GateWay Community College
GateWay Community College was established in 1968 and originally located in downtown Phoenix as the first technical college in the state of Arizona. GCC is one of 10 accredited colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District and the only college in the district served by the Valley Metro Light Rail, making it a convenient destination for students already living in the greater Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa region. GCC recently integrated the Maricopa Skill Center to increase the number of available courses. Combined with the Maricopa Skill Center, GCC currently offers over 160 different programs providing degrees and certificates.
GateWay Community College provides a wide variety of programs in various fields, including many healthcare-related programs. The nursing programs include an Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree and certificates of completion in nurse refresher and practical nursing. A transition course is available for licensed practical nurses wanting to become registered nurses. GCC also provides continuing education programs for healthcare and nursing as well as a practical nurse bridge for military veterans with a nursing background. Students interested in any of the nursing programs offered at SCC are required to attend an information session, where they will receive enrollment guidance and more information about the programs being offered.
|Campus LocaleLarge City|
|Number of Students5,087|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenYes|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus Housing-|
Gateway Community College’s nursing program offers graduates and Associates degree in applied sciences. The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. After students successfully complete this program they will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam required to become a registered nurse.
Candidates must have a High school diploma or GED and complete the required prerequisite courses before applying to the program. Students must also agree to a drug screening and full criminal background check as part of the application. A Fingerprint clearance card is also required as part of the application.
Training will consist of hands-on training in a variety of health care settings. The student must pass all required courses in the program with a grade of “C” or better If a student desires they may use their credits after graduation to transfer to a Bachelors in nursing degree program. GateWay community college is branch of Maricopa Community College. This Nursing program is offered at all eight of Maricopa Community College’s locations.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years||5||32|
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission|
01/01/1971 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs|
06/01/1966 - Current
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$86/credit|
|In State Students||$86/credit|
|Out of State Students||$327/credit|
|In District Students||-|
|In State Students||-|
|Out of State Students||-|
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|
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.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 71% of GateWay Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||7%||$636|
|State Grant & Scholarships||2%||$643|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||28%||$1,335|
|Federal Student Loans||10%||$3,522|
$8,262Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$7,770|
|$30,001 to $48,000$8,301|
|$48,001 to $75,000$9,778|
|$75,001 to $110,000$11,236|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing.