The Nursing Program admitted its first students in September 1967 and received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) on September 24th, 1970. The Nursing Assistant program admitted its first students and received full approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) in the year 1990.

The Nursing program prepares students with a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing. The program curriculum offers an exit option at the Practical Nurse level following the third semester. Transfer students and Licensed Practical Nurses are admitted into the program based on published advanced placement requirements.

The Nursing Assistant program prepares the student to take the state examination to become a certified or licensed nursing assistant (CNA, LNA), whose main role is to work under the supervision of nurses to provide high-quality care to patients. The skills learned as a Nursing Assistant can prepare the student for a long-term career in the nursing field.

The faculty and staff include the Director of Nursing and Allied Health, eight full-time faculty, a Clinical Facilitator, a Lab Coordinator, a full-time Administrative Assistant, Nursing Support Specialist, and part-time Nursing Support Specialist and lab technicians. The program also employs local practicing nurses educated at the MSN and BSN levels as part-time clinical faculty to maintain a maximum of 1:10 faculty/student ratio in clinical practice. Students graduating from our program are eligible for licensing as either Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).

The opportunities in nursing practice are more exciting and diverse than ever before. A variety of career and professional options await our graduates. The program also fosters academic partnerships providing graduates with a variety of options to pursue advanced degrees in Nursing.

Approval and Accreditation

The Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing
1740 W. Adams Street, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-771-7800
www.azbn.gov

The Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Feb 2016-Feb 2024:
For Accreditation Status:
ACEN
3390 Peachtree Road NE Suite 81400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404)975-5000
Email: info@acenursing.org
www.acenursing.org

Program Outcomes

Announcements

HESI A2 Testing Update

Students - If you are planning on taking the HESI A2, but you are unsure about being able to test, please know that Elsevier has set up ProctorU which allows students to take the HESI A2 exam remotely. Please follow the instructions under the “Program Documents” tab titled “Admissions Assessment Exam (HESI A2)” to send your request to purchase the exam.

Nursing Information Sessions:

It is MANDATORY that ALL students applying for the Nursing Program attend a Nursing Information Session.

Fall 2021 Pre-Nursing Information sessions will be offered via zoom and in person starting 8/23/2021. The schedule is listed below. If you want to attend a session via zoom please click on the link below at the date and time the session is scheduled for. The Pre-Nursing Information session zoom links are located in the document below titled “Pre-Nursing Info Session Zoom Link”.  If you have any questions please contact us at nursing@azwestern.edu

Pre-Nursing Information Sessions - Fall 2021 Schedule

8/10/2021 at 3:00 pm - Zoom link located below
8/23/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
9/13/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
9/27/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
10/4/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
10/18/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
11/1/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
11/15/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)
12/6/2021 at 3:00 pm - LR 250 or Zoom (Zoom link located below)

No Registration required to attend these sessions

Spring 2022 Schedule TBA

Pre-Nursing Information Session Zoom Link Pre-Nursing Information Session flyer


Programs

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AAS in Nursing

Due Date(s)

  • Nursing Program (Including LPN/Advanced Placement)
  • Spring 2022
  • Due September 15, 2021
  • Readmission Requests
  • Spring 2022
  • Due September 15, 2021 (non-current students)
  • Due December 9, 2021 by noon (current students only)

Associate Degree in Nursing - 2 Years

AAS degree, graduates are eligible to seek licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

Designed to provide an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree with an exit option of Practical Nurse and eligibility for entrance into a Baccalaureate Degree program in nursing.

Learning experiences include classroom, lab, clinical, online communication and assignments, and computer interactive learning and simulation.

Certificate in Practical Nursing - Exit Option - 3 Semesters

Exit option of the ADN program.

Following successful completion of the first 3 semesters of the associate degree in nursing, students desiring to earn a Practical Nurse certificate can complete the Transition to PN Competency Packet.

This certificate makes the student eligible for licensure as a Practical Nurse.


Associate Degree in Nursing
Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I/GE 4 Prerequisite
ENG 101 Freshman Composition I/GE 3 GE-Composition
AGS 101 Solving Prob. of the World/GE 3 GE-Humanities
CIS 120 Computer Information Systems/GE 3 GE-Additional Courses
    13  

Second Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II/GE 4 Major Requirement
NUR 117 Pharmacology w/Calculations 2 Major Requirement
NUR 121 Nursing I 8 Major Requirement
    14  

Third Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
FAS 238 Human Development/GE 3 Major Requirement
NUR 122 Nursing 2 8 Major Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
    14  

Fourth Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 205 Microbiology/GE 4 Major Requirement
NUR 221 Nursing 3 8 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Composition II/GE 3 GE-Composition
    15  

Fifth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
NUR 222 Nursing 4 8 Major Requirement
MAT 142 College Math With App/GE 3 GE-Mathematics
    11  

Certificate in Practical Nursing - Exit Option
Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I/GE 4 Prerequisite
ENG 101 Freshman Composition I/GE 3 Prerequisite
FAS 238 Human Development/GE 3 Major Requirement
NUR 117 Pharmacology w/Calculations 2 Major Requirement
    12  

Second Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II/GE 4 Major Requirement
NUR 121 Nursing I 8 Major Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE 3 Major Requirement
    15  

Third Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
NUR 122 Nursing 2 8 Major Requirement
    8  

Fourth Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
NUR 221 Nursing 3 8 Major Requirement
    8  

Nursing Assistant

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Rev. 09/2019

Due Date(s)

  • Nursing Assistant Program
  • Spring 2022
  • Due by October 28, 2021, by 4:30 pm
Contact

nursing.assistant@azwestern.edu

928-344-7552

LR 224

Nursing Assistant Program - 1 Semester

5 Credit course (Fall/Spring have 2 - 8-week sessions and 1 - 16-week session. Summer session has 1 - 8-week session)

Prepares the learner for taking the state examination to become a nursing assistant and work in health care settings.

Those applying to the Nursing Assistant Program will need to provide documentation of their eligibility for MAT 121.

Students: We recently made changes to our application process effective immediately.  Please read the new Admission Information and Application form on the Program Documents tab above.

Program Costs

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Nursing Program Costs Estimate

PROGRAM COST ESTIMATE
Course Tuition**
The total number of courses credits included in the Nursing Curriculum plan: 67
67 credits x $88.00= $5,896 (Resident status)
Course Fees $818 per semester x 4: $3,272
Textbooks (core nursing classes only)
(Purchased at the beginning of the first semester.)
Estimated $1,500.00
Uniform & Equipment
(Purchased at the beginning of the first semester.)
Uniform, Program badge, Stethoscope: $60
White shoes (Cost will vary based on personal preference)
Watch indicating seconds
Health & Safety Requirements
(Cost will vary and includes a Fingerprint Clearance Card and Drug Screen)
$250
Graduation Fee $15
Total Estimated Cost of AWC Nursing Program: $10,993
RN Licensing Fees
State Board Fee $300.00
Fingerprint Cost $50.00
NCLEX Exam Fee $200.00
Total RN Licensing Fees $550.00
   
NCLEX Review Prices range from $225.00 to $618.00

*All fees are subject to change.
** This estimate includes only courses included in the Nursing Program Curriculum plan.

Nursing Assistant Program Costs Estimate

  • Tuition: $450.00 (Resident status - $90/credit)
  • Lab Fee: $250.00 (Include the state certification test fee.)
  • Uniform: $40 Wine-colored scrubs + $10- $15 program patch to be purchased at the AWC bookstore
  • White or Black shoes: $40
  • Textbook and workbook: $120
  • Health& Safety Requirements:
    • CPR Card: $35
    • Fingerprint Clearance Card: $73
    • Tuberculosis Screening: $10 - $20
    • Drug Test: $38
  • Equipment:
    • Gait Belt: $8 - $20
    • Watch-indicating seconds: $20

Program Documents

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Nursing Program Documents

Application Documents File
Application & Admission Information
*Applications will not be reviewed at the time of delivery
Download
LPN Advanced Placement Information & Application
Use this application if you are currently licensed as a LPN.
Download
Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2) Download
Student Guide and Forms File
Nursing Student Guide Download
Readmission Form Download
Petition for Instructional Issues Download
Practical Nursing Exit Download
Transition to PN Competency Download

Nursing Assistant Program Documents

Application Documents File
Admission Information and Application Download
Fingerprint Clearance Cards Download
Program Cost Download
Nursing Assistant Student Guide Download
Nursing Assistant Curriculum Download

Career Overview and Job Outlook

Nursing

The program prepares students with a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing. The program curriculum offers an exit option at the Practical Nurse level following the third semester. Transfer students and Licensed Practical Nurses are admitted into the program based on published advanced placement requirements.

The opportunities in nursing practice are more exciting and diverse than ever before. A variety of career and professional options await our graduates. The program also fosters academic partnerships providing graduates with a variety of options to pursue advanced degrees in Nursing.

Nursing Assistant

The program prepares the student to take the state examination to become a certified or licensed nursing assistant (CNA, LNA), whose main role is to work under the supervision of nurses to provide high-quality care to patients. The skills learned as a Nursing Assistant can prepare the student for a long-term career in the nursing field.

Being a nursing assistant offers many rewards, challenges, and opportunities. Nursing assistants work in nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, hospice, correctional institutions, clinics, and other settings.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increasing demand in nursing assistants secondary to the growth rate of the elderly population over the next decade. The average annual salary for certified nursing assistants is $25,000 to $37,000 with the median being that of $33,500.

Contact Information

nursing@azwestern.edu
(928) 317-6049
LR-209
nursing.assistant@azwestern.edu
(928) 344-7552
LR-224
 

* Please note: Admission requirements for all programs include a criminal background check and drug test.

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 317-6049
Fax: (928) 317-6119
Location: LR-209
Hours:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm-4:30pm