We've organized a comprehensive list of Arizona nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Arizona city.

There are several distinct nursing roles. Each nursing role carries out different duties and thus requires a unique set of qualifications. For those interested in joining the nursing profession, we’ve profiled each role below including the prerequisites for licensure.

The most junior nursing role is the certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs help patients with essential tasks of daily living like feeding, washing, and exercising. To gain CNA licensure in Arizona, one must complete a recognized in- or out-of-state program and pass the state certification examinations.

The nursing profession is not limited to dispensing medication and performing procedures. Many nurses are interested in going beyond the bedside to pursue related fields, such as nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing. Others seek employment in advanced patient care roles like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Nurses interested in these specialized careers will find that a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree positions them well.

You can certainly pursue a fulfilling career as a registered nurse (RN) with just an associate’s degree education. However, continual advances in medical technology are making modern healthcare delivery increasingly complex. As a result, employers want to be sure that the nurses they hire can meet the challenges of patient care from day one. They often do this by preferencing candidates with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.

As the population of the United States ages and our world becomes ever more complex, so do patient needs. It is increasingly important, therefore, for nurses to be well-trained in order to meet the challenges of patient care. As a result, there has been a marketplace shift towards requiring bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) education for registered nurses.

Most frequently, students pursue an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) in order to qualify as a registered nurse and prepare for the national licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN. However, several of Arizona’s associate’s degree programs in nursing actually provide deeper exposure to related nursing roles, including licensed practical nurse (LPN) and certified nursing assistant (CNA).