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Eastern Arizona College Nursing Program ranked No. 3 in Arizona

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College Director of Nursing and Division Chair for Nursing and Allied Health Carolyn McCormies interacts with students at the Thatcher Campus [EAC – Kris McBride photo].

By Kris McBride

Thatcher, Ariz.— Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Program is ranked No. 3 in Arizona, according to, a nursing advocacy organization dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing.

The organization analyzed 28 schools in Arizona and ranked the top 10 using current and historical pass rates from the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination. Only the nursing programs at Scottsdale Community College and the University of Arizona ranked ahead of EAC.

“The Eastern Arizona College Nursing Program is committed to excellence with an extraordinary faculty and student body,” said Carolyn McCormies, EAC director of nursing and division chair for Nursing and Allied Health. “We are dedicated to helping our graduates become responsible, caring, and accountable professional nurses.”

EAC’s Nursing Program has a 98.15 percent pass rate for 2019. This is compared with a 93 percent state pass rate and an 88.18 percent national pass rate for 2019.

“We are proud to be near the top of the list of so many esteemed nursing programs,” said Todd Haynie, EAC president. “This recognition speaks volumes about how much our faculty and staff care about preparing outstanding practitioners and leaders.”

EAC’s Nursing Program is located at the Gila Pueblo, Payson, and Thatcher campuses. Prospective students should contact or 928-428-8396. Nursing applications are due March 1. Inquiries should be made soon as possible; this is one of the fastest growing programs in the state and space is limited.


About EAC’s Nursing Program

For more than 30 years, EAC’s Nursing Program has prepared students for immediate entry into the workforce and for pursuing advanced practice, leadership, administration, education and research roles. Graduates can be found working almost anywhere – hospitals, communities, schools, homes, and battlefields - positively impacting the quality of healthcare delivery. The program features concurrent enrollment programs with Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University, allowing students to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing while completing an associate degree. The baccalaureate program offers hybrid classes, highly qualified faculty, and special reduced tuition rates for EAC students.