Nursing Admission Information

The Deadline for the Fall sequence start is February 1st.  The Deadline for Spring is June 10th. Completed applications must be received by the Nursing Division by the deadline date; incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered and you will receive a letter of acceptance or denial within 2-3 weeks of the deadline date.  All applications must be either hand-delivered or mailed via certified mail to:

Central Arizona College
ATTN:Nursing Admissions
8470 N. Overfield Rd,

Room W110

Coolidge, AZ 85128

To ensure a quality learning environment, CAC's Nursing program class size is limited - making entrance into the program highly competitive.  Admission is selective and based on specific criteria.  Acceptance into the college and/or completion of the pre-requisites does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing Program.

Application Pre-Requisites

Students will be considered for admission to the CAC Nursing Program who have/are:

Been admitted to Central Arizona College.  Students may apply online at or in person at any of our locations.

Attended a Nursing Information Session. Click here to register for a session. 

Submitted to the CAC Records Office all official transcripts from previously attended colleges.  Submit official transcripts to: Central Arizona College, Records/Admissions, 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge, AZ 85128

Met with a CAC Nursing Advisor to MAP previously completed General Education coursework.  Call Superstition Mountain Campus at 480-677-7731, San Tan Campus at 480-677-7825, Maricopa Campus at 520-494-6402, Aravaipa Campus at 520-357-2800, or Signal Peak Campus at 520-494-5410 to make an appointment with a Nursing Advisor. Note - all transcripts must be on file in the Records office prior to meeting with a Nursing Advisor for MAP completion.

Completed BIO201-Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) and BIO202-Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better within 5 years of application.

Hold a valid Arizona Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) licensure.

Eligible to register for or have already completed MAT141-College Math or higher

Eligible to register for or have already completed ENG101-English Composition I

Successful completion of the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam within 3 attempts, which is good for two years.  Call 520-494-5042 to schedule a testing appointment.

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher

Application Process

Step One - Submit an Intent to Apply form at a Nursing Information SessionNote this form is only available at a Nursing Information Session - therefore, all applicants must attend at least one of these sessions in order to apply to the program.

Step Two - Complete and submit the following to the Nursing Division by the posted deadline: 

  1. Nursing Application Points Form (Received at required information session held monthly)
  2. Advising MAP w/copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended attached
  3. HESI score results
  4. Proof of current and valid LNA or LPN Licensure

Step Three - Wait to be contacted by the Nursing Division regarding your admission status.  Note - The admission evaluation process is time intensive.  We realize this waiting period is stressful for applicants, but we ask that you not contact the Nursing Division for an update.  All applicants will be notified at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Functional Abilities Statement

To meet the physical and mental performance competencies of the Nursing Program and profession, students must be able to:

  • Perform full range of body movement (push, pull, bend, twist, squat, climb, reach, and lift)
  • Hear normal conversation and hear accurately through a stethoscope
  • Function effectively under significant stress
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in English (both written and spoken)
  • Accurately calculate for fluid/medication administration
  • Have/use a computer, do word processing, access Internet, use Blackboard

Additional Admission Information

Should you have a stipulation or restrictions on a health care worker's license or certification, or have a prior felony conviction, contact the Arizona State Board of Nursing for advice on potential licensure.

Students who fail/withdraw from the program and desire to re-enter must reapply.  The process to re-enter also requires submission of a letter of intent to the Nursing Division at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester for which reapplication is made.  Such applicants are considered individually and admitted on a space available basis.  Students may only repeat one nursing major core course.

Students are required to meet ALL admission requirements in effect at the time they are seeking admission to the program.

Urine Drug Screen testing is required for final admission into the nursing program, and may be requested randomly and for cause of all students in the Nursing Program.  Students who fail to comply or test positively may be withdrawn from the Program. 

Background check, drug screening, and immunization requirements are all part of the Certified Background Checks registration, which MUST be completed prior to the required Nursing Orientation day.  Further registration instructions will be provided to students after distribution of acceptance letters at a required Preview meeting.  These two mandatory meetings are required upon acceptance into the Nursing Program.  All fees for the Certified Background Check service are paid by the student. Click here to view estimated nursing program costs.

The Central Arizona College Nursing Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap/disability, sexual orientation, age, or veteran status in the application, participation, access and treatment of persons in instructional programs and activities. The CAC Nursing Program reserves the right to change, without notice, any materials, information, curriculum, requirements or regulations.

Content on this page is provided by the Nursing Department .

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814