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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 2012)
Glendale Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Paradise Valley Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Scottsdale Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Central Arizona College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
GateWay Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Phoenix College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mesa Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Maricopa Skill Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2012
Glendale Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Paradise Valley Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Scottsdale Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Central Arizona College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
GateWay Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.6% 2010 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 94.9% 2009 to 2017
East Valley Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Phoenix College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Estrella Mountain Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Mesa Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.3% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Maricopa Skill Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Tucson

Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Community College - West
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Pima Community College - West
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Other Arizona cities

Eastern Arizona College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cochise College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Mohave Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out): 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Arizona Western College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern Arizona College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Northland Pioneer College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cochise College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Mohave Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out) 97.4% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.7% 2009 to 2012
Arizona Western College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013