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.

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.

For our 2020 rankings of ADN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Aspiring registered nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-RN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of associate’s degree programs.

For our 2020 rankings of LPN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Aspiring practical nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-PN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of practical nursing programs.

Attending college or university costs more than just tuition. The term “total cost of attendance” captures the all-in price for one year of studies. In addition to tuition, typical expenses include room and board, books and supplies, miscellaneous fees, health items, clothes, entertainment, and travel.

Students' overall expenditures vary widely. Influencing factors include the type of educational institution (public vs. private), the length of the program (certificate vs. associate's vs. bachelor's), and the student's residency (in-state vs. out-of-state).

If you prefer a more personal learning experience, attending a private university could be the best option. In contrast to public universities, private colleges have smaller student populations and smaller class sizes. Private school students thus often receive more individualized instructor attention. They also frequently garner their first-choice classes. Attending required classes on an accelerated timeframe increases the likelihood of graduating on time (or even early).