Nursing

Pikes Peak Community College offers the following programs:

  • Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree with PN Exit Option
  • Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree for Advanced Placement (LPN-RN/)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Admission to the college does not assure admission to the registered nursing programs. Admission to the RN program with the LPN exit option and the Advanced Placement option require separate admission criteria. All students interested in the registered nursing programs who do not have previous college courses must complete the PPCC placement exams prior to being advised. Potential students should attend Information Nights held each month to obtain information prior to advising. Interested students can inquire on times by calling (719) 502-3400 or 502-3450. Students should complete the application to the PPCC nursing program by picking up a copy of the application from the HENPS division or downloading a copy from the PPCC nursing website at www.ppcc.edu/departments/nursing/.

This should be performed when all pre-requisites are completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of C in each course. Students must pass an FBI fingerprinting screen to determine application eligibility. Students interested in the Nursing Assistant Certificate should apply directly to the college and then sign up for appropriate classes. All students will be required to meet regulations regarding CPR, immunizations and disability issues. It is the policy of the PPCC Program of Nursing to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with disabilities. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis. Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process which the students should initiate with OASIS.

Nursing: Registered Nurse

Associate of Applied Science Degree with Licensed Practical Nurse Exit Option

Recommended basic skills standards are:

The Registered Nursing program is an Associate of Applied Science program. Nursing courses begin in the fall or spring and may 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 should complete the nursing program application to the PPCC nursing program after completing all pre-requisites by picking up a copy of the application from the HENPS division or downloading a copy from the PPCC nursing website at www.ppcc.edu/departments/nursing/.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 201

Human Anatomy & Physiology I: SC1

4

BIO 202

Human Anatomy & Physiology II: SC1

4

BIO 204

Microbiology: SC1

4

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

PSY 235

Human Growth & Development: SS3

3

Total Prerequisite Credits

18

All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within seven (7) years of entry into CCCS nursing programs

  • All courses must have a minimum of C grade with an overall GPA of 2.5 in the pre-requisites.
  • Students will be asked to complete a Nurse Entrance Test 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
    • Health statement/immunizations
    • CPR for adult /child

Nursing Curriculum

Year I First Semester

HPR 108

Nutrition

1

MAT 103

Math for Clinical Calculations

3

NUR 109

Fundamentals of Nursing

8

NUR 112

Basics of Pharmacology

2

Year I Second Semester

BIO 216

Human Pathophysiology

4

NUR 106

Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts

9

NUR 150

Obstetric & Pediatric Nursing

7

NUR 169

Transition into Practical Nursing (optional summer only)

(5)

Year II First Semester

NUR 206

Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing I

8

NUR 211

Nursing Care of Psychiatric Clients

4

NUR 212

Advanced Concepts of Pharmacology

2

Year II Second Semester

NUR 216

Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing II

6

NUR 230

Leadership, Management & Trends

5

Humanities or Social Behavior Elective from gtPathways

3

Total Nursing Credits

62

Total Credits

80

Students are eligible to apply to write 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 write to 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.

Nursing: LPN Advanced Placement Option

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Recommended basic skills standards are:

Pikes Peak Community College offers an advanced placement associate degree program for licensed practical nurses. Prior LPN course work from an accredited practical/vocational nursing program within the USA and a Colorado LPN license in good standing transfer for 27 credits.

Admission criteria for the state community college nursing programs are standardized and subject to change. PPCC nursing program maintains a competitive admission process. Students should complete the LPN to RN nursing program application to the PPCC nursing program after completing all pre-requisites by picking up a copy of the application from the Health & Science division or downloading a copy from the PPCC nursing website at www.ppcc.edu/departments/nursing/. Students must pass the FBI fingerprinting screen to determine application eligibility.

Prerequisite Courses

Must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5

BIO 201

Human Anatomy & Physiology I: SC1

4

BIO 202

Human Anatomy & Physiology II: SC1

4

BIO 204

Microbiology: SC1

4

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

PSY 235

Human Growth & Development: SS3

3

Must be completed prior to entry with a minimum grade of C

BIO 216

Human Pathophysiology

4

HPR 108

Nutrition

1

MAT 103

Math for Clinical Calculations

3

NUR 189

Transition from LPN to ADN (Taken only after acceptance)

4

Other requirements are the same as the Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree with the PN exit option. Details on the nursing programs can be found on the PPCC website under nursing.

Certificate

Nursing Assistant

Students are eligible to apply to write the State certificate exam for Nurse Aide after completion of NUA 101, NUA 170 and NUA 171. Students completing NUA 171 in addition to NUA 101 and NUA 170 are eligible to receive a certificate from PPCC.

NUA 101

Nurse Aide Health Care Skills

4

NUA 170

Nurse Assistant Clinical Experience

1

NUA 171

Advanced Nurse Aide Clinical

1

Total Credit Hours

6

Other courses for nursing assistants

NUA 105

Home Health Aide Theory

2

NUA 180

Home Health Aide Internship

3