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.

Important Changes to Nursing Curriculum as well as Health and Safety Documents

Health and Safety Documents Changes

Change in Service and Additional Fees Paid by Students to CertifiedBackground to include Medical Documentation Tracker on or after October 1, 2015

For all MCCCD healthcare students (allied health and nursing but excludes EMT – NON-Paramedic programs) who seek to begin healthcare programs on or after October 1, 2015, an additional fee of $25 will be required for Medical Documentation Tracker through CertifiedBackground.

This new medical documentation service is necessary to ensure documentation compliance with clinical agencies.

Students currently pay $67 for the supplemental background check through CertifiedBackground.

On or after October 1, 2015, students will pay $92 to CertifiedBackground for the supplemental background check ($67) and medical documentation tracker ($25).

For persons wishing to enroll in a program on or after October 1, 2015, the person must meet the existing standards for background check standards and provide medical documentation.

This new charge for medical documentation tracker will provide students unlimited access to their medical documentation, even after completion of their program.

Curriculum Changes

On May 26th, the MCCCD Governing Board approved a revised curriculum for MaricopaNursing. This 2015 curriculum is reflective of contemporary nursing practice and integrates Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and Nurse of the Future competencies.  It also aligns with the 2013 changes to theArizona State Board of Nursing curriculum expectations (see Nurse Practice Act Rules R4-19-206), and Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Standard and Criteria for Curriculum.

A student follows the curriculum to which they were admitted; the 2008 and 2015 curriculum will be taught within all colleges offering the AAS in nursing through December 2016. 


2008 curriculum      (credits)

2015 curriculum                (credits)

Block 1

Fundamentals             (10)

Fundamentals                         (9)

Block 2

Adult M/S                     (8)

Adult M/S  & Psych                (9)

Block 3

Adult M/S, Peds, OB    (8)

Adult M/S &  OB                     (9)

Block 4

Adult M/S  & Psych      (9)

Adult M/S  & Peds                  (9)

All new students entering block 1 of MaricopaNursing on or after July 1, 2015 will follow the newly approved Program of Study.    Changes to prerequisite courses include​:

1.       MAT140, 141, or 142 or higher College Mathematics is now the required math course, rather than MAT120. 

2.       ENG101 First year Composition becomes a prerequisite course to entering the program. 

3.       PSY101 Introduction to Psychology is a course that is required to be completed prior to or with NUR172.

To assure adequate communication of these changes, and allow time for those currently submitting applications to meet the changed requirement, a one-semester grace period will be provided.

Applications submitted through January 31, 2016 will be accepted with completion of MAT120 or higher. However, students must complete MAT142 and ENG101 prior to graduation.

Program options for the Associate of Applied Science (RN) Program.

Beginning fall 2015, MCC will offer two scheduled program options for the AAS (RN) Program.  Both scheduling options include:

1.    A team approach of 2 instructors per nursing course to foster   student learning and success.

2.    Incorporation of best practices in nursing education, teaching methodologies and use of learning spaces.

3.    Theory and lab practice two days per week, with one or two days of additional day of lab, simulation, or clinical practice each week. 

a.     First and second semester, students should count on four days per week for nursing coursework. 

b.    Third and fourth semester, students will have at least three days per week for nursing coursework.

Many resources are available through the online learning management system (Canvas) so students will need access to a computer and internet connection throughout the program.

Morning:  Classes begin as early as 7:30 am, and generally end by 3:30 pm.

Afternoon:  Classes generally begin around noon, and end by 7:00 pm.

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.

How to Apply

  1. Attend a Nursing Program Information Session
  2. Download and carefully read: Nursing Admission Information and Application Packet.
  3. HESI-A2 Entrance test scores: 80% in English and 75% in Math (as of November 1, 2014).
  4. Obtain a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Application packets can be obtained at the MCC Nursing Department front desk.
  5. 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
    ENG101 First year Composition 3 credits
    MATH (140, 141, or 142) College Mathematics or higher Mathematics 3-5 credits
  6. Official transcripts (for courses taken outside of MCC) sent to:

Mesa Community College

Attn: Nursing Dept. HW8

1833 W. Southern Ave

Mesa, AZ 85202

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


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.

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