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, 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

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

Program Outcomes

Program Information


Due Date(s)

  • Nursing Program (Including LPN/Advanced Placement)
  • Fall 2021
  • Due March 15, 2021
  • Readmission Requests
  • Fall 2021
  • Due March 15, 2021 (non-current students)
  • Due May 13, 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 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.


Nursing Program Costs 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 $700.00
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)
Graduation Fee $15
Total Estimated Cost of AWC Nursing Program: $10,193
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 Program Documents

Application Documents File
Application & Admission Information
*Applications will not be reviewed at the time of delivery
LPN Advanced Placement Information & Application
Use this application if you are currently licensed as a LPN.
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

The program admitted its first students and received full approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) in the year 1990.

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.

Program Information

Nursing Assistant

Due Date(s)

  • Nursing Assistant Program
  • Summer 2021
  • Due by March 25, 2021, by 4:30 pm

Nursing Assistant Certificate

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.


Nursing Assistant Program Costs Estimate

  • Tuition: $440.00 (Resident status - $88/credit)
  • Lab Fee: $220.00 (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

*The costs provided are estimates and are subject to change.

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


* 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