Nursing Schools in Arizona

There are 43 nursing schools in Arizona. This year, we evaluated 29 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


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Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ
Pima Community College
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$4,479
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 92.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Central Arizona College
Coolidge, AZ
Central Arizona College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,182
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 97.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 98.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 98.2

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Cochise College
Sierra Vista, AZ
Cochise College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,127
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 97.9%
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score 95.9

Cochise College is located in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This school was founded in 1964 and it offers a wide variety of different associate's degree programs. There are over 7,000 students enrolled in this community college and many large universities work with this school to transfer credits. It ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
  • LPN to ADN
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Eastern Arizona College
Thatcher, AZ
Eastern Arizona College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,009
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 93.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Glendale Community College
Glendale, AZ
Glendale Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,070
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 93.5

Glendale Community College (GCC) is located in Glendale, Arizona. This community college is among the largest in all of Arizona and it has over 19,000 students enrolled. Glendale opened its doors in 1965 and the main campus is 147 acres. This school offers many different associate's degree ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale, AZ
Estrella Mountain Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,908
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 83.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 77.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 92.5

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
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Yavapai College
Prescott, AZ
Yavapai College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,916
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 90.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,558
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 92.6

Established in 1969, Scottsdale Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District. The main campus is located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, making SCC the only public community college with a campus located in tribal land. While 948 students ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
  • LPN to ADN
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Mohave Community College
Kingman, AZ
Mohave Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,669
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 75.1%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 89.7

Mohave Community College was established in 1975 after a public vote and opened with three campuses. The original locations included Kingman, Bullhead City, and Lake Havasu City, with an additional campus in Colorado City. During the first semester, classes were taught at night. MCC began ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix, AZ
Paradise Valley Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,586
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Paradise Valley Community College is a two-year college founded in 1985 in northeastern Phoenix, Arizona. PVCC was established by the Maricopa County Community College District and was initially named the Northeast Valley Education Center. The present name was adopted the following year. PVCC ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Phoenix College
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,185
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 90.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Phoenix College (PC) is a two-year institution based out of Phoenix, Arizona. This community college was founded in 1920 and has a large number of students. Over 11,000 students are enrolled in this college and it boasts over 150 degree and certificate programs. As one of the oldest community ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Mesa Community College
Mesa, AZ
Mesa Community College
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,933
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 96.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score 91.4

Mesa Community College was established in 1963 as an extension branch of Phoenix College and became a separate institution in 1965. Around 330 students enrolled in classes for the first semester. Today, MCC is the largest of the 10 community colleges located in the Maricopa County Community ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler, AZ
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,842
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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GateWay Community College
Phoenix, AZ
GateWay Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,262
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score 90.7

GateWay Community College was established in 1968 and originally located in downtown Phoenix as the first technical college in the state of Arizona. GCC is one of 10 accredited colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District and the only college in the district served by the Valley ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Northland Pioneer College
Holbrook, AZ
Northland Pioneer College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,229
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 81.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.9%
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 90.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN
  • Paramedic to ADN
  • CNA
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Arizona Western College
Yuma, AZ
Arizona Western College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,735
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 89.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 87.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Coconino Community College
Flagstaff, AZ
Coconino Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$10,415
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 87.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score 85.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix
Student Population
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$12,299
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 84.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
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Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,901
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 79.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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 ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$15,758
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 78.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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 ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • DNP
  • MSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
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Pima Medical Institute-Mesa
Mesa, AZ
Pima Medical Institute-Mesa
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$20,156
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 80.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 66.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 54.6

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
Tucson, AZ
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$21,489
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 65.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score 58.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Chamberlain University-Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
Chamberlain University-Arizona
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$22,864
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 87.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 63.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

The Chamberlain College of Nursing-Arizona in Phoenix is one of eight campuses that are part of Chamberlain College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Inc. The Phoenix campus is conveniently located in a major metro area right off highway 17. The school is a for-profit institution and offers low ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • ADN
  • RN to MSN
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Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon University
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$20,912
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 62.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Arizona College-Glendale
Glendale, AZ
Arizona College-Glendale
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$21,371
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 77.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 62.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
  • Accelerated BSN
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Carrington College-Phoenix East
Phoenix, AZ
Carrington College-Phoenix East
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$23,724
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 60.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Brookline College-Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Brookline College-Phoenix
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$29,149
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 50.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • ADN
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East Valley Institute of Technology
Mesa, AZ
East Valley Institute of Technology
Student PopulationSmall
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price$6,168
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 68.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 94.1

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Fortis College-Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Fortis College-Phoenix
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$22,239
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 92.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 53.6

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arizona State University-Tempe
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University-Tempe
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$12,947
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Brookline College-Tempe
Tempe, AZ
Brookline College-Tempe
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$27,778
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
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GateWay Community College-Central City
Phoenix, AZ
GateWay Community College-Central City
Student PopulationSmall
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price$12,815
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Rio Salado College
Tempe, AZ
Rio Salado College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,850
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Southwest Skill Center-Campus of Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale, AZ
Southwest Skill Center-Campus of Estrella Mountain Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price$1,716
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
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University of Phoenix-Arizona
Tempe, AZ
University of Phoenix-Arizona
Student Population
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$14,913
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • DNP
  • LPN to ADN
  • LPN to BSN
  • PhD
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University of Phoenix - Phoenix - Hohokam
Phoenix, AZ
University of Phoenix - Phoenix - Hohokam
Student Population
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Phoenix - Southern Arizona Campus
Tucson, AZ
University of Phoenix - Southern Arizona Campus
Student Population
College Type 4-year Private
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
  • LPN to BSN
  • BSN
  • ADN
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Carrington College-Phoenix North
Phoenix, AZ
Carrington College-Phoenix North
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$19,029
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Carrington College-Mesa
Mesa, AZ
Carrington College-Mesa
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$18,624
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Carrington College-Tucson
Tucson, AZ
Carrington College-Tucson
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$18,876
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Maricopa Community Colleges - Mesa Community College at Red Mountain
Mesa, AZ
Maricopa Community Colleges - Mesa Community College at Red Mountain

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Maricopa Community Colleges - Chandler - Gilbert Community College - Williams Campus
Mesa, AZ
Maricopa Community Colleges - Chandler - Gilbert Community College - Williams Campus

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu City

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

Brown Mackie College-Phoenix (Closed in 2017)
LPN ADN BSN
Everest College - Phoenix (Closed in 2015)
ADN
ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix (Closed in 2016)
ADN LPN
Brown Mackie College-Tucson (Closed in 2017)
LPN
Maricopa Beauty College LLC (Closed in 2012)
ADN LPN
The Art Institute of Phoenix (Closed in 2019)
ADN

Arizona's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Arizona's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Arizona Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 54,630 20.203 $36 $74,260
Nurse Anesthetists 0 $70 $146,380
Nurse Midwives 0 $49 $102,410
Nurse Practitioners 3,120 1.155 $51 $106,130
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 6,610 2.444 $25 $52,620
Nursing Assistants 14,300 5.289 $14 $29,600
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey