Maricopa community colleges-full time job-Which program to do?


Hi everyone,

I am currently a fire fighter in Arizona and am looking to get my RN in one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, but I am trying to figure out which program will be best for me. I work 24 hours on and 48 off, so for example my Schedule one week is Tuesday and Friday 8a-8a, next week, Sun, Wed, Sat and so on. Now I have a lot of vacation leave and can have people switch shifts with me easily, so i could work tues instead of wed etc. But i can't do it last minute, so my question, which program or college would be best for me? I am doing my pre-requites stuff now part time and on line and it seems it's gonna be easy with work, but once i am in the blocks i am worried about how many days or hours a week class will be. I have no problem with independent study, and really no problem getting a decent amount of time off, but i need to know in advance what days i need off. How does the programs work with clinicals and labs etc? Thanks to anyone that can help!


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I used to live in AZ and was planning on applying to nursing programs there. Since, I've moved to a different state and finished nursing school. As I recall they had it set up that you filled out one application for all the community colleges. You listed your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices but it wasnt guaranteed. They had soooo many applicants that it wasnt even assured that youd get into any of the programs let alone have a choice. At least thats how it was 3 years ago. Things may be different now. Good luck


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Wow. That doesn't help. Looked at the schedule and really i only think i could do rio salado or gateway. But I guess i'll cross that bridge when i get there. All the advisors i speak to tell me the program changes every semester anyway. Thanks though!

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