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Nursing Application Requirements

Students interested in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program will need to complete all of the following steps to be considered for admission.

Typically, the ADN application for Spring start date is October while the ADN application for Fall start date is typically May. When the ADN application opens, the paperwork will be found here. 

Candidates MUST be 18 years of age, or older, at the date and time of application submission.

* Steps 1 & 2 are for NEW students. If you are already enrolled at PPSC, you do not need to re-enroll, or re-submit for official transcripts.




Fill out Pikes Peak State College Admission Form in the Admissions office at one of the three campuses, or an online Admissions Application.  If you are already enrolled as a student, you do not need to repeat this step.

Request copies of official transcripts (colleges attended other than Pikes Peak

Community College) be sent to: Records@ppcc.edu  --OR-- submit transcripts to:


Pikes Peak State College

5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 502-3000

You will still need to include UNOFFICIAL copies of transcripts of any college attended (including from PPSC) with the Nursing Program application. 


View the Nursing Information Session video at the following link and print out the verification form: Virtual Nursing Information Session to learn more about the requirements for applying. You must have the Information Session Verification form completed and attached with the required application packet forms.

Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a minimum combined GPA of 2.5:

ENG 1021 English Composition (must be current to within most recent  15-year period)
PSY2440 Human Growth and Development  (must be current to within most recent   15-year period)
BIO 2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (must be current to within  most recent 7 - year period)
BIO 2104 Microbiology (must be current to within most recent 7-year period)

No more than one grade of D or F allowed in any of the 2000 level BIO courses that are required for the Nursing Program in the past seven years. You can retake these courses to try to earn higher grades, though only the first two attempts will be considered. They will be averaged in calculating the prerequisite course GPA for applying. 

Students accepted into the Nursing Program must maintain a “C” or better in each required course (nursing and non-nursing.) MAT 1120 and BIO 2102 must be completed by the end of the 1st semester and BIO 2116 must be completed by the end of the 2nd semester. These courses must be successfully completed as listed in the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum to progress in the nursing program.

Any student who has not been successful in another Nursing Program within the past 5 years will not be eligible to apply to the PPSC Nursing Program; your application will be denied.

Student may not have a current active RN License in Colorado or any other state.



Complete the Nursing Assistant (NUA) coursework within the CCCS System, OR have an active Colorado CNA license.  (If Nursing Assistant Certificate is obtained through a private company or through an out-of-state institution, student must obtain an active Colorado CNA license).  The student must provide the certificate of completion for the Nurse Aid course work:

  • NUA 1001 Certified Nurse Aid Health Care Skills
  • NUA 1070 Nurse Assistant Clinical Experience
  • NUA 1071 Advanced Nurse Aide Clinical

COVID-19 INFORMATION: For students who have completed the nurse aid course work at a facility outside of PPSC, and have not been able to test for their CNA license due to COVID-19, applications for the Nursing Program will have the following rules:

The student must provide the certificate of completion for the Nurse Aid course work with his or her application. The student will be expected to show he or she has been working on a   provisional basis under Governor Polis' Emergency Rule

For any questions, please contact DORA at 303.894.2430 or see information at https://dpo.colorado.gov/

Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), (see information below regarding remote testing through atitesting.com.) The Adjusted Individual Score (the overall score), Reading Score and Mathematics Score must be at or above the current national mean, as noted on the student’s individual final TEAS report. A printed copy of the TEAS results is required to submit with the ADN application. Applicants are allowed 2 attempts on the TEAS test per application cycle. 

COVID-19 INFORMATION: For students that need to complete their TEAS exam to apply, the PPSC Testing secured the option for remote testing through the ATI testing platform. If you need to schedule the TEAS exam or you need directions and information about the remote testing option, please go to TEAS Exam Information. There is an additional $5 charge to take the TEAS exam remotely on top of the cost of the exam.

Include unofficial transcripts from every college or university you have attended including PPSC. The PPSC transcript MUST show ALL prerequisite courses, including those transferred from other colleges. Applications that do not include transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended will not be accepted.

DO NOT highlight or mark your transcripts. Marked or highlighted transcripts will be refused, and you will have to reprint those transcripts.

The 2023 Spring Nursing Application has not been posted yet. Please keep an eye out for any updates!

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Next Steps

Applicants who have completed steps 1 to 8 and submitted their applications will have their packets looked over by a staff or faculty member from the Nursing Department.

Once the deadline for the application period has closed, candidates will have their application packets reviewed by the ADN Admissions Committee. The Nursing Department will not accept any additional application materials after the deadline. Notification letters will be sent after the Admissions Committee has reviewed all applications, scored each packet, and made final choices. 

Candidates will be notified via email through their PPSC student email accounts. Please watch for updates on the Nursing Department website. For any questions, contact the Nursing Department at 719.502.3450 or by email at Nursing@pikespeak.edu. 

Application Process Competitive Ranking

When the application period closes, all applications received will be reviewed and ranked on a point system starting first with GPA. A point range from a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 42 points will be awarded on the following criteria:

  1. GPA from weighted prerequisites (ENG 1021, PSY 2440, BIO 2101, BIO 2104), a minimum of 2.5 (25-40 points)
  2. A previously awarded regionally accredited degree (one point)
  3. 500 or more hours of CNA or ER Tech work experience in the last 3 years (three points)
CNA or ER Tech work verification letter for PPSC ADN application 

GPA will be considered as the first criteria based on the
number of candidates and the number of slots available. Competitive Ranking is based on a maximum of 42 points with one of the points awarded for an accredited degree. In the case of multiple candidates with the same number of points, selection will be by the candidates with the highest GPA and those who had his/her application turned in first.

All decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and are final.

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