Nursing Schools in Arizona

There are 43 nursing schools in Arizona. This year, we evaluated 29 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system 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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Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ
Pima Community College
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,479
NCLEX-RN Pass rate91.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.4%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Central Arizona College
Coolidge, AZ
Central Arizona College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,182
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Cochise College
Sierra Vista, AZ
Cochise College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,127
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.9%

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,009
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Glendale Community College
Glendale, AZ
Glendale Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,070
NCLEX-RN Pass rate91.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.8%

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,908
NCLEX-RN Pass rate83.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate77.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • BSN
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Yavapai College
Prescott, AZ
Yavapai College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,916

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,558
NCLEX-RN Pass rate94.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,669
NCLEX-RN Pass rate95.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate75.1%

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,586

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,185

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
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,933
NCLEX-RN Pass rate95.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.8%

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
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,842

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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GateWay Community College
Phoenix, AZ
GateWay Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,262
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.0%

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,229
NCLEX-RN Pass rate81.8%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.9%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN
  • Paramedic to ADN
  • CNA
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Arizona Western College
Yuma, AZ
Arizona Western College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,735
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Coconino Community College
Flagstaff, AZ
Coconino Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,415
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,299

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
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Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,901

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
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$15,758

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,156
NCLEX-RN Pass rate80.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate83.3%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
Tucson, AZ
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,489
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Chamberlain University-Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
Chamberlain University-Arizona
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,864

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
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,912

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,371

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
  • Accelerated BSN
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Carrington College-Phoenix East
Phoenix, AZ
Carrington College-Phoenix East
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,724

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Brookline College-Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Brookline College-Phoenix
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$29,149

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • ADN
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East Valley Institute of Technology
Mesa, AZ
East Valley Institute of Technology
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,168
NCLEX-PN Pass rate68.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Fortis College-Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Fortis College-Phoenix
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,239
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.3%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Arizona State University-Tempe
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University-Tempe
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,947

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$27,778

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
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GateWay Community College-Central City
Phoenix, AZ
GateWay Community College-Central City
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,815

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Rio Salado College
Tempe, AZ
Rio Salado College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,850

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
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$1,716

Programs offered

  • LPN
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University of Phoenix-Arizona
Tempe, AZ
University of Phoenix-Arizona
Campus size
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$14,913

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
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

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
Campus size
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
  • LPN to BSN
  • BSN
  • ADN
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Carrington College-Phoenix North
Phoenix, AZ
Carrington College-Phoenix North
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,029

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Carrington College-Mesa
Mesa, AZ
Carrington College-Mesa
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,624

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Carrington College-Tucson
Tucson, AZ
Carrington College-Tucson
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,876

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