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Looking to make a quick career change? You can become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in about one year, or a registered nurse (RN) in about two. The fastest way to accomplish this is attending a vocational, career, or community college.

Vocational training is a program of study directly tailored towards a specific employment field. In other words, when you complete all your requirements, you are qualified to work. Vocational and career colleges specialize in such educational programs. Community colleges, which provide higher education to residents of the local area, also focus on practical study paths which are geared towards wage-earners.

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Vocational education in the nursing field blends academics with practicality. Students study all the medical theory and facts needed, and then practice their knowledge via hands-on clinical training. As a result, graduates not only know what they're talking about, they've also done it.

Employers are increasingly recognizing the importance of vocational education in training new professionals with 21st-century skills. Recently, the “Western Arizona Vocational Education (WAVE) Newsletter” discussed with pride the growing number of career-path programs available at institutions such as Mohave Community College and Arizona Western College.

With a mean annual salary of almost $51,000, Arizona's licensed practical nurses are definitely serious wage-earners. Registered nurses in the state earn even more, averaging roughly $71,500 per year.

To fast-track your nursing career, we've listed below the accredited vocational, career, and community colleges across the state.

Phoenix metro area

Brookline College - Tempe
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Carrington College - Phoenix Westside
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Central Arizona College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
East Valley Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Estrella Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College - Phoenix
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
GateWay Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Perioperative, Operating Room, and Surgical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Fast Track); Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Glendale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Maricopa Skill Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Mesa Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Paradise Valley Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Phoenix College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Scottsdale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Tucson

Pima Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pima Community College - West
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Tucson College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Other Arizona cities

Arizona Western College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Cochise College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Coconino Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Eastern Arizona College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Mohave Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northland Pioneer College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Yavapai College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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