Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

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

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. It is strongly recommended to complete the AAS in Pre-Health Careers degree before starting the nursing program. Admission to the nursing program is competitive, not automatic.
  • Meet with a CCC Academic Advisor: Call 928-226-4323 or visit the advising page 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 encouraged to see an advisor every term to make sure they are on track.
  • Order and submit any official transcripts if you have transfer credits that need to be applied to the AAS in Pre-Health Careers or Nursing degree.
  • Attend a Nursing 101 info session offered by Student Affairs.

2. How often are students admitted to the Nursing Program? How many students will be selected?

The nursing programs admits up to 30 students to begin each Fall semester.

3. How long is the nursing program?

The nursing program is 4 semesters. Upon successful completion of the Nursing Program, a student will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and will be eligible to apply for a Registered Nurse license and take the NCLEX-RN, which is the national licensure examination.

4. What is considered as “ready to apply” to your nursing program?

The following courses must be completed prior to applying to the nursing program (prerequisite courses). A Pathway is available through advising to help you map out what courses are required prior to applying to the nursing program.

  • ENG 101, ENG 102, BIO 201 (pre-requisite to this class is BIO 181), BIO 202, MAT 140 (or higher), CHM 130
  • NUR 110/111 (co-requisite for these classes is AHS 131) must also be completed if the applicant does not have an Arizona LNA license.

PSY 240, BIO 205, BIO 218, NTR 135, and an Arts/Humanities elective are considered co-requisites and are strongly encouraged to be completed prior to starting the nursing program. Please review the Nursing Tip Sheet on the Nursing Program Information page for more information.

5. Other than pre-requisite courses, are there other requirements to apply to the nursing program?

The following must be completed in order to apply to the nursing program:

  • Application for admission to Coconino Community College
  • Completion of a nursing program application (available in October yearly)
  • Submission of all official transcripts that apply to the nursing program are submitted to the CCC registrar for evaluation prior to the application process
  • Grade of “C” or higher in all required prerequisite courses
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale or higher on prerequisite courses
  • Current Arizona Nursing Assistant (LNA) license
  • Arizona DPS fingerprint card
  • Completion of the ATI TEAS exam with a minimum score of 66.1%

6. What semester will I need to be finished with all the admission criteria?

Applications for the Nursing Program are due each Spring, and all pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester before applications are due. No pre-requisite courses are allowed to be “in progress” at the time of application. Full-time students could be ready to apply to the nursing program after taking 3 semesters of pre-requisite courses.

7. How do you determine acceptance to the nursing program?

Points are awarded based on the following 6 categories. The points are totaled and ranked from highest to lowest, and the top students will be accepted into the program (up to 30 students). Entrance into the nursing program is competitive, and there is no waiting list. Applicants who are not selected must reapply for admission. Please see the Selection Criteria Grid.

  • GPA in pre-requisite courses
  • ATI TEAS score
  • Total pre-requisite credits that have been taken at CCC
  • Total general education credits completed at the time of application
  • Current employment in healthcare
  • Qualified applicant the previous year

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

ATI Teas measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English/language usage. This test measures an applicant’s readiness to enter the nursing program. This exam is offered at CCC and administered in January with a chance to retest in early-mid February. The CCC nursing program requires this specific test for admission to the nursing program. Applicants may take the TEAS exam as many times as desired. A study guide and resources are available on the ATI website.

9. How do to I obtain an Arizona DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card?

Visit the AZ DPS website. Click on “Apply For a Card” and choose either Online Application or Paper Application and follow the directions. The local police department can provide fingerprinting services, and other locations can be found by visiting the Arizona LiveScan Site.

10. What are the health requirements for nursing students?

It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical setting. Minimum standards have been established for mobility, dexterity, vision, hearing, and prevention of spread of infectious disease. These standards are consistent with the healthcare facilities in which students will participate. Technical standards and functional abilities of CCC nursing students are available in the Nursing Student Handbook on the Nursing Program Information page, Appendix D.


Documentation of the following health requirements is required after acceptance to the nursing program. Please be advised that immunization requirements are guided by the clinical facilities and are subject to change at any point. All health requirements must be kept up-to-date by the student and a copy provided to the nursing department.

  • Confidential Medical History Form
  • Negative TB skin test (must be current for the entire academic year) or a chest x-ray/other testing if skin test was positive
  • Evidence of two (2) measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines OR blood titer (must be read by physician), which shows immunity *NOTE: rubella vaccine cannot be given to pregnant women
  • Evidence of two (2) varicella vaccines OR blood titer, which shows immunity (must be read by physician)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 shots) record or signature declining this vaccine (the administrative assistant for the Nursing Department has a declination form)
  • Tdap immunization within ten (10) years 
  • Flu vaccine (annually by November 1st)

11. What is the time commitment for the nursing program?

It is important to know understand that the nursing program is not a part-time commitment, but many students work part-time while in the program. Nursing students are in the classroom for up to 8 hours per week and up to 12 hours per week in skills/simulation lab and/or clinical. In addition, students can expect up to 16 hours per week of study preparation. Additional class and study time are required if students have co-requisites to complete or enrolled in CEP (Concurrent Enrollment Program). Please ensure you are able to make this commitment.

12. Do clinicals require travel?

While most of the clinical facilities are located within Flagstaff, students may be required to travel to clinical sites outside Flagstaff. Expenses associated with travel are the responsibility of the student as students must provide their own transportation to clinical.

13. Do I need access to a computer and the Internet?

Yes, it is strongly encouraged to purchase a laptop computer for the nursing program as textbooks and assignments are web-based. All communication with faculty and nursing administration is required through CCC email. Microsoft Office programs (Word and PowerPoint) as well as access to Google Drive is essential.

14. What is the Concurrent Enrollment Program?

CEP allows students to take Bachelor of Nursing courses online while attending CCC’s nursing program. This allows students to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing either at the same time or shortly after completion of CCC’s nursing program. Currently, students have the option of Grand Canyon University or Northern Arizona University for CEP. For more information, please contact an advisor or attend a Nursing Application Session.