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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.

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Phoenix metro area

Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Paradise Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
GateWay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Phoenix College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Chamberlain University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Arizona College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
Brookline College - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Carrington College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Aspen University - Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carrington College - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University - Phoenix
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mesa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2010 to 2018
Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.5% 2010 to 2018
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.8% 2010 to 2018
GateWay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.6% 2010 to 2018
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2010 to 2018
Phoenix College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2010 to 2018
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2010 to 2018
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2018
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
Central Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2018
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2018
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2011 to 2018
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.3% 2009 to 2018
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
Aspen University - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carrington College - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University - Phoenix
Accelerated Second Degree BSN

Tucson

University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
Pima Community College - West
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2018)
Carrington College - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.9% 2009 to 2018
Direct Entry MSN 92.0% 2012 to 2018
Pima Community College - West
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2009 to 2018
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2010 to 2018
Carrington College - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other Arizona cities

Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Mohave Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Eastern Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Arizona Western College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Cochise College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Coconino Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Yavapai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2018
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.6% 2009 to 2018
Mohave Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to 2018
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2018
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2009 to 2018
Arizona Western College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2009 to 2018
Cochise College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2018
Coconino Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2018