Nursing (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing Program is available at eight of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. Nursing Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national exam for the registered nurse license. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404.975.5000); email:

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required within this program.

Level One Fingerprint Clearance is required for admission into the program. Applicants must present a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card to be copied by the advisor or designee. For a Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card application, contact MCCCD Healthcare/Nursing Advisor. If there is any question about eligibility for licensure or certification, contact the nursing education consultant at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (602.771.7800).

Health Declaration:
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 patient 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. All must provide documentation of compliance with all health and safety requirements required to protect patient safety. Only students in compliance are permitted to enroll in nursing courses. Students will meet these requirements by providing the required documentation for the Health/Safety Requirements Documentation Checklist and the signed Health Declaration Form.

Health and Safety Requirements for the Nursing Program:

  1. Students must submit a Health and Safety Documentation Checklist verifying completion of all requirements and maintain current status throughout the program.
  2. Students must submit the Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed health care provider.
  3. Students must test negative on a timed urine drug screen.
  4. 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. 

MaricopaNursing is aligned with Nurse of the Future Competencies: Patient-Centered Care, Professionalism, Leadership, Systems-Based Practice, Informatics and Technology, Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration, Safety, Quality Improvement, and Evidence-Based Practice. These competencies focus on key stakeholders of healthcare clients, colleagues and communities. Demonstration of the competencies will signify preparation for successful transition into nursing practice and further professional development.

Program Prerequisites (shown below in Semesters I and II) are to be completed before application to Nursing Program.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to develop their Nursing educational plan.

Admission Notes

High School diploma or GED is required.  Formal application and admission to the program is required; all program prerequisites must be completed prior to submission.  A passing score on a nursing program admission test is required to complete an application.  Applicants for Advanced Placement must receive a passing score on a practical nursing content exam for placement into Block 3.  The final decision rests with the Nursing Program Chair at the College to which the student is accepted.

The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to deny acceptance of an admission application if the applicant was previously dismissed for issues relating to academic integrity, unsafe patient care, and/or two (2) or more failures from any nursing program.

All applicants holding or receiving a certificate as a Nursing Assisting and/or license as a Practical Nurse must remain in good standing with the Regulatory Board. Once enrolled, students receiving any disciplinary actions against their certificate or license must notify the Nursing Program Chair within five (5) school days. The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to restrict the student`s participation in clinical experiences and involvement in patient care until the certificate and/or license is valid and unrestricted.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 3-9 Credits Grade Sem/Year

If you were admitted into the MaricopaNursing Program starting Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 and completed MAT120/121/122 prior to Fall 2015, the MAT140/141/142 requirement will be waived for you by the Program Director.  If you have not yet started the Nursing program, you will be required to complete MAT140/141/142 to be considered for admission.

The courses shown in Semester I and II must be completed before you can apply to the program.

BIO 156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health OR 4    
BIO 181 General Biology (Majors) I OR

One year of high school biology. (0-4 credits)

MAT 141 College Mathematics OR 4    
MAT 142 College Mathematics OR

Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. (3-5 credits)

Semester II 7-11 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You must complete the courses shown in Semester I and II before you can apply to the MCCCD Nursing Program. 

BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4    
CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry AND 3    
CHM 130LL Fundamental Chemistry Lab OR

One year of high school chemistry. (0-4 credits)

ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
Semester III 13 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You will only be able to enroll in NUR courses if you have been accepted into the Nursing Program.  However, while you are waiting for admission, it is highly recommended that you take as many of the other required courses (BIO202, BIO205, CRE101, ENG102/108, PSY101, and your choice of [HU] general studies course) as possible to lighten your load during the four blocks of the Nursing program.  Completing these foundational courses should also strengthen your preparation for the NUR courses.

BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4    
NUR 152 Nsg Theory Science I 9    
Semester IV 12-15 Credits Grade Sem/Year
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Test Reading Exempt on the district placement test. (0-3 credits)

NUR 172 Nsg Theory Science II 9    
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3    
Semester V 13 Credits Grade Sem/Year
BIO 205 Microbiology 4    
NUR252 Nursing Theory and Science III 9    
Semester VI 14 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.

ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
NUR283 Nursing Theory and Science IV 9    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    

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