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 LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio20:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate80%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Accelerated BSN
  2. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD)
  3. Masters degrees (MSN)
  4. BSN

    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.

  5. Accelerated MSN

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 102
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 4
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 6
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 297
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 17
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 45

Nearby Nursing Schools

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

Arizona State University-Tempe
100.05 miles away
Maricopa Beauty College LLC
116.36 miles away
Western New Mexico University
159.67 miles away


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
04/20/2002 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
01/21/2015 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank 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) 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$12,914
30k to 48k$14,777
48k to 75k$17,715
75k to 110k$19,545
Over 110k$20,103
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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 $726.00 $1,282.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $812.00 $1,729.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
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 [...]

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

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. [...]

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing
University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721

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