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LPN to RN Bridge Program

Have you been thinking about advancing your career in nursing? We can help. Pikes Peak State College's LPN to RN program can help you open new doors in your career of nursing. Becoming an RN will give you more opportunities to earn higher wages, have more career choices and chances to specialize. Moving yourself up the ladder by becoming an RN will also allow you to attain leadership roles and create a long-term career plan for your continued success. Apply to PPSC today to start your journey in becoming a Registered Nurse.

Pikes Peak State College's Nursing Department is excited to run the next application period that is open to LPNs. The LPN to RN bridge program will start in Fall 2024.

The application window will begin at 8 am, May 10, 2024 and ending at 5pm, May 23, 2024Applications will be submitted electronically. Continue checking here for the most recent updates and find the application link here when application period opens.

Video Directions on How to Fill Out the LPN Transition to Practice Application
How to Complete the LPN to RN Application

The Application for LPN Transition to Practice is now Open! 
This application will take significant time to complete. Please ensure that you have adequate time to complete this application, as only one form may be submitted. If you leave this form partway through, your progress will be lost.

File attachments will be uploaded to an Adobe Sign agreement which will be sent to your email address upon completion of this form. To complete your application, upload all required documents to the Adobe Sign agreement after completing the application in the link below.

Application for LPN Transition to Practice

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LPN to RN Bridge Application Requirements

Future Nursing Students interested in the LPN to RN Bridge Program are required to complete all of the following steps and applicants MUST be 18 years of age, or older, at the time of application submission, no exceptions.

Prospective students MUST complete the following courses as prerequisites:
• BIO 201/2101 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
• BIO 202/2102 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
• BIO 204/2104 (Microbiology)
• ENG 121/1021 (English Composition I)
• PSY 235/2440 (Human Growth & Development)

The following courses must be completed by the end of the 1st semester. Electing to take these courses before applying to the Nursing Program is highly recommend as the course workload is already difficult and cannot be altered to be taken in different semesters. If taken before applying, these courses will not be counted on the Scoring Sheet
• BIO 216/2116 Pathophysiology
• MAT 103/1120 Math for Clinical Calculations
• Students can test out of MAT 103/1120

All BIO courses must be taken within the past seven years. Prospective students MUST take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) You may only take the TEAS 2 times within the 365-day period leading up to your submission of the application. Your test scores must meet or surpass the national mean scores in the overall, reading, and math categories on the TEAS Test.

Application Submission is not a Guarantee of Acceptance into the Nursing Program.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Nursing department at 719-502-3450 or Nursing@pikespeak.edu. Our nursing students can take the prerequisites online or as hybrid courses, but once accepted into the nursing program they must take all required classes on campus and the clinicals at our designated clinical sites, the department asks that students be available Monday through Friday from 8am until 6pm. Some clinical site times are during the evening or night shift and weekends. The nursing program is full-time.

LPN Transition to Nursing Course Map
Students who are interested in exploring what nursing courses they will take and the nursing curriculum should visit the LPN to RN Course Map. Students accepted into the Nursing Program must also maintain a “C” or higher in each required course.




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 State College) be sent to: Records@pikespeak.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. 

Prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program MUST be transferred over to your PPSC transcripts. Check out the Records Home Page for more information regarding requesting transcripts.

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 digital copy of the TEAS results is required to submit with the LPN to RN application. Applicants may take the TEAS exam a maximum of 2 times in the 12 months prior to submitting a Nursing Program application.

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 $25 proctor fee required before you can take your exam.

Complete, with a C or better, the following prerequisite courses. The following courses should have a minimum combined GPA of 2.5. ALL PREREQUISITES must be completed before the application period opens.

• ENG 1021 English Composition I (3 Credits)
• PSY 2440 Human Growth and Development (3 Credits)
• BIO 2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
• BIO 2102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Credits)
• BIO 2104 Microbiology (4 Credits)

All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within the most recent seven-year period prior to entry into Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Nursing Programs.

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. Students accepted into the Nursing Program must maintain a "C" or better in each required course (nursing and non-nursing). ENG 122/1022 is NOT an acceptable substitute for ENG 121/1021.

Prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program MUST show as completed with the correct number of credits on your PPSC transcripts.

The following courses are also required to be completed, but can be completed before or concurrently to the program by the end of the 1st semester. These courses are not required for application and they will NOT be figured into the GPA for admission into the Nursing program:

BIO 216/2116 Pathophysiology (4 credit hours)

MAT 103/1120 Math for Clinical Calculations (3 credit hours)

Elective Humanities/Social Science (3 credit hours)

(PSY 101/1001, a pre-requisite for PSY 235/2440, will fill this requirement)

Watch or attend in person the Nursing Information Session. The next in-person Nursing Information Session will be: 

CHES Campus 

1850 Cypress Semi Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
May 20, 2024 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Please allow 15 minutes to park at Rampart Range Campus and take the shuttle to CHES due to limited parking.

If attending in person is not viable, you can choose to watch the Nursing Information Video instead and fill out the Attestation of Information Session Review Form at the end of the video. The Attestation form must be completed regardless of attending in-person or watching online.

This step must be completed and the Attestation form included with the LPN to RN application.


Provide a Current and Active Colorado LPN License in good standing

BLS/CPR from the American Heart Association (AHA): Certification must be "Health Care Provider Professional" with " hands-on" training. Online BLS courses are not accepted as the certification MUST have a hands-on skills check off. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. 

• Skills must be for adult, child, and infant
• If you are given a card, you must provide the Nursing Department a copy of the front and back of the card and the card must be signed. If you are provided an electronic copy of your BLS card, you must provide a copy of that electronic copy to the Nursing Department.
• A BLS card is valid for two years. A nursing students' BLS cannot expire during an academic semester of the Nursing Program.

Health & Immunization Report Upon acceptance into the LPN to RN program, the health and immunization report must be completed by your physician and submitted to the PPSC nursing department prior to the start of classes. PPSC Health & Immunization form 

Immunization Requirements and necessary titers/vaccines require proof of vaccines or titers, are at the student's expense and can be done by any healthcare provider of the student's choice. All Health Career programs at Pikes Peak 
Community College require that a current immunization health form be completed. These include:

• TB skin, Quantiferon blood test or Chest X-ray (within the past 5 years)
• Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps (MMR): proof of 2 vaccines or titers (if no immunity exists, student must obtain
appropriate vaccinations)
• Tdap booster (within the past 10 years)
• Varicella: proof of 2 vaccines or titers (if no immunity exists, student must obtain appropriate vaccinations)
• Hepatitis B: proof of 3 vaccines or titers (if no immunity exists, student must obtain appropriate vaccinations)
• Flu: (proof of yearly vaccine for the current flu season)
• COVID-19: proof of vaccine

As part of the competitive ranking process, three points will be awarded for 500 or more hours LPN work experience in the last 5 years.  

 In addition to this, the Nursing Department will consider, without guarantee of acceptance, military medical experience. 
For consideration of any of the above, you must submit a Work Verification Letter  with a job description included and the signature of supervisor or human resources. For military personnel - college verification of your work experience will be considered in place of a supervisor signature.

Complete LPN-RN Program Application. Online submission is required. Hand delivery or submission of paper applications will NOT be accepted. Nursing Department is not responsible for misplaced application materials or failed submission of application materials.

Failure in another Nursing Program within the past 5 years will deem you ineligible 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. 


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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. Students who submit incomplete applications will not be considered for admission to the Nursing Program for that application cycle.

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. This LPN Admissions Scoring Sheet will be used for all applicants. A point range from a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 44 points will be awarded on the following criteria:

  1. GPA from the 5 required prerequisite courses, a minimum of 2.5 GPA and a maximum of 4.0 GPA (25-40 points awarded) 
    ENG 121/1021 English Composition I (3 credits) 
    PSY 235/2440 Human Growth and Development (3 credits) 
    BIO 201/2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) 
    BIO 204/2104 Microbiology (4 credits) 
    BIO 202/2102 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) 
  2. A previously awarded regionally accredited degree (one point)
  3. LPN experience. Three points will be awarded for 500 or more hours of LPN work experience in the last 5 years. In addition to this, the Nursing Department will consider, without guarantee of acceptance, military medical experience. For consideration of any of the above, you must submit a work verification letter (link below) with a job description included and the signature of supervisor or human resources. For military personnel - college verification of your work experience will be considered in place of a supervisor signature.  
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 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 who have taken any 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.  

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

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