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Earn your Associate Degree in Nursing and prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).1

At a Glance

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Carrington’s registered nursing training prepares future nurses to provide health care duties including taking medical histories, recording vital signs and symptoms, performing diagnostic tests, drawing blood, giving injections and more.

Courses, which are a mix of classroom lectures, practical training and clinical exercises, cover topics including anatomy and physiology, microbiology, maternal child nursing, medical-surgical nursing and pharmacology.

In addition to technical coursework, this degree program will include a broad base of general education course offerings focusing on:

  • Communication skills
  • English composition
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social sciences

Program Outcomes

A career as a registered nurse is more than a job, it’s a whole life. Successful RNs care about people and want to help others. When you complete Carrington College’s Associate Degree in Nursing program, you will be comfortable in all aspects of life as a registered nurse. From communicating with patients to clinical duties, Carrington’s lectures, training and clinical exercises mean you’ll have hands-on experience before you get to your first job.

Locations

Carrington College offers registered nurse training at five campuses in three states. To learn more about each location, explore their pages.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Reno, Nevada

Tucson, Arizona

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid.2

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduating from the Associate Degree in Nursing program, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurses provide patient care in a variety of settings including hospitals, private medical offices, clinics and home health care services. Between 2019 and 2029 the employment for registered nurses is expected to grow 7%, faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics3

The national average salary in May, 2019 for a registered nurse was $73,330 per year or $35.24 per hour3. For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm. Be advised, salary for entry level positions may be lower than the national average.

Because patients in hospitals and nursing facilities need 24/7 care, nurses often work in shifts. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. They may be on-call, which means that they are on duty and must be available to work on short notice.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available for our Associate Degree in Nursing program to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Program Specific Disclosures

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) requires that the following student achievement outcome data be made publicly available.

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program
  • Graduates obtaining a job

To view this information for Carrington College’s ACEN – accredited nursing programs, click here

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. 

Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at accjc.org

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Albuquerque, New Mexico is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Nursing Bridge Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Boise, Idaho is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Practical Nursing Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Boise, Idaho is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Mesa, Arizona has been granted initial accreditation status by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Phoenix, Arizona has been granted initial accreditation status by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Reno, NV is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Tucson, Arizona has been granted initial accreditation by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
33 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Arizona Board of Nursing certifies that Mesa, and Tucson campuses have satisfactorily fulfilled requirements and are granted full approval. Board offices: 1740 West Adams Street, Suite 2000, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602 771 7800.

The Arizona Board of Nursing certifies that the Phoenix campus has entered into a voluntary consent for probation. Board offices: 1740 West Adams Street, Suite 2000, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602 771 7800.

Carrington College holds full approval for its Practical Nursing program and its associate degree professional nursing education program. The Idaho Board of Nursing issued a certificate of approval. Board offices: 280 North 8th Street, Suite 210, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 – 0061, 208 334 3110, www.ibn.idaho.gov.

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted full approval in the State of New Mexico, bon.state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted initial approval to offer Practical Nursing in the State of New Mexico, 6301 Indian School NE, Suite 710, Albuquerque, NM, 87110 505 841 8340, bon.state.nm.us.

Carrington College holds approval for the Reno campus from the Nevada State Board of Nursing, nevadanursingboard.org. Upon graduation from the Associate Degree in Nursing program, students are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam, which is required to achieve the Registered Nurse licensure.

The California Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244–2100, 916 322 3350,
http://www.rn.ca.gov/index.shtml, approves the LVN to ADN program at the Sacramento campus.

The Vocational Nursing program located at the Sacramento and San Jose campuses are approved by the Board
of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833,
916 263 7800, www.bvnpt.ca.gov.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

Read Our Guide On A Career In Nursing

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Disclaimer

  1. Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.
  2. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited February 18, 2021). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2019-2029 and may not reflect local economic conditions.