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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.

Phoenix nursing schools by NCLEX score

GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Fast Track): 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Perioperative, Operating Room, and Surgical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Brookline College - Phoenix
2445 West Dunlap Avenue, Suite 100 | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Phoenix College
1202 West Thomas Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest College - Phoenix
10400 North 25th Avenue, Suite 190 | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Fortis College - Phoenix
555 North 18th Street, Suite 110 | Phoenix, Arizona 85006
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Grand Canyon University
3300 West Camelback Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Critical Care Nursing
Maricopa Skill Center
1245 East Buckeye Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Certificate in Licensed 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's in Registered Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Phoenix
10220 North 25th Avenue, Suite 100 | Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
2701 West Bethany Home Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Brown Mackie College - Phoenix
13430 North Black Canyon Highway, Suite 190 | Phoenix, Arizona 85029
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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