Nursing AAS Degree


Why a Nursing Degree at Cochise?

Cochise College Nursing Program’s mission is to educate individuals to provide for the current and future healthcare needs of individuals, families and populations. Our program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing and 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 and Santa Cruz Counties.

Upon completion of the Registered Nurse Programs, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the State Board of Nursing examination to be licensed as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Completion of the program does not guarantee passing the state board examinations.

The nursing program teaches you practical skills and offers hands-on experience through a combination of lectures, laboratories, and clinical assignments. Clinical sessions may be scheduled on weekdays, weeknights or weekends at hospitals and health agencies across Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. Lectures are provided on the Sierra Vista Campus, Downtown Center one day a week with labs held on the Douglas, Sierra Vista and Benson campuses. Students provide their own transportation to lecture, lab, and clinical assignments.

Cochise Nursing Program

Cochise College’s nursing program is one of the best in the state of Arizona.

Nursing AAS Degree - 69 Credits

Program Length Start Dates
2 Fall Semesters
2 Spring Semesters
 Fall: August 17, 2020

LPN to Professional Nursing AAS Degree - 64 Credits

Program Length Start Date
1 Summer Semester
1 Fall Semester
1 Spring Semester
 Summer: June 1, 2021

Important Information

  • Review Program Fees & Curriculum (PDF)
  • Review admissions criteria (PDF)
  • Application Requirements
    Send Nursing application (form A) with Waiver of Licensure (form B), a copy of AZDPS Finger Print Clearance Card, official transcripts from other colleges that have not already been submitted to Cochise College and a copy of the HESI you wish to be considered by April 30th each year.
  • Entrance Exam
    You may take the HESI A-2 Entrance Exam (must have 7 components on the English composite score) as often as the testing center will allow. The score you receive is valid for use for two years (the current school year and the following school year). The Cochise College Nursing Department reserves the right to require minimum essential math skills and English comprehension scores for admission to the nursing program. When you are ready to send in your application, you must send the HESI exam you wish to submit for consideration with that application. You must receive an 80 or above on both Math and your English Language Composite Score to be considered for the Cochise College Nursing Program.
  • 2019-2020 RN Program Manual (PDF)