University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721

The University of Arizona is a public university with significant enrollment numbers. Over 43,000 students enrolled last year. The school was founded in 1885, making it the first university established in the Arizona Territory. The main campus includes over 179 buildings covering over a mile of land in central Tucson. The university is affiliated with two local academic medical centers – the Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix and Tucson. Students also have access to one of the biggest health sciences libraries in the state. The Arizona Health Sciences Library is on the main campus and serves the University of Arizona College of Nursing, along with other health and sciences colleges.

The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing offers a BSN program and an accelerated MSN program. These programs are offered both on campus and online, offering more flexibility for students. The UA College of Nursing is also home to the Integrative Nursing Facility Fellowship. Students receive training through both simulation and clinical work at affiliated hospitals and care facilities located on or near the campus. For those that want to apply for the BSN program, the UA College of Nursing also offers a pre-professional nursing major. It includes prerequisite courses and helps prepare students for the BSN program.


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeLarge
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs Offered

The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing offers students that have an interest in a career in nursing the opportunity to major in Pre-Professional Nursing. This major offers successful graduates of this program a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students must meet certain requirements before they are eligible to enroll in to this program. Candidates must complete all of the required prerequisite courses. They must also currently hold at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. All interested individuals will be required to attend an information session, after the session an advisor will review them for eligibility for the program.

The application for the program is available online. Students must fully complete the application, and include a personal statement, a disclosure questionnaire (that accounts for 10% of the admission score), and work history.  Students must also submit all of their post-secondary transcripts to the College of Nursing. Some candidates may be required to complete an over the phone interview or an in person interview. If you are a CNA or LPN, you can submit your current CNA certificate or an LPN License to the college. Admission for the program happens on February 1st and September 1st each year. For more information on the enrollment process for the University of Arizona’s BSN program potential candidates should contact an advisor at the Office of Student Affairs.

The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing offers students the Master’s Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN). This program is highly competitive and academically challenging. The program takes about 15 months. This program is for highly motivated individuals that demonstrate integrity, leadership, and a distinguished level of scholarship. For this program, the college seeks out students, who will contribute to and benefit from a diverse and vigorous learning environment, as well as students who will offer competence and service to others.

Potential candidates must complete all of the required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better. They must also hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Eligible candidates will hold a Baccalaureate degree before applying to the program. Students must fully complete the online application and questionnaire and some students may be required to complete an interview in-person.

The annual deadline to apply to the MEPN program is January 15th. All prerequisites must be met by this date. The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing works with a Tucson healthcare agency to offer sponsored positions in the MEPN program. This will allow students the opportunity to receive tuition remission in exchange for work. Students interested in enrolling in this program should contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 16 90
Master's degree 37 226
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 10 69

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1917 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
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Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered but not 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 $50
Graduates $75

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$733
In State Students$733
Out of State Students$1,294
Graduate courses
In District Students$820
In State Students$820
Out of State Students$1,746

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 $32,985 $32,985 $58,230
ADN 70 $51,310 $51,310 $90,580
BSN 125 $91,625 $91,625 $161,750
FNP 50 $41,000 $41,000 $87,300
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, 86% of University of Arizona's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 26% $4,478
Other Federal Grant -- $2,097
State Grant & Scholarships 4% $6,191
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 83% $9,637
Federal Student Loans 35% $5,170
Private Loans 4% $19,802


Average Net Price/year
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$11,278
$30,001 to $48,000$11,961
$48,001 to $75,000$15,513
$75,001 to $110,000$18,143
Over $110,000$20,029

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Student Population













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

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

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Richard Shelton Creative Writing Award

Applicants must be enrolled at the University of Arizona. Students must be majoring in creative writing.

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.

Albert H. Drachman Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be graduate students at the University of Arizona seeking a degree from the school of architecture.

Ruth E. Nicolls Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing.

University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721

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