Arizona Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

Choosing a nursing school can be an intimidating process, especially with the many programs offered in the state of Arizona. Arizona’s colleges and universities feature undergraduate and graduate program in a wide range of nursing specializations, ranging from nursing educator and clinical leader to pediatric nurse practitioner and family health. The following guide provides you with an overview of the programs offered throughout the state of Arizona. If you require flexibility and convenience, consider earning a nursing degree from an online university, such as Western Governors University, Kaplan University, or Walden University.

Arizona School Facts:

  • 22 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 9 colleges and universities offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 8 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Pima Medical Institute – Tucson 71%.1
  • Highest net price: Brookline College – Phoenix $24,823.1
  • Lowest net price: Arizona State University $12,369.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Arizona with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $20,364 – $26,231.2
  • 2 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Arizona State University (21) and The University of Arizona (32).

Continue below to read the profiles of several undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at Arizona’s colleges and universities.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Arizona

University of Arizona
The University of Arizona allows undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) upon successful completion of the four-year, 120 credit program. Students spend the first two years of the program fulfilling university requirements in math, science, and English before entering into the nursing major for the final two years. Nursing core courses encompass such topics as foundations in nursing care, pharmacology, acute and chronic illness management, mental health nursing, and transition to the professional nursing role. Successful applicants to the program, which is extremely competitive, must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the first two years of study with most students having a minimum of a 3.4 GPA throughout the four-year program.

Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is offered at its Flagstaff, Tucson, and Yuma campuses with each campus admitting a select number of students each year. The program is typically very competitive, with over 600 applications each year and only 160 open seats in the program. Flagstaff accepts only 60 applicants each year. In addition to general college and liberal studies core coursework, nursing majors must also complete 67 nursing credits, including a senior capstone project, to fulfill degree requirements. Graduates of the nursing program are generally eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Arizona

Arizona State University
Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation features three masters programs: the Master of Science Nurse Educator, the Master of Healthcare Innovation, and the Master of Science in Clinical Research Management. The MS in Nurse Educator program allows graduate students to concentrate in adult and geriatric health, family health, family psych mental health, neonatal, and pediatrics. Students complete 15 credits in nursing education, including committing to a practicum that allows for hands-on educational experience. To fulfill degree requirements, students must take a total of 38 credits with the remaining credits in the area of concentration. Successful applicants to the program must already possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University affords graduate students the opportunity to complete their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) either on campus or online. The MSN program features concentrations in health care informatics, nursing education, nursing leadership in health care systems, public health, family nurse practitioner, acute nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse specialist. Each concentration requires graduate students to complete a practicum at a clinical facility. Students generally must dedicate between 150 and 650 hours to clinical rotations, depending on the concentration. Successful applicants to the program must already possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing and must have completed prerequisite courses in statistics, health assessment, and research.

Reviews of Arizona Nursing Programs

Arizona College
4425 W Olive Ave #300
Glendale, AZ 85302
(877) 612-9316

Arizona College was a great experience. They’re a great school if you’re looking to get into the medical profession, particularly if you’ve been out school for awhile. The staff is extremely helpful. The class sizes are small, so there’s plenty of opportunity to focus on and improve your weak points. They do everything in their power to help place you once you finish their program. They include services like resume building, mock interviews, and if for any reason you end up leaving a position, they’ll do what they can to help you find a new one. I looked into several nursing programs and talked with the student administration of a variety of colleges in the area and I’m really glad that I chose Arizona College.” – Student at Arizona College

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211

I had a great experience attending the University of Arizona. I enjoyed that they offered many courses online, which helped with flexibility. They made it easy to continue my education, as well as work as a full-time staff nurse. My professors and advisor were very helpful in coordinating my class to ensure a smooth process to graduation. Each online course was only 8 weeks and I enjoyed moving at a face pace through the materials. The program also served as a great networking opportunity to meet other nurses in my field. I liked that even the online courses incorporated group work. The only thing I would improve is the availability of the professors for extra assistance in difficult courses.” – Student at University of Arizona

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. College Prowler: https://collegeprowler.com/search/t-traditional/sm1-nursing/d-bachelor/st-az