Fast Track Practical Nursing

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Fast Track Practical Nursing program provides students with the theory and skills required to practice as a practical nurse in acute care, extended care, and intermediate care settings. The program of study combines nursing theory lectures with planned patient care learning experiences in hospitals, nursing homes and health care agencies. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

The Fast Track Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Fast Track Practical Nursing (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5114
Total Credits Required
22-29
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Function effectively in the role of the beginning Practical Nurse under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and evidence based practice through utilization of the nursing process as a guideline in providing nursing care.
  3. Assist with data collection and contribute to the established plan of care.
  4. Implement an established plan of care using appropriate practical nursing knowledge.
  5. Assist with the evaluation of nursing care based on established outcome criteria.
  6. Apply therapeutic communication techniques in providing basic nursing care for clients throughout the lifespan.
  7. Perform technical aspects of basic, safe nursing care.
  8. Demonstrate identified caring behaviors.
  9. Function in accordance with the ethical and legal standards of practical nursing practice.
  10. Illustrate use of relevant technology for client care and documentation.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

$54,320

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Application and acceptance into Fast-Track Practical Nursing Program.
2. A passing score on a nursing program admission test is required to complete an application.
3. Documentation of Health and Safety Requirements.
4. Fingerprint Clearance Card.
5. High school diploma or GED is required. Applicants must signify that they meet this requirement by providing high school diploma/transcripts or GED completion OR by signing the nursing application page containing the `Declaration of High School Graduation or GED completion.` In some instances, high school diploma/transcripts or proof of GED completion may be required.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
(NCE150 and
NCE151)
or
NUR158
(Basic Certified Nursing Assistant and Basic Certified Nursing Assistant Lab) or Nurse Assisting OR equivalent OR waived by Nursing Program Director for Military Veterans demonstrating equivalent work experience 0–6

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
NUR160PN Practical Nursing Theory and Science I Critical course Gateway course 11

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
NUR180PN or
NUR150
Practical Nursing Theory and Science II or Practical Nurse Bridge Course Critical course 11–12
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Fast Track Practical Nursing (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=143606).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020