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.

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).

Statistics continue to show that more and more employers prefer hiring nurses with bachelor's or master's nursing degrees. Recently, out of six employment ads by Med Pro Staffing and eight job ads by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, every single one called for a bachelor's degree. In addition, salary data reveals that nurses with advanced degrees make at least 70% more than nurses without advanced degrees.