Arizona community colleges grow and streamline nursing major

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The Maricopa Community Colleges have made changes in the past few years to ease the wait for students who want to enroll in their popular nursing programs and to provide a faster path to a career.

The approximately 1,200 people on the waiting list can expect to wait about three semesters for admission to the nursing major at one of the eight community colleges that offer it, according to Margi Schultz, director of nursing for the colleges.

“It’s not nearly as big as it has been,” Schultz said.

At its peak in 2009-10, there were about 2,400 people on the list who spent five to seven semesters waiting for admission — and even longer if they wanted a specific location or schedule.

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