Paradise Valley Community College

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Paradise Valley Community College is a two-year college founded in 1985 in northeastern Phoenix, Arizona. PVCC was established by the Maricopa County Community College District and was initially named the Northeast Valley Education Center. The present name was adopted the following year. PVCC became an independent college in 1990 and was previously an extension of Scottsdale Community College. PVCC continues to expand, with over 14,000 students and a new building for the study of life sciences. The number of employees has also grown, from 62 total employees in 1987 to over 695 employees today. 

Paradise Valley Community College provides multiple pathways to starting a career in the nursing field. This includes a Nurse Assisting Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an Associates in Applied Sciences degree in nursing. The CCL is designed to prepare nursing students for entry-level jobs in the healthcare field. Students receive classroom instruction and clinical labs. After completing the course, students may take a written and practical certification examination to begin working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and is available through eight of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Students require a GED or high school diploma and are welcome to apply with a formal application. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students8,447
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

Maricopa Community College offers an associates degree nursing program at eight different locations in Arizona. One of them is Paradise Valley Community College. All of the eight location programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Courses may vary by location; however, each campus offers students the same enrollment process and admission requirements, as well as the same academic standards, procedures and guidelines, and projected outcomes.

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 process. Students have the flexibility to choose between day and evening classes. They also offer weekend classes or accelerated classes. The program provides students with hands on clinical experience in a variety of health care settings. Students will have the opportunity to rotate through in-patient, outpatient, or long term care healthcare facilities, working directly with patients, physicians and other nurses.  They will learn basic health care skills and gain experience in all of the major specialties. After successful completion of the Maricopa Community College Nursing Program students will be eligible to take the national licensing exam and apply for a license to be a registered nurse.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 11 39
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 0
Certificate 2 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1990 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
03/01/2004 - 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, 56% of Paradise Valley 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 36% $4,206
Other Federal Grant 3% $688
State Grant & Scholarships 1% $800
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 22% $1,849
Federal Student Loans 10% $3,249
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$5,935
$30,001 to $48,000$7,141
$48,001 to $75,000$8,952
$75,001 to $110,000$10,543
Over $110,000$11,038

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing.
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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