4905 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1010
Accrediting Agency:North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Pima Community College is a two-year, public institution in Tucson, Ariz., with six locations throughout Pima County and multiple education centers that provide specialized training programs. The college is dedicated to providing accessible, affordable higher education options, and its for-credit options include associate degrees and certificates. Beyond this, the college provides workforce development training, career training, adult education/GED prep and testing, and continuing education courses. The college’s history dates back to 1966, when the citizens of Pima County approved a junior college district to serve the area; the college’s first classes met in 1969, but its official opening was in 1970 with more than 3,500 students. Today, the college has an enrollment of more than 66,000 credit and non-credit students. In addition to offering traditional programs, Pima Community College offers distance education to provide greater flexibility to its students.
Pima Community College offers more than 170 transfer and occupational programs, including associate degrees, certificates, and diploma programs. These include programs in arts, humanities, and communication, business careers, computer information technology, education careers, health professions, trade professions, and more. Transfer degrees and certificates include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Business Administration, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, an AGEC certificate that verifies the student has completed all of his or her general education requirements, and an honors certificate that recognizes the completion of honors courses. In addition to these, Pima offers a wide variety of flexible classes and distance education options. These include online classes delivered through Desire2Learn, via PCC cable channels, self-paced web classes, and classes that require a combination of classroom work and web work, among others.
Pima Community College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1975. In addition, its programs in dental assisting, dental laboratory technology, dental hygiene, radiologic technology, and nursing hold specialized accreditation from various accreditors, which prospective students can verify at College Navigator.
Pima Community College has an open admissions policy, but certain health programs have special admissions requirements beyond what is required for other students. In order to apply to PCC, students must meet one of the following criteria: have a high school diploma or GED, have completed an Arizona General Education Certificate at an accredited college, or be a transfer student that can demonstrate completion of course work in math and writing. Also eligible are students who meet this criteria: can demonstrate college readiness through approved assessments, are currently attending another college and want to take classes at Pima, or are a current high school student (parental or legal guardian approval will apply for students under 18). Learn more about admissions requirements here. Students will submit a completed application; apply for financial aid; take assessments in reading, writing, and math; attend orientation; and finally, register and pay for classes, according to the PCC website.