Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has four forensic nursing schools within its city limits. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a forensic nursing program, has a total student population of 1,198. It is the 2683rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Forensic Nursing students from Tucson 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 Tucson area alone, there are 1,890 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $44,890. Registered nurses in this area earn $65,370/yr and there are 7,860 employed.
Tucson lies in Pima county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Tucson area has 362,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 22 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by registered nurses, and 5/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 4 forensic nursing schools in Tucson, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,123/yr) for forensic nursing students, with Brookline College as the lowest, reported at only $15,554/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|