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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 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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
Central Arizona College
8470 North Overfield Road | Coolidge, Arizona 85128
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
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
Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Avenue | Mesa, Arizona 85202
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% 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
Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, Arizona 85323
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • 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)
Arizona College
1620 West Fountainhead Parkway | Tempe, Arizona 85282
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2016 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
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
957 South Dobson Road | Mesa, Arizona 85202
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
East Valley Institute of Technology
1601 West Main Street | Mesa, Arizona 85201
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Aspen University - Phoenix
4615 East Elwood Street, Suite 100 | Phoenix, Arizona 85040
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Tempe
1140-1150 South Priest Drive | Tempe, Arizona 85281
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Carrington College - Mesa
1001 West Southern Avenue, Suite 130 | Mesa, Arizona 85210
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University - Phoenix
3110 North Central Avenue, Suite 200B | Phoenix, Arizona 85012
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2010 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.8% 2010 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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
Central Arizona College Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.2% 2009 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2018
Phoenix College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.7% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2010 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesa Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2010 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 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
Estrella Mountain Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.5% 2010 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2011 to 2018
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
Arizona College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2016 to 2018
Brookline College - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.0% 2012 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Patient Care Technician Diploma
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
East Valley Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.3% 2009 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Aspen University - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brookline College - Tempe Patient Care Technician Diploma
Carrington College - Mesa Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University - Phoenix Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Midwestern University Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley Nursing Assistant Certificate
Patient Care Technician Certificate