Registered Nursing

RN, a top 27 high demand career in Phoenix, AZOverview

A degree in nursing provides many options, giving you the ability to decide where you want to go with your career.

Registered Nurses (RNs) are trusted care providers, client advocates and educators, making a difference in our community and in the world each day.

RNs are educated as a generalists who deliver healthcare to clients and family groups. Our program includes the competencies related to the art and science of nursing. Graduates receiving an AAS degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for licensure as an RN.

Employment is found in a variety of acute, long-term and community-based healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospitals  
  • Clinics  
  • Home Healthcare Agencies  
  • Nursing Homes  
  • Community Health Agencies

RN's function within the legal scope of practice and use professional standards when caring for clients and families across the life span.

For more information, visit MaricopaNursing.



All students interested in any of our Nursing programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance. An application and student ID (MEID) must be created prior to the Information Session. GateWay does not accept emailed applications. Only students who attend a session may meet with a Nursing program advisor one on one. 

Virtual Nursing Information Sessions*

*Required for Nursing program

Mondays, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Thursdays, from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

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Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Cost

Certificate of Completion in Nursing Refresher:  $1,155*
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing: $9,404*

* Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2016-2017 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Degrees & Certificates

Program Delivery Methods

MaricopaNursing at GateWay offers several schedules to meet the needs of today's student. Classes are offered in an accelerated option (one block will occur during the summer months), traditional day program, and a full-time evening program which includes evening classes usually two days per week with additional labs and clinicals possible on Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays (depending on clinical availability).

Learn more about our concurrent enrollment nursing program

AAS Degree in Nursing Program Options:
  • 4 Semester Traditional Option

    Classes begin each Fall semester. Classes are offered in day hours. Clinical experiences are generally scheduled during the daytime hours with occasional night and weekend rotations. Once admitted to this program, students can expect to complete the A.A.S. Degree in Nursing in 4 semesters.

  • Evening Option

    Classes are scheduled 2 nights per week, extending past traditional semester boundaries. Clinical work experience is a program requirement and may occur during days, nights, Fridays and weekends with 12-hour shifts in selected specialties. Upon admission, students may expect to complete the evening option in 24 months.

  • Accelerated Degree Option

    Classes extend past the traditional semester boundaries including summer months. Clinical experiences may occur during the day or evening hours with occasional weekends. Once admitted to the Nursing Program, students can expect to complete the A.A.S. Degree in Nursing in approximately 16 months.

Get Started

The following information has been compiled to help assist students wishing to enter the RN program at GateWay.

  • Visit MaricopaNursing for course requirements.
  • The Nursing Program accepts all completed applications; no provisional or incomplete applications are accepted.
  • Applications that meet all admission requirements are accepted at any time during regular campus business hours and applications may be turned in at any college that offers the MaricopaNursing Program.
  • At the end of each application period (application periods are listed in each application), the campus advisor will enter the student's application information into the MaricopaNursing computer database.
  • All applications received during each defined period will receive a random date and time stamp.
  • MaricopaNursing has a diverse student population and does not consider age, ethnicity, nor gender in selection of students.
  • All students must apply for admission to the college where they will take their nursing courses and complete all required residency and verification documents prior to registering for any nursing courses. See the following steps to learn how to enroll at this campus.
  • An MCCCD supplemental background check and an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level-One Fingerprint Clearance card are required for students interested in any Allied Health and Nursing programs offered by Maricopa Community Colleges. For more information about this new requirement, please visit


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

The Maricopa Nursing Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Each MaricopaNursing college is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. State approval for the Nursing Programs is provided by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) at 4747 N. 7th St. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85014, (602) 771-7800.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

RN-NCLEX Pass Rates

GateWay 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. 

For current program outcomes, visit MaricopaNursing Program Outcomes

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.