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Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role in the healthcare system. Not only do they work hand-in-hand with physicians to provide care to patients, they can also lead teams of nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in doing so. They dispense medication, provide bedside care, and make certain critical patient care decisions.

There are three routes to qualifying as an RN in Arizona: a two-year associate’s degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a direct-entry master’s degree program. With three distinct tracks, aspiring RNs can select from a variety of public and private institutions that fit a broad range of budgets and time constraints. Indeed, Arizona boasts over 35 such RN programs at institutions ranging from Arizona State University to University of Phoenix to Mesa Community College. After completing an accredited program, students will be prepared to take the national licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN.

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The median salary for RNs in Arizona is $71,010, with the middle fifty percent of salaries ranging between $61,590 and $82,890. RNs can find employment in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, physician practices, and even schools. Some of the current employers of RNs in Arizona include the Mayo Clinic, the State of Arizona, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interested in embarking on a career as a registered nurse in Arizona? The list of accredited programs compiled below will help you get a head start.

Featured Schools

Phoenix metro area

Paradise Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Everest College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
GateWay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Phoenix College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Brookline College - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.9% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Mesa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Everest College - Phoenix
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.7% 2010 to 2012
GateWay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2010 to 2017
Phoenix College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2010 to 2017
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to 2017
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
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2017
Central Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Arizona College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tucson

University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Pima Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2009 to 2017
Direct Entry MSN 90.9% 2012 to 2017
Pima Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2010 to 2017

Other Arizona cities

Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Eastern Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona Western College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Coconino Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cochise College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Mohave Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Yavapai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2017
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Arizona Western College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Coconino Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cochise College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Mohave Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
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