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.

We integrate teaching/learning, discovery/research and practice/service scholarship, especially focused on:

  • Reducing risks and promoting health in vulnerable populations
  • Advancing optimal functionality for healthy aging
  • Understanding mechanisms to prevent, reduce and treat biological injury

We stand for:

  • Caring for and about people’s health and health care, now and in the future
  • Recognized excellence in nursing leadership and healthcare education, research and practice. We are ranked among the top 6% of nursing graduate schools by US News and World Report.
  • Access to learning through leading-edge online technology (courses that are completely web-based or blended with intensive face-to-face learning)
  • Advancing global nursing development through collaborative connections with universities in Mexico and Asia

Dean: Joan Shaver, Ph.D.

College Features

Our faculty:

  • 76 faculty and appointed professionals
  • 27 active and emeriti faculty Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Renowned cancer fatigue professor appointed as Chair of Nursing Research at Scottsdale Healthcare/University of Arizona
  • 9 Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 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: 774 (pre-professional nursing, baccalaureate, master’s, post-master’s certificate, Ph.D., and D.N.P.)
  • Over 27% of entry program students are Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Asian; 11% are male
  • A consistent ninety-five percent first-time pass rate on the national registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Four times more Ph.D. graduates than average nursing Ph.D. programs 
  • Online doctoral programs (Ph.D., D.N.P.) with multinational student cohorts
  • Over 5,500 graduates
  • Represent 48 states and 17 different countries

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, Chief Nursing Officer, Salem Health, Salem Oregon
  • Mary Doyle, Tucson Nurse Executive Group Member and Quality Management Coordinator, Southern AZ Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHSC)
  • 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

College Statistics

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

Degrees offered: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Master of Science, Entry to the Profession of Nursing (M.E.P.N.)
  • Master of Science, Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (R.N. to M.S.)
    • Associates Degree in Nursing to Masters Program
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Master of Science Program
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Family-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner