Estrella Mountain Community College

Avondale, AZ 85392
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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the twenty public 2-year colleges in Arizona. The campus is located in a suburb, in Avondale.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 9,788 students attend the school. Every year 20% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Estrella Mountain Community College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $2,064, and fees were $30. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,848 and $30 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize Suburb
Number of Students9,788
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate68%

Nursing Programs

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.

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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 5 45
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 2
Certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 77.8%
  • NCLEX-RN: 83.8%

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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
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$86/credit
In State Students$86/credit
Out of State Students$327/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $3,870 $3,870 $14,715
ADN 70 $6,020 $6,020 $22,890
BSN 125 $10,750 $10,750 $40,875
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 73% of Estrella Mountain Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 56% $4,580
Other Federal Grant 2% $844
State Grant & Scholarships -- $500
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 18% $2,043
Federal Student Loans 14% $3,224
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,961
$30,001 to $48,000$6,570
$48,001 to $75,000$8,448
$75,001 to $110,000$9,974
Over $110,000$11,307

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing.
Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 N Dysart Rd
Avondale, AZ 85392

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