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Top Arizona Nursing Schools, Colleges & Degree Programs

Arizona is experiencing one of the worst nursing shortages in our country. There are currently only 681 registered nurses for every 100,000 residents. This is way below the national average of 825, and even that indicates an average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics some 10,000 registered nurses will be needed by 2017 in order to meet the healthcare demand in Arizona. This is due to a number of different reasons.

First of all, the aging population means that people are living longer and have more complex health needs. Secondly, the obesity epidemic and its associated illnesses are as present in Arizona as they are anywhere else. Also, the Affordable Care Act means that more and more people are able to access healthcare. Finally, the current workforce is made up of many “baby boomers,” who are all approaching retirement age, with many actually having put off retirement altogether.

Statistics show that Arizona has 47 Medically Underserved Areas. As a result, some 53.42% of the population is not able to access high quality healthcare. In order to resolve this, some 415 primary care practitioners are needed to augment the current workforce.

In Arizona, there is a significant shortage of nurse educators. A total of 562 students had to be refused entry into the nursing programs because there was not sufficient staff available to teach them. The majority of state-led interventions are now focusing on this problem, in the effort to encourage more students to become nurses. At present, only 7.4% of the workforce is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

As in all states, those who have the highest levels of education also have the best job prospects. The average salary for a registered nurse in the state is $67,449, which is below the national average. However, the salaries vary greatly depending on specialization and geographical area. Phoenix is one of the best cities nationwide in terms of registered nurse salaries.

Besides nurse educators, there is a high demand for nurses in the field of occupational health, burns, oncology, adult/geriatric, obstetrics, hospices, home care, psychiatry and recovery. The biggest demand is for those registered nurses who have achieved their master’s degree, although those with a bachelor’s should also be able to find employment relatively easily. Furthermore, there is a good chance that the employer will then subsidize their further education, encouraging them to achieve their master’s degree. The higher the degree, the more nurses can earn as well.

List of Arizona Nursing Schools & Colleges

Top 40 Nursing Schools in Arizona
1) Arizona State University
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 79,497
  • Telephone: (480) 965-2100
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing.
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing.
2) Arizona Western College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 12,813
  • Telephone: (928) 317-6000
Programs Offered
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
3) Brookline College-Phoenix
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 2,442
  • Telephone: (602) 242-6265
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
4) Brookline College-Tempe
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 877
  • Telephone: (480) 545-8755
Programs Offered
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
5) Brookline College-Tucson
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 1,226
  • Telephone: (520) 748-9799
Programs Offered
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
6) Brown Mackie College-Phoenix
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 920
  • Telephone: (602) 337-3044
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
7) Carrington College-Phoenix Westside
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 910
  • Telephone: (602) 433-1333
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
8) Central Arizona College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 14,408
  • Telephone: (520) 494-5444
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 537
  • Telephone: (602) 331-2720
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
10) Chandler/Gilbert Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 19,611
  • Telephone: (480) 732-7000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
11) Cochise College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 15,290
  • Telephone: (520) 515-0500
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
12) Coconino Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 6,829
  • Telephone: (928) 527-1222
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
13) East Valley Institute of Technology
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 618
  • Telephone: (480) 461-4028
Programs Offered
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
14) Eastern Arizona College
Thatcher, AZ - http://www.eac.edu
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 9,963
  • Telephone: (928) 428-8322
Programs Offered
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
15) Estrella Mountain Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 12,508
  • Telephone: (623) 935-8000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
16) GateWay Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 11,674
  • Telephone: (602) 392-5000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
17) Glendale Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 32,854
  • Telephone: (623) 845-3000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Phoenix, AZ - http://www.gcu.edu
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 60,628
  • Telephone: (800) 800-9776
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Nursing Administration.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing.
19) ITT Technical Institute–Phoenix
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: N/A
  • Telephone: (602) 749-7900
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
20) Maricopa Skill Center
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 1,336
  • Telephone: (602) 238-4300
Programs Offered
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
21) Mesa Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 40,070
  • Telephone: (480) 461-7000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
22) Midwestern University-Glendale
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: N/A
  • Telephone: (623) 572-3200
Programs Offered
  • Nurse Anesthetist.
23) Mohave Community College
Kingman, AZ - http://www.mohave.edu
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 9,240
  • Telephone: (928) 757-4331
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
24) Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ - http://nau.edu/
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 27,198
  • Telephone: (928) 523-9011
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing.
25) Northland Pioneer College
Holbrook, AZ - http://www.npc.edu
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 7,496
  • Telephone: (928) 524-7311
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
26) Paradise Valley Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 15,246
  • Telephone: (602) 787-6500
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
27) Phoenix College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 19,525
  • Telephone: (602) 264-2492
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
28) Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ - http://www.pima.edu
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 53,250
  • Telephone: (520) 206-4500
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
29) Pima Medical Institute-East Valley
Mesa, AZ - http://pmi.edu
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 956
  • Telephone: (480) 898-9898
Programs Offered
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
30) Pima Medical Institute-Mesa
Mesa, AZ - http://pmi.edu
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 2,358
  • Telephone: (480) 644-0267
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
31) Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
Tucson, AZ - http://pmi.edu
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 2,721
  • Telephone: (520) 326-1600
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
32) Scottsdale Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 17,474
  • Telephone: (480) 423-6000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
33) South Mountain Community College
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 8,027
  • Telephone: (602) 243-8135
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
34) Southwest Skill Center-Campus of Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale, AZ - http://
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 680
  • Telephone: (623) 535-2700
Programs Offered
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
35) Tucson College
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: N/A
  • Telephone: (520) 258-0400
Programs Offered
  • Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
36) University of Arizona
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 41,848
  • Telephone: (520) 621-2211
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
  • Critical Care Nursing.
37) University of Phoenix-Online Campus
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 407,124
  • Telephone: (866) 766-0766
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Nursing Administration.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
38) University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 7,351
  • Telephone: (602) 557-2000
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
39) University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus
School Details
  • Type: Private
  • Students Enrolled: 2,848
  • Telephone: (520) 881-6512
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
40) Yavapai College
Prescott, AZ - http://www.YC.EDU
School Details
  • Type: Public
  • Students Enrolled: 11,811
  • Telephone: (928) 445-7300
Programs Offered
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

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