Gateway Community College Nursing Program Review

GateWay Community College (GWCC) has been in operation since 1968 serving the surrounding communities as a higher education learning center. The college was first named Maricopa Technical College and changed to its current name in 1987. It is accreditied by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers over 125 different degree, certificate and job training options for the convenience of their students.

GateWay Community College Nursing Program Review

GateWay Community College offers four different options to students seeking a degree or certificate in the nursing profession. Students can opt to take entry level nursing courses to obtain the training necessary to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), complete additional training for continuing education in the Nursing Continuing Education program, obtain a certificate of completion with the Practical Nursing (PN) Program, or complete the education necessary to obtain their two year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing in their Registered Nursing program. These nursing programs are a part of the network of Maricopa Community Colleges.

Registered Nursing (RN) – Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Under this program, students can obtain the necessary training to get them to the goal of getting their Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree to be able to take the exam to obtain the professional title of registered Nurse (RN) or they can take the Nursing Refresher course if they have a valid RN license or an in active RN license. The traditional course of obtaining an AAS offers students a combination of general education courses and nursing specific courses, as well as clinical and laboratory experiences to give the student a wide range of education. This prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN. Students who complete this program are not guaranteed the right to sit for this exam, but will be eligible to apply. This program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate – Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Under this program, students have two options. Students can either opt to take the traditional Practical Nursing track for a Certificate of Completion in order to become eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, or they can choose to take the Fast Track Practical Nursing option in order to obtain the same knowledge in order to take the NCLEX-PN in a shorter amount of time. Students for either option must complete the pre-requisite courses assigned by the college. After becoming eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-PN, and successfully passing the exam, students can then decide whether they would like to go straight into the workforce or continue their education to obtain a higher professional title. In the workforce, LPNs operate under the supervision of RNs, doctors, as well as other medical professionals in medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics, long term and short term care facilities, as well as others.

Nursing Continuing Education

This program provides current nurses the opportunity to continue their education in a variety of different subjects. These courses range from full day workshops to full semester classes and are in place to help keep nurses up-to-date on the technology and practices of the ever changing profession. The courses offered to students are: Basic Critical Care, Advanced Critical Care, Hemodynamics, Interpretation of Cardiac Arrhythmias, Twelve Lead EKG Interpretations, PICC Line Insertion, IV Therapy and Medical Skills, Emergency Room Nursing, Physical Assessment, Conscious Sedation, Intra-aortic Balloon Pump, Legal Medical Consulting / Basic and Advanced, Pharmacology, Documentation, School Health Assisting, and School Nurse Certification Classes.

Nurse Assisting Certification – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The nursing assistant certification program provides students with the most entry level education to the nursing profession. These students will learn the necessary skills to help their patients on a day to day basis with the routine tasks. Students who complete this program will be eligible to take the state certification test to become a CNA and gain employment after successful completion of the test. CNAs work under the supervision of LPNs, RNs, Doctors, as well as other medical professionals in the work force.


GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
(602)  286-8000

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