Nurses are the backbone of patient care. They work directly with patients, managing a wide range of duties. They provide care, advice, and support to patients and their families and educate them on specific health concerns. Licensed practical nurses collect samples for routine tests, check vital signs, perform wound care, assist patients with personal care, administer medication, monitor patients’ reactions to medication, and report critical changes to doctors and senior nurses. In addition to the clinical services, nurses provide compassionate support to patients who may be overwhelmed by the procedures and tests required to place them on the road to wellness. They listen and respond to patient concerns and offer a kind word or warm hands when needed.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Licensed Practical Nurses will increase by 25 percent through 2022 due to technological advances in patient care. The increasing senior population in need of continuous care and a national emphasis on preventative care also contribute to the demands for qualified nursing professionals.
East Valley Institute of Technology
The Practical Nursing Program at East Valley Institute of Technology prepares students for a career as a licensed practical nurse through a comprehensive combination of theory and clinical practice. The curriculum covers 1380 hours or 55 instructional weeks for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become safe and competent nurses who can meet the health care needs of their communities. Applicants must complete the practical nursing application, submit a high school diploma, high school transcripts, or GED, demonstrate proficiency in Math and Biology, pass the TEAS standardized exam, submit proof of legal Arizona residence and certified nursing assistant documentation. Other requirements for the clinical component of the program include a notarized felony reporting form, current CPR for healthcare professionals, a completed medical clearance form, a current level one DPS fingerprint care, and immunization records. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Tuition for the program is $16,560 not including expenses for textbooks, uniform, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://www.evit.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=20222051&pageId=20598758
- Address: 1601 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
- Phone: (480) 461-4000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 71.79%
Maricopa Nursing at Mesa Community College
Graduates of the Practical Nursing program at Maricopa Community College receive a Certificate of Completion (CCL). In addition to classroom instruction, students must fulfill the clinical requirements in various healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to apply for the national exam for licensure as practical nurses. The State Board of Nursing approved program is 64 weeks. Applicants must submit a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card, a completed Health and Safety Documentation Checklist, the Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed health care provider, and a negative test on a urine drug screen – issued at random. Students will be expected to stand for hours at a time, perform bending activities, and lift patients, so applicants must give careful consideration to the physical and mental demands of the program and career. Prerequisite courses include biology, human anatomy and physiology, fundamental chemistry, English composition, and college mathematics. Tuition for the program is $4,111 plus $301 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.mesacc.edu/programs/detail/practical-nursing-ccl
- Address: 1833 West Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
- Phone: (480) 461-7000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
The Practical Nursing program at Chandler-Gilbert equips students with the soft and hard skills needed to begin a career as an entry-level practical nurse. Classroom theory covers topics such as pharmacology, growth and development, nutrition, patient care across lifespan, mental health concepts, fundamentals of nursing, transition to practice, and much more. The clinical experience is an essential part of the program as it affords students the opportunity to put their knowledge to work, caring for patients in a variety of health care settings. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED, pass the TEAS standardized test, and demonstrate proficiency in college math and English, and CNA certification in Arizona. Students accepted on a conditional basis will need to obtain health and criminal background clearance and obtain CPR for Health Care Providers certification before commencing the clinical component of the program. Tuition is $4,111 for the 64-week (31 credits) program. Books and clinical supplies will cost an additional $301.
- Website: http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/Academics/nursing/Pages/Practical_Nursing.aspx
- Address: 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ
- Phone: (480) 732-7000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale Community College is just one of eight campuses of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The practical nursing program is 64-weeks of classroom and clinical instruction that culminates with a Certificate of Completion. Graduates are eligible to apply for the licensure exam for practical nurses. The Board alone determines a candidate’s eligibility to take the exam. Applicants to the program must meet the health and criminal background requirements to participate in the clinical experience. Graduates will demonstrate the legal and ethical behaviors in practice, develop sensitivity to cultural diversity, communicate effectively with patients and members of the healthcare team, and apply the nursing process to provide safe and competent care, manage patient information with confidentiality, and care for individuals and families across lifespan. Tuition for the program is $5,880 plus $1,894 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.scottsdalecc.edu/degrees-certificates/health-sciences/practical-nursing-5957-ccl
- Address: 9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ
- Phone: (480) 423-6000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%