MCC nursing program ranked among top 10 in Arizona

MESA, Arizona -- Nov. 7, 2022 -- The Mesa Community College Nursing Program is ranked among the top 10 in Arizona for 2023 by the national nursing advocacy organization

MCC ranked fifth, out of the 34 registered nursing programs in the state, with a score of 95.79 ahead of Grand Canyon University (ranked sixth), Arizona State University (ranked seventh), University of Arizona (ranked eighth) and Northern Arizona University (ranked tenth). Programs reviewed included schools offering an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Direct-Entry Masters of Science in Nursing degree.

“I’m very proud of our team and the fact that our nursing students are in demand across the country,” said MCC Nursing Program Chair Diana Breed, MSN, RN, CHSE. “Our distinguished faculty is dedicated to excellence and preparing students to be the best nurses they can be.” The MCC Nursing Department offers an ADN, Paramedic to Registered Nurse programs and a Concurrent Enrollment Program enabling students to earn their BSN from a partner university along with their ADN.

Schools were evaluated on their support of students toward licensure and beyond, and current and historical pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successfully passing the NCLEX-RN test is required for nursing graduates to be licensed in the U.S. and Canada. ranked the nursing program at Eastern Arizona College first, followed by Estrella Mountain Community College second, Arizona College of Nursing, third, and Scottsdale Community College, fourth.

For the complete list of rankings and methodology, click Additional information about the MCC Nursing Program is available at

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Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for university transfer, career and technical programs, civic engagement, service-learning and innovative approaches to education. On average MCC students provide 23,000 hours of community service annually. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 25,400 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations through a combination of modalities. MCC is transforming how it champions student success through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution with nearly 50% of its students being the first in their families to attend college. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges; its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes as well as out-of-state tribes. The diverse student body includes hundreds of international students from around the world. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to attain their goals. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2022