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About the Program

For more than 30 years, Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Program has prepared students for meaningful careers as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, and provided a foundation for students seeking to continue their education and pursue RN-BSN degrees. Our graduates can be found working almost anywhere – hospitals, communities, schools, and homes - positively impacting the quality of healthcare delivery.

EAC’s Nursing Program ranks among the highest rated programs in the nation. We feature concurrent enrollment programs with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and Grand Canyon University, allowing students to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing while completing an associate degree.

Classes are offered at EAC’s Thatcher, Globe, and Payson campuses. This is one of the fastest growing programs in the state, and prospective students are encouraged to make inquiries as soon as possible.

 Nursing Program Application

Prospective Students

As one of the fastest growing programs in the state, prospective students are encouraged to make inquiries as soon as possible as space is limited.

Entry into the nursing program requires a separate, prior admission.

Nursing Student Handbook
Nursing FAQ
RN and LPN Pass Rates
CNA Handbook
CNA Pass Rates

A Career in Nursing

“If you're caring, responsible and detail-oriented, you've got the foundation for a career in nursing. At EAC, you can get the education and training you need too!”

-Carolyn McCormies, Nursing Division Chair

Accredited Spring 2016 - Spring 2021

Accreditation Commission
for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000 Fax: (404) 975-5020 Email: info@acenursing.org Web:www.acenursing.org

Listing of ACEN accredited institutions
ACEN Accreditation Certificate
ACEN Accreditation Outcomes
Arizona State Board of Nursing Certificate of Approval

The Associate Degree nursing program at Eastern Arizona College at the Thatcher, Gila Pueblo and Payson Campuses, located in Thatcher, Globe and Payson is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program here.

 

Program Options


Associate of Applied Science Degree
(RN and BSN Track)

This program is designed to prepare you for beginning employment as a staff nurse giving direct care to patients. The program has received approval by the Arizona Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). On successful completion of the program, you will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and will be eligible to make application to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program permits students to enter or exit from the program based on their specific needs, space availability, and time limitations.

Nursing Assistant
(Certificate of Proficiency)

This program prepares you for an entry-level position as a nursing assistant. Emphasis is on basic patient care skills, based on the knowledge of universal precautions, asepsis, basic human needs, body mechanics, treatments and procedures, patient admission, transfer, discharge, and eldercare.

Licensed Practical Nurse
(Certificate of Proficiency)

This program prepares you to function as a practical nurse caring for acutely ill patients under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) gives basic nursing care and assists other members of the health care team. On successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

 

 

Cost Breakdown


Tuition

$810-$1080 full-time in-state tuition for 4 semesters

$3240.00—$4320.00

Nursing Fee

$375 per semester for 4 semesters

$1500.00

Technology Fee

Approximately $100 per semester for 4 semesters

$400.00

ATI Fee

Approximately $100 per semester for 4 semesters

$400.00

Textbooks estimate

$1500.00

Corporate Screening Costs

$104.00

Nursing pin estimate (optional)

$50.00

Uniforms, clinical supplies and clinical travel and lodging expenses (estimate)

 

Total estimated cost of EAC Nursing Program* $8694.00—$9774.00

*Fees may vary by location and the above is only an estimate.

 

A Tradition of Excellence


ACEN Accredited

Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the leading authority in nursing education accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

NLN Center of Excellence

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has designated EAC’s Nursing Program a Center of Excellence 2018-2023 for enhanced student learning and professional development. In 2018, only fifteen other nursing programs nationwide shared this distinction, earning formal recognition at a national honors convocation.

Top Rankings in Arizona

EAC’s Nursing Program is ranked No. 3 in Arizona, according to RegisteredNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing. Only the nursing programs at Scottsdale Community College and the University of Arizona ranked ahead of EAC.

EAC’s Nursing Program was ranked by PracticalNursing.org as Arizona’s top LPN program with an overall average score of 100 in 2019.

 

Faculty

Carolyn McCormies, RN, MS, FNP-BC
Director of Nursing, Division Chair, Nursing and Allied Health

Carolea Bailey
Secretary

Kari Hull, RN, BSN
Clinical Coordinator

Anjanette Bolinger, RN, MSN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Megan Martinez, RN, MSN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Stephanie DeSpain, RN, MSN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Shalay Haynie, RN, MSN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Ty Jones, RN, MSN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Sara Lemley, RN, MSN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing

Amy Ollerton, RN, MSN
Professor of Nursing

Pam Palka, RN, MSN, DNP
Associate Professor of Nursing

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