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There are many ways to become a Nurse. Explore your options and resources below.
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Nursing Track at PPSC

The best online resource for prospective Nursing students is the Nursing Department site. It is imperative that students in the Nursing Track stay in touch with this website for the most recent information.

Students who have not yet been accepted to the Nursing program are considered Nursing Track students and should meet with their Advisor in Advising & Testing each semester. Contact your Academic Advisor on the Health Sciences advising website.

Students interested in applying to the PPSC Nursing programs should be in the Associate of General Studies (AGS) Nursing Track.

Nursing Track students heading toward PPSC's program are required to attend a Nursing Information Session within one year of application. These are offered throughout each semester.

Applying Broadly
Nursing programs are competitive-entry and focus on GPA, especially in the science coursework. It is recommended that students explore all of their options and apply broadly.

Find other Associates degrees and BSN options on the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) website and more BSN programs on The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE) web site. Students should apply early and stay in touch with their target institutions to understand their admissions requirements.

Types of Nursing

Training obtained at career or technical school or other community college.

Not available at PPSC.

 After having received training and the LPN license, taking additional general education requirements and two semesters more of Nursing courses, then taking the RN licensing exam.


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Completing an AAS/Nursing Degree with all clinicals at a community college.

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While completing an AAS/Nursing Degree with all clinicals, starting upper division Nursing coursework at a community college or being dual enrolled at a university while in an AAS/Nursing program, or completing the BSN after graduating with an AAS/Nursing Degree.

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Completing an AAS/Nursing Degree with all clinicals, begin working as an RN and then apply to a traditional four-year college or university to finish upper-division Nursing courses for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Intensive 1-1.5 year program of Nursing coursework and clinicals for students who have already earned a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in any subject.

Not available at PPSC.

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Your most important resources for PPSC Nursing Programs are on the Nursing Department website.

Check these resources frequently for updates, changes and when applications rounds open and close.

The Nursing programs are primarily located at the Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation. Nursing Assistant courses are offered at two locations: Rampart Range and Centennial.

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If you have further questions about course sequencing and planning, transfer credits, or general advising questions, contact your Health Sciences Advisors.

If you have specific questions about how the Nursing program clinicals and hours work after being accepted, contact the Nursing Department directly. 

If you need to transfer your license to Colorado, please contact the Department of Regulatory Agencies at 303-894-7855.

Foreign-trained applicants who are educated outside the United States and its territories should go to www.cgfns.org to submit the Credentials Evaluation Service Professional Report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

International students who are completing the AAS/Nursing in Colorado, please contact the Department of Regulatory Agencies at 303-894-7855.

Please check with the Colorado Board of Nursing.

PPSC's Nursing Assistant program is typically completed within eight weeks. Following successful completion of this training, students can sit for the Colorado State licensing exam. Go to the Nursing Assistant Program website for important information about preparing for the program.

HPR 102/1011, or American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, and required immunizations must be completed prior to the start of clinicals

If you cannot take NUA courses with us, find El Paso County Certified Nurse Aide Training programs through the Colorado DORA website.

HPR 102/1011, or American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Professional certification, and required immunizations must be completed prior to the start of clinicals. Fully online CPR training is not accepted.

Find information on the Nursing Department and Testing Department websites.

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