May 20, 2024  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About MCC

President’s Welcome

Picture of PresidentMohave Community College changes lives. Every semester people begin new life adventures here. Students work hard, stay committed and, in time, improve their lives and the lives of their families. MCC students receive more than a certificate or a degree upon graduating; graduates receive careers that are more meaningful. The quality of graduates’ lives are improved through higher wages and increased opportunities for advancement. Graduates experience a renewed sense of pride for accomplishing personal and professional goals.

As a potential MCC student, the next life adventure begins within the pages of this catalog. Here future students will find the details of courses and programs offered. Choose the program, begin working with an advisor, and design the educational path to a new career.

MCC faculty and staff have worked hard to offer many resources to help students succeed. No matter what challenges students may face—at home, at work, or at school—the college has resources to help students to successfully reach their goals.

In closing, I want to personally thank you for choosing MCC to begin this new adventure. The college is proud of its community impact through our employee volunteer efforts, community programs, and contributions to a healthy local economy, but our greatest achievement is when students cross the stage at commencement to begin their next adventure with a well-earned degree or certificate.

This next life adventure will be one of your greatest achievements.

Welcome to MCC,

Dr. Michael J. Kearns, President


Mohave Community College (MCC) is a comprehensive community college located in Mohave County, in the northwest corner of Arizona. Mohave County, the fifth largest county in the United States, includes portions of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, and it borders California, Nevada, and Utah. The college service area is approximately 13,311 square miles with a population of slightly more than 200,000 residents (U.S. Census 2010).

Mohave Community College was established as a county college by a vote of the people in October 1970. Recognizing the vastness of the service area, the first Board of Governors made a commitment to establish three main campus sites. In June 1971, J. Leonard and Grace Neal donated 160 acres of land in Kingman where the college’s first facilities were developed. The college then began operating out of temporary facilities in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. In 1972, land was acquired through the Bureau of Land Management for the development of facilities in Bullhead City; in the same year, the Lake Havasu City Campus was developed on the site of an old printing facility that was purchased by the college.

In the early years, MCC courses were occupational in nature, but soon the college began developing academic programs, including university-transfer courses. In 1974, Mohave Community College’s plan for integration into the state system was signed into law, and the college became part of the Arizona State System of Community Colleges. 

In 1981, MCC received full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA); during the following year, the college received accreditation of its associate degree nursing program. In 1988, the college expanded its telecommunications system to the North Campus in Colorado City, which connected the northernmost section of the county to the three southern campuses. Colorado City is located on the Arizona-Utah border on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. This area, referred to as the “Arizona Strip,” includes 7,800 square miles of land and a sparse population that was, for most of its history, cut off from the rest of the state and county. The difficulty of access created by the Grand Canyon was bridged by the advent of telecommunications, which made access to post-secondary education possible for every resident in the entire county.

MCC offers classes at four campuses, as well as online. In 2013-2014, Mohave Community College had approximately 8,106 students (unduplicated headcount). This is a significant increase from the college’s first year in 1971, when it opened with only 27 courses for 1,068 students (duplicate headcount).


Bullhead City Campus

Photo of Bullhead City Campus

Bullhead City is a popular river community located along more than 10 miles of the Colorado River, which attracts a large summer population of boating and water-sport enthusiasts. As the city with the largest land mass in the county, Bullhead City’s 59 square miles include a range of housing from exclusive residential developments to riverside mobile home and RV parks where visitors from the northern states and Canada reside during the winter. Bullhead City’s residents and visitors can play in resort hotels and casinos across the river in Laughlin, Nevada, while sharing the fun of such annual events as the Bullhead City River Regatta, with an estimated 30,000 tubers and floaters, and the renowned River Run, an annual spring motorcycle rally.

Located on the borders of California and Nevada, Bullhead City is driving distance from many national attractions including the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Bullhead City’s residents and visitors enjoy year-round sunshine and short-sleeves weather, but the arid desert climate does range dramatically depending on the season. Summers can include days as hot as 110°F while winter days range between 65-75°F. Winter nights can approach freezing temperatures, and summer heat waves have reported temperatures over 120°F. Spring and fall seasons are the most popular when the temperatures are comfortable and outdoor activities including golf, motorcycling, sports, jet-skiing, fishing, and boating can be enjoyed.

The Bullhead City campus houses a library, a computer center, and a bookstore, as well as the new Legacy II building that is home to the Radiologic Technology program and the Emergency Medical Technician program. This building includes state-of-the-art biological science facilities including an autoclave. The Legacy I building houses a state-of-the-art clinical lab and classroom facility to support the Dental programs, as well as the Nursing program. Both buildings were funded by the Baptist Hospitals and Health Systems (BHHS) Legacy Foundation, a local philanthropic foundation that supports many expansion projects on the Bullhead City campus. Other programs unique to the Bullhead City campus are the Automotive Collision Technology program and the Culinary Arts program.

 Neal Campus-Kingman

Photo of Neal Campus-Kingman

Kingman is the Mohave County seat and has an area population of more than 50,000 residents within its 30 square miles of arid desert and mountains. Located on historic Route 66, it is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead. With excellent nearby outdoor resources including 1,000 miles of freshwater shoreline, 8,000-foot-high Hualapai Mountains, wilderness areas, and historic mining camps, there are choices galore for outdoor buffs, including hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife observation. Kingman’s elevation – at 3,336 feet – provides an ideal southwestern climate that is neither too hot nor too cold. Summer days rarely reach 100°F and winter days range between the mid-50s to the lower 60s; however, winter nights have been known to fall below freezing temperatures and snow flurries occasionally create a beautiful – if short-lived – winter scene.

Kingman has a rich past that is colored with gold, silver, copper, and turquoise. The area’s mining history draws people from all corners of the world. Kingman’s history includes a significant contribution to the war efforts during World War II when the Kingman Army Airfield, a U.S. Army Air Force (USA-AF) airfield, was founded as an aerial gunnery training base. More than 35,000 soldiers and airmen were trained in Kingman until after the war when the airfield served as a model reclamation site for obsolete military aircraft.

The Kingman campus boasts a newly renovated Welding Technology facility and science laboratory. In addition, many of the college-wide services and administrative offices are located on this campus. A few miles from campus, near the health care hub of the community, the Detroit Avenue Center was built by the MCC Foundation on land donated to MCC by Dr. John Lingenfelter and his late wife, Diana, to support the Nursing program. The new facility includes technology-enhanced classrooms, an interactive television classroom, a nursing lab, and a simulation lab featuring SimMan® and SimBaby®.

Lake Havasu City Campus

Photo of Lake Havasu City Campus

Home to the world-famous London Bridge, Lake Havasu City is both a water lover’s paradise and a desert lover’s dream. Founded in 1964, the 42-square-mile city was incorporated in 1978 and now has a population of 55,000. With more than 350 days of sunshine per year, Lake Havasu City is ideal for golf, boating, and desert tours. Lake Havasu City features exceptional water sports, including fishing, skiing, kayaking, and house-boating. Lake Havasu City is also a popular “spring break” destination for university students from all over the nation; it has been featured during MTV’s Spring Break coverage twice. The city also hosts many sporting events from the International World Jet Ski Final Races to the Western Winter Blast pyrotechnics convention.

The Lake Havasu campus is home to the recently renovated Hodel library that is open to the public. Students and faculty alike enjoy the variety of campus art installations including one dedicated to the study of local geology. A newly renovated state-of-the-art science facility supports a respected science department where faculty and students engage in active research projects in and around the Lake Havasu area and, in 2014, the campus opened a new art and HVAC building. Program offerings unique to the Lake Havasu City campus are the Physical Therapist Assistant and Surgical Technology programs.

In 2012, Arizona State University opened a four-year college campus which enables local graduates of MCC to continue their education.

North Mohave Campus

Photo of North Mohave Campus in Colorado City, AZ

The North Mohave Campus is located in Colorado City, adjacent to Hildale, Utah, its twin city across the border. Located on the Arizona-Utah border in what is called the “Arizona Strip,” Colorado City is a gateway to the stretch of unspoiled land separated by the Colorado River’s Grand Canyon and the state of Utah. Colorado City has a four-season climate with low temperatures in the 20s and high temperatures around 90°F in the summer. Its elevation above 5,000 feet provides opportunities for residents to enjoy winter sports including downhill and cross-country skiing. Summer days are perfect for hiking the Vermillion Cliffs while other nearby local attractions provide insights to the local history and culture. The Arizona Strip outside of Colorado City offers access to many natural wonders, attractions, and outdoor activities, and is favorably located near St. George, Utah, near both Zion and Bryce National Parks.

The North Mohave Campus provides area residents with a broad range of general education courses that articulate to area colleges and universities. The Nursing, Elementary Education, and Fire Science/EMT programs are particularly robust and many students opt to complete their coursework using innovative technologies including a face-to-face interactive video classroom.

Mission, Goals, Values, and Vision Statement

Mission Statement: The mission of Mohave Community College is to be a learning‐centered institution, serving all constituencies, inspiring excellence through innovation and empowering students to succeed.

Goals: Mohave Community College strives to provide high quality, affordable and accessible higher education to all who seek it. Educational: Support an academic learning-centered community through implementation of quality teaching initiatives, professional development, integration of learning technology, development of partnerships, delivery of effective student support services, and by providing accurate information and advising. Cultural: Become a conduit between businesses, organizations, foundations and the arts to strengthen understanding of the world through education. Civic: Promote active citizenship within the college community. Resources: Provide resources needed to achieve the mission and vision.

Value Statements: Building a Better Tomorrow through Learning: Learning is the core of the Mohave Community College mission. We acknowledge the importance of continuous learning to ensure the best possible future for everyone.

  1. Accountability for the Future: The decisions made today affect individuals in the future. At Mohave Community College, we accept responsibility for our actions and decisions. We hold ourselves accountable to our students, our communities, and to the generations who come after us. MCC decisions will be designed to fulfill our vision for the future, aiming to achieve reliable, long-term improvements over short-term expediency.
  2. Integrity: We remain committed to our values. Our decisions are consistently and courageously made in alignment with our convictions. We consciously foster an atmosphere of openness and trust, making data-driven decisions that are balanced by a cultivated sense of compassion.
  3. Responsiveness:  We take pride in flexibly responding to our changing environment, promptly providing programs that are needed by our students and communities.
  4. Quality:  We aim for excellence in all that we do while embracing the concept of efficiency.
  5. Providing a Supportive Environment: Mohave Community College is committed to student success. We show respect to all and work to overcome barriers to honesty, trust and sincerity. We take pride in providing friendly service to our students and communities.
  6. Having Fun:  We embrace the concept of having fun and finding joy in our work and services.

Vision Statement: Mohave Community College is recognized as the center of educational, cultural and civic activities by the communities it serves.


Mohave Community College is a fully accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 800.621.7440 or 312.263.0456; email: MCC has been accredited since 1981. Accreditation is renewed every 10 years, and MCC’s most recent accreditation visit took place in September of 2012. MCC received confirmation in November that the college has met or exceeded the standards and expectations of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is recommended for reaccreditation through 2022.

The Mohave Community College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 800.621.8099 or 312.440.4653, or at the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Ave., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

The Mohave Community College AAS Nursing Program including advanced placement options is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404.975.5000, Fax 404.975.5020. The Registered Nursing, Refresher, Nursing Assistant, and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, 4747 N 7th St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602.771.7800, Fax 602.771.7888. The Assisted Living Caregiver Program is approved by the Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers (NCIA), 1400 W. Washington, Suite B-8, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602.364.2273, Fax 602.542.8316.

The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727.210.2350, in conjunction with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) located at 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, Texas 75088, 214.703.8445, Fax 214.703.8992. The Mohave Community College Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs are certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 150 North 18th Ave., Suite 540, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602.364.3150.

The Mohave Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [CAPTE], 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA, 22314; 703.706.3245; email:; website:

The Mohave Community College Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312.704.5300, Fax 312.704.5304.        

The Mohave Community College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 757.210.2350, in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek, Suite 110, Littleton, CO 80120-8031, 303.694.9262, Fax 303.741.3655. 

General Education Philosophy

Mohave Community College’s general education emphasizes breadth of knowledge and academic skills to complement the depth of knowledge students will acquire in the individual major. The general education curriculum at MCC is designed to provide students with the following:

Aesthetic Sensibilities: An awareness of creative expression in the world around us.

Communication Skills: The ability to effectively convey meaning through various media on both personal and professional levels.

Critical Thinking Skills and Problem-Solving: The ability to analyze data and arrive at logical and defensible conclusions.

Cultural Diversity and Global Awareness: An appreciation of relationships and differences in values, customs, and norms of diverse global communities.

Techniques of Inquiry: Use of standardized methodological framework to collect, analyze, interpret, and present findings.

Technological Competency: A proficiency in evolving technology to compete and flourish in society.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Mohave Community College firmly supports the idea that writing can be used to improve education. Writing is a basic and fundamental communication skill. Students who write in their respective content areas will learn more and retain more of what they learn than those who don’t. Courses in the core curriculum have been identified as “Writing Across the Curriculum” courses. These courses require written assignments for which both the content and the writing skills will be evaluated. MCC believes that this program will increase the writing skills of students and will directly affect their success at transfer institutions as well as in the business environments where they may be employed. Those who write well will increase the probability of their success in whatever field or profession they choose to pursue.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

Mohave Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, color, race, religious preference, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other legally protected class in any of its policies, practices, or procedures, and is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information, contact the Human Resources Office at 928.757.0835, 1971 Jagerson Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409. Grievance procedures are available at the Mohave Community College libraries in Bullhead City, Colorado City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Mohave Community College strives to facilitate, within reason, appropriate resources, services and auxiliary aids to allow each qualified person with a documented disability equitable access to educational programs, social experiences, and career opportunities. The vice president, compliance officer, and director of human resources shall act as ADA coordinators for the College to oversee compliance in the areas of facilities, student accommodations, and employment practices.

Diversity Statement

Mohave Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunity, educational opportunity, and advancement to individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected class in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The equality of employment opportunity for all persons must be consonant with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws.

 Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments

Mohave Community College is committed to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. §1145g). The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is prohibited. Violating or failing to comply with published rules and regulations of conduct on college property or during a college activity and/or being under the influence of, using, selling, possessing, or distributing any illicit drugs or alcohol on college property or as part of any of its activities is subject to disciplinary action.

Additionally, local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Conviction for violating these laws can lead to imprisonment, fine, probation and/or assigned community service. Students convicted of a drug- and/or alcohol-related offense will be ineligible to receive federally funded or subsidized grants, loans, scholarships or employment.

Mohave Community College fully subscribes to and cooperates with the local, state and federal authorities in the enforcement of all laws regarding the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. For more information, see the Drug-Free Schools and College Prevention Program webpage.

Campus Safety

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, MCC files a statistical report each year on all criminal activity that has occurred on and around MCC campuses. In addition, the Clery Act requires MCC to disclose statistics on crimes committed on and near its campuses for the previous three years. As the report indicates, MCC campuses have been exceptionally safe in recent years. MCC has also implemented a college-wide crisis plan, as well as plans for each campus that outline procedures for how MCC administrators, staff, and faculty should deal with potential emergencies. MCC takes additional steps to ensure student safety by employing night security guards and part-time administrators on each campus to handle any emergency situations that may arise for faculty or students between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. For more information, see the Campus Safety webpage and MCC Crimes Statistics Report.