College’S Nursing Program Receives Five-Year Approval


Gila Community College’s nursing program has received a five-year approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

This is the longest term of approval allowed for a school’s nursing program by the board. 

“After extensive curriculum revision and many hours of work involving our entire nursing faculty in Thatcher, Globe and Payson, we were able to bring our program to a higher level,” said Eastern Arizona College’s director of nursing, Carolyn McCormies.

“We looked at the entire program working toward a goal of cohesiveness and consistency across semesters and campuses and we succeeded.”

Eastern Arizona College runs GCC because Gila County is not allowed to run its own college. Population counts and property valuations fall beneath legislatively set thresholds.

The process for granting approval of an educational nursing program is done by a curriculum review and a site visit. The board has the authority to grant, deny or give provisional status to a college’s program. 

McCormies said that at the meeting of the state board’s Educational Advisory Committee where EAC’s curriculum submission was discussed, the comment was made that the curriculum was clear, easy to follow and excellent.

“We would like to thank our local partners: Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, Payson Regional Medical Center and Cobre Valley Community Hospital for their continued support of our Nursing Program and for their contributions to excellence in nursing education,” said Dr. Phil McBride, EAC’s dean of instruction.

EAC’s Nursing Program currently enrolls 174 students among the three campuses in Thatcher, Globe and Payson.


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