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.

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    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 (


    Scottsdale Community College

    9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 - (480) 423-6000 - Visit Homepage

    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.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Scottsdale Community College

    Phoenix College

    1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 - (602) 285-7800 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 99.17

    GateWay Community College

    108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 - (602) 286-8000 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 97.27

    Maricopa Skill Center

    1245 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85034 - (602) 238-4300 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 95.29 - Request Info on Maricopa Skill Center

    EMCC - Southwest Skill Center

    3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392 - (623) 935-8000 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 92.34

    Continued List of All Programs in Arizona

    #6 Pima Community College
    401 North Bonita Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85709-5000
    (520) 206-4500 Visit Homepage
    91.67Request Information
    #7 Fortis College
    555 North 18th Street, Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85006
    (602) 254-3099 Visit Homepage
    89.38Request Information
    #8 Mohave Community College
    3400 Highway 95, Bullhead, AZ 86442
    (928) 758-3926 Visit Homepage
    87.87Request Information
    #9 Paradise Valley Community College
    18401 N. 32nd Street Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    (602) 787-6500 Visit Homepage
    85.00Request Information
    #10 East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
    1601 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
    (480) 461-4000 Visit Homepage
    83.08Request Information

    Programs Not Included In Rankings

    Coconino Community College
    2800 S Lone Tree Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
    (928) 527-1222 Visit Homepage
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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 (

    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 - 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.

    Learn more about Arizona LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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 (