Nursing (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing Program, available at eight Maricopa Community Colleges, prepares graduates to practice as a registered nurse caring for individuals across the lifespan. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. Nursing Program graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Licensure 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: info@acennursing.org.

Admission Criteria

All applicants holding or receiving a certificate or license as a Nursing Assistant and/or license as a Practical Nurse must remain in good standing with the Arizona Board of Nursing. Once enrolled, students receiving any disciplinary action 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.

High School diploma or GED is required for the AAS degree in Nursing. Applicants must prove that they meet this requirement by providing high school diploma/transcripts or GED completion OR by signing the nursing application page containing the "Declaration of High School Graduation or GED completion’. In some instances, high school diploma/transcripts or proof of GED completion may be required.

Formal application and admission to the program is required; all program prerequisites must be completed prior to submission of application.

Passing scores on the designated nursing program admission test is required to submit an application.

Applicants for Advanced Placement must receive a passing score on the required 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, two (2) or more failures from any nursing program, and/or due to other issues pertaining to professional conduct.

Program Notes

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

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.

Course Fee Information

Please see class schedule for information regarding course fees.

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee

Admission or graduation from the Nursing Program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice nursing. Licensure 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 or school requirements for graduation.

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.

Per Arizona State Board of Nursing requirements, applicants for licensure are required to submit proof of legal presence in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents go to https://www.azgn.gov. Questions about eligibility to apply for licensure should be directed to the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card (FCC) is required for admission to the program. Applicants must present a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card when submitting nursing program application. Information about the FCC application process, which can be completed electronically, is available at www.azdps.gov and http://fieldprintarizona.com.

All applicants holding or receiving a certificate or license as a Nursing Assistant and/or license as a Practical Nurse must remain in good standing with the Arizona Board of Nursing. All other applicants who hold a certificate or license (Allied Health fields) must remain in good standing with the credentialing body for the discipline. Once enrolled, students receiving any disciplinary action 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.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.

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 may be required to lift patients, stand for several hours at a time and actively participate in patient care activities during 6 - 12 hour shifts. Students who have a chronic illness or health issues must be maintained on current treatment and be able to perform direct patient care. The clinical nursing experience can cause considerable mental and emotional stress; therefore, 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 students must provide documentation of compliance with all health and safety requirements. Only students in compliance are permitted to enroll and remain in nursing courses. Students meet these requirements by providing the required documentation to the designated compliance management provider.

Health and Safety Requirements for the MaricopaNursing Program

  1. Healthcare provider CPR certification.
  2. Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed healthcare provider.
  3. Students must test Negative on the required urine drug screen.
  4. Pass a supplemental background check.
  5. Program applications will not be accepted without an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  6. Immunization records and/or laboratory titers as per program requirements.

University Transfer Students

Students who are planning to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing may obtain complete prerequisite courses at the Maricopa Community Colleges. For information on courses that meet requirements for admission into a baccalaureate program, please contact a program advisor.

Registered Nurse Pathways

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing graduate is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The RN is educated as a generalist who delivers health care to clients and family groups and has competencies related to the art and science of nursing. The RN may be employed in a variety of acute, long term, and community-based healthcare settings. The AAS degree in Nursing provides the graduate with an educational foundation for articulation into the university setting.

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