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Program Overview

Nursing jobs require the right candidate for a career where no two days are ever the same. If you have a caring nature, are a problem solver, and have a strong desire to help people – especially if they’re in a distressing situation – then consider a career in nursing.

Our Nursing program, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), will prepare you with the fundamental skills necessary to be successful as a nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse (LPN), or as a registered nurse (RN) in a variety of acute, long-term, and community-based healthcare settings.

Once you have completed the Nursing program, you will be eligible to apply for your nursing license in Arizona. Licensure for other states may also be available. We have additional program offerings, including nurse refresher programs for LPNs and RNs, nursing continuing education (NCE) courses, and innovative bridge programs for paramedics and veterans interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

Enroll in the Nursing program and take the first step toward your new career.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Fast Track Certificates available in 20 weeks or less
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Why Paradise Valley Community College?

PVCC’s Nursing Program is one of the most highly regarded programs in the state. We offer quality curriculum and outstanding instruction to help you achieve your academic goals. For the past five years, PVCC has posted an average of 96 percent passing grade, well above the national average (86.53%) and Arizona state average (89.2%). 

Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)

PVCC offers concurrent enrollment for students to pursue their nursing degree through MaricopaNursing and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) either simultaneously or within one-to-two semesters following completion of their AAS. Those interested in applying for the CEP must have previously:

  • Submitted an application to the MaricopaNursing application pool

  • Completed all pre-requisite and co-requisite courses for MaricopaNursing AAS and for your chosen partner university

  • Be competitive in the rubrics point system for the CEP application

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