Nursing - AAS

Effective term: 
2018 Fall
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
Program Availability: 
Shared by: CGC, EMC, GCC, GWC, MCC, PC, PVC, SCC

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing Program is available at eight of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. Nursing Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national exam for the registered nurse license. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404.975.5000); email:

Program offerings: This program is offered at the following sites: Chandler-Gilbert Community College Estrella Mountain Community College GateWay Community College Glendale Community College Mesa Community College Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix College Scottsdale Community College

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee: Admission or graduation from the Nursing Program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice nursing. Licensure requirements and the subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Students must satisfy the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act: Statutes, Rules and Regulations, independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.

Pursuant to A.R.S. 32-1606(B)(17), an applicant for professional or practical nurse license by examination is not eligible for licensure if the applicant has any felony convictions and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions. The absolute discharge must be received five or more years before submitting this application. If you cannot prove that the absolute discharge date is five or more years, the Board cannot process your application.

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.

University Transfer Students: Students who are planning to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing may obtain their prerequisite courses at the Maricopa Community Colleges. For information on courses that meet requirements for admission into a baccalaureate program, please contact a program advisor.

REGISTERED NURSE PATHWAY Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing graduate is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The RN is educated as a generalist who delivers health care to clients and family groups and has competencies related to the art and science of nursing. The RN may be employed in a variety of acute, long term, and community-based healthcare settings. The AAS degree in Nursing provides the graduate with an educational foundation for articulation into the university setting.

Program notes

Students 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.

Admission criteria

High School diploma or GED is required for the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. Applicants must signify that they meet this requirement by providing high school diploma/transcripts or GED completion OR by signing the nursing application page containing the 'Declaration of High School Graduation or GED completion'. In some instances, high school diploma/transcripts or proof of GED completion may be required.

Formal application and admission to the program is required; all program prerequisites must be completed prior to submission of application. 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.

The credit-hour range is subject to change depending on the student`s educational experience.
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology 0-4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
One year of high school chemistry 0-4
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level math course 3-5
Students that are admitted into the MaricopaNursing Program for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, AND completed MAT120/121/122 prior to Fall 2015 as an admission requirement, may complete the program without completing MAT140/141/142 as a graduation requirement, by waiver of the program director.
NUR152Nursing Theory and Science I 9
NUR172Nursing Theory and Science II 9
NUR252Nursing Theory and Science III 9
NUR283Nursing Theory and Science IV 9
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 16-19
General Education CoreCredits 3-6
First-Year CompositionCredits 3
Three (3) credits of First Year Composition are met by ENG101 or ENG107 in Program Prerequisites area.
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits 0
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits 0
Met by MAT140 OR MAT141 OR MAT142 OR Satisfactory completion of higher level mathematics course in Program Prerequisites area.
General Education DistributionCredits 13
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 2
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology 3
Natural SciencesCredits 8
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) AND
BIO205Microbiology (4)
  1. Provide advocacy and individualized care for diverse populations. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  2. Demonstrate accountability for legal and ethical behaviors that reflect standards of professional nursing practice. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  3. Coordinate nursing care for multiple patients in collaboration with health team members for the acquisition/achievement of shared outcomes. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  4. Discuss healthcare micro and macro systems and their impact on patient care. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  5. Integrate technology to provide safe quality care and improve patient outcomes, managing information confidentially and effectively. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills while fostering mutual respect and shared decision making with patients, families and colleagues. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  7. Function effectively within interdisciplinary teams fostering open communication, shared decision-making and team development. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  8. Provide safe, quality care while minimizing risk of harm to patients and providers. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  9. Demonstrate accountability for quality improvement of personal performance, patient care and health care systems. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)
  10. Utilize evidence-based practice to meet individualized needs across the health care continuum. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR252, NUR283)