NAU nursing program or UofA nursing program?

  1. I am currently a pre-nursing student but i'll be able to apply to NAU (Northern Arizona University) by next semester which is Spring 2012. The university that i have in mind since the start is UofA (University of Arizona) but I won't be able to apply until Fall of 2012. I heard UofA has more of the "reputation" in the nursing field than NAU so I am assuming that UofA is better but I also heard that nursing schools are pretty similar so it wouldn't make any different to my background after I graduate.

    Is there anyone knows which school is better and should I wait till Fall 2012 to apply to both schools or should I just go ahead and apply to NAU in Spring 2012 to save me one semester waiting?
    All advice is appreciated!!!
    Thank you!!!
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  3. by   tnbutterfly
    Moved to AZ Nursing Programs forum for better discussion.
  4. by   cindyloowho
    They are both state schools and well respected. You won't ever find a company that wouldn't hire you if you went to NAU over UofA, or vice versa. Apply to both and hope for the best. Good luck!
  5. by   aarontran166
    thank you very much cindyloowho
  6. by   vergent
    I would look at more than the schools being state schools. That is no way to make a comparison.

    The UA program is in the top 6% of schools in the country (per US News and World Reports). NAU isn't even in the top 25% of programs. Probably something to consider.

    NAU only offers a BSN and MSN, the UA offers a DNP and PHD program on top of these.

    NAU offers about 50 faculty members, with very few having doctorates. UA has over 90 faculty members and the majority have a doctorate in nursing.
  7. by   CHESCCRP
    How far do you want to go in nursing? If it's a BSN, either place will do. If you want to go further than that, maybe UA is the place for you.

    I must add that I am an NAU alumna and I was recently accepted into nursing at NAU, so I think NAU is just fine for me :-).