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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

Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85032
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85034
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • 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: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
3300 West Camelback Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85017
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Maricopa Skill Center
1245 East Buckeye Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85034
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
2149 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Brookline College - Phoenix
2445 West Dunlap Avenue, Suite 100 | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
2701 West Bethany Home Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85017
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Paradise Valley Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.9% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
GateWay Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.6% 2010 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 94.9% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2010 to 2017
Certificate in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Maricopa Skill Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2010 to 2017
Brookline College - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2012 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013