Registered Nurse Refresher

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 Program 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 offers the Nurser Refresher Program in the fall (August) and spring (January) semesters. Contact the Administrative Assistant via email to obtain up-to-date registration information. 

We strongly encourage attending an information session. You can attend either in person or virtually. Please contact to receive virtual meeting links. 

Information Sessions

Held at the main campus at 108 N. 40th Street in the CH Building on these selected Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 20, 2021
September 30, 2021
October 28, 2021
November 18, 2021
December 9, 2021
February 24, 2022
March 24, 2022
April 28, 2022
May 19, 2022

*Please keep in mind that it may take several weeks to renew your DPS Level 1 fingerprint card, renew your AHA BLS Provider CPR card, obtain immunizations and obtain your temporary RN Refresher 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