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 – Tucson 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 Tucson Nursing College
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 $82,330 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 $60,040, per year, to the highest-paid Nurses earning as much as $105,520 per year.
Updated 09/2023. 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 2020, there were 58,480 RNs employed in Arizona.
Registered Nurses jobs in Arizona are projected to grow by 39% between 2020 and 2030.
RN employment in the United States is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031, creating 203,200 new nursing jobs.
Updated August 2023: Data Source: 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.