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, we educate entry and advanced practice nurse leaders to deliver comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate health care; shape health policy for individuals, families, communities and care systems; and advance nursing science through innovative research, technology and collaboration.


We integrate teaching/learning, discovery/research and practice/service scholarship with an emphasis on our three Areas of Research Excellence:

  • Biobehavioral Neuroscience
    Body and mind interactions in the context of wellness and illness with particular emphasis on cognitive and affective symptoms
  • Health Disparities and Illness Self-Management
    Health equity and health disparities reduction through improved illness self-management
  • Population Health & Wellness: Health Promotion, Systems and Informatics
    Restoring, preserving and promoting health/wellness within populations and systems


We stand for:

  • Caring for and about people’s health and health care, now and in the future, through team-based collaboration and connected care.
  • Accelerating excellence in nursing leadership and health-care education, research and practice. We are ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Innovating improved health care, enabled and enriched through health-related technologies.
  • Enhancing learning access through leading-edge online technology and virtual learning communities.
  • Advancing global nursing impact through collaborative connections with worldwide universities.

Dean: Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN


College Features


Our faculty:

  • 137 faculty and staff associates
  • 30 active and emeriti faculty Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 10 active and emeriti faculty Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Four active faculty Fellows of the American Heart Association
  • 41 faculty who are active members of the Beta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society for nursing, recognized 9 times with key chapter awards
  • Leading faculty scholars appointed as Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professor (diabetes) and Anne Furrow Endowed Professor (pediatrics)
  • Three Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars


Our students:

  • Student enrollment: more than 1,000 (BSN, MEPN, RN-MS, PhD, DNP and post-master’s certificate)
  • Approximately 36 percent of our students identify as Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander; 13 percent are male
  • A consistent 95 percent or higher first-time pass rate on the national registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Online doctoral programs (PhD, DNP) with multinational student cohorts
  • Over 6,800 graduates worldwide, including more than 3,000 in Arizona


Alumni highlights:

  • Marla J. Weston, Chief Executive Officer, American Nurses Association
  • Rebecca Kuhn, President, Arizona East Region, Banner Health
  • Patty White, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Marty Enriquez, Chief Nursing Officer, Salem Health, Oregon
  • Carol Moffett, Captain, Senior Clinical Nurse Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Isabel Duff, Associate Director of Patient Services/Nurse Executive, Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center, California
  • 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.
  • Cecil B. Drain, Dean, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus
  • Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Dean and Professor, University of Texas El Paso School of Nursing
  • Eileen T. Breslin, Dean, School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Rudy Valenzuela, Founder and President/CEO, Camillus Health Center in San Luis, Ariz., and Clínica Santa María de Guadalupe in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, México


College Statistics

The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Degree programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Master of Science, Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) – offered in Tucson and Phoenix
  • Master of Science, Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (RN to MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Dual DNP/PhD
Website: Primary Address:
The University of Arizona
PO Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203
United States
Mailing Address:
1305 N. Martin Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Email: Phone Number:
(520) 626-6154
Fax:
(520) 626-6426