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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.

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.

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Phoenix metro area

Carrington College - Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
GateWay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track)
  • Certificate in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Paradise Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Carrington College - Mesa Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Phoenix Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Arizona College Coolidge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
GateWay Community College Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track)
  • Certificate in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Glendale Community College Glendale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mesa Community College Mesa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phoenix College Phoenix
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Tucson

Carrington College - Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pima Community College - Desert Vista
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Pima Community College - West
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Carrington College - Tucson Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pima Community College - Desert Vista Tucson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Pima Community College - West Tucson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Arizona cities

Arizona Western College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cochise College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coconino Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Arizona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mohave Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northland Pioneer College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yavapai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Arizona Western College Yuma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cochise College Douglas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coconino Community College Flagstaff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mohave Community College Kingman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northland Pioneer College Holbrook
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yavapai College Prescott
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing