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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 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.


Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Reading & Writing Literacy
  • College Quantitative Literacy 

The Registered Nursing program is an Associate of Applied Science degree. Nursing courses begin in either the fall or spring semester. The PPCC Nursing program is designed to 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 must complete the Nursing program application after completing all prerequisites. An application can be obtained by downloading a copy from the PPCC nursing website at

Students are eligible to apply to take 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 take the 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.

Total Prerequisite Credits: 14

  • All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within seven (7) years of entry into CCCS nursing programs. Exception is BIO 111  which must be completed within 15 years of entry into the nursing program.
  • 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 (Tests of Essential Academic Skills, TEAS) 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
    • Immunizations
    • CPR for Health Care Provider (BLS),American Heart Association (AHA) only
    • 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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