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.

  • LPN Programs in Arizona

    Coconino Community College
    2800 S Lone Tree Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
    (928) 527-1222 Visit Homepage
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    East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
    1601 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
    (480) 461-4000 Visit Homepage
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    Estrella Mountain Community College - Southwest Skill Center
    3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392
    (623) 935-8000 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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    GateWay Community College
    108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
    (602) 286-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Mohave Community College
    3400 Highway 95, Bullhead, AZ 86442
    (928) 758-3926 Visit Homepage
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    Paradise Valley Community College
    18401 N. 32nd Street Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    (602) 787-6500 Visit Homepage
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    Pima Community College
    401 North Bonita Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85709-5000
    (520) 206-4500 Visit Homepage
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    Scottsdale Community College
    9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
    (480) 423-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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 (

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