Sep 22, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing: Registered Nurse, AAS with Licensed Practical Nurse Exit Option

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Additional information available on the Nursing Department website.


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The Registered Nursing program is an Associate of Applied Science program. Nursing courses begin in the fall or spring and may be completed in 4 semesters. Admission criteria for the state community college nursing programs are standardized. They are subject to change. PPCC nursing program maintains a competitive admission process. Students should complete the nursing program application to the PPCC nursing program after completing all prerequisites by picking up a copy of the application from the Health & Science division or downloading a copy from the PPCC nursing website at

Students are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-PN at the successful completion of the first year of nursing courses and NUR 169 - Transition into Practical Nursing  (minimum of C grade). Students are eligible to apply to write to NCLEX-RN at the successful completion of the second year of nursing courses. Students may also complete any of the other general education/science courses prior to entry in nursing courses.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Total Prerequisite Credits: 14

  • All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within seven (7) years of entry into CCCS nursing programs.
  • All courses must have a minimum of C grade with an overall GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisites.
  • Students will be asked to complete a Nurse Entrance Test at time of application. Please see the nursing application for more information.
  • Upon provisional acceptance, the program will notify the student of dates needed to obtain additional information such as:
    • Criminal background check/drug testing
    • CPR for Health Care Provider (BLS)
    • CNA requirement: either an Active Colorado CNA certificate in good standing OR successful completion of NUA 101 , NUA 170  and NUA 171  courses within the CCCS system.

Nursing Curriculum

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