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College of Nursing

Established in 1957, the University of Arizona College of Nursing is leading through innovative learning. As a top school in the country for strengthening the nursing workforce, the College of Nursing prepares entry and advanced clinical and scientific practice nurse leaders for delivering comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate health care; shaping health policy for individuals, families, communities and care systems; and advancing care through health informatics and technologies.

Students traditionally start out in the Pre-Professional Nursing major and apply to enter the professional Bachelor Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the end of the their sophomore year.

Pre-Professional Nursing students are encouraged to participate in the student organization, Professional Achievements in Nursing (P.A.I.N.). Pre-Professional Nursing students will explore nursing as a career and gain insight into admission to the nursing major.


Primary Address: The University of Arizona
PO Box 210203
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Mailing Address: 1305 N. Martin Avenue
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Phone: (520) 626-6154
Fax: (520) 626-6426


Our faculty:

  • Faculty and appointed professionals: 76
  • 27 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 9 Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Renowned cancer fatigue professor appointed as Chair of Nursing Research at Scottsdale Healthcare/University of Arizona
  • Leading pediatric diabetes faculty scholar appointed as Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professor to advance nursing science
  • Members of the National Institute for Nursing Research
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars
  • Gladys E. Sorensen Endowned Professor of diabetes study and Anne Furrow Endowed Professor of pediatrics study

Our students:

  • Student enrollment: 1100 (Pre-Professional Nursing, BSN, MEPN, RN to MSN, Certificate, PhD, and DNP)
  • Over 27% of entry program students are Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Asian; 11% are male
  • Ninety-five percent pass rate on the national registered nurse licensing examination
  • Four times more PhD graduates than average nursing PhD programs
  • Online doctoral programs (PhD, DNP, RN to MSN) with multinational student cohorts
  • Over 5,500 graduates

Alumni highlights:

  • Marla J. Weston, Chief Executive Officer, American Nurses Association
  • Carol Moffett, Captain, Senior Clinical Nurse Research, National Institutes of Diabetes
  • Isabel Duff, Associate Director of Patient Services/Nurse Executive, Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center
  • Elias Provencio-Vasquez, University of Texas El Paso, School of Nursing
  • Linda R. Phillips, Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Nursing at UCLA School of Nursing
  • Pamela S. Hinds, Director of the Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes and Co-director for the Translational Science Center, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Anne McNamara, Dean, College of Nursing, Grand Canyon University
  • Marty Enriquez, Vice President for Patient Care Services, University Medical Center
  • Mary Doyle, Tucson Nurse Executive Group Member and Tucson Nurses Week Board Member
  • Eileen T. Breslin, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and President-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Accreditation, Approvals, and Affiliations:

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing.


Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Master Entry to the Profession of Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (RN to MSN)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degrees Offered