Sierra Vista, AZ (population: 44,234) has eight nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Arizona, the highest ranked school in this group with a nursing program, has a total student population of 38,767. It is the 834th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University). To learn more about nursing programs in Sierra Vista, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of nursing professors at University of Arizona such as Kathy Insel, Cheryl Lacasse, and Carrie Merkle.
Nursing students from Sierra Vista schools who go on to become nurses, registered nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, 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 Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 220 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $40,830. Registered nurses in this area earn $60,880/yr and there are 690 employed.
Sierra Vista lies in Cochise county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area has 63,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.48/hr average worker wage, and a $38,440 average annual salary. Thus, about 10.825 out of every 1000 jobs in Sierra Vista are held by registered nurses, and 3.485/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 8 nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Sierra Vista, only 2 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 nursing students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.