Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ 86011
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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.  

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students31,051
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 14 38
Post-master's certificate 0 4
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.3%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$717/credit
In State Students$717/credit
Out of State Students$993/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$458/credit
In State Students$458/credit
Out of State Students$1,199/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $32,265 $32,265 $44,685
ADN 70 $50,190 $50,190 $69,510
BSN 125 $89,625 $89,625 $124,125
FNP 50 $22,900 $22,900 $59,950
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of Northern Arizona University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 35% $4,395
Other Federal Grant 7% $1,936
State Grant & Scholarships 4% $2,401
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 83% $8,308
Federal Student Loans 49% $5,470
Private Loans 3% $12,201


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,653
$30,001 to $48,000$11,662
$48,001 to $75,000$14,325
$75,001 to $110,000$17,974
Over $110,000$20,109

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 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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