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Nurses are an integral part of Glendale’s healthcare landscape, from schools to hospitals to care facilities. There are several distinct roles within the nursing profession. Understanding each role will help prospective nurses to select the best pathway for their education and career.

The most junior nursing role is the certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs work in a range of healthcare settings including rehabilitation facilities and hospitals. They help patients with daily living tasks and minor medical procedures. To gain CNA licensure in Arizona, students must complete a recognized program and passing the state certification examination. Glendale is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, where CNAs earn approximately $28,000 per year.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) fill a distinct nursing role. Like CNAs, LPNs provide direct patient care, but they also administer some procedures independently and dispense medication. Arizona’s LPNs must complete a state-approved program of one to two years, and they must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. LPNs in the Phoenix metro area earn a median annual salary of over $52,000.

The most senior and independent nursing role is the registered nurse (RN). RNs directly care for patients, make critical patient care decisions in consultation with a physician, and lead teams of LPNs and CNAs. Arizona’s RNs must complete a prelicensure degree program and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Phoenix RNs earn an impressive $72,000 annually; those with a bachelor’s degree often receive top-quartile pay of $85,000 or more.

To help Glendale’s aspiring nurses, we’ve profiled below a thorough list of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Glendale nursing schools by NCLEX score

Glendale Community College
6000 West Olive Avenue | Glendale, Arizona 85302
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern University
19555 North 59th Avenue | Glendale, Arizona 85308
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Glendale Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.5% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2010 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern University Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia