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  • Hourly Mean Wage: $32.27
  • Annual Mean Wage: $67,130

The Southwestern state of Arizona is known for its beautiful desert scenery of mountains and mesas, toasty summers, mild winters and sprawling big cities. It is also known for natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and the Barringer Meteorite Crater, both adding to the many reasons Arizona is a fascinating place to live. The good news for would-be nurses in this state (or nurses looking to relocate here) is that the health care industry remains strong here, even though Arizona's economy has been hit hard by the recession. In fact, while other construction has declined, construction of hospitals has seen somewhat of a boom in recent years. Also, registered nurses are in demand in Arizona due to a critical nursing shortage. One study showed that the state must add nearly 50,000 registered nurses over nine years to meet the state's health care needs. This is due in part to the state's massive population growth in recent years.

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While RNs may see sharp competition for jobs in the state's larger hospitals, qualified nurses can still find numerous job opportunities at doctor's offices, home health care agencies, nursing homes and smaller outpatient clinics. The most in-demand jobs in Arizona are concentrated in and around the major metropolitan areas at Tucson, Phoenix and its suburbs, and Yuma. Some of the largest employers for registered nurses in Arizona include Banner Health, Catholic Healthcare West and Scottsdale Healthcare. Those who wish to become nurses in the state can get information about state licensure through the Arizona State Board of Nursing and search nursing schools listed on the Arizona Nurses Association website. The Arizona Nurses Association is a professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and the organization maintains a website where nurses can search for jobs, find continuing education opportunities and even connect with other nurses.

School Name: Apollo College-Phoenix Inc

Address: 8503 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85051-4063

Contact: (602) 324-5505

Website: www.apollocollege.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 29 to 1

School Name: Arizona State University

Address: Tempe, Arizona 85287

Contact: (480) 965-9011

Website: www.asu.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1

School Name: Arizona Western College

Address: 2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma, Arizona 85365-8834

Contact: (928) 317-6000

Website: www.azwestern.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: Brookline College

Address: 2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85021

Contact: (602) 242-6265

Website: www.brooklinecollege.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 28 to 1

School Name: Central Arizona College

Address: 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030

Contact: (520) 494-5444

Website: www.centralaz.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Chamberlain College of Nursing–Phoenix Campus

Address: 2149 West Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85021

Contact: (602) 331-2720

Website: www.chamberlain.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Chandler/Gilbert Community College

Address: 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499

Contact: (480) 732-7000

Website: www.cgc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1

School Name: Cochise College

Address: 4190 W Highway 80, Douglas, Arizona 85607-9724

Contact: (520) 515-0500

Website: www.cochise.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Coconino County Community College

Address: 2800 S. Lone Tree Rd., Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-2701

Contact: (928) 527-1222

Website: www.coconino.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: East Valley Institute of Technology

Address: 1601 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201

Contact: (480) 461-4000

Website: www.evit.com

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 2 to 1

School Name: Eastern Arizona College

Address: 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, Arizona 85552-0769

Contact: (928) 428-8322

Website: www.eac.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: Estrella Mountain Community College

Address: 3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, Arizona 85323-1000

Contact: (623) 935-8000

Website: www.emc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1

School Name: GateWay Community College

Address: 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Contact: (602) 392-5000

Website: www.gwc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Glendale Community College

Address: 6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85302

Contact: (623) 845-3000

Website: www.gc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1

School Name: Grand Canyon University

Address: 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85017

Contact: (800) 800-9776

Website: www.gcu.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 47 to 1

School Name: Maricopa Skill Center

Address: 1245 E Buckeye, Phoenix, Arizona 85034-4101

Contact: (602) 238-4300

Website: www.gwc.maricopa.edu/msc/index.html

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Mesa Community College

Address: 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85202

Contact: (602) 461-7000

Website: www.mc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Midwestern University

Address: 19555 N 59th Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85308

Contact: (623) 572-3200

Website: www.midwestern.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:

School Name: Mohave Community College

Address: 1971 Jagerson Ave, Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238

Contact: (928) 757-4331

Website: www.mohave.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Northern Arizona University

Address: Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4132

Contact: (928) 523-9011

Website: home.nau.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: Northland Pioneer College

Address: 2251 E. Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, Arizona 86025-0610

Contact: (928) 524-7600

Website: www.npc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 28 to 1

School Name: Paradise Valley Community College

Address: 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85032

Contact: (602) 787-6500

Website: www.pvc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Phoenix College

Address: 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Contact: (602) 264-2492

Website: www.pc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Pima Community College

Address: 401 North Bonita Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85709-5000

Contact: (520) 206-4500

Website: www.pima.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 25 to 1

School Name: Pima Medical Institute

Address: 957 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona 85202

Contact: (480) 644-0267

Website: www.pmi.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: Pima Medical Institute

Address: 3350 East Grant Road, Suite 200, Tucson, Arizona 85716

Contact: (520) 326-1600

Website: www.pmi.edu/locations/tucson.asp

Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 40 to 1

School Name: Pima Medical Institute

Address: 2160 S Power Rd, Mesa, Arizona 85209

Contact: (480) 898-9898

Website: www.pmi.edu

Type of School: < 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:

School Name: Rio Salado College

Address: 2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281

Contact: (480) 517-8000

Website: www.rio.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 33 to 1

School Name: Scottsdale Community College

Address: 9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256

Contact: (480) 423-6000

Website: www.sc.maricopa.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Southwest Skill Center-Campus of Estrella Mountain Community College

Address: 3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, Arizona 85323

Contact: (623) 535-2700

Website:

Type of School: < 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Tucson College

Address: 7310 E 22nd St, Tucson, Arizona 85710-6477

Contact: (520) 296-3261

Website: www.tucsoncollege.edu

Type of School: < 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1

School Name: University of Arizona

Address: 1401 E University, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066

Contact: (520) 621-2211

Website: www.arizona.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: University of Phoenix-Online Campus

Address: 3157 E. Elwood Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034-7209

Contact: (800) 366-9699

Website: www.uopxonline.com

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 77 to 1

School Name: University of Phoenix-Phoenix-Hohokam Campus

Address: 4635 East Elwood Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85040-1958

Contact: (800) 776-4867

Website: www.phoenix.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus

Address: 300 S. Craycroft Road, Tucson, Arizona 85711-4574

Contact: (800) 659-8988

Website: www.phoenix.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1

School Name: Yavapai College

Address: 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, Arizona 86301

Contact: (928) 445-7300

Website: www.YC.EDU

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

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