Which Arizona Nursing Schools Offer RN Programs?

Learn about nursing programs for registered nurses (RNs) in Arizona. Get information about degrees available and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

During a nursing education program, you can expect to take courses in clinical practices, nursing theory and pharmacology as well as complete practical rotations through several areas within a healthcare organization. In Arizona, you can complete your studies preparing you for your national exam at the associate's, bachelor's and post-baccalaureate levels.

What You Need to Know

There are several nursing programs offered through public colleges and universities in Arizona. You can earn an associate's degree to prepare for the registered nurse licensing exam. Bachelor's degree programs are offered for students seeking initial RN licensure (with or without already holding a bachelor's degree), as well as for RNs who don't already have a bachelor's degree. The curriculum generally requires lecture classes and lab sessions. Online classes are an option at one school, and one school offers a fully online RN-to-BSN program.

Associate's degree programs require prerequisite coursework. You may also need to submit fingerprints and drug test results and prove CPR certification. Bachelor's degree programs may also require transcripts, references and standardized test scores. RN-to-BSN program applicants must submit proof of their RN licensure. Associate's degree programs may qualify students for continued study in a bachelor's degree program; bachelor's degree graduates may qualify for contiued study in a graduate program. Keep reading to see if one of these programs is right for you.

Associate Degrees in Arizona

Cochise College

After you complete the first professional year of the program (after the prerequisite year), you can sit for the NCLEX-PN to become a licensed practical nurse. After completing the second professional year, you are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become a licensed registered nurse in Arizona. Your program includes courses in medication math, microbiology, pharmacology and developmental psychology.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 3 years (including 1 year taking prerequisites courses)
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,848 per year for residents; $6,000 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 1 year taking prerequisite courses in physiology, anatomy, English and psychology
  • Requirements: Admission to college, application to nursing program, Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) test, background check, drug screening and fingerprinting
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 4,400 students (all undergraduates)

Pima Community College

You take courses in nursing process, issues and trends in nursing, microbiology, developmental psychology, drug calculations and pharmacology. Once you graduate from the program, you can sit for the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse. You also have the opportunity transfer to a 4-year institution to study for a bachelor's degree.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,974 per year for residents; $8,610 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in reading, math, chemistry, biology, social science and psychology
  • Requirements: Fingerprinting, toxicology screening urine test, immunization, TB skin test, health insurance and healthcare provider CPR card
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 28,100 undergraduates

Bachelor Degrees in Arizona

Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff

Courses in this program are offered in classrooms, online and in clinical labs located on-site. In your third year, you begin taking courses in nursing, including gerontology, palliative care, case management, nursing leadership and mental health nursing.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Program Length: 5 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,358 per year for residents; $23,348 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in English, biology or chemistry, math or statistics, psychology, nutrition, physiology, anatomy, microbiology with lab and all Northern Arizona University's requirements for liberal studies
  • Requirements: Transcripts, two references, KAPLAN admission exam, 8 hours each of healthcare work and volunteer experiences as well as applications to School of Nursing, Northern State University and specific program
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 27,700 students (23,300 undergraduates)

Arizona State University

This program is totally online. It consists of nursing courses and one writing course, and you are not required to complete clinicals. You take courses in nursing theory, community nursing, nursing innovation, health promotion and the nursing art.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Program Length: 14-18 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,158 per year for residents; $25,458 per year for non-residents (2015-2016) (for general main campus, specific program information unavailable)
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses in English composition and statistics; co-requisite courses in physiology, anatomy, microbiology, chemistry, psychology and math
  • Requirements: RN license for your state of residence
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 50,300 students (40,000 undergraduates)

Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Arizona

Arizona State University

Nursing courses include nursing theory, nursing practice, evidence-based practice, childbearing families, nursing concepts and practices, pediatrics nursing concepts and practices and gerontological nursing. At the end of the program, you can take the NCLEX-RN exam. You will also be eligible to apply to graduate studies in nursing.

  • Program Name: Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Program Length: 12 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,158 per year for residents; $25,458 per year for non-residents (2015-2016) (for general main campus, specific program information unavailable)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree (not in nursing), admitted as a major in healthy lifestyles coaching, courses in biology, chemistry and microbiology with labs
  • Requirements: Fingerprinting, healthcare providers (HCP) CPR, basic life support (BLS), test of essential academic skills, essay questions, application and meeting with academic advisor
  • Requirements: RN license for your state of residence
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 50,300 students (40,000 undergraduates)

Associate's degree nursing programs that allow you to apply for licensure can be found at Cochise County Community College and Pima Community College; programs leading to a BSRN degree can be found through Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University where, Arizona State also offers post-baccalaureate studies preparing you for graduate nursing education.

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