2020 - Best LPN Programs in Arizona

Last Updated/Verified: Mar 8, 2020

With a nationwide nursing shortage, Arizona is constantly looking to hire licensed practical nurses to improve healthcare in the state. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting a 12% growth in employment for the industry, it’s no wonder why those in the state looking for a promising career pathway are opting for LPN school. Arizona LPNs earn around an hourly wage of $24.03 or annual salary of $49,970, which is roughly $5,940 more per year than national average.


Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in Arizona? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in Arizona are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 13 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 5 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.

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Details on Arizona LPN Schools & Classes

Becoming an LPN in Arizona consists of attending a school that offers an accredited LPN program, and then taking and passing the NCLEX-PN exam. Many schools in the state, from community colleges to trade schools, offer quality LPN programs for potential students to choose from, and most can be completed in as little as one year. Once enrolled in an LPN program, students will take a mixture of science and nursing courses, such as these from the LPN program at Pima Community College in Tucson:

  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology
  • Nursing Care Fundamentals
  • Pediatric Nursing for the Practical Nurse


An accredited LPN program is worth its weight in gold, as these programs are held to high academic standards. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is an excellent example of a national accreditation to watch for. The Arizona Board of Nursing also maintains a list of approved LPN programs.

Admission Requirements

Arziona LPN schools typically require the following in order to be eligible for admission:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Certified Nursing Assistant documentation may be necessary
  • Results from TEAS standardized exam
  • Math and biology proficiency

Tuition and Costs

While the cost of an LPN program can depend on many factors, including type of school, duration of program, and others, all students will need to cover the cost of tuition, mandatory school/program fees, and course materials. For example, tuition fees for the LPN program at Pima Community College in Tucson runs roughly $15,500. This does not include any additional expenses, such as textbooks, application fees, or uniforms.

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/licensure-certification/applications-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. Arizona LPN licenses expire every 4 years and do not require continued education for renewal.

NCLEX Exam Information

The NCLEX-PN exam must be taken and passed by students once they graduate from an LPN program. The exam covers topics such as health promotion and maintenance, physiological integrity, and more. To learn more about the NCLEX-PN, be sure to take a look at our overview, and feel free to take our NCLEX-PN practice exam in order to prepare for the real test.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, Arizona does not require nurses from other NLC states to hold additional licensure to practice in the state. As of January 2018, Arizona will be moving forward with the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which adds additional requirements to the multistate license application. Nurses with an original NLC multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC. 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. For detailed information about LPN endorsement by application in Arizona check out: https://www.azbn.gov/licensure-certification/registered-nurse-practical-nurse/licensure-by-endorsement/

LPN Salary in Arizona 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.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale3,720$24.62$51,210
Lake Havasu City, Kingman70$20.48$42,590
Sierra Vista, Douglas60$22.35$46,480

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Arizona LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Arizona LPN Programs


Paradise Valley Community College

18401 N. 32nd Street Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85032 - (602) 787-6500 - Visit Homepage

Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is one of ten colleges, two skill-centers, and many satellite locations that make up the Maricopa Community College Districted located throughout the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. PVCC aspires to create engaging lifelong educational relationships what not only inspires all learners, but supports their capacity for personal growth, increasing positive social change.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Paradise Valley Community College

Northland Pioneer College

1001 W Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901 - (180) 026-6784 x5 - Visit Homepage

Aspiring LPNs enrolled in Northland Pioneer College's Show Low, AZ campus practical nursing program will be on their way to a rewarding healthcare career in no time. NPC's small class sizes, hands-on clinical experiences, and affordable tuition make earning a PN certificate a breeze.

Overall Score: 98.84

GateWay Community College (Maricopa CC)

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

Phoenix's GateWay Community College (GWCC) offers a Fast Track Practical Nursing program that can be completed in just 18 months. GWCC's economical and convenient program blends theory lectures and skills practice to give students a holistic nursing education.

Overall Score: 97.64

Pima Community College

401 North Bonita Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85709-5000 - (520) 206-4500 - Visit Homepage

Pima has been offering specialized, quality health care training in the Tucson community since 1972, allowing them to build great relationships in the area that have led to consistent student satisfaction and quality partnerships with the medical community. It’s a great place to call home and gain an excellent education.

Overall Score: 97.39

Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development

5901 South Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, AZ 85709 - (520) 206-5100 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 95.72

Continued List of All Programs in Arizona

#6 Cochise College
901 Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
(800) 966-7943 Visit Homepage
94.08Request Information
#7 Mohave Community College
3400 Highway 95, Bullhead, AZ 86442
(928) 758-3926 Visit Homepage
89.48Request Information
#8 East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
1601 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 461-4000 Visit Homepage
70.86Request Information
#9 Arizona Western College
2020 S Ave 8 E, Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 317-6000 Visit Homepage
64.11Request Information

Programs Not Included In Rankings

Eastern Arizona College
615 N Stadium Ave, Thatcher, AZ Thatcher
(800) 678-3808 Visit Homepage
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Fortis College
555 North 18th Street, Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 254-3099 Visit Homepage
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Pima Medical Institute (Mesa)
957 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
(800) 477-7462 Visit Homepage
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Pima Medical Institute (Tucson)
2121 N Craycroft Rd Building 1, Tuscon, AZ 85712
(800) 477-7462 Visit Homepage
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2017 Arizona LPN Program NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

  • Total NCLEX-PN Takers = 466
  • Total NCLEX-PN Passers = 431
  • Total NCLEX-PN Pass Rate Average = 92.49%

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