Maricopa Emergency Management System Alert

COVID-19 Update: The EMCC campus is open for classes, appointments, and walk-in services. Masks are required for everyone inside ALL buildings at EMCC.  All student support services are still available online. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors for additional information.

Prospective Nursing Student Resources

Application Steps

STEP 1     Visit Become a Student to enroll.
STEP 2  Take English, Reading, and Mathematics placement tests at Testing Services
or transfer coursework from another institution.
STEP 3  Attend a mandatory Pre-Nursing Information session.
STEP 4  Attend a Nursing Advisement session. (Only available to students who have attended
the mandatory pre-nursing information session above and to current nursing students.)
STEP 5  Attend a Financial Aid information session

Student Achievement Data

For details about Maricopa Nursing program outcomes and achievement data, click on DOWNLOAD OUR PROGRAM OUTCOMES on the MaricopaNursing webpage.

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination 
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program 
  • Graduates obtaining a job


Maricopa Nursing Prerequisite course list: Pre-Nursing Handout


After submitting your application and while waiting for placement in Maricopa Nursing, consider completing co-requisites and recommended courses below. The recommended courses are useful classes that will help you in the nursing program. Also, if you are planning to pursue your BSN after graduating from EMCC nursing, these courses are required in many RN to BSN programs.

CHM130/130LL or HS Chm 0-4
BIO156/BIO181 or 1 year HS BIO    0-4
MAT140 or higher* 3-5
ENG101* 3
BIO201* 4


BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II HCR 240 Pathophysiology
BIO205 Microbiology FON 241 Nutrition
ENG102 First-Year Composition HCC 145AA Medical Terminology
CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading or Test Exempt  
HUM _ _ _ Humanities Elective  
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology  

Admission Testing


The nursing program entrance exam, HESI A2, is a four-hour, computerized test covering math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, general knowledge and grammar. The HESI A2 test can be taken at Testing Services. The cost is $40 and scores are valid for two years. For more information see Testing Services/HESI. Download or read the HESI A2.

Background Check

Complete the background check as soon as you have been accepted into the RN program. You must meet background check requirements before the start of class:

  • Students in the nursing program must maintain a valid unrestricted Level One DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card (FCC) at all times while enrolled in the nursing program.
  • FCC cost: $65.00 payable by credit card (not American Express), gift card, electronic check or money order (additional $10.00 fee for a money order.) Price subject to change.

Students who have been notified of admission to the nursing program will be provided instructions to complete a supplemental background check required by clinical agencies for all nursing students.