Arizona is home to over 6.5 million residents, 46,290 of which are registered nurses . As of May 2014, RNs were earning an average salary of $71,430, although this can range from roughly $27,890 to $168,719, depending on degree level and licensure. Aside from Yuma, where the annual median salary is $70,527, there are no major differences in the pay grade of RNs working in various cities in Arizona. The cities of Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Sun City and Surprise are in a six-way tie, where the annual median salaries are all $67,365. Scottsdale, however, has the highest number of nursing employment opportunities due to its Healthcare Hospitals.
Currently, the Arizona Action Coalition is developing a common curriculum to help nurses seeking higher levels of education. Below we have compiled a list of all the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help aspiring Arizona nurses reach their full professional potential.
- Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
Featured Arizona Nurse
I am finding more and more that hospitals want to only hire BSN nurses. They want and need the critical thinking, business sense and ability to train other nurses, that comes from the extra year at school. It isn't so much an increase in pay but an ability to get hired that requires a BSN. As we are considering a family move, I am so glad I have a BSN behind my name!
RN-to-BSN Programs in Arizona
Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Arizona’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Arizona State University
$ 425 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| University Drive and Mill Avenue |
Tempe, AZ 85287
$ 16,400 program total
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Grand Canyon University
$ 465 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid and Online|| 3300 W Camelback Rd |
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Northern Arizona University
$ 403 resident
$ 836 nonresident
| ||School Website||N/A|| 1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center |
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4132
University of Phoenix
$ 395 per credit lower division
$ 510 per credit upper division
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Please contact the RN to BSN program in Arizona that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Arizona that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Arizona has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Arizona is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of Arizona RN’s with a BSN?
The AC is developing a common curriculum to foster uniform and seamless matriculation.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
Yes, the concurrent enrollment program has approximately 500 students enrolled.
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The AC is promoting young leaders with the 40 Under 40 program, collaborating with national leadership programs, and educating the public about the Affordable Care Act.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
Yes, the AC is implementing rule revisions with Consensus Model language and concepts.
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
No specific plans announced.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
The AC hosts speaking events and supports the Hispanic Nurses Association to provide information on the Affordable Care Act.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
The AC is working with Arizona State University to aggregate and synthesize workforce data sources and is developing a list of options for a data repository.
Arizona Association for Home Care
Arizona State Board of Nursing
Arizona Nurses Association
Source: Campaign for Action
For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Arizona Action Coalition page.
Arizona is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
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