Practical Nursing (CCL)

Program Information

The Practical Nursing Certificate of Completion (CCL) Program is available at eight of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. The Practical Nursing Program provides eligibility for students to apply for the national exam for the practical nurse license. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The Practical Nursing Certificate of Completion (CCL) Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

This program requires students to complete prerequisites and admission criteria. Download the Course Check Sheet and see a program advisor for details.

NOTE: The Practical Nursing CCL at GCC is awarded only to students in the MaricopaNursing registered nurse AAS program who have successfully completed NUR151,  NUR171, and NUR191. GCC does not offer a stand-alone practical nursing program.

Program Notes

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 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. 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 MaricopaNursing 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. 

Grade Requirements: 
You must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.

Course Fee Information: 
Please see class schedule for information regarding course fees. 

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. 

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

Admission Criteria: 

High School diploma or GED
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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Course Check Sheets


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