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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.

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Arizona nursing schools: Largest to smallest

Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 237 students during the 2017 period
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 235 students during the 2012 period
GateWay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 218 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 143 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2017 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 210 students during the 2017 period
Pima Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 210 students during the 2012 period
Mesa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 176 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 145 students during the 2017 period
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 144 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 143 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Brookline College - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 125 students during the 2017 period
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 113 students during the 2017 period
Direct Entry MSN: 102 students during the 2017 period
Phoenix College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Mohave Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 104 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out): 32 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Yavapai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75 students during the 2012 period
Arizona Western College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2012 period
Maricopa Skill Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Central Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2012 period
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Cochise College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Coconino Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Pima Community College - West
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
East Valley Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 237 students
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 235 students
GateWay Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 218 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 143 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 6 students
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 210 students
Pima Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 210 students
Mesa Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 176 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 145 students
Glendale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 144 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Scottsdale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 143 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Brookline College - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 125 students
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science in Nursing 113 students
Direct Entry MSN 102 students
Phoenix College Associate's Degree in Nursing 108 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Mohave Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 104 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out) 32 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 21 students
Yavapai College Associate's Degree in Nursing 101 students
Eastern Arizona College Associate's Degree in Nursing 85 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside Associate's Degree in Nursing 75 students
Arizona Western College Associate's Degree in Nursing 72 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student
Maricopa Skill Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 68 students
University of Phoenix - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 59 students
Central Arizona College Associate's Degree in Nursing 57 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development Certificate in Practical Nursing 53 students
Cochise College Associate's Degree in Nursing 52 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 50 students
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Associate's Degree in Nursing 50 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 44 students
Northland Pioneer College Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Coconino Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 39 students
Estrella Mountain Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 37 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Paradise Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 30 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 2 students
Pima Community College - West Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
East Valley Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students