What is a Career in Nursing?
Nursing is a rewarding career in the health care field. Nurses provide care to patients and educate them on various health concerns and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families.
Today, there is a growing demand for registered nurses. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that "overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent."*
Nurses have the opportunity to work in diverse patient care areas, such as labor and delivery, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery, trauma and more. They also can choose to work in an assortment of environments, including hospitals, health care facilities, clinics, community health organizations, schools, long-term care facilities and in homes.
Associate Degree Program
The nursing program at Pima Medical Institute will prepare you to succeed in the rewarding field of health care. Throughout your training, you will develop the personal traits and professional skills needed to perform as competent entry-level registered nurses. The nursing program provides you with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, nutrition, nursing theory and skills for patient care across the life span.
Licensure and Certification
Upon graduation from our associate degree nursing program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses, NCLEX-RN, administered by the State Board of Nursing. After passing the exam, you will become licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state administering the exam.
|MTH 204||Intermediate Algebra||32||2.0|
|HSC 112||Growth and Development||32||2.0|
|NUR 102||Introduction to Nursing||48||32||4.0|
|BIO 125||Anatomy and Physiology II/Pathophysiology||48||3.0|
|NPH 110||Pharmacology I||48||3.0|
|NUR 125||Nursing I||48||32||4.0|
|NUR 125 C||Nursing I Clinical||96||2.0|
|Professional Semester I||144||32||96||12.0|
|NUR 135||Nursing II||48||32||4.0|
|NUR 135 C||Nursing II Clinical||96||2.0|
|NUR 145||Nursing III||48||32||4.0|
|NUR 145 C||Nursing III Clinical||96||2.0|
|Professional Semester II||96||64||192||12.0|
|HSC 175||Professional Transition I||48||3.0|
|NUR 212||Complex Nursing IV||64||64||6.0|
|NUR 212 C||Complex Nursing IV Clinical||144||3.0|
|Professional Semester III||112||64||144||12.0|
|LPN Semester Totals||512||224||432||48.0|
|NPH 215||Pharmacology II||48||3.0|
|NUR 222||Nursing V||64||64||6.0|
|NUR 222 C||Nursing V Clinical||144||3.0|
|Professional Semester IV||112||64||144||12.0|
|NUR 232||Managing Patient Care||48||3.0|
|NUR 242||Nursing VI||48||32||4.0|
|NUR 242 C||Nursing VI Clinical||144||3.0|
|HSC 275||Professional Transition II||32||2.0|
|Professional Semester V||128||32||144||12.0|
|Professional Semester Totals||592||256||720||60.0|
|ADN Semester Totals||752||320||720||72.0|
Program delivery method: On-ground
The Nursing program is 96 weeks in length. The total number of program hours is 1,792. Graduates of this program in Arizona are granted an Associate Degree of Applied Science; students in New Mexico are granted an Occupational Associates Degree. Graduates from an approved nursing program are qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and apply for state licensure or registration to practice nursing. The nursing program is a traditional classroom based program with courses that may require use of a computer and the internet. It is recommended that students have access to a computer with high-speed internet. Computers are available on campus during operating hours.
According to the U.S. Department of Laborís Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will grow. In fact, the BLS expects that the demand for nurses will increase 26 percent nationally through 2020, driven by technological advances in patient care and by an increasing emphasis on preventative care.* Also, the number of older people, who are more likely than younger people to need nursing care, is projected to grow rapidly.
For more detailed information on nursing school program specifics and financial aid eligibility, please visit your local campus below.
Our Nursing Program Locations
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.
Albuquerque Nursing Program Prospective Student Handout
Mesa Nursing Program Prospective Student Handout
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