ARIZONA NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Arizona State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Arizona
Nursing Licenses in Arizona Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Y
Nurse Practitioner Y
Certified Nurse-Midwife Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N
Certified Nursing Assistant N
School Nurse N

Arizona Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $27,890
Licensed Practice Nurse: $50,770
Registered Nurse: $71,430
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Arizona can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Arizona nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

There are many paths to become 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 let us know!

Compact State Status

Arizona is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority 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 5 refills in 6 months for Schedule III-IV drugs, and one year of refills for Schedule V drugs. The cost of applying is $150. 45 contact hours in pharmacology or 3 semester hours in the last 3 years are required.

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Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Arizona

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from an Approved Program for Specialty
 
Examination
Varies for Different Certifications
 
Fees
$150 Application Fee, $50 Fingerprinting Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
 
Experience
For Nurse Practitioners, Completion of a Registered Nurse Practitioner Program within the Past 5 Years That Is Either Part of a Graduate Degree Program Or Is an Approved Registered Nurse Program of at Least 2 Semesters in Duration, Additional Experience Requirements May Be Needed for Some Certifications. Experience varies for Clinical Nurse Specialists. Applicants Who Do Not Hold the Required Certification May Still Apply for Standing as a CRNA in Arizona If They Have Completed Either of the Following in the Past 5 Years: 960 Practice Hours Or an Approved Advance Practice Nursing Education CRNA Program.
 
Certification Required
Nurse Practitioner – Certified (NP-C) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified (FNP-C) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Certified (ACNP-C) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Adult Nurse Practitioner – Certified (ANP-C) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – Certified (GNP-C) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Psychiatric/Mental Health Certified Nurse Specialist – Board Certified (PMHCNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care (CPNP-AC) from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), Womens Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) from the National Certification Corporation ( NCC), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation (NCC), Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (GCNS) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Midwife (CM) from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), or Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
 
Renewal
Advanced practice nurses do not need to apply for renewal through the Arizona Board of Nursing but still must apply for R.N. renewal and must also renew national certifications. Renewal deadlines and requirements will vary for different certifications.
 
Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Nursing Compact State Is Required for Application.

 

Registered Nurse (RN)

Education
Diploma, Associate Degree, or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an Approved Program
 
Examination
NCLEX-RN
 
Fees
$300 Application Fee, $50 Fingerprinting Fee, $200 Examination Fee
 
Renewal
Registered nurse (R.N.) 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. R.N.’s are not required to obtain continuing education requirements for renewal of their license. Learn about continuing education for RNs
 
Additional Information
None
 
Endorsement
Individuals Licensed As Registered Nurses in Another State May Apply for Endorsement. A $150 Application Fee and $50 Fingerprinting Fee Are Required. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Arizona, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Arizona.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Education
Diploma or Certificate from an Approved Program
 
Examination
NCLEX-PN
 
Fees
$300 Application Fee, $50 Fingerprinting Fee, $200 Examination Fee
 
Experience
None
 
Renewal
LPNs must renew licenses 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. LPNs are not required to obtain continuing education requirements for the renewal of their license.
 
Additional Information
None
 
Endorsement
Individuals Licensed As Registered Nurses in Another State May Apply for Endorsement. A $150 Application Fee and $50 Fingerprinting Fee Are Required. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Arizona, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Arizona.

 

Certified Nursing Assistant

Education
None
 
Examination
D&S Diversified Technologies Nursing Assistant Examination
 
Fees
$85 Examination Fee, $50 Optional Physical License Fee
 
Renewal
Certified Nursing Assistant’s (CNA’s) Are Required to Renew Nursing Assistant Certification Every 2 Years by the Last Day of the CNA’s Birth Month. Applicants Must Have Worked, Performing Nursing Assistant Duties for a Minimum of 160 Hours within the Past 2 Years.
 
Additional Information
Within 2 Years of Licensure, Nursing Assistants Must Provide a Certificate of Completion from a Nursing Assistant Program Approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, Or Proof of Completion of a Training Program of at Least 120 Hours in Another State

 

School Nurse

Education
None
 
Examination
None
 
Fees
$75 Application Fee, $50 Fingerprinting Fee
 
Experience
None
 
Certification Required
None
 
Renewal
Initial Certification Is Valid for 3 Years, at Which Point Proof of 3 Semester Hours Each in School Nurse Practice Coursework, Physical Assessment of Children, and Nursing Care for Children with Developmental Disabilities are Required. At the Next Recertification Cycle, Proof of Either a BSN or 3 Semester Hours Each in Community Health Theory and Management Theory Is Required. This Second Certification Is Valid for 6 years, at Which Point Proof of 6 Semester Hours of Graduate-Level Nursing Education or 90 Contact Hours of Continuing Education Are Required Every 6 years. The Fee for Each Recertification Cycle is $25.
 
Additional Information
Active Registered Nurse License from a Nursing Compact State Is Required for Application.

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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