Arizona offers students a wide variety of nursing education, including The Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation in Phoenix. This program has evolved from a small baccalaureate program to one of the largest nursing colleges in the U.S. with bachelor, master and doctorate degrees offered. Other campus programs include the Arizona State University’s college of nursing in Tempe, Arizona State College’s school of nursing in Yuma, and a variety of community campus programs that offer RN and LPN certifications.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $12,000 and $68,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Most hospitals in Arizona are located in Phoenix, with the 690-bed St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center listed as the largest in this city as well as in the state. This facility is the only Arizona hospital to be voted a “Best Place to Work in the Valley” five years in a row. They also were named a top hospital by Ranking Arizona Magazine and are routinely recognized as one of the country’s best neuroscience centers by U.S. News & World Report. Other facilities in the state include hospitals in Tuscon and in smaller areas such as Yuma, Bullhead City, Page and Flagstaff.