RN to BSN in Arizona

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.

Featured Arizona Nurse

Hilary Erickson BSN, L&D RN
Labor and Delivery 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

Application Deadlines

  • September 23, 2015 is the deadline for October 14, 2015 start
  • December 14, 2015 is the deadline for January 11, 2016 start
  • February 16, 2016 is the deadline for March 15, 2016 start
  • Regular admission to Arizona State University Online nursing program - apply as an undergraduate Nursing Major
  • The program can be completed in 15 to 18 months.
  • Students may transfer up to 64 credits from a community college and students on the Arizona Pathway may transfer up to 75 credits.
  • The program consists of 45 upper division nursing credits.
  • Start dates take place five times throughout the year - twice in the spring and fall, once in the summer.
Online University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287

Brookline College

$ 16,400 program total

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program can be completed in as little as 10 months but takes no longer than 16 months, depending on the number of transfer credits a student brings.
  • Students are given 54 transfer credits for their registered nursing license and must take 30 core nursing credits at Brookline College.
  • The program includes a clinical component in the format of virtual clinical experiences and interviews as clinical assignments.
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Grand Canyon University

$ 465 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program consists of 36 nursing credit hours and 84 elective credit hours.
  • Courses last five weeks; the program lasts 48 months typically.
  • The RN to BSN program is also available at the Phoenix campus and extension locations in Arizona and New Mexico meeting one night per week with the majority of coursework completed online.
Hybrid and Online 3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Northern Arizona University

$ 403 resident
$ 836 nonresident

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1st
  • Summer: May 1st
  • Spring: December 1st
  • The program consists of a minimum of 73 units of major requirements and at least 47 units of professional requirements.
  • The program requires 120 credit hours for graduation and culminates in a capstone course.
  • At least 30 units of coursework are taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses.
  • The RN to BSN program is available on the Flagstaff, Tucson North, Fort Defiance and Yuma campuses.
Campus 1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4132

University of Phoenix

$ 395 per credit lower division
$ 510 per credit upper division

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program totals 120 credit hours comprised of 11 required nursing courses and various elective courses.
  • The RN to BSN program is available online in Colorado, at the Colorado Main Campus and at the Turnpike Learning Center.
Campus and Online
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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.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

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.

Practice & Care

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.

Interprofessional Care

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.

Contact Info

Marie Fredette

Executive Director
Arizona Association for Home Care

Pamela Randolph

Associate Director of Education and Evidence Based Regulation
Arizona State Board of Nursing

Robin Schaeffer

Executive Director
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 Licensing

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.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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