Arizona Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Arizona

The ratio of registered nurses to the Arizonian population is far below the national average. By 2015, it is forecast that only 80% of the nursing positions across Arizona will be filled. To fight the deficit, approximately 25,000 nurses must be added to the ranks of Arizona nurses over the next decade. A majority of registered nurses in Arizona are employed in Maricopa County, which contains the Phoenix metropolitan and surrounding areas, followed by Pima County, encompassing Tucson metropolitan and surrounding areas. Nearly 85% of all registered nurses in Arizona provide direct patient care, with the largest clinical area of employment being special care, followed by medical-surgical nursing and generalized community health. The leading employers of Arizonian nurses include Maricopa Medical Center, Tucson Medical Hospital, and Banner Desert Medical Center, to name just a few.


About Arizona

Arizona is commonly recognized as “The Grand Canyon State” as that is where the massive canyon marvels as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. “The Copper State,” as Arizona is also known, is notorious for its warm, dry climate and vast scenery combining mountainous backdrops to the desert landscape. Its capital, Phoenix, known as the “Valley of the Sun”, is home to a rich performing arts culture and a plethora of museums, including the Heard Museum and Arizona Science Center. Other cities in Arizona, include Flagstaff, the home of the Ponderosa Pine Forest, Tucson, where the campus of University of Arizona is located, and Lake Havasu City, also referred to as “Arizona’s Playground”. The state’s motto, Ditat Deus, translated as “God Enriches,” a creed which holds true in everyday Arizonian life, as its beautiful landscape and desert climate allow for numerous outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, rafting, camping, fishing and more.

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Nursing programs offered in Arizona

  • Arizona State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Concurrent Enrollment Program ASN and BSN
      • Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • RN-BSN Online
      • Master of Science, Clinical Research Management
      • Master of Science, Nurse Educator
      • DNP
      • PhD
      • Graduate Certificates



  • Arizona Western College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Nursing Assistant
      • Associate Degree in Nursing
      • Practical Nursing
      • Practical Nursing to ADN



  • Eastern Arizona College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Nursing Assistant Certificate
      • Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate
      • Nursing (AAS)
      • Pre-nursing Certificate


      Arizona State Board of Nursing

  • Grand Canyon University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN Pre-Licensure
      • RN to BSN
      • RN to MSN
      • MSN
      • MBA and MSN (Dual Degree)
      • Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate



  • Northern Arizona University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • BSN Accelerated
      • RN-BSN
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Nurse Generalist (MSN)
      • Post-Master Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • DNP