The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nurse Assisting prepares students for entry level employment in various health care settings as a nursing assistant. The program combines classroom instruction with clinical laboratory, skilled care and acute care experiences. Students who complete the program are eligible to take a written and practical certification examination and work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
The MCCD Nurse Assisting Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Formal acceptance to the program is required. Download the Course Check Sheet and see a program advisor for details.
This program is not currently eligible for federal financial aid.
You must obtain a grade of "C" or better in NUR158 to be eligible for nursing assistant certification in Arizona.
Admission or completion of NUR158 does not guarantee obtaining a license or certificate to practice nursing. Licensure and certification requirements and the subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Students must satisfy the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act: Statutes, Rules and Regulations, independently of any college of school requirements for graduation.
Federal law, 8 U.S.C. § 1641, and State law, A.R.S. § 1-501, require documentation of citizenship or nationality for certification. If the documentation does not demonstrate that the applicant is a United States citizen, national, or a person described in specific categories, the applicant will not be eligible for certification in Arizona.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-1606(B)(17), an applicant for professional or practical nurse license by examination is not eligible for licensure if the applicant has any felony convictions and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions. The absolute discharge must be received five or more years before submitting this application. If you cannot prove that the absolute discharge date is five or more years, the Board cannot process your application.
All nurse assistant applicants for certification will be fingerprinted to permit the Department of Public Safety to obtain state and federal criminal history information. All applicants with a positive history are investigated. If there is any question about eligibility for licensure or certification, contact the nursing education consultant at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (602-899-5150).
It is essential that Nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At a minimum, students will be required to lift patients, stand for several hours at a time and perform bending activities. Students who have a chronic illness or condition must be maintained on current treatment and be able to implement direct patient care. The clinical nursing experience also places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients` lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application.
Health & Safety Requirements for MCCD Nurse Assisting Program:
Students must submit a completed Health and Safety Documentation Checklist and maintain current status throughout the program.
Students must submit CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program.
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
Health Provider Signature Form signed by a licensed health care provider.
Negative urine drug screen.
High School Diploma or GED. Completion of prerequisites is required before enrolling in course.
All students must submit proof of current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, current Level One DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card, pass status on MCCD supplemental background check, and required health and safety documentation before enrollment in course is permitted.