Practical Nursing

The mission of the Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC) program is to meet the health care needs of the communities in which we serve. We will inspire excellence in a student-centered learning environment.

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The Practical Nursing Certificate program is a student centered program that provides learning opportunities in various settings where students work directly with registered nurses, Doctors, and other healthcare professionals to deliver delegated medical skills within the PN scope of practice. The program stresses meeting basic needs within a frame work of normal growth and development throughout the life span. Learning experiences are developed utilizing the nursing process as a framework for training the practical nursing student. Emphasis is placed on quality, safe practice, and the scope of practice of the Licensed Practical Nurse. Past experience and personal initiative are all considered important for success in this program. 

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate receives a certificate of proficiency and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). With successful passage of the NCLEX-PN, the graduate is eligible to practice within the scope of practice of the Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Arizona. 

  • The Practical Nursing Certificate Program is fully approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing. 
  • The Practical Nursing Certificate Program provides a foundation for career mobility with the associate or baccalaureate professional nursing programs. 
  • For more information regarding the Practical Nursing (PNC) Certificate, call 928-692-3005 or email 
  • The Practical Nursing program is located in Kingman at the Detroit Avenue Center Building, 1801 Detroit Ave. 

Requirements for Graduation:

Passing all core nursing courses with a 75% grade or better. 

Note: For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.

Admission and Clinical Facility Requirements: 

Complete program admission package – and – Demonstrate evidence of potential for success in a community college Practical Nursing program through an acceptable score on TEAS VI assessment test – and – 

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 -and – 
  • Healthcare Provider Level CPR training – and – 
  • CNA or equivalent to be approved by Director of program -and – 
  • The student must also have an acceptable background check, an AZ DPS Fingerprint Clearance card, and meet the physical requirements of the clinical facilities, and Skills Lab. 

Prerequisite Requirements: 

  • Appropriate score on the placement assessment or have successfully completed PCS 021, TRE 089, and MAT 101, prior to application to PNC program -and – 
  • HES 113 – Medical Terminology Credits: (3) – and –
  • Choose one option from the following: 
  • HES 129 – Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Credits: (3) – or – 
  • BIO 201 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab Credits: (4) – and – 
  • BIO 202 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab Credits

For career and job opportunities, you can visit any of the following sites:

Practical Nurse application packets and the PN Student Handbook are available on the right-hand side of this page.

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Practical Nurses Certificate Program
NCLEX-PN Pass Rates


2014-15 2015-16

First Time Pass Rate

80% 73% 63.2%

Second Time Pass Rate

100% 66.7% 50%