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The Phoenix metropolitan area has over two dozen nursing schools. Prospective nursing students should understand the different nursing roles – including job scope, educational pathways, and compensation – before they select a training program.

Registered nurse (RN)
Of the three primary nursing roles, registered nurses must complete the most rigorous training. Arizona’s RNs may pursue either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or a direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). Regardless of pathway, all candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing. RNs frequently lead teams of more junior nurses, and they have significant latitude to make independent patient care decisions.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
LPNs are more junior than RNs. They must complete a shorter one- to two-year training program, usually a certificate in practical nursing. Aspiring LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing. LPNs provide direct patient care in a variety of settings. They can also dispense certain medications and carry out medical procedures.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Nursing assistants only need to attend a short course and pass the Arizona state certification exam to gain licensure. CNAs primarily help patients with essential everyday tasks like eating, bathing, dressing, and using the restroom.

Graduates of any nursing program can seek employment with major healthcare providers in the Phoenix metro area. These include Fresenius Medical Care, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Jewish Family & Children's Service. Local nurses are compensated very well. Phoenix RNs earn $72,000 per year on average, LPNs take home $52,000 annually, and CNAs receive $28,000 in annual pay.

To help the Phoenix metro area’s prospective nurses, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of local nursing schools and programs.

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Phoenix metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 East Pecos Road | Chandler, Arizona 85225
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Glendale Community College
6000 West Olive Avenue | Glendale, Arizona 85302
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
957 South Dobson Road | Mesa, Arizona 85202
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Arizona College
8470 North Overfield Road | Coolidge, Arizona 85128
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
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
East Valley Institute of Technology
1601 West Main Street | Mesa, Arizona 85201
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Avenue | Mesa, Arizona 85202
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • 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
Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, Arizona 85323
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 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)
Arizona State University
University Drive & Mill Avenue | Tempe, Arizona 85287
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, Arizona 85323
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
1625 West Fountainhead Parkway | Tempe, Arizona 85282
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
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)
Arizona College
163 North Dobson Road | Mesa, Arizona 85201
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Tempe
1140-1150 South Priest Drive | Tempe, Arizona 85281
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern University
19555 North 59th Avenue | Glendale, Arizona 85308
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
2160 South Power Road | Mesa, Arizona 85209
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2010 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Glendale Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Arizona College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
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
East Valley Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesa Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.3% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
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
Estrella Mountain Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2011 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
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
University of Phoenix - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Arizona College Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Tempe Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern University Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley Nursing Assistant Certificate