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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

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.

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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.

Phoenix metro area

Arizona College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Arizona State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Doctor's in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Research
Brookline College - Phoenix
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Brookline College - Tempe
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Brown Mackie College - Phoenix
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Central Arizona College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
East Valley Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Estrella Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest College - Phoenix
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis College - Phoenix
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
GateWay Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Perioperative, Operating Room, and Surgical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Fast Track); Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Glendale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Grand Canyon University
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Critical Care Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Phoenix
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Maricopa Skill Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Mesa Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Midwestern University - Glendale
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
Paradise Valley Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Phoenix College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Scottsdale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing

Tucson

Brookline College - Tucson
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Brown Mackie College - Tucson
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pima Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pima Community College - West
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Tucson College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Arizona
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
University of Phoenix - Southern Arizona
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing

Other Arizona cities

Arizona Western College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Cochise College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Coconino Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Eastern Arizona College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Mohave Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northern Arizona University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
Northland Pioneer College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing
Yavapai College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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