School of Nursing

Make a difference 

As a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, you’ll make a difference every day.  You’ll learn ways to positively impact the lives and health of individuals, families, and communities—at home and abroad.

Competitive admissions


We have a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as well as an RN-to-BSN option and accelerated BSN program for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another area.

In the past, we have had as many as 650 applicants to our pre-licensure traditional BSN programs, and we don’t use a waitlist.

We typically admit:

  • 60 students to our Flagstaff campus
  • 30 students to our Accelerated second degree program
  • 40 students to our Tucson campus
  • 20 students to our Yuma campus
  • 10 students to the American Indian program


We offer Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and nurse generalist master's degrees.

Admission requirements for our  graduate programs  include, but are not limited to:

  • Applied to the Graduate College of the University.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program; or an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited program and with a baccalaureate degree in another field.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all nursing course work of the baccalaureate program or the associate’s degree in nursing program. If the applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, we recommend taking two graduate nursing courses. If the applicant’s grades are “B” or better, he or she could then apply to the graduate program.
  • RN Licensure:
    • MS-Generalist students: A current RN license, in good standing. Graduate students living in Arizona during their enrollment at Northern Arizona University must have an RN license to practice nursing in Arizona.
    • MS-FNP students: A current RN license, in good standing, to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure.
  • Completion of an undergraduate introduction to statistics course from a college or university with a grade of "C" or better, or a Pass. Another option is completion of a graduate course in statistics, passed with a grade of “B” or better, and completed prior to enrollment in NUR 530 (EBP).
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of “B” or better. 
  • For applicants with an associate’s degree in nursing and a baccalaureate degree in another field, completion of undergraduate public health nursing (theory and clinical) course(s) passed with a grade of “B” or better is required.
  • Recommendation from three professional persons knowledgeable about your potential to work effectively in advanced professional and scholarly roles.
  • A comprehensive statement about your experiences, interests and goals.
  • If applying to the MS-FNP track, we recommend 3-5 years of general nursing practice before applying. However, students may begin their core courses sooner and will be considered on an individual basis.
  • A structured interview with faculty may be required.

Program Outcomes

BSN -- MS --DNP Program Outcomes

Current students

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Alumni and friends

Field studies in Tanzania and providing care on the Navajo Nation are just a few of our initiatives. Contribute financially or share your alumni accomplishments to help continue our mission of making a difference in the lives of students and patients.