Mesa Community College Nursing Program Review

Mesa Community College operates in a variety of places across Mesa and surrounding communities. The two main campuses are the Southern & Dobson Campus and the Red Mountain Campus. MCC offers a variety of job training and university transfer options for students. Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Mesa Community College Nursing Program Review

MCC offers students a variety of different pathways to enter into the dynamic career in nursing. With these degree and certificate programs, students have the opportunity to gain the education needed to enter the nursing workforce or re-enter the nursing workforce. Available degrees and certificates include: Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Nursing Assistant, and Paramedic to RN.

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

The AAS program offered at Mesa Community College offers students the ability to earn their AAS degree and prepare to take the NCLEX-RN in order to gain the professional title of Registered Nurse. With this degree, students can choose to go into a variety of different health care settings as a supervisor to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or choose to continue their education at a university or four year institution. Completion of this program will make the student eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, but does not guarantee the student the right to sit for the exam. Students should check with an advisor before starting the program to ensure that they have met all the pre-requisite requirements of the nursing program before applying.

Nursing Assistant – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

This program is designed for students who want to enter the nursing workforce at an entry level position. Nursing Assistant courses prepare the student for executing the daily routine tasks that patients need provided to them. The basic skills learned in this program will prepare the student to take the state certification test in order to obtain the title of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). After successful certification, the student can then apply for employment at a variety of different health care facilities. CNAs are overseen by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN) as well as other health care professionals.

Paramedic to Registered Nurse (RN)

For Paramedics who have a official and unhampered Arizona or National Paramedic Registry Certificate and have completed a minimum of 12 moths of consecutive paramedic work in the past three years, MCC offers the Paramedic to RN program. Admission to this program requires some prerequisite course work, and students should check with a nursing advisor at MCC to ensure that all pre-requisite work has been completed and/or will transfer before applying to the program. After successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN in order to obtain the professional title of Registered Nurse (RN) and seek employment with the title. Completion of the course does not guarantee that the student is eligible to sit for the exam.


Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85202
(480) 461-7000

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