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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.

Phoenix metro area

Paradise Valley Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mesa Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
GateWay Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Brookline College - Phoenix
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Scottsdale Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Everest College - Phoenix
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Phoenix College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Grand Canyon University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Estrella Mountain Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Phoenix
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Glendale Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Phoenix
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Central Arizona College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Brown Mackie College - Phoenix
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Tucson

University of Arizona
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Master's in Registered Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Pima Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Other Arizona cities

Yavapai College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northland Pioneer College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Eastern Arizona College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Arizona Western College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Coconino Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cochise College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Mohave Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
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