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Nursing FAQ

  • MaricopaNursing is a consortium program.
  • The same curriculum, admission, and student policies apply to all eight campuses that offer the nursing program.
  • To apply, you only need to submit one application to one of the campuses to be eligible for placement at any of the MaricopaNursing campus sites.
    • Submit the application to the Nursing Advisor at your first-choice college.
  • Follow the directions on the MaricopaNursing website to complete the Application Packet.
    • Once the application has been verified and entered into the Nursing database, the student will be able to select the college campus of their choice.
  • Applications are accepted year-round during these application periods: Dec. 1-Jan. 31, Feb. 1-March 31, April 1-May 31, June 1-July 31, Aug. 1-Sept. 30, Oct. 1-Nov. 30.
    • At the end of each application period, the Nursing advisor processes all the applications that are received during that time period that meet the admission requirements.
      • Each application is date/time stamped.
  • When your placement is complete, applicants are admitted to MaricopaNursing depending on their date/time stamp and their choice of campus.
  • Applicants will receive a letter and/or email with placement notifications.
    • To accept the placement, the student must sign and return the confirmation of intent letter as directed.
  • The advantage to the applicant is that placement will be at a college of choice.

Once your application is accepted, the advisor/admission officer will enter your application into the placement database.

  • Program options change each semester.
  • Applicants will be asked to update their selections each semester.
  • Select only the choices you are willing to accept.
  • Normally, only one deferral is permitted.
    • For extenuating circumstances, please notify the nursing hotline and the MaricopaNursing Administrator will make a determination for a second deferral.
  • In all options, student schedules must be flexible to accommodate the required days and hours of the clinical rotations at health care agencies.
    • Clinical experiences may occur during the day, evening, or night hours and may be scheduled on weekends.
    • Clinical days are NOT guaranteed and a weekend only or a weekday-only clinical rotation is not always possible even in the evening or weekend programs due to clinical site requirements.
  • Applicants accepting placement will receive an email admission letter and information from the college prior to the start of the semester.
    • Admission information will contain:
      • dates of the nursing student orientation
      • registration information
      • directions for completing program requirements such as Certified Profile and other items as designated by the college.
  • The MaricopaNursing Program does not have a competitive acceptance process.
    • Once a student meets the admission requirements and the application is accepted, the student information is entered into the nursing database.
  • The nursing program has a placement waiting list of approximately 7-8 semesters.
    • However, because this is a placement process, there is no way to tell applicants exactly when they can expect admission.
    • The wait depends on the choices made by all applicants and the student capacity of each nursing program in any given placement cycle.
  • The applicants waiting for placement should check one of the RN to BSN continuing education opportunities.
  • Applicants can begin taking the additional courses necessary for transferring to the universities.
  • All pre-nursing students are eligible to sign up for the ASU/MCCD Nursing Pathway Program for specific assistance in completing the necessary courses for the BSN degree.

There is a two-step process to determine whether college courses will transfer:

  • Have the college(s) attended send official transcripts directly to one of the eight Maricopa Community Colleges listed in the Admission Information and Application Packet.
    • You should choose the college that you will submit your nursing application to as your college of first choice and forward transcripts to that campus.
  • Contact the Admissions and Records office at that college to request an evaluation of your transcripts.
    • The Admissions and Records Office will determine which of the courses transfer in as course requirements or electives.
    • Maricopa Community Colleges accept all eligible courses regardless of the age of the course.

Please check the nursing website for information pertaining to the program and locations and contact information within the Maricopa Community Colleges. 

Nursing advisors will work with students via email/telephone.

An applicant may take the HESI-A2 assessment at a location outside of the Maricopa Community Colleges only if the scores are sent directly from the administering school or agency to the testing office at one of the colleges.

Maricopa nursing students attend over 100 different clinical agencies.

You will receive information about your clinical assignment once you begin the nursing classes and the sites are confirmed by the individual hospitals.

The nursing students have the ability to transfer to another college site or a different type of program according to the guidelines in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Nursing students will receive the most current version of this handbook during their orientation to the nursing program.