Nursing Videos

Requirements to apply to the Nursing program can be reviewed here.

Nursing and  Bachelor of Science in Nursing career information.

Find El Paso County Certified Nurse Aide Training programs through the Colorado DORA website.

Types of Nursing Degrees

There are a variety of ways to become a nurse. Once students complete training through any one of the programs below, they take the NCLEX exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (also called Licensed Vocational Nurse- LVN) or a Registered Nurse (RN).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Training obtained at career/technical colleges or by taking the first two semesters of an AAS/Nursing then exiting to take the LPN licensing exam.

Associate of Applied Science - Nursing (RN) Completing an AAS/Nursing Degree with all clinicals at a community college.
RN to BSN Dual Enrollment (RN-BSN)

While completing an AAS/Nursing Degree with all clinicals, starting upper division Nursing coursework at a university and then transferring to complete the BSN after graduating from the AAS/Nursing.

RN then BSN


Completing an AAS/Nursing Degree with all clinicals, and then transferring to a university or college to finish upper division nursing courses for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Traditional University Nursing Program (RN&BSN) Completing all general education, nursing courses and clinicals at one university or college.
Accelerated Nursing Program (RN&BSN) 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.

Pre-Nursing at PPCC

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

Students who have not yet been accepted to the Nursing program are considered Pre-Nursing and should meet with their Program Advisor in Career Planning and Advising each semester. Find your Program Advisor on the Health Sciences advising website.

Pre-Nursing students heading toward PPCC's program are required to attend a Nursing Information Session. These are offered throughout each semester. View the short version of the requirements for the PPCC Nursing program.

RN to BSN  Programs

Many Colorado colleges and universities (as well as those in other states) not only have traditional Nursing programs, but also RN to BSN options. These programs enable students who are in or have graduated from AAS/Nursing degrees to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has an excellent Board of Nursing: Education Resources page where you can find all of the Colorado approved options for not only BSN degrees but also for other AAS/Nursing degrees and NCLEX pass rates. Review the Typical BSN Gen Ed Requirements list to consider taking other courses that can apply to most BSN programs.

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Many students take courses at PPCC to transfer to UCCS. Review the transfer guides to UCCS BSN or RN to BSN programs by scrolling down to the "Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences" tab and clicking on the appropriate Nursing program link. 

Note: UCCS has general education requirements for Global-Social Electives, which include a much broader range than just ANT 101 and SOC 101 for Nursing. Consult with your PPCC Program Advisor and UCCS each semester for possible updates.

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.