Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)*, the leading authority in nursing education accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

*Accredited Spring 2016 - Spring 2029

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

NLN Center of Excellence

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has designated EAC’s Nursing Program a Center of Excellence 2018-2023 for enhanced student learning and professional development. In 2018, only fifteen other nursing programs nationwide shared this distinction, earning formal recognition at a national honors convocation.


Which Nursing Program is Right for You?

We invite you to visit campus to explore how best to prepare for admission and learn more about which of our programs is the right path in achieving your goal of becoming a health care professional.

    • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: preparation to work as a registered nurse giving direct care to patients.
    • Nursing Assistant Certificate: training to perform basic nursing duties and assist patients with their daily health care needs under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.

Nursing Career Paths
Flight Nurse
Nurse Anesthetist
Public Health Nursing
Critical Care Nurse
Oncology Nurse
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Midwife
Pediatric Nurse
Surgical Nurse
Nurse Educator
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*2021 national median pay, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Details
Average Program Length
Average Program Cost
Nursing: RN Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Preparation to sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and for entry-level employment as a staff nurse.
4 full-time semesters + pre-requisites
$8,694 - $9,774
Thatcher, Globe, Payson
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Preparation to sit for the Arizona State Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant exam and for entry-level employment as a nursing assistant.
2 part-time semesters
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Thatcher, Globe, Payson
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Program Contact
Nursing Program
(928) 428-8396
Admissions Office
(928) 428-8272
(800) 678-3808 x 8272
Counseling Office
(928) 428-8341
(800) 678-3808 x 8341

Getting to Thatcher 

From Phoenix

Travel east on US Hwy. 60. Drive through Superior and Miami. At Globe, continue on 60 (60 actually changes names to Hwy. 70 at this point). As you enter Thatcher, Eastern Arizona College is located on your right side.

From Tucson

Travel east on I -10. About 12 miles past the last Willcox exit, take the US 191 exit north. Continue north on 191 until you reach Safford (about 33 miles) and the junction with Hwy. 70 . Turn left on Hwy. 70 (main street, Casa Manana Restaurant on left) and proceed west for approximately five miles to Thatcher. Stay on Hwy. 70 through Thatcher. EAC will be located on your left.

From New Mexico (Two Options)

Travel west on I -10, past San Simon and Bowie. Then follow the directions for the turn off to Safford Hwy. 191 (from Tucson).

Travel west on I -10, exit at Lordsburg on US 70 to Duncan and Safford (this is the scenic route). Continue through Duncan and Safford to Thatcher. EAC will be on your left.