Nursing Frequently Asked Questions



Please find below the most frequently asked questions we receive for the Nursing program.

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1. How do I get started?

  • Apply as a degree seeking student to Coconino Community College with major declared as AAS Pre-Health Careers.
    • The Pre-Health major is your major until you apply and are fully accepted to the AAS in Nursing program. Admission is competitive, not automatic.
  • Order and submit any official transcripts if you have transfer credit.
  • Meet with a CCC Academic Advisor
    • Call 928-226-4323 for a full advising appointment. Be prepared with your CCC @ID number. Meeting with an advisor ensures you understand course criteria, the fingerprinting process, program admission process, LNA guidance and GPA expectations. Nursing admission criteria is subject to change, so students should see an advisor every term to make sure they are on track.
  • Attend a Nursing 101 info session offered by Student Affairs.

2. What is considered as “ready to apply” to your nursing program? What semester will I need to be finished with all the admission criteria? How do you determine acceptance?

Maybe: Students should create a course plan to complete all requirements at the end of a fall term to ensure their nursing application can be reviewed in early spring. Being behind in any requirement listed can cause a full year delay.

  1. Completion of required nursing pre-requisites. A GPA of 3.0 is the minimum, 3.5 or higher is competitive: ENG 101, MAT 140 or 142, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 205, CHM 130, and NTR 135. Please see your advisor to review the full tip sheet and progress.
  2. All transfer credit officially evaluated and posted to your CCC Pre-Health Degree.
  3. Copy of Arizona Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) license number and expiration date - CNA no longer accepted.
    1. We offer courses that prepare students for a LNA if they are not yet certified.
  4. Copy of DPS issued fingerprint card (level one clearance)
    1. *See an advisor for the application. There is a fee and the processing turnaround time can take up to 6 weeks.
  5. Meet immunization requirements. (See question 4).
  6. Current American Heart Association BLS Provider certification card
  7. Mandatory attendance of a pre-nursing application information session. Dates times and locations will be posted on the CCC event calendar.
  8. Competitive score from ATI TEAS Exam in a sealed envelope from an authorized testing administrator.
  9. Accurate, fully completed, signed application to the CCC nursing program. Be prepared to attach official transcripts including CCC transcripts in sealed envelopes to the packet. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will not be considered.

Acceptance is determined with a matrix/point system. Advisors can review the admission tip sheet with you for additional details. The tip sheet is updated every year.

3. What is the ATI-TEAS exam? Do I have to take this specific exam?

The ATI TEAS is an assessment of skills in reading, math, science and English.

Yes. Nursing program applicants must take the ATI TEAS exam. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. CCC Testing Services administers the exam each spring. Only the highest score can be used if you take it more than once. A score of 71.6 or higher is considered competitive.

A study guide for the TEAS Admission Assessment Exam is available from the CCC Lone Tree Book Store.

Check with CCC testing services for testing schedule if you wish to take it here. (Recommended).

Study guides available on the ATI Testing Website

4. What are the immunization and health requirements for Pre-Health and Nursing majors? Where can I get them?

It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in clinicals. Minimum health standards for mobility, dexterity, vision, hearing, and preventing spread of infectious disease, are consistent with standards of most health care agencies.


Documentation of the following is required prior to enrollment in any NUR prefix courses:


  • TB Skin Test within the last 3 months prior to the start of class (or negative chest x-ray within the last 2 years for those students who have ever tested positive for TB)
  • TDAP within the last 10 years
  • 2 Varicella vaccinations or a positive titer evaluated by a healthcare provider
  • 2 measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations or positive titer evaluated by a healthcare provider
  • Flu vaccine for current flu season
  • Hepatitis B series is strongly recommended.


Please be advised that immunizations requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the CCC Nursing Department. All health requirements should be kept up to date. For any questions, please contact CCC Nursing at 928-526-7640.


5. What kind of time commitment is involved with the AAS in Nursing program?

It is important to understand that our nursing program is not a part-time program. It may be possible to work part-time, but we don’t believe full-time work is possible. For example, in the first semester you will have 8 hours of nursing classes per week which will require 3-4 hours of study per hour of class time or more. You will also have up to two 8 hour clinical/labs per week which will require an additional 4-5 hours of study preparation. This easily adds up to 40-50 hours per week. Additional class and study time are required if you have any co-requisites to complete. Please be sure you are able to make this commitment!

6. Do your clinicals require travel?

Yes, clinical experiences take place in various health care agencies in and outside Flagstaff. Hours may vary from class schedule depending on the clinical placement and travel will be required at times. Expenses associated with clinical travel are the responsibility of the student. Students must provide their own transportation to clinicals.

7. Do I need computer skills? Do I need a laptop? Internet?

Yes, it is important to understand the various modes of learning in the nursing program. There will be numerous on-line sessions, research projects, assignments as well as e-mail communications. Having 24 hour access to your own computer or laptop, and Internet service is required. Microsoft Office programs (Word and PowerPoint) and a printer is essential.