Estrella Mountain Community College

Avondale, AZ 85392

Located in Avondale, Arizona, Estrella Mountain Community College is a public institution that offers diploma and associate's degree programs, which can take 2 to 4 years to complete.

Estrella Mountain Community College has an open admission/open enrollment policy. The only requirement for entrance is a high school diploma or equivalent (such as GED certificate).

Estrella Mountain Community College's in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $2,064 and fees $30. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,848 and $30 respectively.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Midsize
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Open AdmissionYes
Religious Affiliation -
Level2 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate70%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. LPN

    Estrella Mountain Community College’s South West Skills Center offers a diverse practical nurse program that can be completed in as few as 46 weeks. This program prepares students for a career as a practical nurse by combining instruction in a classroom setting that includes lectures, videos, computer work and projects with important hands-on clinical learning, either in their state of the art laboratory or off campus in a real world work environment. The Arizona State Board of Nursing approves the program and after completion students will be able to apply to become a licensed practical nurse and take the NCLEX-PN in Arizona.

    For admission into EMCC’s SWSC practical nursing program you must complete an HESI A2 entrance exam. The enrollment process also requires the student have a high school diploma or GED, documentation of immunizations, a current CPR certification card, and complete a criminal background check.

    Students will be required to take such courses as essentials of practical nursing I and II and practical nursing science I and II. After completing the course they will be able to work directly under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. They should be able to demonstrate the role of a practical nurse through excellent communication and caring behaviors while remaining professional and ethical.

  3. ADN

    The Associates degree-nursing program offered at Estrella Mountain community college offers individuals with the training and resources they need to become a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Students will be eligible to take the licensing exam after graduation and successful completion of the program.

    Admission into the nursing program requires that candidates have a High school diploma or GED as well as submit to a drug screening and criminal background check. The student must also receive a fingerprint clearance card. Certain courses are required to be completed as prerequisites before applying to this program.

    The program prepares students for a career as a registered nurse by providing hands-on clinical experience in a variety of health care settings. To complete the course the student will complete between61 and 74 total credit hours. The student must also maintain a “C” or better in all of the required courses. After Graduation the student should be prepared to take the licensing exam to become a registered nurse, however, completion of the program does not guarantee that the student will pass the licensing exam.

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide Certificate 0
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Certificate 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 59

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Estrella Mountain Community College

Glendale Community College
10.74 miles away
Phoenix College
14.68 miles away
GateWay Community College
20.08 miles away
Rio Salado College
21.71 miles away
Paradise Valley Community College
22.53 miles away
Scottsdale Community College
26.32 miles away
Mesa Community College
27.87 miles away
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
34.08 miles away
Central Arizona College
53.84 miles away
Yavapai College
73.93 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1997 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1966 - Current



Acceptance Rate

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$5,890
30k to 48k$6,559
48k to 75k$8,677
75k to 110k$10,367
Over 110k$11,030
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $86.00 $327.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $0.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Non-resident alien

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arizona Past Presidents’ Parley Nurses Scholarship

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Ruth E. Nicolls Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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Arizona Hazlewood Memorial Scholarship

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing
Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 N Dysart Rd
Avondale, AZ 85392

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