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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Exciting Announcement – Please Read

The Mohave Community College Nursing department is making some positive changes to the Practical Nurse program.  These changes are intended to improve the overall student experience and success on the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

The next start date for the new Practical Nurse program is January 2019.  Applications will be accepted until October 1st.  Questions should be addressed to Cheryl Pike at cpike@mohave.edu or (928) 681-5635.

Practical Nursing Admission Requirements

Requirements for acceptance to the Practical Nurse Certificate Program include:
  • 60% or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version 6 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.85 on required pre-requisite courses
  • 3 completed reference forms
Pre-requisite Courses Required:
  • BIO 100
  • BIO 201
  • ENG 101
  • PSY 101

Please click on the link below to review the Guided Pathway.  This pathway provides assistance for the student and serves as a map to guide you as you make your way through the program.

Practical Nursing 2018 Guided Pathway


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. 

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.

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

2013-14

2014-15 2015-16

First Time Pass Rate

80% 73% 63.2%

Second Time Pass Rate

100% 66.7% 50%