Pima Community College

4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ

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Pima Community College provides convenient and affordable education opportunities to people from all backgrounds. Pima Community College's goal is to accommodate everyone, whether they are first-time students, business-training, returning, continuing or transferring students. Pima's university transfer partnerships provide a solid beginning for pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Pima offers small classes, low tuition, convenient schedules with daytime, evening or weekend classes, and many locations.  Pima also offers alternative-style course delivery methods for more flexibility, including Web/online classes. There is also an Honors Program for students who wish to pursue a more challenging program.


Pima Community College was founded in 1969 with a mission to "provide access to learning without the limits of time, place or distance."


Pima Community Colleges offers a year-round academic calendar with fall, spring and summer semesters.  It has both credit and non-credit continuing education classes, and special credit courses that span all terms of the academic year.

The Alternative-style classes offered at Pima provide various options such as self-paced classes, express or accelerated formats, online courses, open entry/open exit classes, and more.

Colleges and Schools

Pima Community College's different departments, programs and schools include:

  • Arts, Humanities & Communication
  • Business Careers
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Education Careers
  • Health-Related Professions
  • Public Safety Careers
  • Science & Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Trade Professions
  • General Studies
  • Transfer Programs
  • General Education Requirements

Student Life

Pima Community College provides a range of resources to its students for staying healthy and happy on campus.  The college has worked with various agencies in Tucson to create quality fitness and recreational facilities for students and the general community. Various athletics fields, courts and facilities are available on Pima campuses for recreational sports.

The Westside Health Clinic on Pima's West Campus provides patient education, immunizations, exams and management of chronic or acute health issues.  First Aid is available at the Department of Public Safety offices on each campus.

Academic support services include testing, tutoring, advising, counseling, computer facilities, graduation requirements and information on transcripts, financial aid and transferring in or out of Pima.


Pima Community College offers many intercollegiate sports competitions, and all are open to the public.  Pima's Aztec sports teams participate in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. 

Pima athletics "Aztec" teams sponsor many youth camps and clinics in the local area.

Pima's West Campus has facilities available for public use, including an outdoor track, tennis courts, and racquetball courts.

Pima intercollegiate sports teams include the following:

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men's Tennis
  • Women's Tennis
  • Men's and Women's Track and Field
  • Women's Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Pima Community College has six campuses and learning centers.

  • Community Campus
  • Desert Vista Campus
  • Downtown Campus
  • East Campus
  • Northwest Campus
  • West Campus

Learning / Education Centers

Each campus offers something a little different.

Community Campus is large, with more than 800 adjunct faculty and more than 100 satellite locations to reach more than 40,000 students annually.

Pima Community College's Desert Vista Campus has a 60-acre campus in Southwest Tucson on Valencia Viejo, the 1,700-year-old archaeological site of the Hohokam people.  This campus offers developmental education, transfer and occupational programs. This campus has an accredited childcare center.

Downtown Campus is centrally located in the Tucson metropolitan area, and offers business-training programs that lead to direct employment, or university transfer programs and continuing education classes. A range of educational programs are offered at this site, including computer-aided drafting, interior design, interpretation and translation studies, fraud examination and paralegal programs.  There are also support services.

East Campus is a smaller campus and an oasis in the Sonoran Desert, offering quality programs in general education, university transfer or business-training and developmental education.  This campus's range of workforce degrees provides targeted job training.

Northwest Campus is situated on 50 beautiful acres in northwest Tucson, and features a well-reputed hotel and restaurant-management program, along with its other educational programs.

West Campus near central Tucson is the oldest and largest in Pima Community College's six-campus system. Surrounded by the Sonoran Desert, students attending this campus can use the hiking trails, shaded sitting areas and landscaped courtyards.  This campus provides courses for health-related careers with classroom work and real-world training.  Other programs and subjects are also available, and the Center for the Arts is a popular community attraction.

Pima also has Education Centers and Adult Education Learning Centers throughout the metropolitan Tucson area:

  • Northeast Education Center
  • Southeast Education Center
  • Davis Monthan Air Force Base Education Center
  • Green Valley Community Learning Center

Pima's Distance Education program also offers a wide range of courses online.

Community Life

In addition to credit programs, the College offers non-credit personal interest classes, adult basic education services, children's programs, childcare facilities and community access to its libraries. 

Pima offers a wide variety of performing arts events that provide cultural opportunities for students and the community.

Pima Community College's Center for the Arts, located on the West Campus, is a complex of theaters and galleries with performances and showings open to students and the public.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $2,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,800-$2,200
    • Out-of-State: $8,400-$10,140
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $76-$91 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $350-$420 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid66%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships59%$4,679
Receiving Student Loans12%$3,104

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Pima Community College may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Pima County and the community colleges in Arizona as a whole.

 Pima Community CollegePima CountyArizona
Graduation Rate6.8%13.2%14.1%
Transfer-out Rate21.4%21.4%27.9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Pima Community College

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1972)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1991)
  • Dental Laboratory Technician Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1977)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1981)
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  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)

Campus: Pima County Community College District - West Campus

  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Transportation and Materials Moving

    Visual and Performing Arts

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