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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

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.

Phoenix metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 East Pecos Road | Chandler, Arizona 85225
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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
Glendale Community College
6000 West Olive Avenue | Glendale, Arizona 85302
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: 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
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
957 South Dobson Road | Mesa, Arizona 85202
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Central Arizona College
8470 North Overfield Road | Coolidge, Arizona 85128
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
East Valley Institute of Technology
1601 West Main Street | Mesa, Arizona 85201
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Avenue | Mesa, Arizona 85202
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing; 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
Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, Arizona 85323
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 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 Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Critical Care Nursing; 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
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)
Arizona State University
University Drive & Mill Avenue | Tempe, Arizona 85287
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Research; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Doctor's in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
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)
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, Arizona 85323
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
1625 West Fountainhead Parkway | Tempe, Arizona 85282
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing
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)
Arizona College
163 North Dobson Road | Mesa, Arizona 85201
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Brookline College - Tempe
1140-1150 South Priest Drive | Tempe, Arizona 85281
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Brown Mackie College - Phoenix
13430 North Black Canyon Highway, Suite 190 | Phoenix, Arizona 85029
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Midwestern University - Glendale
19555 North 59th Avenue | Glendale, Arizona 85308
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
2160 South Power Road | Mesa, Arizona 85209
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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