Pre-nursing student information

Central Arizona College’s Nursing Program is a multiple-exit program, which allows qualified students to take the practical nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) after completing the first two blocks of the program. Students who continue and complete the program with an Associate of Applied Science degree may take the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX- RN) to become a registered nurse.

The program course sequence begins for Nursing students each Spring and Fall semester. Class size is limited, making entrance into the Nursing Program highly competitive. Click here for estimated program costs. Review the Nursing Frequently Asked Questions page and then click here to start toward your career goal. You must be an Arizona licensed CNA or LPN before you apply to the RN program. Call SMC, Heath Careers Dept. for assistance with the CNA packet, 480-677-7787. 


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 .

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