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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.

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.

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Arizona nursing schools: Largest to smallest

Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 353 students during the 2018 period
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 268 students during the 2018 period
GateWay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 213 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 102 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2018 period
Chamberlain University - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 200 students during the 2018 period
Mesa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 177 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2018 period
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 170 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2018 period
Pima Community College - West
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 156 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2018 period
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 151 students during the 2018 period
Phoenix College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 127 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2018 period
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 115 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2017 period
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 108 students during the 2018 period
Direct Entry MSN: 104 students during the 2018 period
Brookline College - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98 students during the 2018 period
Mohave Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out): 8 students during the 2018 period
Yavapai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2018 period
Carrington College - Phoenix
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2018 period
Cochise College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2018 period
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2018 period
Arizona Western College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2018 period
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2017 period
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 51 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period
Central Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2018 period
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2018 period
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2018 period
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2018 period
Pima Community College - Desert Vista
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2018 period
East Valley Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2018 period
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 26 students during the 2018 period
Arizona College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 20 students during the 2018 period
Coconino Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 19 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2015 period
School Program Class size
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 353 students
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 268 students
GateWay Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 213 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 102 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students
Chamberlain University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 200 students
Mesa Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 177 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 4 students
Glendale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 170 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Pima Community College - West Associate's Degree in Nursing 156 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 6 students
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 151 students
Phoenix College Associate's Degree in Nursing 127 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Scottsdale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 115 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science in Nursing 108 students
Direct Entry MSN 104 students
Brookline College - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98 students
Mohave Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out) 8 students
Yavapai College Associate's Degree in Nursing 77 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 75 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student
Carrington College - Phoenix Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
Cochise College Associate's Degree in Nursing 68 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 44 students
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Associate's Degree in Nursing 67 students
Arizona Western College Associate's Degree in Nursing 66 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Eastern Arizona College Associate's Degree in Nursing 52 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Paradise Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 51 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student
Central Arizona College Associate's Degree in Nursing 50 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Associate's Degree in Nursing 45 students
Estrella Mountain Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 4 students
Northland Pioneer College Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Pima Community College - Desert Vista Certificate in Practical Nursing 42 students
East Valley Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 26 students
University of Phoenix - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 26 students
Arizona College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 20 students
Coconino Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 19 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students