Certificate of Completion in Nurse Assisting

Certificate Information

Academic Plan

CCL Nurse Assisting

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail


Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Health Sciences


This certificate has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nurse Assisting prepares students for entry-level employment in various health care settings as a nursing assistant. The program combines classroom instruction with clinical laboratory, skilled care and acute care experiences. Students who complete the program are eligible to take a written and practical certification examination and work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

The MCCD Nurse Assisting Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Program offerings:
This program is offered at the following sites:
Estrella Mountain Community College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College/Boswell
Paradise Valley Community College

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee
Admission or completion from the MCCD Nurse Assisting Program does not guarantee obtaining a license or certificate to practice nursing. Licensure and certification 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 of 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.

All nurse assistant applicants for certification will be fingerprinted to permit the Department of Public Safety to obtain state and federal criminal history information. All applicants with a positive history are investigated. If there is any question about eligibility for licensure or certification, contact the nursing education consultant at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (602-899-5150).

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.

Health & Safety Requirements for MCCD Nurse Assisting Program:
1. Students must submit a completed Health and Safety Documentation Checklist and maintain current status throughout the program.
2. Students must submit CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program.
3. 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.
4. Health Provider Signature Form signed by a licensed health care provider.
5. Negative urine drug screen.

Grade Requirements:
Student must obtain a C grade or better in all courses.

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

The nurse assisting pathway is designed to prepare students to complete the Nurse Assistant Certification through the Arizona State Board of Nursing to practice in a health care agency as a certified nurse assistant. Completion of the nurse assistant program of study provides job ready skills as a nursing assistant. Students may apply to the Nursing Program after completing the prerequisite courses and admission requirements.

Admission Criteria

Application and acceptance into the program, High School graduate or GED, current Health Care Provider CPR Card required before beginning courses. All students must submit a copy of a fingerprint clearance card with their application for the Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe basic nurse assisting procedures for the acute and/or long-term care patient.
  2. Apply nurse assisting skills to meet the basic and holistic needs of hospitalized adults in acute and long-term care facilities.
  3. Communicate effectively with members of the health care team.

This Certificate of Completion is associated with


All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD's program website for the Certificate of Completion in Nurse Assisting (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=138590).

Major: 5963N
First Term: 2019 Fall
Final Term: 2020 Summer
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 2-6
CIPS code: 51.3902
SOC codes: 31-1014
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - EM, GW, GC, MC, PV
Occupational Area: Health Science
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 01/13/2020