Nurse Assisting program moves to Red Mountain Campus

MESA, Arizona – May 2, 2019 -- The new Nurse Assisting Program training site at MCC Red Mountain was recently evaluated and approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Mesa Community College is offering its Nurse Assisting Program as an eight-week course and is moving the program’s education facility from its Southern and Dobson Campus to its MCC Red Mountain Campus. 

A new, 1,646-square-foot facility, created by a renovation of the Acacia Village building, features a 10-bed laboratory for student training. Federal Carl Perkins funds provided for new, state-of-the-art equipment and media for the space.

“In addition to this new facility, we have restructured our former full-semester program into eight weeks so that we will be able to serve more students interested in this in-demand occupation,” said Diane Dietz, Nursing Department chair. “The course includes lectures, lab and clinical experiences to prepare students for the State of Arizona exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA).”

Instruction for the Nurse Assisting Program at MCC Red Mountain is scheduled to begin with the Fall 2019 semester. For registration information, contact Tamara Lawrence, nursing administrative specialist-senior, at

The need for nursing assistants is expected to continue to increase at a much faster pace than most occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing assistants provide basic care to patients under the direction of nursing staff. Dietz added that the MCC program is highly regarded and extremely affordable compared to for-profit colleges. 

The Nurse Assisting Program also is where many students begin their journey to becoming a Registered Nurse. The MCC Nursing Program is ranked No. 1 in the list of 2019 Best RN Programs in Arizona. The ranking is based on analysis of National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) RN pass rates, comparing the percentage of graduates who pass the exam on the first attempt among the 27 RN programs throughout the state.

Find out more about the MCC Red Mountain Campus at or go to for details about becoming an MCC student including financial aid and registration. 

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019