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Nursing is a career that will never go out of style, since providing care (and receiving it) is one of the most elemental facts of life. Those interested in a nursing career can choose from several roles within the profession. One popular option is the role of licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Licensed practical nurses work in tandem with doctors, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and other ancillary staff to provide bedside care to patients. LPNs perform a variety of tasks depending on their work setting, including dispensing medication, hygiene care, and assistance in tasks of daily living. To become certified as an LPN in Arizona, one must complete an accredited program before sitting for the national licensure exam. These programs are typically short, spanning about 12-18 months. They are offered at a range of public and private institutions throughout the state, such as Fortis College, Estrella Mountain Community College, and Eastern Arizona College.

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The median salary for LPNs in Arizona is $50,310, with the middle 50 percent of salaries between $43,670 and $57,010. Upon certification, LPNs can look for employment in settings ranging from home care to hospitals and schools. Just to offer a snapshot of the employment opportunities available, current openings for LPNs in Arizona include positions at Banner Health, Ensign Services, and the Mayo Clinic.

To help those interested in starting a career as an LPN, we have compiled below a list of accredited programs across the state.

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Phoenix metro area

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Scottsdale Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
GateWay Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Glendale Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Central Arizona College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Phoenix College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Mesa Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Paradise Valley Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2015)
East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2018
Scottsdale Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2017
GateWay Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.7% 2010 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 93.2% 2009 to 2018
Glendale Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.5% 2010 to 2018
Central Arizona College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.2% 2009 to 2018
Phoenix College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.7% 2010 to 2018
Mesa Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2010 to 2018
Estrella Mountain Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.5% 2010 to 2018
Paradise Valley Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2011 to 2015
East Valley Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.3% 2009 to 2018

Tucson

Pima Community College - Desert Vista
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Pima Community College - West
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pima Community College - Desert Vista
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.5% 2009 to 2018
Pima Community College - West
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2009 to 2018

Other Arizona cities

Coconino Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2015)
Eastern Arizona College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Yavapai College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2015)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Arizona Western College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Cochise College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Mohave Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out): 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Coconino Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2014 to 2015
Eastern Arizona College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2018
Yavapai College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2015
Northland Pioneer College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.9% 2009 to 2018
Arizona Western College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.5% 2009 to 2018
Cochise College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.1% 2009 to 2018
Mohave Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out) 97.2% 2012 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2018