Becoming an LPN in Arizona
The state of Arizona has made it their mission to protect the welfare of the public while making sure that every healthcare provider is trained and licensed. As a participant in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), Arizona allows nurses from other NLC states to practice in the state without an Arizona License. Individuals not licensed in an NLC state can become an LPN in Arizona by exam or endorsement. By 2024 the state should see a 17% increase in LPN jobs per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2017 Best LPN Programs in Arizona
If you're looking to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state of Arizona, you have 10 schools to choose from. LPN programs are offered in community colleges, state schools, vocational centers, and private career schools, and can be found in large cities like Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. After an extensive review of NCLEX-PN scores across the state, we've compiled a list of the top 5 LPN schools in Arizona.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)19000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 - (480) 423-6000 -
Scottsdale Community College (SCC), located in Scottsdale, Arizona, prides themselves on providing challenging and supportive learning experiences. With a commitment to high-quality, collaborative education supported by students, faculty, and staff, SCC enables lifelong educational, professional, and personal goals that are both affordable and easily accessible.21202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 - (602) 285-7800 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Phoenix College website.3108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 - (602) 286-8000 -
Visit the Gateway Community College nursing website to learn more.41245 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85034 - (602) 238-4300 -
Check out the official Maricopa Skill Center nursing program.53000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392 - (623) 935-8000 -
Learn more by visiting the Emcc - Southwest Skill Center nursing website.
Continued List of All Programs in Arizona
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Arizona LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in Arizona, applicants must receive a diploma or a certificate of completion from a state-approved practical nursing program and pass the NCLEX.
Arizona Licensing Applications and Forms (http://www.azbn.gov/Applications.aspx)
Physical strength and endurance challenges are part of the job when working as an LPN, so the applicant’s physical abilities may need to meet certain criteria before he or she is offered a job as an LPN in the state.
As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm) Arizona does not require nurses from other NLC states to hold additional licensure to practice in the state.
LPN's from states located outside of the compact area can apply for an Arizona license by endorsement. Aside from having a current license from another state, applicants must also have:
- Practiced nursing for more than 960 hours within the last 5 years.
- Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within the last 5 years.
- Obtained an advanced nursing degree within the last 5 years.
Foreign educated and licensed applicants must submit proof of having met the education and practice requirements, that he or she has competent English language skills, and has passed the NCLEX exam.
Arizona LPN licenses expire every 4 years and do not require continued education for renewal.
Additional AZ Nursing Resources
Arizona State Board of Nursing
4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014-3653
Phone: (602) 889-5150
Fax: (602) 889-5155
1. Arizona Nurses Association (http://www.aznurse.org/)
LPN Salary: Arizona vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Arizona LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Arizona was $49,800—$6,600 more than the national median income for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Arizona (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=04&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 17% increase in LPN jobs in Arizona by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 370 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Arizona Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Arizona. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale 3,720 $24.62 $51,210 Tucson 970 $23.18 $48,210 Prescott 290 $23.19 $48,220 Yuma 160 $24.32 $50,590 Lake Havasu City, Kingman 70 $20.48 $42,590 Sierra Vista, Douglas 60 $22.35 $46,480