Registered Nursing - AAS Degree

Associate of Applied Science Degree

CNA to RN • 72 Credits

Successful completion of this program qualifies you to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse.


  • NOTE: These credit and course requirements are different from the general AAS requirements.
    Use these requirements.

Requirements:

Note: Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.
Graduates must satisfy the licensing requirements of the State Board of Nursing independently of any college requirements per the Arizona Nurse Practice Act. Under Arizona Law, an applicant could be denied licensure as a registered or practical nurse if convicted of a felony or addicted to habit-forming drugs, or if the applicant in any other way fails to meet qualifications required by law.

  • Applicants to the CNA to RN nursing program must hold a current Arizona Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license in good standing.
  • Applicants to the LPN to RN program must hold a valid Arizona Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license that is active and in good standing.
  • Applicants to the Paramedic to RN Transition program must be an active certified paramedic with a minimum of one year experience as a paramedic.
  • Applicants to the RN Refresher program must acquire a temporary license from the Arizona State Board of Nursing upon acceptance into the NPC program.
Prerequisite Courses Required BEFORE Nursing Program Admission

Before the student will be considered eligible to enter the Nursing Program, completion of the following prerequisites is required. Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better for each class and a cumulative GPA of "B" (3.0 on 4.0 scale) is recommended.

  • BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II • 4 credits
  • BIO 205 Microbiology • 4 credits
  • CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry • 4 credits
  • ENL 101 • College Composition I • 3 credits
General Education Requirements • 32 Credits

Communications6 credits

  • ENL 101 College Composition I • 3 credits
  • ENL 102 College Composition II • 3 credits

Mathematics:

  • Compass Algebra score of 46 - OR -
  • ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 41 - OR -
  • ACT Math score of 21 within one year prior to application to the nursing program

Arts and Humanities – No requirements

Physical and Biological Sciences • 20 credits

  • BIO 181 General Biology • 4 credits
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II • 4 credits
  • BIO 205 Microbiology • 4 credits
  • CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry • 4 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences • 6 credits

  • PSY 240 Developmental Psychology • 3 credits
    PLUS one of the following:
  • ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology • 3 credits
  • SOC 120 General Sociology • 3 credits
Core Requirements • 40 cr.
  • NUR 117 Pharmacology I • 2 credits
  • NUR 118 Pharmacology II • 2 credits
  • NUR 121 Nursing I • 8 credits
  • NUR 122 Nursing II • 8 credits
  • NUR 125 Practical Nurse Completion • 2 credits
  • NUR 219 NCLEX Review Seminar • 2 credits
  • NUR 221 Nursing III • 8 credits
  • NUR 222 Nursing IV • 8 credits