Cochise is known as one of the foremost community colleges in Arizona. Its origin can be trailed as back as 1961 when residents of Cochise County voted to construct a community college. The school’s doors opened to the public in September 1964 as soon as a campus was constructed in the city of Douglas. Another campus at Sierra Vista was launched in 1978. Cochise College serves the whole county, as well as the neighboring Santa Cruz County and. The Higher Learning Commission accredits Cochise College. It is also part of several groups or organizations, which include the American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community College Association, the Association of Community College Trustees, the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The nursing programs of Cochise College fall under the Health Sciences department. Cochise College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing is a two-year, four-semester program that consisting of 69 credit hours, 17 of which are fundamentals. After finishing their first year, students can decide to take the NCLEX-PN exam and begin their careers as Practical Nurses while others can continue with the two-year course and take the NCLEX-RN exam to become Registered Nurses or RNs. Courses and labs are divided between the Sierra Vista, Nogales, Benson and Douglas campuses.
The estimated cost is $16,336
- Submit official transcripts
- Submit copy of official fingerprint clearance card. Sample Fingerprint Application (PDF) and Sample Finger Print Card (PDF)
- Send all via registered mail no later than 4 p.m. March 1 of application year
- Entrance Exam
Once your application packet and all required accompanying documentation have been received by the Cochise College Nursing Department, you will be mailed information on the entrance exam date, times, and location(s). The exam is given to test your basic comprehension of math and reading. The exam score that you receive is available for use for two years (the current year and the next year). The Cochise College Nursing Department reserves the right to require minimum essential math skills and reading comprehension scores for admission to the nursing program.
All new students must complete an application for admission to Cochise College. Admission to Cochise College does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing Program.
- The AAS degree requires coursework at the 100 level or higher.
- General education requirements for AAS degrees consist of a minimum of 18 credits selected from the appropriate general education course list.
- All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- A minimum of 16 credits of any degree granted must be completed in residency at Cochise College.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher is required for any AAS degree.
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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