Program Admission Requirements - Nursing AAS
Pre-Admission Information Session
Interested in the Nursing AAS program? Students are required to attend a Nursing program Information Session before seeing a Student Services Center advisor about entering this program. These sessions provide important information about program eligibility, requirements, costs and more.
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Applying for Program Admission
- Program prerequisites must be completed as described in Program Requirements with grades and/or assessment scores posted on PCC transcripts before applying to the program.
- Transfer courses earned from another Regionally Accredited Institution are not valid until they have been officially evaluated and grades have been posted on PCC transcripts. An official (sealed) transcript and Student Request for Transcript Evaluation form must be submitted to PCC Student Services Center.
- Students must complete the HESI Admission A2 examination through the PCC Nursing Department. HESI exams are offered monthly. [View a flier with exam dates] Students must sign up at the Nursing Department in person to schedule the examination. HESI scores may be used for one year for application to the nursing program.
- Once prerequisite coursework is complete, students can complete the Nursing Program Application. [Note: We are in the process of updating the prerequisites listed on the application. You may continue to use the posted application until the revised application form has been posted.] The application process requires documentation of volunteerism and employment if the candidate is seeking points for the experience. Please review the Volunteerism Verification Instructions and the Employer Verification Instructions for details. Completed applications are turned in to the nursing office, West Campus, Building D, Room 200.
- Program information is communicated via e-mail, it is imperative to check your e-mail address provided to the West Campus Student Services Center.
- Applicants are selected based upon prerequisite GPA, HESI Admission A2 scores, work experience, and volunteer experience. Selection is decided by Nursing Program faculty and administration using a defined point system. Students are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of the number of points self-calculated.
- Students not selected for admission are encouraged to re-apply the following semester.
- Application deadlines: The application deadline for the Spring semester is September 1. Application deadline for the Fall semester is February 1.
Program Admissions and Course Information
- Vaccinations required for entering/continuing in the Nursing program: The Nursing program works with hospitals and agencies that require the hepatitis B vaccination (series of three vaccinations) and an annual flu vaccination. All students who are enrolled or entering the Nursing program must provide documentation of receiving these vaccinations or a positive titer. Please be aware that the hepatitis vaccination is a series of three shots with 1-2 months between the first and second shot and four months between the second and third shot. All students must get these vaccinations and/or titers immediately. Students who do not provide proof of receiving the vaccinations or a positive titer when entering the Nursing program will have to reapply to the program. The hospitals and agencies that PCC works with strictly enforce these requirements. Additional vaccination requirements for the clinical portion of the program are listed in the next section of this page.
- The Nursing program accepts qualified students each fall and spring semester. Qualified students are placed into the semester that seats are available. Students are required to attend a Nursing Department mandatory orientation the semester before their placement date. Students are notified via e-mail when to sign up for this orientation. Failure to sign up and attend the orientation will result in having to reapply to the Nursing program.
- Based on the number of qualified applicants, a wait period of up to two years from date of admission may exist. E-mails may be sent to students offering them an opportunity for an earlier placement date.
- Completion time for the Associate Degree in Nursing is based on Compass assessment results, completion of program admission requirements, support courses and completion of (4) semesters of nursing core courses.
- Students must be able to access the Internet on a daily basis.
- NRS program curriculum is offered only on a full-time basis at Pima’s West Campus. Student scheduling of core courses is developed by the Nursing Department, resulting in students being randomly assigned to day, evening or weekend classes. Individual student requests for schedules cannot be honored.
- NRS core course scheduling is dependent on clinical site and instructor availability and is scheduled to change.
- Special Admission - Licensed Practical nurses with work experience, including graduates from Pima's Center for Training and Development, are eligible to apply for entry into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program by completing the prerequisites. If accepted, the student must successfully complete a nine credit transition course (NRS 188/188LB) and meet all admission requirements for entry into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program.
- Program Transfer: Students currently enrolled in another accredited Nursing Program wishing to transfer to Pima should contact the Nursing Department Office at 206-6661.
To participate in the clinical portion of the program, students must:
- Obtain an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card.
- Pass a urine toxicology screening exam.
- Present proof of immunization and/or immunity for MMR/Varicella/TdaP.
- Show proof of negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray for TB.
- Maintain health insurance and a current CPR card at the Health Care Provider Level throughout the program.
- Meet the Nursing Technical Standards
- Be flexible with balancing employment, personal and academic schedules and responsibilities.
- Provide own transportation from the College to clinical sites.
Important Information on National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Graduation from the Nursing program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a license to practice nursing. Licensure requirements and subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN). For more information on licensure requirements, contact the Arizona State Board of Nursing at (602) 771-7800 or go to www.AZBN.gov.
Students should be aware that the NCLEX-RN® licensure applications may include a personal history section in which prospective applicants must report and may have to provide detailed explanation of legal situations.
Students should also be aware that federal and state law requires documentation that the applicant for nursing licensure is a US citizen, national, or a person described in specific categories, to be eligible for licensure in Arizona. Students who have a nursing degree outside the U.S. may contact the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) at (215) 222-8454.
Fingerprinting may also be a part of many state licensing processes. For questions regarding licensing eligibility, contact the Arizona State Board of Nursing at (602) 771-7800 or go to www.AZBN.gov.