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A dozen institutions in Phoenix, Arizona, offer nursing-related programs. Before committing to a nursing school, prospective students should understand the job scope of each nursing role, the education pathways to licensure, and the employment opportunities that await local graduates.

Phoenix has three primary nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). All roles provide direct bedside care to patients. However, they do vary in scope. CNAs help with everyday tasks like feeding and changing. LPNs go a step further to administer medical procedures and deliver medications. RNs independently direct some aspects of patient care and often lead teams of nursing staff.

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The qualification pathways differ by role as well. CNAs must pass the Arizona state certification exam after completing a short accredited certificate program. LPNs and RNs face more rigorous national licensure examinations, the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN respectively. To prepare, LPNs spend one to two years completing a certificate or associate’s degree program in practical nursing. RNs prepare for licensure by completing an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree in professional nursing.

Phoenix is a very attractive market for nursing employment. Local CNAs earn a median annual salary of $28,000. LPNs are paid in excess of $52,000 annually, and RNs earn over $72,000 per year on average. Each figure is higher than the respective state average. A wide variety of Phoenix institutions employ nurses, from hospitals to long-term care facilities. Among these are the Department of Veterans Affairs, Humana, and Maricopa County.

If you are interested in launching your Phoenix nursing career, please peruse our list below of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Phoenix nursing schools by NCLEX score

GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85034
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College
1202 West Thomas Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85013
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85032
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2015)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arizona State University
550 North Third Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85004
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Chamberlain University - Phoenix
2149 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Brookline College - Phoenix
2445 West Dunlap Avenue, Suite 100 | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
3300 West Camelback Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85017
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • 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
Carrington College - Phoenix
2149 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
4035 South Riverpoint Parkway | Phoenix, Arizona 85040
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Aspen University - Phoenix
4615 East Elwood Street, Suite 100 | Phoenix, Arizona 85040
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Creighton University - Phoenix
3110 North Central Avenue, Suite 200B | Phoenix, Arizona 85012
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
School Program NCLEX score Time period
GateWay Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.7% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.6% 2010 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 93.2% 2009 to 2018
Certificate in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.7% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2010 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Paradise Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.5% 2010 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2011 to 2015
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Chamberlain University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2010 to 2018
Brookline College - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.0% 2012 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Patient Care Technician Diploma
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.3% 2009 to 2018
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
Carrington College - Phoenix Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2009 to 2018
University of Phoenix - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.6% 2009 to 2018
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Aspen University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Creighton University - Phoenix Accelerated Second Degree BSN