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If you prefer a more personal learning experience, attending a private university could be the best option. In contrast to public universities, private colleges have smaller student populations and smaller class sizes. Private school students thus often receive more individualized instructor attention. They also frequently garner their first-choice classes. Attending required classes on an accelerated timeframe increases the likelihood of graduating on time (or even early).

Private universities are usually socially rich. Their many extracurricular activities provide fun diversions and a larger sense of community. These often include instructor-student activities aimed at forming more communicative bonds.

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The prestige of private universities should also not be overlooked. Attending a well-regarded private university may be just the “edge” needed to find gainful employment after graduation.

Private universities receive most of their funding from grants and donations. As a result, private schools typically charge higher tuition than state-funded public institutions. However, private universities frequently offer financial aid to students who qualify.

Arizona has close to 20 private institutions of higher education. College Calc, an online rankings site, suggests the University of Phoenix as one of the more affordable colleges for in-state students. Another recent web article reports that Grand Canyon University has received a strong ranking from Fortune Magazine.

We've listed below the top private nursing schools in Arizona, so that aspiring nurses can find the most personalized fit for their educational needs.

Featured Schools

Phoenix metro area

Arizona College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brookline College - Tempe
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brown Mackie College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Everest College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fortis College - Phoenix
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Midwestern University
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Tucson

Brookline College - Tucson
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brown Mackie College - Tucson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tucson College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Phoenix - Southern Arizona
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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