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The online magazine Salon recently reported that over the last 30 years, the cost of one year at college has increased by a staggering 1,200 percent. There are many cases where instead of a four-year education, the student could have purchased a house! Also, since most students must take out loans to finance their higher education, there is both principal and interest to repay.

In recent years, many students are rethinking their educational choices and opting to attend public colleges and universities. Public institutions receive the majority of their funding from the state. This means that most of their budget is secure. Therefore, they can afford to offer lower tuition costs to state residents.

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Besides improving your finances, public institutions have several other benefits. One is that the student populations are more diverse. This makes it much more likely that you will find similar people to study and hang out with. Another plus is that state universities generally offer greater academic choice. Since they are typically larger than private universities, state institutions of higher education can offer a wider range of study programs and access to a larger group of professors.

The education division of U.S. News and World Report recently ranked U.S. national universities. Arizona State University and the University of Arizona were both included on their list of the top public schools -- so there is no shortage of quality public education in the field of nursing.

Want to study without breaking the bank? The following are public Arizona nursing schools from which you can choose.

Featured Schools

Phoenix metro area

Arizona State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
GateWay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track)
  • Certificate in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Maricopa Skill Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Paradise Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Tucson

Pima Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pima Community College - West
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Arizona cities

Arizona Western College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cochise College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coconino Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mohave Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northern Arizona University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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