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Most frequently, students pursue an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) in order to qualify as a registered nurse and prepare for the national licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN. However, several of Arizona’s associate’s degree programs in nursing actually provide deeper exposure to related nursing roles, including licensed practical nurse (LPN) and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

What can students expect when looking into an ADN program? First of all, associate’s degree in nursing programs are relatively short, typically just two years in length. Moreover, many offer flexible class schedules in order to accommodate part-time students, and several campuses offer evening classes for this very reason. Over twenty ADN programs are available throughout the state, including programs at Mesa Community College, Brown Mackie College, and Pima Medical Institute.

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The median salary for RNs in Arizona is $71,010, while that for LPNs and CNAs is $50,310 and $27,440 respectively. RNs in particular are in high demand at a wide range of employers. Major nursing employers in the state include Yavapai Regional Medical Center, University of Arizona Health Network, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

To assist those embarking on an ADN degree in Arizona, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of the state’s associate’s degree in nursing programs.

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Phoenix metro area

Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Paradise Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
GateWay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Phoenix College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Carrington College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Carrington College - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mesa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2010 to 2018
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.5% 2010 to 2018
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.8% 2010 to 2018
GateWay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.6% 2010 to 2018
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2010 to 2018
Phoenix College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2010 to 2018
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2010 to 2018
Central Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2018
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2018
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2011 to 2018
Carrington College - Phoenix
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2009 to 2018
Carrington College - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Tucson

Pima Community College - West
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Carrington College - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pima Community College - West
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2009 to 2018
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2010 to 2018
Carrington College - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other Arizona cities

Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Mohave Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Eastern Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Arizona Western College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Cochise College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Coconino Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Yavapai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2018
Mohave Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to 2018
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2018
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2018
Arizona Western College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2009 to 2018
Cochise College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2018
Coconino Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2018