Paradise Valley Community College

Phoenix, AZ 85032

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. 


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Open AdmissionYes
Religious Affiliation -
Level2 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate69%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. ADN

    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.

  2. LPN
  3. BSN

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 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 47

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Paradise Valley Community College

Glendale Community College
11.81 miles away
Scottsdale Community College
12.11 miles away
Phoenix College
12.62 miles away
GateWay Community College
14.01 miles away
Rio Salado College
16.62 miles away
Mesa Community College
19.69 miles away
Estrella Mountain Community College
22.53 miles away
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
27.63 miles away
Central Arizona College
52.23 miles away
Yavapai College
66.84 miles away


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

Cost (Net Price)


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$6,407
30k to 48k$7,176
48k to 75k$8,853
75k to 110k$11,061
Over 110k$11,324
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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
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

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

The amount of the scholarship is to be $600.00 annually to not less than a second year student nurse who is enrolled in an accredited institution In Arizona awarding a degree as [...]

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing International Scholarship

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the nursing program at Northern Arizona University. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.

Ruth E. Nicolls Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Applicants must be full-time undergraduates in the nursing program at Northern Arizona University. Students must have completed freshmen year courses with at least a 3.0 grade point average. [...]

Jory Dorman Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be admitted into the nursing program at Northern Arizona University. Students must have graduated from a Flagstaff, Arizona area high school. Applicants must have a grade point [...]

Arizona Hazlewood Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be students at Northern Arizona University pursuing a degree in nursing. Students must demonstrate financial need.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arizona state board of nursing
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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