping up applicants who have more advanced education and clinical work experience, such as the work experience gained as a Medical Assistant. One can earn an associate’s degree or certificate in Medical Assisting in as little as 6 months for a very minimal investment. Find a medical assisting program in Arizona.

The University of Phoenix School of Nursing, Walden School of Nursing, and Kaplan University School of Nursing have stepped up to offer CCNE accredited online and campus based nursing programs in AZ that aim to increase the number of graduating registered nurses to meet the exponentially growing need for well qualified nurses in Arizona. These nursing schools are offering fast track or accelerated RN or LPN to BSN, BSN to MSN and RN to MSN nursing programs as well as the traditional BSN and MSN programs with many specialties to choose from including a Master’s in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program from the University of Phoenix locations. 

Nursing Job Outlook in Arizona

It is quite obvious from the nursing shortage in AZ, mentioned above, that Arizona nursing jobs are abundant.  The job outlook for nurses in Arizona is very promising seeing that the population is continuing its growth in the state of Arizona.  The nursing job growth rate is actually expected to increase through 2020.

Arizona Nursing Salaries

A recent new nursing school graduate reported that they are making $20.50/hour in Tucson. However, your pay will depend heavily on your prior experience and your credentials. Our research found that nursing salaries in Arizona range from $17.00/hour to more than $32.00/hour in specialty positions for registered nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that salaries for practical nurses in AZ range from $31,787 to $35,975 annually, with the median pay of $33,340 and salaries for registered staff nurses in AZ range from $45,333 to $54,000, with the median pay of $49,609.

Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) RN Education Programs approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing

Everest College Phoenix

The Everest College Phoenix Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Brown Mackie College - Phoenix

The Brown Mackie College Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Pima Medical Institute

PMI offers an Arizona State Board Approved Associate's Degree in Nursing for those interested in becoming an RN. Request more information below!

Everest College 10400 North 25th Avenue, Suite 190
Phoenix, Arizona 85021

Carrington College
2701 West Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Central Arizona College
8470 North Overfield Road
Coolidge, AZ 85228
Arizona Western College
PO Box 929
Yuma, AZ 85364
Cochise College
4190 W. Highway 80
Douglas, AZ 85607-6190
Coconino Community College
3000 N. 4th Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-2701
Eastern Arizona College
615 N. Stadium Avenue
Thatcher, AZ 85552
International Institute of the Americas -
Ethel Bauer School of Nursing
6049 N. 43rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85019
Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program
Eight community colleges and multiple sites
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 East Pecos Road
Chandler, AZ 85225
Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 N. Dysart Road
Avondale AZ 85023
Gateway Community College 108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Glendale Community College Denise
6000 W. Olive Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85302
Mesa Community College
1833 W. Southern Avenue Chair,
Mesa, AZ 85202
MCC/Boswell Center
10484 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Sun City, AZ 85351
Paradise Valley
18401 N 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85013
Rio Salado College
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe AZ 85281
Scottsdale Community College
9000 E. Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2699
Mohave Community College
1977 W. Acoma
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Sites: Kingman, Bullhead City & Colorado City
Northland Pioneer College
PO Box 610
Holbrook, AZ 86025-0610
Campus Sites: Show Low and Winslow
Pima Community College
2202 W. Anklam Road
Tucson, AZ 85709-0150
Pima Medical Institute Mesa Campus
941 S. Dobson Road Mesa, Arizona 85202
Yavapai College
1100 E. Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Campus sites: Prescott, Verde Campus – Clarkdale
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85013
Rio Salado College
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe AZ 85281
Scottsdale Community College
9000 E. Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2699
Mohave Community College
1977 W. Acoma
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Sites: Kingman, Bullhead City & Colorado City

Baccalaureate (BSN) Program in Arizona

Brookline College - Phoenix, AZ Campus

The BSN program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Brookline College - Phoenix, 2445 W. Dunlap Ave, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix, AZ Campus

Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The BSN program is accredited by both the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs Approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing

Arizona State University
College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation
Post Office Box 3020
500 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0698
Campus sites: Tempe, ASU West-Glendale, ASU East-Mesa
Northern Arizona University
202 E. Pine Knoll, Building 72
Post Office Box 15035
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
University of Arizona
1305 N. Martin Avenue
Post Office Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203

Grand Canyon University
PO Box 11097, 3300 W. Camelback Road Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Phoenix, AZ 85061

University of Phoenix
College of Health and Human Services
4615 E. Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
 

Advanced Practice Nursing Programs Approved by the AZ State Board of Nursing 

Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation
500 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0698
Campus sites: Tempe, ASU West-Glendale, ASU East-Mesa

Grand Canyon University
PO Box 11097, 3300 W. Camelback Road Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Phoenix, AZ 85061

Northern Arizona University
202 E. Pine Knoll, Building 72
Post Office Box 15035
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

University of Arizona College of Nursing
1305 N. Martin Avenue
Post Office Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203

University of Phoenix
College of Health and Human Services
4615 E. Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040

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