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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

Paradise Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
GateWay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Phoenix College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.9% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Mesa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
GateWay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2010 to 2017
Phoenix College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2010 to 2017
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2017
Central Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Tucson

Pima Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pima Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2010 to 2017

Other Arizona cities

Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Eastern Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona Western College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Coconino Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cochise College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Mohave Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Yavapai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Arizona Western College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Coconino Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cochise College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Mohave Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013