Nursing Program General Information

Registered nurses have many opportunities to specialize and to pursue higher degrees for clinical practice, teaching, and administration.  The Central Arizona College Nursing Program focuses on a direct, hands-on approach to learning.  We offer an outstanding student to instructor ratio of 30/1 for all lecture classes and an average of 10/1 for all clinical experiences.  With this, we couple state of the art simulators and virtual classrooms.  The CAC Nursing Program is dedicated to being the leader of nursing education in central Arizona.

Our program is a multiple-exit program, which allows qualified students to take the practical nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) after completing the first 2 blocks of the program.  Students who continue and complete the program with an Associate of Applied Science-Nursing degree may take the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

The program course sequence begins for new students each Fall and Spring semester.  Class size is limited, making entrance into the CAC Nursing Program highly competitive.  Those interested in additional information or application to the program should read our Frequently Asked Questions section and our Student Handbook, review our Admission Information page, and attend a Nursing Information Session.


Associate of Applied Science-Nursing
Program of Study

General Education (26 credits) - It is highly recommended that these courses be completed prior to application to the Nursing program

  • Written Communications (6 credits)
    • ENG101-English Composition III (3)
    • ENG102-English Composition IV (3)
  • Arts and Humanities (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)
    • PSY101-Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • PSY203-Developmental Psychology (3)
    • SOC100-Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Biological Lab Science (4 credits)
    • BIO205-Microbiology (4)
  • Mathematics (4 credits)
    • MAT121-Intermediate Algebra or higher (4)
  • Other (4 credits)
    • NTR200-Human Nutrition (3)
    • Physical Education Activity course - excluding varsity sports (1)

Major Courses (40 credits) - These courses must be completed as sequenced

  • Level One, Block 1
    • NUR121-Introduction to Nursing Transitions (8)
    • NUR126-Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Dosages (2)
  • Level One, Block 2
    • NUR122-Nursing in Health Illness Transitions (8)
    • NUR145-Pharmacology (3)

** All Level One courses, ENG101, ENG102, PSY101, PSY203, and HESI-PN exit exam must be completed prior to enrolling in Level Two.  Students who plan to take the NCLEX-PN to become an LPN must also complete the NUR150-NCLEX-PN Completion course. **

  • Level Two, Block 3
    • NUR221-Nursing in Developmental Transitions (8)
  • Level Two, Block 4
    • NUR222-Nursing in Organizational Transitions (8)


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