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Did you know that there are almost three million registered nurses (RNs) and roughly half a million licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in America? Also, just over two million individuals work as nursing, psychiatric, and home care aids. That's a lot of nurses, and the demand is only growing as the US population ages.

The state of Arizona is a serious nursing educator. There are over 40 accredited nursing schools across the state. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) provides annual statistics about its seven Arizona member institutions. These seven schools alone educated a total of 28,217 nursing students at the baccalaureate or graduate level.

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Arizona's high statewide enrollment in nursing education is partly driven by the wide variety of schools and programs. There are many public universities with state-subsidized tuition and numerous private colleges with small class sizes. You can opt to attend a big college whose population has a global feel or a smaller college with personalized attention. Aspiring nurses willing to invest the time can earn their bachelor's degree in four years and even attend graduate school. Others can make a quick career change in as little as one year.

In the near future, about half a million of the current nursing workforce will need to be replaced for a variety of reasons -- so there's plenty of room for you to join the nursing ranks.

Accredited Arizona nursing schools come in all sizes. We've ranked them below from largest to smallest.

Arizona nursing schools: Largest to smallest

Grand Canyon University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 235 students during the 2012 period
Arizona State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 218 students during the 2012 period
Pima Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 210 students during the 2012 period
Mesa Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 176 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
GateWay Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 169 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 97 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Glendale Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 144 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 143 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 141 students during the 2012 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Phoenix College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
University of Arizona
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 106 students during the 2012 period
Master's in Registered Nursing: 79 students during the 2012 period
Mohave Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 104 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Step Out): 32 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Yavapai College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 75 students during the 2012 period
Arizona Western College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 72 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
Maricopa Skill Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Central Arizona College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 56 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Cochise College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 52 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period
Coconino Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period
Fortis College - Phoenix
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Everest College - Phoenix
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Pima Community College - West
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
ITT Technical Institute - Phoenix
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
East Valley Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Brookline College - Phoenix
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
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