Become a Nurse in Arizona – Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Arizona State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/1/2020

Licensing Requirements – Arizona
Nursing Licenses in Arizona Master’s Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Yes
Nurse Practitioner Yes
Certified Nurse-Midwife Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No
Certified Nursing Assistant No
School Nurse No

Arizona Nursing Salaries

Arizona Nursing Salaries
AZ Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Flagstaff Annual Mean Wage Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Annual Mean Wage Tucson Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $54,090 $54,820 $56,000 $50,460
Registered Nurse $77,000 $78,880 $78,080 $74,450
Nurse Midwife $114,900 Not Available $105,030 Not Available
Nurse Practitioner $110,750 $105,190 $108,070 $114,890
Nurse Anesthetist $144,670 Not Available $142,720 Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arizona in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Arizona. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Arizona, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Arizona nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Arizona, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Arizona is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Arizona

In accordance with the Rules of the State Board of Nursing in Arizona, Registered nurse practitioners may be granted prescriptive authority under Schedule II-V. APRNs may not prescribe refills for Schedule II drugs, but may prescribe five refills in six months for Schedule III-IV drugs, and one year of refills for Schedule V drugs. A total of 45 contact hours in pharmacology within the last three years are required.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Arizona

Recognized APRN roles in Arizona include: registered nurse practitioner (RNP), certified nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). RNPs and CNSs practice within one or more population foci.

Education: Master’s degree or higher from an approved advanced practice nursing program

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Fees:

  • $150 Application Fee
  • $50 Fingerprinting Fee

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: APRN certificates expire when the holder’s RN license expires. Evidence of a national certification or recertification is required.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Arizona

Education: Diploma, associate degree, or baccalaureate degree in nursing from an approved program

Examination: NCLEX

Fees:

  • $150 Application Fee
  • $150 Writing for NCLEX Fee
  • $50 Fingerprinting Fee

Renewal: Registered nurse (RN) licenses must be renewed through the Arizona Board of Nursing every four years. The renewal fee is $160 plus the completion of 960 practice hours over the five-year period or an advanced practice nursing degree.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as registered nurses in another state may apply for endorsement. A $150 application fee and $50 fingerprinting fee are required. Licensure by endorsement must be confirmed by verification of an original state license.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse or how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) in Arizona

Education: An approved nursing assistant program or at least 120 hours.

Examination: Written and manual skills competency exams.

Fees: $50 CNA/LNA Endorsement

Additional Information: CNAs must be listed on the CNA registry for endorsement as a CNA in Arizona.

Renewal: CNA and LNA recognitions are renewed every two years. For CNA registered nurses there is no renewal fee. For LNAs there is a $50 fee for every 2-year renewal. CNAs are required to provide evidence of at least 8 hours of work in the past two year period while LNAs are required to provide evidence of 160 hours of work in the last two years.

Learn more on how to become a certified nursing assistant.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistant and licensed nursing assistant was retrieved from the Arizona State Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice

Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

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