Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school, as well as other FAQs from prospective students here at our Arizona College of Nursing – Tempe campus.
LPN School vs BSN School: What is the difference?
It is important to understand the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school. These factors can impact your nursing career path and your educational roadmap. Our campus leaders and experienced professionals are here to help you every step of your journey. CLICK HERE to read our latest blog article detailing the differences between an LPN school and a BSN school.
Other Frequently Asked Questions At Our Tempe Nursing College
The Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program at Arizona College of Nursing in Tempe is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). All Arizona College of Nursing campuses are also institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
To be licensed by the Arizona Board of Nursing, you must hold a Diploma, Associate Degree, or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an educational program approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and pass the NCLEX licensing examination.
Registered Nurses in AZ have a median salary of $78,260 per year.
As you will be newly entering the workforce, it’s important to know that you will likely not start at the median rate but would likely increase your earnings with experience.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Registered Nurses in AZ range from a low rate of $60,750, per year, to the highest-paid Nurses earning as much as $100,200 per year.
Updated 2022. Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/29-1141.00?st=AZ
Registered nurses held about 3.1 million jobs in 2020.
Updated 2022. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-3
We make it easy to apply for transfer credit. You’ll need to request two things from your previous institution(s):
- An official transcript
- A copy of the course catalog
Read more about Arizona College’s transfer requirements.
Arizona College accepts numerous types of financial aid. Students may be eligible for a wide variety of options, including but not limited to:
- Federal student loans (payments can begin after you’re done with school)
- Federal PELL and SEOG grants (do not have to be repaid)
- State-based grant programs (do not have to be repaid)
- Work-study (on-campus employment)
- Private educational loans
- Military veteran educational benefits (available at some campuses)
Read more about financial aid at Arizona College.
Yes. While every student’s schedule may vary due to prior academic experience, you’ll start your BSN degree program with evening general education courses. In addition, some general education courses are offered in a convenient on-campus/online hybrid format.
We offer general education courses in the evening because we know students are busy and often can’t immediately change their entire schedule when starting Nursing school.
Once you begin your Core Nursing courses, your schedule will shift to daytime classes.
As of 2021, there were 40,120 RNs employed in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area.
The BLS projects Registered Nurse jobs in Arizona will grow by 35% between 2018 and 20218.
RN employment in the United States is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, creating 276,800 new nursing jobs.
Updated 2022: Data Source Local Job Growth: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/29-1141.00?st=AZ
There are various parts of the cost to become a nurse in the state of Arizona. First, you must complete an accredited nursing program.
Next, the Arizona State Board of Nursing requires an RN Endorsement ($150), an RN Exam Fee and Licensure Fee ($300), an RN Re-Exam Fee ($100), and a fingerprint fee ($50).
In Arizona, you may take NCLEX as many times as necessary to pass successfully. However, if at the time of licensure, it has been more than two years since you completed the clinical portion of your nursing program, you will be required to take and pass a nurse refresher course.