Registered Nurse Refresher

RN Refresher Program

Health Sciences

The GateWay Community College (GWCC) Registered Nurse Refresher (NUR295) course is a 10-credit lecture/lab course. The course content is a review of medical surgical nursing principles with robust lab and simulation components. We provide a pre-selected clinical agency for your clinical experience. Students must have basic computer skills to register for the course. The RN Refresher program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The program is available to registered nurses for the purpose of review and update of nursing theory and practice.

RN Refresher students must possess an unrestricted license to meet eligibility requirements for the refresher programs at GateWay Community College. If a student’s license, temporary or otherwise, has any restrictions whatsoever (for example, although not inclusive - disciplinary action, monitoring/consent agreement, Board Order, etc.), the student is not eligible for the GWCC Refresher program.

Please be sure to read the Registered Nurse Refresher Information Packet located under Links in order to ensure you qualify for the program.

If you would like to request additional information, please be sure to submit an online form by clicking the Request More Information button below. We will contact you and answer any questions you have regarding college enrollment and course registration.

Upcoming Courses:

GWCC is planning on offering the Nurse Refresher Program Spring 2021. Contact the Administrative Assistant via email to obtain up to date registration information.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, some information sessions have been moved to a video conferencing method.  Please RSVP and receive meeting information via email from

Spring 2021 RN Refresher

RN Refresher Information Sessions:

Friday September 25, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (video conference)
Friday October 16, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (video conference)
Saturday November 7, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (video conference)
Saturday November 21, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (video conference)
Friday December 4, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (video conference)
Friday January 8, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (video conference)

*Please keep in mind that it may take several weeks to renew your fingerprint card, background check, immunizations and complete your temporary license before enrolling. Classroom and class times vary, please check the Maricopa Schedule for up-to-date information. Call Rebecca Zagrodzky at (602) 286-8544 for more information.

Clinical Experience

GWCC helps you bridge the gap between your classes and clinical practice by placing you in a pre-selected clinical facility. The clinical component is a concentrated clinical experience under the supervision of a registered nurse with GWCC instructor guidance. 

Course Description

Update of current principles of nursing theory and practice for registered nurses. Didactic instruction meets all Arizona State Board of Nursing requirements: nursing process and patient centered care; pharmacology, medication calculation, and medication administration; communication; critical thinking, clinical decision making and evidence-based practice; delegation, management, and leadership; working with interdisciplinary teams; meeting psychological and physiological needs of adult clients with medical-surgical conditions; ethics; documentation including electronic health records; informatics; and quality improvement. Concentrated clinical experience under the supervision of a registered nurse with faculty guidance. Individualized teaching and learning opportunities to build confidence, competence and an increased level of independent functioning. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor