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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Arizona

Each year, roughly 3.0% of Arizona students graduate with degrees in nursing. In other words, every year an estimated 6,645 nurses graduate from Arizona's 42 nursing schools.

Top Schools

Northern Arizona University, which was ranked 33rd nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Arizona that has a nursing program. It is located in Flagstaff. 188 students graduated with a degree in nursing from Northern Arizona University in 2010. The tuition rate at Northern Arizona University was $7,672 per year.

The second-ranked school in Arizona that has a nursing program is University of Phoenix-Online Campus. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, which was ranked 49th in the country in 2010, is located in Phoenix. In 2010, University of Phoenix-Online Campus graduated 727 students from its nursing program. The tuition rate at University of Phoenix-Online Campus was $11,520 per year.

Arizona State University, which was ranked 49th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Arizona that has a nursing program. It is located in Tempe. 469 students graduated with degree in nursing from Arizona State University in 2010. Arizona State University charged in-state students $8,132 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a Arizona nursing school, average tuition will be $3,753 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $1,412 per year to $18,048 per year. The Arizona nursing schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. ITT Technical Institute - located in Phoenix, students are charged $18,048 per year
  2. Grand Canyon University - located in Phoenix, students are charged $16,500 per year
  3. Everest College-Phoenix - located in Phoenix, students are charged $15,024 per year

The following Arizona nursing schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Pima Community College - located in Tucson, students are charged $1,412 per year
  2. Northland Pioneer College - located in Holbrook, students are charged $1,414 per year
  3. Yavapai College - located in Prescott, students are charged $1,488 per year

A nursing degree from an Arizona school... what next?

nursing graduates in Arizona can go into a variety of professions such as licensed practical nurse, family nurse practitioner, critical care clinical nurse specialist, and patient care assistant. Arizona had 74,850 nurses in 2010. 41,730 of these nurses were registered nurses, 8,620 were licensed practical nurses, and 520 were family nurse practitioners. The Arizona counties with the largest populations of nurse are:

  1. Maricopa County - 48,150 nurses
  2. Pima County - 14,700 nurses
  3. Yavapai County - 2,430 nurses

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses is expected to grow by 15% by 2018. There are projected to be 94,070 nurses working in Arizona then. Of these 94,070 nurses, the government predicts that 50,010 will be registered nurses, 12,490 will be licensed practical nurses, and 1,190 will be family nurse practitioners.


nurses in Arizona make an average of $58,414 per year. But, salaries for nurse can vary. In 2010, nurse made as little as less than $16,550 per year or as much as more than $160,990 per year in Arizona. The following counties in Arizona have the highest average salaries for nurses:

  1. Yavapai County - $60,030 per year
  2. Coconino County - $59,628 per year
  3. Maricopa County - $58,786 per year

On average, nurses earn the least in the following Arizona counties:

  1. Yuma County - $51,883 per year
  2. Cochise County - $51,893 per year
  3. Apache County - $55,748 per year

On average, the highest paid nurses in Arizona were:

  1. Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - $87,380 per year
  2. Registered Nurse - $70,220 per year
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner - $60,040 per year

On average, the lowest paid nurses in Arizona were:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurse - $48,390 per year
  2. Patient Care Assistant - $26,040 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Arizona statistics regarding a career in nursing. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or LPN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Arizona
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Arizona
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Arizona
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing in Arizona
  • Certificate in Nursing in Arizona

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 41,730 $70,220 34.6%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 17,460 $26,040 -6.1%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 8,620 $48,390 -2.0%
Medical and Health Services Managers 6,520 $87,380 35.6%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 520 $60,040 -76.4%

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