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The projected nursing shortage in Arizona over the coming decade will create an abundance of job opportunities for graduates from accredited nursing schools. Let's take a closer look at the major types of nursing roles.

Nursing assistants
These junior nurses are usually supervised by a more senior LPN or RN. Becoming a nursing assistant is a relatively quick procedure; it requires the completion of an eight- to ten-week certification program and passing a state-administered exam. Nursing assistants in Arizona earn a median annual salary of $27,000. They often use this entry-level position to evaluate whether more advanced forms of nursing licensure are of career interest.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
The LPN certification program typically lasts for 12-18 months. Candidates must pass the nationally administered NCLEX-PN exam and keep their licenses current via periodic renewals. LPNs have more autonomy than nursing assistants and often supervise them. Typical LPN tasks include measuring vital statistics, administering medications, and keeping records. LPNs are typically supervised by registered nurses or physicians.

Registered nurses (RNs)
RNs begin their career paths with a more intensive educational program, typically an associate's degree (ADN) or a bachelor's degree (BSN). All educational programs include a significant “on-the-job” clinical experience. Candidates must pass the nationally administered NCLEX-RN exam at the conclusion of their studies. RNs supervise more junior nurses and have the authority to make independent decisions regarding patient care. Their salaries reflect these heightened responsibilities: the median annual RN salary in Arizona is over $71,000.

To help aspiring nurses jump start their careers, we've compiled below a complete list of accredited Arizona nursing schools.

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Phoenix metro area

Arizona College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Aspen University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Brookline College - Tempe
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Carrington College - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Creighton University - Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Health Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Public Health Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern University
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
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
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
School City Programs offered
Arizona College Tempe
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Aspen University - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Brookline College - Tempe Tempe
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Carrington College - Mesa Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Arizona College Coolidge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain University - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Creighton University - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Health Informatics
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Public Health Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mesa Community College Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern University Glendale
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
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
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley Mesa
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Phoenix - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Tucson

Brookline College - Tucson
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Carrington College - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in 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
Brookline College - Tucson Tucson
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Carrington College - Tucson Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in 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