STEAM

Pre-Nursing

In addition to providing patient care, nurses offer support and advice to medical patients and their family members. Nurses might also be involved in educating the public on health matters. The US Department of Labor identifies the median pay for a registered nurse as $65,470 a year. The job growth is expected to be above average at 19% through 2022. Are you interested in becoming a nurse?

Pre-Nursing Requirements

Different nursing schools have various entrance requirements. PVCC is one of eight Maricopa County Community Colleges that offers an associate nursing degree (AAS). Before applying to the nursing program at PVCC you must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better (see: nursing.maricopa.edu).

Course Prefix & Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

CHM130& CHM130LL

Fundamental Chemistry with lab (or one year high school chemistry)

4 credits

MAT090 of higher

BIO201

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO156 or

BIO181 or one year high school biology in past five years

PSY101 or

PSY240

Introduction to Psychology

Developmental Psychology

3 credits

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MAT120or

MAT121or

MAT122or

higher

Intermediate Algebra or higher

3-5 credits

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The following courses are not required to apply to the nursing program at PVCC but are recommended to be taken in the period after applying, but before acceptance.

PVCC Nursing Program Suggested Co-Requisites

Course Prefix & Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

BIO202

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

BIO201

BIO205

Microbiology

4 credits

BIO156 or

BIO181 or

one year high school biology

ENG101or

ENG107

First Year Composition I

3 credits

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ENG102or

ENG108

First Year Composition II

3 credits

ENG101

CRE101

Critical or Evaluative Reading (or test exempt)

3 credits

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Humanities Elective

Choose from History, Philosophy, Religious Studies & other courses

2-3 credits

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HCR240*

Human Pathophysiology

4 credits

BIO202 or

BIO205

*Recommended but not required for AAS

IMPORTANT: Always check with an academic advisor at PVCC and at your chosen university (if you are pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree) before planning your coursework.

PVCC provides a quality and cost-effective way to begin your path to becoming a nurse. The conveniently located PVCC campus is an excellent place to complete your pre and-co-nursing requirements. Not only can you apply to the on-campus nursing program, but you can also participate in the Student Nurses Association to aid you on your path to becoming a nurse. Contact Debbie Green (debgreen30@gmail.com) for more information. PVCC also hosts a chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Joining HOSA will give you the opportunity to develop inter-professional working relationships, attend dynamic lectures by prominent guest speakers, and take advantage of internship opportunities. In addition, PVCC has small class sizes, state-of-the-art laboratories, and professors that make giving you an excellent education their number one priority.

There are over 30 nursing schools in the state of Arizona. PVCC is one of eight Maricopa County Community Colleges offering a nursing program. You can earn your Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS) and your Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN; through the concurrent enrollment program with a university) at PVCC.