Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings.  Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.

About the Program

Mesa Community College's Nursing Program is a part of MaricopaNursing, a consortium of Maricopa Community College Nursing Programs.

The Registered Nurse Program is four semesters in length, and combines classroom learning with experiential learning in the laboratory and clinical sites.  The program has prerequisites and co-requisites.

Students who successfully complete the program will graduate from Mesa Community College with an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing and are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Program of Study for the RN Program.

MCC currently offers three program options for the Associate of Applied Science (RN) Program.

Traditional Option:  This option consists of four semesters or "blocks", with fall (August) and spring (January) start dates.  Classes generally meet two times a week for classroom instruction and one to two days a week in the clinical/lab setting.  Many resources are available through the online learning management system (Canvas), so it is highly encouraged that students have access to a computer and internet connection.

Late Start Option:  This option is offered five weeks beyond the traditional start date.  Fall semester begins in September, and Spring semester begins in February.  The classes are usually held two times a week combining classroom instruction with clinical or lab instruction.  Experiences at clinical agencies tend to be toward the end of the semester. This option is a hybrid learning program. Hybrid classes reduce the required classroom time in exchange for participation in online activities. Technology skills, access to internet, and a computer are essential for course success. Go to for more information. 

Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) Option:  The Maricopa-Associate-Baccalaureate CEP Program is a program offered through participating community colleges in the Maricopa Community College District and identified university partners. A limited number of participants are selected from the pool of MaricopaNursing students who have met all CEP identified eligibility requirements and have applied for selection to a CEP.

CEP students will be enrolled in Maricopa and University classes at the same time. Graduates of the CEP will obtain their AAS in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing at the same time, or within one or two semesters of graduating with their AAS degree.

Mesa Community College nursing currently participates with two CEP university partners:  Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.   Further information regarding the CEP option is available at Maricopa Nursing.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

The Maricopa Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

How to Apply

  1. Download and carefully read: Nursing Admission Information and Application Packet.
  2. HESI-A2 Entrance test scores: 80% in English and 75% in Math (as of November 1, 2014).
  3. Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Application packets can be obtained at the MCC Nursing Department front desk.
  4. Prerequisites:
    General Education Courses Required for Application - Must have a "C" or better.
    CHM130 + CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry with lab or one year high school chemistry. 0-4 credits
    BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
    PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
    MAT (120, 121, or 122) Intermediate Algebra or higher Mathematics 3-5 credits
  5. Official transcripts (for courses taken outside of MCC) sent to:

Mesa Community College

Attn: Nursing Dept. HW8

1833 W. Southern Ave

Mesa, AZ 85202

6.  Once you have met the above requirements, bring completed application to the MCC Nursing Department (HW8) to submit with a Nursing advisor.  

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