Nursing Schools in Tucson, AZ with Program Overviews

Jan 29, 2019

The Tucson, AZ, area has two schools that offer nursing programs within 10 miles of downtown. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Tucson Nursing Programs

There are only a couple schools in the Tucson, AZ, area that offer nursing programs. Read about these two schools, both of which are conveniently located less than 20 minutes from downtown Tucson. In the following section is a handy table comparing the two schools.

  • Students can earn a certificate or an associate's degree in nursing at Pima Community College's West Campus, which is just over six miles from downtown Tucson.
  • The University of Arizona, which is located less than two miles from downtown Tucson, offers a bachelor's degree in nursing, a master's degree in nursing, a doctoral degree in nursing practice and a doctoral degree in nursing focused on research.

Comparison of Schools

It can be hard to choose the right school. The table below allows for easy comparison of school information, such as tuition rates, enrollment numbers, graduation rates and more.

Pima Community College University of Arizona
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,347* 43,751*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $2,118 in-state; $7,434 out-of-state* $11,877 in-state; $35,307 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 67%* 86%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission 84%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates (2016-2017) 64%* 83%*
Graduation Rate 16% (22% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014* 64% for students who began Fall 2011*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Pima Community College

Students enrolled in this school's nursing program are expected to participate in theoretical concept courses, laboratory course components that provide hands-on training and clinical work for developing professional skills. In addition to general education courses, nursing students need to pass support courses covering drug calculations, human nutrition, writing, human development, microbiology and pharmacology basics.

Practical Nurse Career Training Certificate

In this 1,380-hour program, students take courses in patient care, health care fundamentals, anatomy and microbiology. Studies in pediatric and neonatal nursing are also required. This is a non-credit program. After obtaining this certificate, graduates can take the national licensing exam or enter the associate's degree program.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

In addition to core courses required in pharmacology and nursing trends, students need to complete a 4-series nursing process sequence of courses that consists of clinical labs. Other required courses are taken in microbiology, human development, psychology and English composition. A total of 74-76 credit hours is required for graduation. Students who graduate from this program can take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students can also choose to continue their education at a 4-year school.

University of Arizona

Students can find nursing programs offered by the University of Arizona's College of Nursing. This school also offers work and training opportunities at the Arizona Health Sciences Center's University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students interested in enrolling in this 120-credit program are required to pass prerequisite courses in nutrition, anatomy, lifespan development, chemistry, microbiology and statistics as part of the pre-professional nursing curriculum. Major courses include population health, nursing leadership techniques, illness management, nursing pharmacology, pathophysiology and nursing care.

Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing

This program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field and want to start a career in nursing. Before entering this program, students are required to complete prerequisite courses in chemistry, physiology, anatomy, human nutrition, human lifespan development, microbiology and statistics. Enrolled students take graduate courses in nurse pharmacology, pathophysiology, community health, altered health conditions, practice competencies and nursing research methods. This program requires 56 credits for graduation.

Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership

This online program was created for working registered nurses looking to earn a master's degree and can be earned in as little as 15 months. Coursework covers safety techniques, quality control, leadership techniques, systems management and health care technology. Graduates of the program may qualify for nursing management positions.

Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs

Students interested in post-master's studies can choose to enroll in psychiatric mental health, adult-gerontology acute care, pediatric or family nurse practitioner certificate programs. These programs can take registered nurses four semesters to complete, and some coursework is completed online. Students in any concentration need to participate in 540 hours of clinical work. Not all specialties are offered every year.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program trains students to participate in nursing research, lead practice teams and contribute to policy change. Options are available for students who hold bachelor's or master's degrees, and both programs include online coursework.

The Master of Science in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program was designed for unrestricted registered nurses who are also certified as nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or nurse midwives. Students who wish to become nurse practitioners can enroll in a full- or part-time format. The program consists of 35 degree units.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

This program is designed for those who wish to go into nursing research. Students have two program options. The first option is an accelerated program that allows advanced students who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing to enroll in a 4-year, 79-credit-hour fast-track curriculum. The second is a 3-year, 64-credit-hour program that was designed for students who hold a master's degree. While most courses are taken online, students may be required to attend occasional on-campus seminars. Prior to graduation, students complete a doctoral dissertation and comprehensive examinations. Students can also choose to enroll in a dual Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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