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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 5963N
Effective Term: 2022 Fall   

Award: CCL  
Total Credits: 2-4.5
CIP Code: 51.3902

Instructional Council: Nursing Program (42)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of this certificate, students may pursue a career as:
31-1131.00 Nursing Assistants

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nurse Assisting prepares students for employment as a nurse assistant. The program combines classroom instruction with clinical laboratory practice and long-term care and/or acute care experiences. Students who complete the program are eligible to take a written and practical certification examination if desired to meet employment requirements to be a nurse assistant. Certification/licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

The MCCCD Nurse Assisting program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee:
Admission or completion from the MCCCD Nurse Assisting program does not guarantee obtaining a license or certificate to practice as a nurse assistant. Licensure and certification 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 of school requirements for graduation.

Pursuant to A.R.S. ยง32-1606(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.

All nurse assistant applicants for certification will be fingerprinted to permit the Department of Public Safety to obtain state and federal criminal history information. All applicants with a positive history are investigated. If there is any question about eligibility for licensure or certification, contact the nursing education consultant at the Arizona State Board of Nursing (602-899-5150).

Health Declaration:
It is essential that 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. 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.

Health and Safety Requirements for MCCCD Nurse Assisting Program:
1. Students must meet and maintain health and safety requirements throughout the program.
2. Admission to a Maricopa County Community College District health program requires that students be in compliance with the MCCCD Supplemental Background Check Policy. Evidence of a current Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card is required for program application.
3. Negative urine drug screen.

Grade Requirements:
Student must obtain a C grade or better in all courses.

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

The nurse assisting pathway is designed to prepare students to complete the Nurse Assistant certification/licensure through the Arizona State Board of Nursing to practice in a health care agency as a nurse assistant. Completion of the Nurse Assistant program of study provides job ready skills as a nurse assistant.

Required Courses
+ NUR158 Nurse Assisting (4.5) OR
Advanced Placement course:
+ NCE150 Advanced Placement: Nurse Assisting (2) 2-4.5
Credits: 2-4.5

Learning Outcomes
1. Safely perform nurse assisting skills to meet the needs of diverse populations. (NCE150, NUR158)
2. Perform therapeutic maintenance and preventative interventions to provide holistic nurse assistant care. (NCE150, NUR158)
3. Demonstrate effective communication skills while fostering mutual respect and shared decision making with patients, families and colleagues. (NCE150, NUR158)
4. Integrate technology to provide safe quality care and improve patient outcomes. (NCE150, NUR158)
5. Manage information confidentially, ethically, and effectively. (NCE150, NUR158)
6. Function effectively in the role and within the scope of the nurse assistant. (NCE150, NUR158)
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 24, 2022

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.