NPC's Nursing program program has one of the highest employment rates in Arizona: nearly 100 percent of our nursing graduates find employment within six months of graduation! This pathway is for currently certified Paramedics who wish to enter the NPC Nursing program to acquire the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing and become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Interested students should meet with an NPC academic adviser and provide evidence of paramedic certification. Decisions regarding acceptance into the Nursing program are determined by the NPC Nursing Admission Committee. Additional fees may apply for credit by evaluation.
Once you have successfully completed the six core NPC Nursing program courses, you are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed Registered Nurse.
You must apply to be admitted into the NPC Nursing program. BEFORE you can be accepted, you must complete certain prerequisite courses (see entry requirements below). Admission to NPC does NOT guarantee admission to the Nursing program.
Labs and Classrooms
Required general education courses are offered at all NPC locations. Nursing classes are only offered at the Show Low and Winslow campuses, with the Paramedic to Nurse Bridge course only available in Show Low.
Applicants must have a current state Paramedic certification with a minimum of one year active practice as a paramedic.
The following prerequisite courses are required BEFORE Nursing program admission and must be completed with a “C” grade or better before July 1 of the admission application year. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended.
- BIO 181 General Biology I
- BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- BIO 205 Microbiology
- CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry
- ENL 101 College Composition I
- MATH: You must also have a satisfactory score in Elementary Algebra (or higher) within one year prior to application to the Nursing program.
NPC strongly recommends that you also complete the following general education requirements BEFORE applying to the Nursing program:
- ENL 102 College Composition II
- PSY 240 Developmental Psychology
PLUS, one of the following:
- ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
- SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Applications and Information:
- Paramedic to RN Application Packet (PDF) -- Late applicants may be accepted on a space-available basis if they meet the admission criteria, but not before applicants who applied on time.
- HESI Admission Test information/dates
- Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)
- Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credits (PDF)
Registered Nurse is the largest healthcare occupation. RNs work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services and nursing care facilities. Others work in schools or outpatient clinics, or serve in the military. Home health and public health nurses travel to patients’ homes, schools, community centers and other sites.
Employment of Registered Nurses is projected to grow 16 percent through 2024. Generally, Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one. Employers also may prefer candidates who have some related work experience.
The median annual wage in Arizona for registered nurses was $77,000 in May 2018. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) SOC 29-1141
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
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Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
After you complete your AAS degree in nursing at NPC you can easily transfer to Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University or Grand Canyon University to finish a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), if desired. We work with you every step of the way to make transferring easy.
- NAU: RN to BSN Transfer Agreement
- ASU: RN to BSN Transfer Agreement
- GCU: RN to BSN Transfer Agreement