In order to join a program in the Healthcare Education department, there are several requirements you must meet.
Please watch this video to learn more about the department's requirements or review the individual requirements below:
Typically, CPR requirements may be met in one of the following ways:
- Successfully complete Maricopa Community Colleges course HCC109 (or equivalent Maricopa Community Colleges cross-referenced CPR course)
- Have a current and valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, which includes AED
- Have a current and valid Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR/AED Certification that is equivalent to the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
Please be aware that different areas of study may have other requirements and CPR requirements are subject to change.
Check with your academic advisor to verify your program’s current CPR requirements. You may also be able to have an equivalency evaluation conducted in order to determine if your current CPR certification is equivalent to current requirements.
For the protection of students, employees, and patients, students enrolled in Maricopa Community Colleges Healthcare programs that include assignment to patient care facilities requires that students comply with the health and safety requirements listed in the Health and Safety Checklist.
Once students are admitted to one of the Healthcare Education programs, they will undergo a background check clearance that includes the following:
- A check of the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) database
- An identification check
- A drug screen
Students must also complete the Health and Safety form as requirements for enrollment in nursing courses. Other background checks may be required per healthcare agency contracted with Maricopa Community Colleges. Any costs associated with such checks are the responsibility of the student.
If you would like to perform a self-assessment first, please download this document.
Students who have been admitted to a Healthcare Education program are required to sign a Maricopa Community Colleges Criminal Background Check Disclosure Acknowledgement form.
All students enrolled in any of the Allied Health or Nursing programs at Maricopa Community Colleges must have a Fingerprint Clearance Card to continue in their area of study.
Fingerprint clearance is required to work and care for children, the elderly, and any vulnerable adult. Our contracts with clinical agencies are including this fingerprint requirement, so students must complete this requirement in order to attend any of the health programs.
The current fee is $65.00 for a person working as a volunteer with minors, the elderly. or the disabled. The fee for all others is $69.00. Maricopa Community Colleges students should submit their application as a volunteer.
Step by Step Guide for Online Fingerprint Clearance Card Application
- Go to Arizona Department of Public Safety website
- Select Online Clearance Card Application
- Begin Process by Signing in as a New User or Existing User
- Proof of fingerprint clearance from the FBI generally takes 4-6 weeks, and may take up to 8 weeks
- The fingerprint clearance card is valid for six years; the card cannot expire before you graduate and a copy must be provided to your Program Director for their records
- You will need to provide proper identification in order to be fingerprinted; acceptable forms of identification include drivers license, state-issued ID card, Passport, or Resident Alien card (note: school ID is not acceptable)
- The fingerprint clearance card required for all health programs at the Maricopa Community Colleges will not meet the requirements for certification or licensure through the Arizona State Board of Nursing and may not meet the requirements of other professional organizations; contact the appropriate health professions licensing board for details.
For specific questions regarding Fingerprint Clearance Card eligibility, please contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety at 602-223-2279 or visit their website.
Precluding offenses may be found in A.R.S.41-1758.03, subsections B and C
Drug Screening Policy
All students are required to submit to a random urine drug screen as a condition of enrollment in the nursing program.
Students will receive a chain of custody form with instructions to go to a designated lab where they will pay and submit a urine specimen. The student will be informed by the school of the 48 hour window of time they must submit their urine sample at the lab.
Private health insurance will not pay for this screening. The lab will provide the student with a receipt. Students should not take a prescription to the lab to be evaluated, but will list prescription drugs they are currently taking.
Positive drug screens are referred to the Medical Review Officer’s (MRO), who will contact the student.
The Nursing Director or designee will receive the result once the review is completed.
If a student provides a dilute sample which tests positive, the result is considered positive and pending MRO review, the student will be withdrawn. A negative dilute specimen will require a retest at an additional cost to the student.
If a student challenges a positive result, only the original split sample can be retested. The Nursing Program Director must request an order for a re-test of the split sample. All positive samples are frozen and retained for one year. The student is responsible for the cost of the retest.
Only students receiving negative drug screens can remain enrolled in nursing courses. Reports from the MRO of safety issues/concerns related to the drug profile will require further evaluation. Students may be on temporary exclusion from the program until evaluation is complete.
Students testing positive for illegal substances, non-prescribed legal substances, or deemed unsafe for the clinical setting by the MRO will not be permitted to attend nursing courses. All positive results except cotinine (nicotine), and alcohol, resulting in d ismissal are reported to the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Students will not be allowed to use previous drug screens requested by any person or agency outside of MaricopaNursing.
Students failing to test during the designated date and time do not meet the requirement for drug testing and will be withdrawn from all nursing courses.
Medical Marijuana Policy
Maricopa Community Colleges prohibit the possession and use of marijuana on all campuses and in all off campus student activities, including internships and clinical learning experiences in health programs. This policy is dictated by Arizona Revised Statutes § 15-108, which prohibits any person, including a medical marijuana cardholder, from possessing or using marijuana on the campus of any public university, college, community college or post-secondary education institution. Federal legislation prohibits any institution of higher education that receives federal funding from allowing the possession and use of marijuana.
Maricopa Community Colleges receive federal funds through grants and financial aid. Maricopa Community Colleges continue to enforce current policies regarding controlled substances and any student or employee who violates university policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus or in student activities - including educational internships - will be subject to disciplinary action and criminal prosecution.
Urine drug screens are required of students prior to attending nursing courses. Medical marijuana, or its metabolite, is not an accepted substance in urine drug screens and will result in a positive urine drug screen. Students with a prescription for medical marijuana would not be considered exempt from urine drug screening.