About the Program

The 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 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 faculty and staff include the Director of Nursing and Allied Health, 8 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 in order to maintain a maximum 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.


The Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (http://www.azbn.gov/) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You may contact ACEN for accreditation status at 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, via telephone at (404)975-5000, or on their website at www.acenursing.org.

Program Information


Due Date(s)

  • Nursing Program (Including LPN/Advanced Placement)
  • Spring 2017
  • Due September 15, 2016
  • Readmission Requests
  • Fall 2016
  • Due by noon on May 12th (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 3 first 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.


Program Costs Estimate

Course Tuition**
The total number of courses credits included in the Nursing Curriculum plan: 67
67 credits x $78.00= $5,226 (Resident status)
Lab Fees $515 per semester x 4: $2,060
Textbooks (core nursing classes only)
(Purchased at the beginning of the first semester.)
Estimated $1100.00
Uniform & Equipment<
(Purchased at the beginning of the first semester.)
Estimated $1100.00
Health & Safety Requirements<
(Cost will vary and includes a Fingerprint Clearance Card and Drug Screen)
Graduation Fee $15
Total Estimated Cost of AWC Nursing Program: $8,711
RN Licensing Fees
State Board Fee $300.00
Fingerprint Cost $50.00
NCLEX Exam Fee $200.00
Total RN Licensing Fees $550.00

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

Program Documents

Form/File Name File
Application & Admission Information Download
Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2)  
Program Cost Estimate  
Transfer Student and LPN Transition Information & Application
Use this application if you are currently enrolled in a Nursing Program, or licensed as a LPN.
Practical Nursing Exit Option Download
Nursing Student Guide Download
Readmission Form Download
Transition to PN Competency Packet Download
Petition for Instructional Issues Download
Program Completion Rate Download
Job Placement Rate Download
NCLEX Pass Rate Download

* 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
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am-12:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm-4:30pm