Enter the challenging and rewarding profession of nursing at Cochise College! The demand for nurses is projected only to increase over the next decade, and the Cochise College Nursing Program offers expert instruction, modern learning laboratories and a wide variety of clinical experience in hospitals and health care agencies.
Our program teaches both theory and practical skills, along with hands-on experience through a combination of lectures, labs and clinical assignments. Students are from all parts of Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz counties. Lectures are held on the Sierra Vista Campus, while labs are conducted on the Douglas, Sierra Vista, Benson and Santa Cruz campuses. Students are scheduled for clinical experiences in hospitals and health agencies in many different areas of the county, such as Benson, Douglas, Bisbee, Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Willcox and Nogales. Students must provide their own transportation to lectures, labs and clinical.
A number of general education courses and their pre-requisite courses must be taken in addition to the nursing program requirements. Students are required to complete all listed prerequisite general education courses prior to entry into the nursing program. All general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. All general education science courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher starting fall 2014 cohort. All nursing courses (NUR) must be completed with a grade of “B” (80%) or higher.
While completion of the program does not guarantee licensure, our graduates have a high success rate on the National Council Licensing Exam. Our nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The program offers expert instruction, modern equipment, and a wide variety of clinical experience in hospitals and agencies throughout Cochise County.
Students completing graduation requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for licensure as registered nurses. Applicants for licensure in Arizona must provide evidence of citizenship or nationality. Licensing fees and requirements are determined by and are the sole responsibility of the State Boards of Nursing. In Arizona, the approximate cost of application fees, testing fees and fingerprinting is $550. Contact the Arizona State Board of Nursing with questions at azbn.gov or (602) 889-5150.
Once you’ve completed our program, visit the Nursing Career Network, the largest online career network for college students and recent graduates, to find entry-level opportunities.
We also have a wide array of transfer program agreements with private and public colleges and universities, which often provide seamless transfer for nurses seeking their BSN degree or other higher education.
The Cochise College Nursing Program is committed to offering a quality associate degree education which provides educational resources to promote meaningful nursing careers, constructive citizenship, and lifelong learning to meet the healthcare needs of a diverse population.
The philosophy of the Cochise College Nursing Program is to create a learning environment in which the student transforms from a beginning student into an entry-level nurse who cares for a diverse population of patients across the lifespan. The nursing faculty respects the students as adult learners who demonstrate integrity in the classroom as-well-as in the clinical setting. The philosophy utilizes a conceptual framework based on the nursing process and related disciplines as a solid foundation for the nurse generalist. The nurse generalist collaborates with other members of the health care team to provide and manage patients anywhere along the health/illness continuum.
Lifelong Learning: An attitudinal approach to learning in which the person is open to new ideas, decisions, skills, and behaviors based on scientific evidence and research to promote scientific and technological progress improving patient outcomes.
Diversity: Respecting differences between and among members of the community by embracing and encouraging the expression of ideas, opinions, and thoughts exchanged freely, respectfully, and civilly.
Integrity: Decisions and interactions based on honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, accountability, and ethical behavior.
Adult Learning: An independent, self-directed, problem centered approach utilizing prior experience to gain knowledge.
Cochise College Nursing Program (Class of 2015)
Student Completion of Program
100% of time 56%
150% of time 53.1%
Graduate Program Satisfaction Rate
Jennifer Lakosil, RN, MSN, PNP
Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
Polly Gosa, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning.