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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 5957
Effective Term: 2021 Spring   

Award: CCL  
Total Credits: 35-45
CIP Code: 51.3901

Instructional Council: Nursing Program
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of this program, students may pursue a career as:
29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Practical Nursing Program is available at seven of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of healthcare settings. Practical Nursing Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national exam for the practical nurse license. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.

The Certificate of Completion Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Program offerings:
This program is offered at the following sites:
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Mesa Community College
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix College
Scottsdale Community College

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee:
Admission or graduation from the Nursing Program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice nursing. Licensure requirements and the subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Students must satisfy the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act: Statutes, Rules and Regulations, independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.

Pursuant to A.R.S. 32-1606(B)(17), an applicant for professional or practical nurse license by examination is not eligible for licensure if the applicant has any felony convictions and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions. The absolute discharge must be received five or more years before submitting this application. If you cannot prove that the absolute discharge date is five or more years, the Board cannot process your application.

Level One Fingerprint Clearance is required for admission into the program. Applicants must present a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card to be copied by the advisor or designee. For a Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card application, contact MCCCD Healthcare/Nursing Advisor. If there is any question about eligibility for licensure or certification, contact the nursing education consultant at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (602.771.7800).

Health Declaration:
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 Nursing 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.

University Transfer Students:
Students who are planning to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing may obtain their prerequisite courses at the Maricopa Community Colleges. For information on courses that meet requirements for admission into a baccalaureate program, please contact a program advisor.

Following completion of the practical nurse level program of study, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a practical nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may be employed in acute, long-term, and community-based health care settings under the direction of a registered nurse. Practical Nurses function within their legal scope of practice and use professional standards of care in illness care and health promotion activities for clients and families across the life span.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404.975.5000); email: info@acennursing.org.

Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester

Required Courses
+ BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
+ NUR152 Nursing Theory and Science I 9
+ NUR172 Nursing Theory and Science II 9
+ NUR191 Practical Nursing Transition 3
Credits: 25

Program Competencies
1. Define the most frequently used medical, diagnostic, clinical procedure, surgical, drug, laboratory, and pathological terms related to the human body. (BIO202)
2. Create an environment utilizing therapeutic communication and caring to achieve desired client outcomes. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
3. Demonstrate effective communication skills both verbally, behaviorally, and in writing with health team members, clients and their families. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
4. Provide culturally competent care to a diverse population. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
5. Demonstrate legal and ethical behaviors in all nursing activities. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
6. Apply the nursing process to provide safe client care. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
7. Apply scientific principles and clinical reasoning to safely provide evidence-based clinically competent care within the current healthcare environment. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
8. Demonstrate accountability for quality improvement in the health care system. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
9. Integrate technology to assist in providing safe, effective client care. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
10. Manage information confidentially and effectively to ensure positive client outcomes. (NUR152, NUR172, NUR191)
11. Provide nursing care individuals and families across the lifespan that addresses the needs of diverse clients by engaging them in their healthcare decisions. (NUR191)
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: November 20, 2018

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.