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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.

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.

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Phoenix metro area

Arizona State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Innovation Leadership
  • DNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Graduate Certificate: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Nurse Education in Academic and Practice Settings
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Informatics
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Care Coordination
  • MSN: Nursing Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • 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
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
School City Programs offered
Arizona State University Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Innovation Leadership
  • DNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Graduate Certificate: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Nurse Education in Academic and Practice Settings
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Informatics
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Care Coordination
  • MSN: Nursing Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • MSN: Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Arizona College Coolidge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
GateWay Community College Phoenix
  • 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 Glendale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesa Community College Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Tucson

Pima Community College - Desert Vista
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Pima Community College - West
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Arizona
  • BSN-to-PhD in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate: Professional Care Coordination for 21st Century Healthcare Systems
  • DNP-to-PhD in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Informatics
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • DNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN-to-PhD in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Systems Leadership
  • PhD/DNP Dual Degree Program
  • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Pima Community College - Desert Vista Tucson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Pima Community College - West Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Arizona Tucson
  • BSN-to-PhD in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate: Professional Care Coordination for 21st Century Healthcare Systems
  • DNP-to-PhD in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Informatics
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • DNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN-to-PhD in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Systems Leadership
  • PhD/DNP Dual Degree Program
  • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • 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
  • Certificate in Practical 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
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Arizona Western College Yuma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cochise College Douglas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coconino Community College Flagstaff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mohave Community College Kingman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northland Pioneer College Holbrook
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yavapai College Prescott
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing