Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has four forensic nursing schools within its city limits. East Valley Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in the city with a forensic nursing program, has a total student population of 270. It is the 1263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Forensic Nursing students from Mesa schools who go on to become forensic nurses, forensic accountants, forensics specialists, crime scene forensics specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 6,920 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $46,360. Registered nurses in this area earn $68,200/yr and there are 24,300 employed.
Mesa lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 14 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by registered nurses, and 4/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 4 forensic nursing schools in Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookline College comes out as the most expensive ($17,402/yr) for forensic nursing students, with Mesa Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,090/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|