Though Arizona has long expanses of underpopulated desert, the state still boasts a long list of approved, campus-based nursing programs that offer everything from practical nursing to doctoral degrees.

Arizona’s schools are located in rural areas, urban areas, and everything in between, so students can choose the educational experience that best suits them.

Arizona’s metropolitan areas are home to several large hospitals, including several trauma centers that need large quantities of qualified nurses to staff them. Many nursing graduates gravitate toward the employment opportunities offered by large hospitals, since these medical centers are able to offer things like sign-on bonuses that smaller practices can’t. These are far from the only career paths open to Arizona nursing graduates, however- there are plenty of community hospitals, private practices, and other medical institutions that need nurses just as badly as trauma centers do.

Below and throughout this site are featured online nursing schools. These schools have 100% online programs in addition to some having campus locations offering nursing programs. By clicking on a listing, you can get in touch with the nursing school directly. Like any decision, it’s a good idea to evaluate several different nursing programs to see which is the best fit for you.


Financial Aid and Other Incentives for Arizona Nursing Students

In an effort to lure more prospective students to the state’s many nursing programs, plenty of financial aid and loan repayment programs have popped up. These include:

  • Scholarships offered by schools
  • Tuition reimbursement schemes offered by employers
  • The Arizona Loan Repayment Program
  • Scholarships from the Arizona Nurses Foundation

There are other types of monetary assistance available as well, from independent scholarships to loan programs offered through school financial aid departments. All of these are worth looking into for nursing students that need some help paying their tuition fees.

Career and Salary Information for Arizona Nurses

Arizona’s nursing salaries vary just as much as the state itself does. Urban trauma centers generally pay very well, while nurses working at a smaller, private practice in a rural can generally expect to make a little bit less money. As an example, an RN working as a staff nurse in a Phoenix hospital will earn a median annual income of $65,139, while an RN working in Flagstaff will earn around $57,908. These medians are derived from a salary range that spans from $47,000 to the high $70,000s. All figures are from the BLS.

Arizona Board of Nursing

Arizona’s Board of Nursing is a nurse or nursing student’s best resource when it comes to getting information on the Nurse Licensure Compact (of which Arizona is a member), industry news, licensing regulations, examinations and pass rates, patient complaints and disciplinary actions, and anything else that has to do with Arizona’s nursing industry. The Arizona Board of Nursing can be reached at 4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ, 85014-3653 or on their website.

Arizona Nursing Degrees by Program

Use the quick links below to view detailed information on the specific nursing degree you are considering. Includes degree info and school options in your state.


Nursing Scholarships in Arizona

Following below are scholarships and grants for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Arizona College Scholarships Foundation
Graduating Arizona high school students planning to pursue a nursing degree at a nursing school or program in Arizona may be eligible for a nursing scholarship from the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation.  Awards are based on financial need and applicants must be recommended by an Arizona College Scholarships Foundation partner agency. For more details, contact the Foundation by phone at (602) 636-1850 or by mail at 1430 East Missouri Avenue, B-205, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

AZHHA Education Foundation
Formerly known as the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association Education Foundation, the Foundation provides scholarships to Arizona residents enrolled in graduate-level nursing programs.  A condition of the each scholarship is the student be willing to work in Arizona in a qualified field after graduating.  For addition information, submit a letter of inquiry to the Foundation at 2901 North Central Avenue, Suite 900, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2729.

Arizona Community Foundation
Individuals planning to attend nursing programs at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, or Arizona State University are eligible for scholarships from the Arizona Community Foundation.  Only undergraduate students are eligible for nursing scholarships.  Applications are available from the Foundation and must be submitted by April or October of each year.  For application forms, write a letter to the Foundation and mail to the following address: 2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 202, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Educational Institute Nursing Scholarships
The nursing school you are enrolled in may have scholarships available for students. To learn more about available financial support, contact your school’s financial aid office. Ask if your school has nursing scholarships.  If they do, request a copy of the application and guidelines which will detail qualifications to apply.  Award amounts and deadlines will also be listed on the application form.  You can also go directly to your school’s nursing department for scholarship information. An example of an institutional-based nursing scholarship follows.

University of Arizona
The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona has nearly 85 scholarship programs available for students. Scholarships can be used for tuition and other educational expenses depending on the specific award. For additional information and applications, contact the Office of Student Affairs at the College of Nursing.  They are located in Room 112 and are open during the week during regular business hours.  You can also call them at (520) 626-3808 or toll free at (800) 288-6158.

Employer-Sponsored Nursing Scholarships
It is common for large businesses to having scholarship programs for employees and their children.  If you or your parents work at a major employer, check with the Human Resources Department to see if the company has an employee scholarship program.  If they do, let them know you want to apply for a nursing scholarship and request an application.  Employee-related scholarships are available through the Banner Health Foundation and the Valley of the Sun Hospice Association.

Banner Health
Nursing students employed by Banner Health may be eligible for nursing scholarships offered through the company. Primary nursing scholarships include the Anthony J. Jannetti/Marriott Nursing Scholarship, the Banner Arizona Nurse Scholar Program, and the Banner National Nurse Scholar Program. Eligibility varies so contact Banner Health directly for scholarship applications and guidelines at 1441 North 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Valley of the Sun Hospice Association
Scholarships are available to employees interested in or currently pursuing nursing degrees with the stipulation the employee continue employment with the agency for an additional two years after receiving their degree.  Over $23 million in nursing scholarships and grants are provided annually.  Contact the Association for scholarship applications and submission requirements.  Submit a letter of inquiry to 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Community-Based Nursing Scholarships
You may be eligible for a nursing scholarship based on where you live or graduated from high school.  Several Arizona communities offer nursing scholarships and grants to local residents, both graduating high school seniors and students already enrolled in a nursing program.  You can find nursing scholarships to apply for by contacting your mayor’s office. There may be a foundation that is located in your community that offers nursing scholarships.  Community foundations generally target giving to a restricted geographic area.  The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona is an example of a foundation that offers community-based nursing scholarships.

Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
If you are a high school graduate from counties in Southern Arizona including Pima, Cochise, or Santa Cruz, you may be eligible for nursing scholarship from the Foundation. Additional eligible applicants include high school graduates of schools from counties south of Gila River including Greenlee, Yuma, Graham, Maricopa, and Pinal. Scholarship amounts range from$1,000 if you are enrolled in a two-year program to $3,000 for four-year programs. You must be and remain a full-time student to receive the award. For details on the more than 10 scholarships available, contact the Foundation directly at 2250 East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719.  For general questions, call them at (520) 770-0800.


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More Arizona Nursing Schools

Arizona State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Masters of Science in Nursing Certificate
University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85287
Phone: (480) 965-9011
Website: www.asu.edu
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Arizona State University is a 4-year, public institution.

Arizona Western College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, Arizona 85365-8834
Phone: (928) 317-6000
Website: www.azwestern.edu
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Arizona Western College is a 2-year, public institution.

Brookline College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
2445 W. Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Phone: (602) 242-6265
Website: www.brooklinecollege.edu
Brookline College is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private for-profit institution.

Central Arizona College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
8470 N Overfield Rd
Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030
Phone: (520) 494-5444
Website: www.centralaz.edu
Central Arizona College is a 2-year, public institution.

Chamberlain College of Nursing–Phoenix Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
2149 West Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Phone: (602) 331-2720
Website: www.chamberlain.edu
Chamberlain College of Nursing–Phoenix Campus is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private for-profit institution.

Chandler/Gilbert Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
2626 E Pecos Rd
Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499
Phone: (480) 732-7000
Website: www.cgc.maricopa.edu
Chandler/Gilbert Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Cochise College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
4190 W Highway 80, Douglas, Arizona 85607-9724
Phone: (520) 515-0500
Website: www.cochise.edu
Cochise College is a 2-year, public institution.

Coconino County Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
2800 S. Lone Tree Rd
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-2701
Phone: (928) 527-1222
Website: www.coconino.edu
Coconino County Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Eastern Arizona College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).
615 N. Stadium Ave
Thatcher, Arizona 85552-0769
Phone: (928) 428-8322
Website: www.eac.edu
Eastern Arizona College is a 2-year, public institution.

Estrella Mountain Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, Arizona 85323-1000
Phone: (623) 935-8000
Website: www.emc.maricopa.edu
Estrella Mountain Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

GateWay Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Phone: (602) 392-5000
Website: www.gwc.maricopa.edu
GateWay Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Glendale Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85302
Phone: (623) 845-3000
Website: www.gc.maricopa.edu
Glendale Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Grand Canyon University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Masters of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Phone: (800) 800-9776
Website: www.gcu.edu
Grand Canyon University is a 4-year, private for-profit institution.

Mesa Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Phone: (602) 461-7000
Website: www.mc.maricopa.edu
Maricopa Skill Center is a 2-year, public institution.

Midwestern University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Master’s of Science Nurse Anesthesia
19555 N 59th Ave
Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone: (623) 572-3200
Website: www.midwestern.edu
Midwestern University is a 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Mohave Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238
Phone: (928) 757-4331
Website: www.mohave.edu
Mohave Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Northern Arizona University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Knoles Drive
Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4132
Phone: (928) 523-9011
Website: home.nau.edu
Northern Arizona University is a 4-year, public institution.

Northland Pioneer College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
2251 E. Navajo Blvd
Holbrook, Arizona 86025-0610
Phone: (928) 524-7600
Website: www.npc.edu
Northland Pioneer College is a 2-year, public institution.

Paradise Valley Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Phone: (602) 787-6500
Website: www.pvc.maricopa.edu
Paradise Valley Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Phoenix College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1202 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Phone: (602) 264-2492
Website: www.pc.maricopa.edu
Phoenix College is a 2-year, public institution.

Pima Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85709-5000
Phone: (520) 206-4500
Website: www.pima.edu
Pima Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Pima Medical Institute

Nursing Programs Offered:
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
957 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Phone: (480) 644-0267
Website: www.pmi.edu
Pima Medical Institute is a 2-year, private for-profit institution.

Rio Salado College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone: (480) 517-8000
Website: www.rio.maricopa.edu
Rio Salado College is a 2-year, public institution.

Scottsdale Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
9000 E Chaparral Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
Phone: (480) 423-6000
Website: www.sc.maricopa.edu
Scottsdale Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

University of Arizona

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1401 E University
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
Phone: (520) 621-2211
Website: www.arizona.edu
University of Arizona is a 4-year, public institution.

University of Phoenix-Phoenix-Hohokam Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
4635 East Elwood Street
Phoenixn Arizona 85040-1958
Phone: (800) 776-4867
Website: www.phoenix.edu
University of Phoenix-Phoenix-Hohokam Campus is a 4-year, private for-profit institution.

University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program less than one year Vocational Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
300 S. Craycroft Road
Tucson, Arizona 85711-4574
Phone: (800) 659-8988
Website: www.phoenix.edu
University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus is a 4-year, private for-profit institution.

Yavapai College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1100 E Sheldon St
Prescott, Arizona 86301
Phone: (928) 445-7300
Website: www.yc.edu
Yavapai College is a 2-year, public institution.


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