The Associate of Applied Science (AAS degree) in Nursing is designed to prepare the student for a career as a Registered Nurse. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to take National Council Licensure Exam - Registered Nurse (RN). The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Students wishing to transfer to four-year institutions will have the academic foundation to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For additional information contact the PN/RN Programs Assistant at 928.681.5635.
Students wishing to obtain their license as a Practical Nurse are qualified to take the National Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-LPN) after successful completion of the first two semesters.
Obtaining a license to practice as an LPN provides potential opportunities for students to work while they complete the Nursing, AAS program, gain confidence and experience, and begin to establish themselves in the workforce.
Flexible Scheduling Options
MCC recognized today’s learners have busy lives and many have to maintain a job while pursuing a degree. To help our students achieve their goals MCC has developed several flexible options for pursuing a degree in Nursing. There must be a minimum of 10 students for a cohort to run.
This option starts in the fall and spring each year. Students progress through the program in a cohort, have the summer off, and complete the program in 24 months. No previous healthcare experience required.
This option only starts in the fall each year. Students take course work throughout the summer and complete the program in under 20 months. No previous healthcare experience required.
ENTICE (Entering Nursing Through Innovative Clinical Experiences)
This is a weekend option that allows the student to maintain a traditional Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM job while changing careers. Courses, lab, and clinical placements are offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Students start in the fall and can complete the program in 24 months. No previous healthcare experience required.
Advance Placement Options Available:
Assisted Living Caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants/Licensed Nursing Assistants with a current, unencumbered certification qualify to receive credit for NUR 102 . See the Nursing, AAS Program Course Pathway for details.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with a current, unencumbered license qualify to receive credit for NUR 102 , NUR 103 , NUR 111 , NUR 124 , NUR 125 , and NUR 126 . See the Nursing, AAS-Advanced Placement Option for Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN) Program Course Pathway for details.
Paramedics with a current, unencumbered certification qualify to receive credit for NUR 111 , and NUR 213 . See the Nursing, AAS-Advanced Placement Option for Paramedics Program Course Pathway for details.
Student must be a graduate of an accredited high school (or hold a GED certificate), be 18 years of age or older, demonstrate evidence of potential success in the community college, and/or be a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.
Student must successfully complete the following courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.85 at the time of application to the program.
Successful completion of Biology Competency Exam Credits: (0) OR
BIO 181 - General Biology I (Majors) with Lab Credits: (4)
CHM 130 - Fundamental Chemistry with Lab Credits: (4) or higher
BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab Credits: (4)
BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab Credits: (4)
ENG 101 - English Composition I Credits: (3)
MAT 142 - College Mathematics Credits: (3) or higher
PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology Credits: (3)
Student must achieve a minimum score of 60 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
A completed application must be submitted to be considered for admission to the AAS Nursing program. The application may be obtained online from the Nursing website. Application to the Nursing Program is not a guarantee of admission. The following documents must be submitted for the application to be considered:
Official College Transcripts
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) results
Requirements for Clinical
MCC relies on various clinical placement agencies to provide clinical experiences for our students. These sites have several requirements, so once a student is accepted to the Registered Nurse program, they are required to have a drug screen and background check. This information is included in the acceptance packet. In addition, the student will be required to submit the following:
- Evidence of measles, mumps, rubella, and TDAP immunizations
- Evidence of varicella titer
- Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination (HBV) series or a completed declination form
- Evidence of a two-step tuberculosis (TB) screening within the past year
- Evidence of a flu shot within the past 12 months
- Evidence of a physical examination within six months of beginning the program
Requirements for Graduation
No D or F grades in any program required courses and completion of all field of study courses with a “B” or better.
Note: For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution. Most courses have a lab and clinical component.