Practical Nursing (CCL)
The Practical Nursing Certificate of Completion (CCL) Program is available at eight of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. The Practical Nursing Program provides eligibility for students to apply for the national exam for the practical nurse license. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The Practical Nursing Certificate of Completion (CCL) Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
This program requires students to complete prerequisites and admission criteria. Download the Course Check Sheet and see a program advisor for details.
NOTE: The Practical Nursing CCL at GCC is awarded only to students in the MaricopaNursing registered nurse AAS program who have successfully completed NUR151, NUR171, and NUR191. GCC does not offer a stand-alone practical nursing program.
It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At a minimum, students will be required to lift patients, stand for several hours at a time and perform bending activities. Students who have a chronic illness or condition must be maintained on current treatment and be able to implement direct patient care. The clinical nursing experience also places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients` lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application. All must provide documentation of compliance with all health and safety requirements required to protect patient safety. Only students in compliance are permitted to enroll in nursing courses. Students will meet these requirements by providing the required documentation for the Health/Safety Requirements Documentation Checklist and the signed Health Declaration Form.
Health and Safety Requirements for the MaricopaNursing Program:
1. Students must submit a Health and Safety Documentation Checklist verifying completion of all requirements and maintain current status throughout the program.
2. Students must submit the Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed health care provider.
3. Students must test negative on a timed urine drug screen.
4. Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
You must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.
Course Fee Information:
Please see class schedule for information regarding course fees.
MaricopaNursing is aligned with Nurse of the Future Competencies: Patient-Centered Care, Professionalism, Leadership, Systems-Based Practice, Informatics and Technology, Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration, Safety, Quality Improvement, and Evidence-Based Practice. These competencies focus on key stakeholders of healthcare clients, colleagues and communities. Demonstration of the competencies will signify preparation for successful transition into nursing practice and further professional development.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to develop their Nursing educational plan.
High School diploma or GED
Formal application and admission to the program is required; all program prerequisites must be completed prior to submission.
Applicants for Advanced Placement must receive a passing score on a practical nursing content exam for placement into Block 3.
The final decision rests with the Nursing Program Chair at the College to which the student is accepted.
The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to deny acceptance of an admission application if the applicant was previously dismissed for issues relating to academic integrity, unsafe patient care, and/or two (2) or more failures from any nursing program.
All applicants holding or receiving a certificate as a Nursing Assisting and/or license as a Practical Nurse must remain in good standing with the Regulatory Board. Once enrolled, students receiving any disciplinary actions against their certificate or license must notify the Nursing Program Chair within five (5) school days. The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to restrict the student`s participation in clinical experiences and involvement in patient care until the certificate and/or license is valid and unrestricted.
Recommended Course Sequence
|Semester I||3-9 Credits||Grade||Sem/Year|
|BIO 156||Introductory Biology for Allied Health OR||4|
General Biology (Majors) I OR
One year of high school biology. (0-4 credits)
|MAT 141||College Mathematics OR||4|
College Mathematics OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. (3-5 credits)
|Semester II||7-11 Credits||Grade||Sem/Year|
You must complete the courses shown in Semester I and II before you can apply to the MCCCD Nursing Program.
|BIO 201||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|CHM 130||Fundamental Chemistry AND||3|
Fundamental Chemistry Lab OR
One year of high school chemistry. (0-4 credits)
|ENG 101||First-Year Composition OR||3|
|ENG 107||First-Year Composition for ESL||3|
|Semester III||13 Credits||Grade||Sem/Year|
You will only be able to enroll in NUR courses if you have been accepted into the Nursing Program. However, while you are waiting for admission, it is highly recommended that you take BIO202 to lighten your load during the nursing program. Completing this foundational course should also strengthen your preparation for NUR courses.
|BIO 202||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|NUR 152||Nsg Theory Science I||9|
|Semester IV||9 Credits||Grade||Sem/Year|
|NUR 172||Nsg Theory Science II||9|
|Semester V||3 Credits||Grade||Sem/Year|
You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.
Required course(s) not currently available at GCC. May be offered by other MCCCD colleges.
NUR192 Practical Nursing Transition (3 credits)
(Arranged on an "as-needed" basis. Please see Program Director.)