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Are you interested in applying to ADN program for Fall 2023?

Good News!

We will be accepting applications from
June 5th 2023 at 8:00 a.m. to June 9th 2023 at 5:00 p.m..

• • • The application packet is now available! • • •
Download Here

You may drop off your application between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the application period.
The date and time you drop off your application will not have any effect on your acceptance to the program.

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/June. When the ADN application opens, the information 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 a Pikes Peak State College (PPSC) Admission Form in the Admissions Office at one of the three campuses, or online at https://www.pikespeak.edu/admissions/apply.php

***If you are already enrolled at PPSC, you do not need to repeat this step.

Request that copies of official transcripts be sent to: Records@pikespeak.edu OR submit official sealed transcripts directly to:


Pikes Peak State College

5675 South Academy Blvd.

Box C-8

Colorado Springs, CO 80906


***if you have already submitted your official transcripts to PPSC, you do not need to repeat this step.


Include UNOFFICIAL copies of transcripts from all previous colleges attended, including PPSC transcripts.

  • ADN applications that do not include transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended will not be considered
  • Do not highlight or mark your transcripts
  • Do not include you high school transcripts

Watch the Nursing Information Session Video and fill out the Attestation of Information Session Review Form. This must be completed and included with the ADN application.

Download the session here!



Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C or higher:

  • ENG 121/1021 English Composition (must be current within the last 15 years)
  • PSY 235/2440 Human Growth and Development (must be current within the last 15 years)
  • BIO 201/2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (must be current within the last 7 years)
  • BIO 204/2104 Microbiology (must be current within the last 7 years)

***These prerequisites MUST be completed with a grade awarded before the application period.

All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within the last seven-year period prior to the ADN application period. No more than one grade of “D” or “F” in the past seven years is allowed in any of the 200/2000 level BIO courses that are required for the Nursing Program.

Students accepted into the ADN Nursing Program must maintain a “C” or higher in each required course. MAT 103/1120 and BIO 202/2102 must be completed by the end of the 1st semester. BIO 216/2116 must be completed by the end of the 2nd semester.

Complete the Nursing Assistant (NUA) coursework within the CCCS system

These courses include:

  • NUA 101/1001 Certified Nurse Aid Health Care Skills
  • NUA 170/1070 Nurse Assistant Clinical Experience
  • NUA 171/1071 Advanced Nurse Aide Clinical


Have an active Colorado Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate. If the CNA is obtained through a private company or through an out-of-state institution, the student must obtain an active CNA certificate.

Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS information can be found at https://www.pikespeak.edu/admissions/testing-center/certification-testing/index.php          

The individual Performance Profile provides the Total Score, Reading Score, and Math Score, each of which must be at or above the current national mean. Applicants may take the TEAS exam a maximum of 2 times in the 12 months prior to ADN application submission. An example of the TEAS Individual Performance Profile is provided with this ADN application packet. The student must submit their TEAS Individual Performance Profile score sheet with their application.

Complete the Associate Degree Nurse Program Application Form. The ADN application must be turned in in person to the front desk located on the first floor of the CHES Campus located at 1850 Cypress Semi Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Hand delivery is required.

The ADN application will be accepted between the hours of 8am-5pm during the application period of June 5th through June 9th

Application review for content will not happen during submission of applications.

Application review will happen at a later date. The Nursing Department is not responsible for misplaced or failed delivery of application materials.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the application is complete at the time of submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

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Next Steps

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all steps of the application have been completed and all  information has been submitted. Applications will not be pre-screened during the application acceptance period of June 5th through June 9th, 2023. Students who submit incomplete applications will not be considered for admission to the Nursing Program for that application cycle.

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

Provisional admission is based on a merit evaluation of GPA in the 4 prerequisite courses, a previously awarded degree, and CNA/ER Tech work experience as noted in the criteria below. Applicants meeting all admission criteria will be ranked on a point system. A maximum of 44 points will be awarded on the following criteria:

  1. GPA from the 4 required prerequisite courses, a minimum of 2.5 GPA and a maximum of 4.0 GPA (25-40 points awarded)
  2. ENG 121/1021 English Composition I (3 credits)
  3. PSY 235/2440 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  4. BIO 201/2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  5. BIO 204/2104 Microbiology (4 credits)


  1. A previously awarded degree (Associate, Bachelor, Master, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution. The Applicant must include a copy of their degree with their application. ONE POINT ONLY will be awarded for an awarded degree, regardless of how many degrees have been earned. If the degree was issued in a language other than English, the degree must be professionally translated and notarized, and the translator’s credentials must be included with the application.


  1. CNA/ER Tech work experience. THREE POINTS will be awarded for 500 or more hours of CNA or ER Tech work experience in the last 5 years. The employment verification form must be filled out completely and submitted with the application.
CNA / ER Tech Work Experience Sheet


Competitive ranking is based on a maximum of 44 points. In the rare case of multiple applicants with an identical number of points, selection will be randomized.

For example: If there is one slot left to fill and there are three applicants that are all competitively ranked with the same number of points, these three applicants will be randomized. The first applicant randomly drawn will fill the open slot. The remaining two applicants may have the option of becoming an alternate position holder for the Nursing Program if the opportunity arises.


PLEASE NOTE: For the purposes of the Nursing Program, students that have taken either (or both) of the BIO prerequisites more than one time will have the letter grades from their first two attempts at the course(s) in the current seven-year period ONLY averaged to receive the final letter grade/points awarded for the course. The Nursing Department will average BIO grades ONLY.

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