Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a large public institution with degree programs for both undergraduates and graduates. The main campus is in Flagstaff, Arizona, with four other campuses throughout the state. The school was established in 1899, with just 23 students. For the Fall 2017 school year, 31,057 students enrolled. The Flagstaff campus is 6,950 feet above sea level, offering students four-season climate, including snowfall during the winter months. It is a beautiful campus with a diverse student population and several nursing programs to help students on their path to becoming nurses.

The NAU School of Nursing is currently seeking CCNE accreditation for their nursing programs. The programs offered include BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN programs. The BSN program is designed to take four and a half years to complete and includes hands-on clinical training at various community healthcare facilities. Classes include traditional classroom learning and online classes, giving students a hybrid learning experience that may better suit their schedules. Upon completion of the BSN program, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The MSN graduate program offers two specialty tracks, including Nurse Generalist and Family Nurse Practitioner. The graduate program is completed online. However, students will need to visit the campus several times in their final year for testing.  


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated BSN
  3. RN to BSN
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP)
  5. ADN
  6. Family Nurse Practitioner
  7. Masters degrees (MSN)

    The Northern Arizona University graduate program in nursing is designed to prepare nurses for advanced level practice in rural areas. The program offers specialties in three tracks.

    The MSN program is open to all qualified applicants who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an Associate of Science Degree with an additional baccalaureate degree in another field.

    Admission Requirements:

    • Admission to Graduate College
    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
    • Minimum of 3.0 grade point average in all prior nursing coursework
    • Completion of undergraduate prerequisite courses (below) with a minimum of a ‘B’ grade or higher
    1. Descriptive and inferential course from an accredited college or university
    2. Nursing Research
    3. Health Assessment Course
    • Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Arizona or the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license
    • Preference will be given to applicants who have relevant clinical experience, meet the minimum nursing experience for the specialty as well as life experience
    • 3 professional recommendations
    • Personal Statement elaborating interests, professional and personal goals and detailing experience
    • Interview with faculty maybe required
    • The GRE is not required for admission 


Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 451
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 12
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 30
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 5
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 3

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Northern Arizona University

Arizona State University-Tempe
122.39 miles away
Maricopa Beauty College LLC
126.84 miles away
Dixie State University
170.15 miles away
Southern Utah University
189.24 miles away
Nevada State College
192.38 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1930 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/22/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
11/13/1997 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
11/13/1997 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$11,907
30k to 48k$12,395
48k to 75k$14,836
75k to 110k$17,411
Over 110k$19,345
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $696.00 $964.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $444.00 $1,164.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arizona Past Presidents’ Parley Nurses Scholarship

The amount of the scholarship is to be $600.00 annually to not less than a second year student nurse who is enrolled in an accredited institution In Arizona awarding a degree as [...]

Northern Arizona University - Math, Science and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

The Math, Science and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (MSSE) is a student-centered, need-based forgivable loan designed to financially support and to encourage Arizona [...]

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing International Scholarship

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the nursing program at Northern Arizona University. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.

Ruth E. Nicolls Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Applicants must be full-time undergraduates in the nursing program at Northern Arizona University. Students must have completed freshmen year courses with at least a 3.0 grade point average. [...]

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chile, Peru, Canada, Mexico or Australia who is a full-time undergraduate sophomore, junior, or [...]

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing
Northern Arizona University
1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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