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PVCC’s Registered Nurse (RN) Information Session

Before meeting directly with a PV nursing advisor, it is mandatory that students attend a Nursing Information Session. Learn:

  • The admissions process / application / pre-requisites vs. co-requisites
  • The Truths vs. Myths about the “waitlist”
  • About BSN/MSN partners: ASU, NAU, Upper Iowa, GCU

Location: Q Building, Room 401, Q-Bldg is located at 32nd St and Grovers
12-1:30pm  (Wednesdays)
June 8th & 22nd, July 6th & 20th
4-5:30pm (Wednesdays)
June 15th & 29th, July 13th & 27th

This information session is intended for students interested in applying to the Registered Nurse (RN) program. It is not designed for students interested in CNA. If you are already on the waiting list, an LPN, a paramedic, or in another nursing program you should meet directly with a nursing advisor. Space is limited, so no children please. 

No need to register or sign up!  For info call 602.787.7060

Paramedic to RN program

Paramedic Bridge information sessions will be every Tuesday beginning Feb. 16th through April 26th
NOTE: There will not be a meeeting on February 23rd.
Location: G126, 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Register for an upcoming session

Learn more about the PVCC Paramedic to RN program.

For an application to the program, visit Then under Maricopa Nursing Programs, click on Advanced Placement PM to RN

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Admission Requirement Changes

General Overview

MCCCD health care programs has made changes to their student background check standards.   These changes are necessary for students admitted September 1, 2011 or after because some of MCCCD's largest clinical experience hospital partners have established more stringent background check standards for students that are equivalent to the background check standards the hospitals use when they are hiring their own new employees.  In order for MCCCD students to be able to continue to complete their required clinical experiences at local hospitals and to be eligible for employment after graduation, MCCCD students must meet these new standards.

MCCCD understands that some students who have been waiting to enroll in a program may not be able to attend based on the more stringent requirements that are now in place; however, students who cannot be placed in a clinical setting – and thus are unable to complete their program of study – will have wasted time, effort and educational investment.  In the interest of ensuring that students avoid this predicament as well as ensuring that MCCCD programs comply with the strict standards of all clinical agency partners, MCCCD must take direction from the clinical partners.

Please read all material related to the changes in admission requirements and continued enrollment in the both NURSING and Nurse Assistant Programs.

FAQ's On Admission Requirement Changes
Existing Student Enrollment Acknowledgement
New Student Enrollment Acknowledgement

MaricopaNursing at Paradise Valley Community College

The MaricopaNursing Program at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is changing the composition of their admitting cohort for Spring 2013.  PVCC will be offering the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) with Northern Arizona University (NAU).  Eighteen (18) openings at PVCC will be admitting students who meet the pre-requisite requirements for both MaricopaNursing and the CEP with NAU.  Two (2) placements for the CEP will be designated for veterans who meet the criteria for a CEP cohort total of 20 students.   An additional ten (10) openings will be given to students selecting the traditional MaricopaNursing Program.
Conditions and rationale that have influenced the changes in the admission cohort are accreditation standards, state and national healthcare reforms, and the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare system.   The Spring 2013 CEP cohort will graduate simultaneously with an AAS in Nursing from Paradise Valley and a BS in Nursing from Northern Arizona University in December 2014.  Take advantage of the opportunity to earn your BSN within the comforts of PVCC.  Get prepared.  Sign up now for the additional NAU prerequisites at PVCC.


MaricopaNursing Prerequisites

Co-requisites Additional NAU Prerequisites

BIO 156/181 or one year of high school biology

Principles of Human Nutrition (FON 241) *

First Year Composition (ENG 101 and ENG 102) *

Human Pathophysiology (HCR 240) *

Chemistry (CHM 130, CHM 130LL) or HS chemistry

Statistics (PSY 230 or MAT 206) *

Critical Reading (CRE 101) or test exempt

College Mathematics (MAT 142 or higher) *

Intermediate Algebra (MAT 120 or higher)

Developmental Psychology (PSY 240) *

Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) *

Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry and US Ethnic
and Global Diversity Requirement (6 credits) **

Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (BIO 201; BIO 202) *

Cultural Understanding and US Ethnic and Global Diversity Requirement (6 credits) **

Microbiology (BIO 205) *


Humanities Elective (2 credits)


*Courses used for GPA calculation
**Or meet MCCCD Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) certificate or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school.


  • To be considered for participation in the CEP, the following is required:
  • Complete the MaricopaNursing program application and the application is placed into the applicant pool (queue).
  • Complete all MaricopaNursing and NAU prerequisite and co-requisite requirements.
  • Meet the minimum GPA of 3.0 in all MaricopaNursing and NAU courses that are noted with one asterisk ( * ) on the following page.
  • Register for and attend a CEP Information Session.
  • Register for and attend an Application Session. Registration only available after attending an Information Session.
  • Complete the CEP application, available only at the CEP Information Session.
  • Submit copies of your HESI A2 or NET scores and unofficial transcripts.
  • Meet all Health and Safety requirements of MaricopaNursing and NAU School of Nursing after acceptance into the CEP.


  • Students must have a current application in the MaricopaNursing pool before they can be considered for the CEP.
  • All students must complete both NAU and MaricopaNursing program prerequisites as noted above.
  • To ensure that prerequisites meet program requirements, students are encouraged to meet with MCCD and NAU college advisors.
  • Attendance at a CEP Information Session and an Application Session is mandatory before application to the program.
  • All CEP courses will be taught at one of the MaricopaNursing campuses, the NAU North Phoenix campus, or online. No CEP courses will be held at the NAU Flagstaff campus.
  • Final determinations of transfer credits will be made by MCCD and NAU admissions personnel.
  • Application and acceptance to Northern Arizona University (NAU) College of Nursing is completed after eligibility into the CEP is determined.
  • If you have accepted placement into a MaricopaNursing Program, you are not eligible to transfer into the CEP.

The Maricopa Nursing Program is offered at eight Maricopa Community Colleges. A variety of course schedules are offered at selected sites and include full time, accelerated, part-time, and on-line options. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings. Students enrolled in the program rotate through health care facilities within a reasonable driving distance from the colleges. Nursing students work directly with patients, nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals and receive hands-on experience in all major specialty areas in community agencies, long-term care facilities, and hospitals.

Completion of the nursing curriculum and general education degree requirements prepares students to take the national licensure exam and apply for licensure as registered nurses. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.

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MaricopaNursing -Paradise Valley Community College PVCC is one of eight Maricopa County Community College District (MCCD) colleges that offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates of this nursing program are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN), through the Arizona Board of Nursing, to become licensed registered nurses. At this time, there are several program options available at Paradise Valley Community College. We offer the Full-time Traditional Nursing Program for those students who have completed all prerequisite requirements and the Advanced Placement Nursing Program, which provides students who have completed a Practical Nursing Program or the Paramedic to PN Bridge Program the opportunity for "advance placement" into the program at Block 2 or 3.

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Contact Us

Location G Building

Fall and Spring
Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm

Monday thru Thursday 7am- 6pm
Closed on Fridays 

Office: 602.787.7284
Fax: 602.787.7007


Nelia (Nelly) Peterson, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: G105
Office: 602.787.7192

Gina Neskovic
Administrative Assistant
Office: 602.787.7284
Fax: 602.787.7007

Dionna Johnson
Nursing Academic Advisor
Office: 602.787.7060


Douglas Martin MSN, RN
Nursing Faculty
Office: G 107
Phone: 602-787-6577

Jocelyn Goodwin, MSN, RN
Nursing Faculty
Office: G-103
Phone: 602.787.6844

Janice Podwika, MSN, RN
Nursing Faculty
Office: G104
Phone: 602-787-6703

Katrina Raciak MSN, RN
Nursing Faculty
Office: G 102
Phone: 602-787-6722

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