Prerequisite Classes

If I took BIO 201 or BIO 204 at a different institution, and earned more than one D or F in those courses, can I retake them at PPCC to earn better grades to apply to the nursing program?

Regardless of where the 200 level Biology classes were taken, if more than one D or F was earned, then students cannot apply to the nursing program at PPCC for a period of 7 years.

Are online Biology or math courses accepted for the nursing program?

Yes, biology and math courses can be taken online for the nursing program at PPCC. However, some BSN programs may require that these courses be taken in-person.

Can I take the CLEP exam for any of the prerequisite courses?

Yes, students can take the CLEP exam for ENG 121 and PSY 235. However, there will be no grade awarded, and will not be included in the calculation for points for the nursing application. CLEP exams can no longer be taken for BIO 111 credit effective Fall 2018.

Am I required to take BIO 111 (General College Biology 1 w/lab) before taking BIO 201 (Anatomy & Physiology 1 w/lab) and BIO 204 (Microbiology w/lab)?

Yes, BIO 111 is a prerequisite for both BIO 201 and BIO 204. There is a BIO 111 placement test. If students get a score of 70 or above, they can bypass (not earn credit for) BIO 111 to take BIO 201 and/or BIO 204. Students wanting to take the BIO 111 placement test must stop by Advising to get a referral form.

Can AP or IB credit count toward the prerequisite courses?

Yes, AP and IB credit can count toward ENG 121, BIO 111, and PSY 101. Please see an Advisor to clarify minimum score needed and exactly what exam will count toward courses. Students may also visit the Prior Learning for Credit webpage to view the testing matrix. Official score reports will need to be submitted to records to have credit officially transferred in to PPCC.

Can I apply with any of the prerequisite coursework in-progress?

No, all prerequisite coursework must have grades posted before the application deadline in order to apply.

RN Program Prerequisites: ENG 121, PSY 235, BIO 201*, and BIO 204*

LPN to RN Program Prerequisites: ENG 121, PSY 101/Elective, PSY 235, BIO 201*, 202, 204* and 216 and MAT 103.

I completed A&P I and II at my previous institution. Do I qualify to take BIO 204-Microbiology at PPCC?

No, completion of BIO 201 and BIO 202 does not meet the prerequisite for BIO 204* (Microbiology). The prerequisite is BIO 111* (General College Biology). This class must be completed or student must obtain a score of at least 70 on the BIO 111 placement test. The same applies if a student completed BIO 204 at a different institution. This would not meet the prerequisite of BIO 201 (Human Anatomy & Physiology) and students will need to complete BIO 111 or pass the BIO 111 placement test with at least a 70.

Can I repeat prerequisite courses I already passed for higher grades? Is there a limit to the number of times I can repeat them?

Yes, you can repeat courses you have passed to receive higher grades. However, if you are using financial aid, you will need to check to see if financial aid will pay for a repeated course. Additionally, you can retake courses such as BIO 201 or BIO 204, however, you cannot receive more than one D or F, or will be disqualified from applying to the Nursing program for 7 years.

I will be completing my prerequisites in the Spring semester. Will I still be able to apply to the full program for Fall admission?

Yes, students completing prerequisites in the spring semester can apply by the deadline in May for Fall admission. The application deadline is typically one week after grades are posted for the spring semester. Final grades for prerequisites MUST be posted and be reflected on the unofficial PPCC transcript submitted with the Nursing application. This is, however, not the case if students complete prerequisite classes in the fall semester. If students are completing prerequisites in the fall semester, they cannot apply by the September deadline, as their grades will not be posted until December. Thus, those students will have to apply in the spring.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Nursing Department website for an overview of admission requirements.

I currently do not live in Colorado Springs, am I required to attend a Nursing Information Session?

Nursing Program candidates living beyond a 50-mile radius who wish to waive the mandatory attendance requirements for the Nursing Information Session are required to present proof of current address (i.e. Utility Bill showing current address is more than 50 miles or more away from the Rampart Range campus) as part of their Nursing Application packet in place of the Information Session Verification Form. Instructions can be found on the Nursing Department website.

Do students need to be 18 by the time they apply, or by the time they start the Nursing program?

Students must be 18 by the time that they apply.

How are points calculated for admission into the nursing program?

Points are calculated based on GPA for the four required prerequisite courses: ENG 121, PSY 235, BIO 201, and BIO 204. There are a possible 40 points, with the possibility of earning an extra 2 points if student has a prior degree (Associates or higher from an accredited institution- if you have more than one degree, the 2 points are only awarded once). For example, if a student has a GPA for the prerequisite classes of a 3.2, they would be awarded 32 points out of 40. If a student has a 4.0 and has a prior degree, they would have 42 points.

Do students who have a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree get preference in the application process?

Anyone who has an Associate’s Degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university gets extra points in the application process. Note: The maximum amount of extra points a student can gain from a previous degree is two (2). If you have more than one degree, the 2 points are only awarded once.

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The minimum GPA is 2.5. This is posted on the Nursing web page and on the Application. However, this is a competitive entry program and students whose GPA is higher are always considered first.

I am currently licensed as an LPN, can I be accepted into the program and only need to complete the remaining 2 semesters of coursework to earn an RN?

You would have two options:

Option 1: LPN to RN Bridge Program. Student's must provide a Current and Active Colorado or Compact License. The LPN to RN Bridge Program is a summer start only program. Students who are accepted into the Bridge Program will complete NUR 189 - Transition from LPN to ADN over the summer semester, and will then complete the remaining 2 semesters of coursework under the ADN program. The application requirements for the LPN to RN Bridege Program can be found on the Nursing Department website

Option 2: LPN's can choose to apply as other unlicensed Pre-Nursing students, but must repeat the first two semesters of the degree and then complete the final two semesters. Your current and active Colorado or Compact LPN License replaces the requirement of the NUA/C.N.A. You still must attend a Nursing Information Session. And you still must take the TEAS test.

This option may provide a quicker path to completing the Associates Degree in Nursing, but careful consideration should be given to the amount of Financial Aid or VA benefits you have remaining. 

Does experience working in the medical field give students a greater advantage when applying?

No, points are only awarded for the GPA for the prerequisite courses, and if the student has a prior degree. There are no other points awarded for having experience working in the medical field.

How many students are accepted into the nursing program?

There are two cohorts every year. One cohort starts in the spring semester and one starts in the fall semester. There are approximately 50-55 students accepted for each cohort, thus approximately 100-110 students are accepted every year.

Can any coursework that is part of the nursing program be completed prior to applying?

Yes, MAT 103, BIO 202, and BIO 216 can be completed before applying to the nursing program, but they are not required to apply to the program. However, these courses must be completed if applying to the LPN to RN Bridge Program. 

Do students need to complete an elective in Humanities or Social Sciences to meet degree requirements?

By default the prerequisite for PSY 235 is PSY 101 and this acts as the one elective requirement. Only if a student wants to take general education courses toward a BSN would they take anything further in these areas. Students can consider taking general education courses that apply toward most BSN programs, however students will need to verify exact requirements with their target institution.

Am I required to attend a Nursing Information Night?

Yes, this is a requirement in order to apply to the Nursing program. Students must register for a session online by going to the Nursing Department website. Nursing Program candidates living beyond a 50-mile radius who wish to waive the mandatory attendance requirements for the Nursing Information Session are required to present proof of current address (i.e. Utility Bill showing current address is more than 50 miles or more away from the Rampart Range campus) as part of their Nursing Application packet in place of the Information Session Verification Form.

Where do I find the Nursing application, and how do I know when it is due?

The Nursing application (once available) along with the application deadline will be on the Nursing Department Website under the Application Process tab. All other application requirements for the Nursing program are also located on the Nursing Department website

I am only interested in the LPN Exit option. Is the application process the same as the RN? What does the LPN Exit option consist of?

The application process and requirements is the exact same for the RN and LPN Exit option. 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).

Is there a waiting list for the Nursing program?

No, there is no waiting list. If students do not get accepted, they can reapply by the next application deadline. There is no limit to how many times a student can apply.

I started college under a different major and took a lot of classes I ended up failing or withdrawing. Will that affect my chances of getting into the Nursing program?

Points for the Nursing application will only be calculated based on your combined GPA for ENG 121, PSY 235, BIO 201, and BIO 204. Failing grades or withdrawing from other courses outside of the prerequisites will not affect your chances of getting into the Nursing program. Withdrawing from any of the prerequisite classes does not affect you in regards to the application, however failing grades will if you received more than one D or F in any 200 level BIO class, as you will be disqualified from applying to the program for 7 years. If you retake prerequisite classes for higher grades, the higher grade will be considered over the lower grade.

Can I take non-Nursing courses while in the Nursing program (i.e. ASL courses, foreign language courses, etc.)?

Yes, non-Nursing coursework can be taken while in the Nursing program. However, each student will need to check with financial aid to verify that those courses will be covered by financial aid.

Does PPCC offer part-time or online Nursing program options?

No, there are no part-time or online options to complete the Nursing program. It is a full-time program offered only in-person. The State of Colorado requires the same amount of classroom time as clinical hours. It would be very difficult for a student to work even part-time around this demanding program.

Will my “dismissed” offenses on my record disqualify me from getting into the Nursing program?

No, any dismissed offenses will not disqualify you from getting into the Nursing program. Please review background check disqualifying offenses.

Is there an interview for admission into the Nursing program?

There is no interview for admission into the Nursing program. Students need to compile all application materials as outlined on the Nursing department website, and turn those into the Nursing department. Students will be notified of acceptance.

How many times can a student apply to the PPCC Nursing program?

A student can apply as many times as they wish.

Are Nursing student applicants free to use marijuana because of the new Colorado Marijuana Law?

All hospitals, PPCC Nursing Assistant courses and Nursing program will not accept someone whose drug test indicates marijuana use.

CNA/CPR

Can an EMT certification or working as a medical assistant substitute for the CNA requirement?

No, only a LPN can be substituted for the CNA requirement.

Do I need to maintain an active Colorado CNA certificate while in the nursing program?

No, the CNA only needs to be active when applying to the nursing program.

What type of CPR certification is required?

BCLS, BLS, or Healthcare Professional.

Can I take the CNA out in the community?

Yes, DORA (the Department of Regulatory Agencies) has a list of Nurse Aid approved education programs by county in Colorado.

I had my C.N.A. certificate but it expired. Do I have to retake the C.N.A. classes at PPCC?

Students with an expired CNA certification can contact DORA (the Department of Regulatory Agencies) for information on how to renew their CNA certification.

I took the C.N.A. classes at my previous institution but I never got the certificate. What can I do to fulfill this requirement?

Students can contact DORA (the Department of Regulatory Agencies) for information on taking the state CNA Certification Exam.

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

Where can I take the TEAS test, and how do I schedule it, how much does it cost, and what is the minimum score I need to pass?

The ATI TEAS exam has four sections: reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usages. The adjusted individual score, reading score, and mathematics score must be at or above the CURRENT national mean when students apply. The TEAS exam must be taken within 365 days of application deadline. The exam consists of 170 multiple choice questions with an overall time limit of 209 minutes. The Testing Center offers the TEAS exam Monday through Friday at Centennial and Rampart Range Campuses only. Testing starts at 9am and 1pm. The TEAS test can be scheduled online. Prior to testing, testers need to create an account on atitesting.com and bring their username and password to the Testing Center on the day of testing. Testers will pay the PPCC cashier a $25 proctor fee. Testers will purchase the TEAS test with a credit or debit card the day of the exam at the delivery computer via ATItesting.com. The test fee is $58. If you do not have a debit or credit card, please contact testing.center@ppcc.edu for alternative payment methods. A score report is printed by the tester upon completion. Testers can find more information about the TEAS test on the ATI website.

What should I study for the TEAS test?

The TEAS test covers Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. Study materials and practice tests can be accessed on the test website or at the PPCC bookstore. Please also see the Certification Testing webpage.

Do students who have taken the HESI (another nursing entrance exam) still have to take the TEAS?

Any applicant to PPCC's Nursing Program must take the TEAS and meet the CURRENT national average, even if they have already taken the HESI.

Accepted into the Nursing Program

What is the accreditation status of the Nursing program at PPCC? Has the Nursing program lost its accreditation?

PPCC’s Nursing program has not lost accreditation. Starting in 2011, we received National NLN accreditation, now Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN, and have maintained that since that time. Additionally, the Nursing program has consistently maintained Colorado State Board of Nursing Accreditation. NCLEX pass rates for PPCC and other programs can be seen by going to the DORA website.

I am interested in dual-enrollment, how do I do that?

Students can view the RN to BSN Transfer Guide for Colorado Nursing Programs for more information regarding transferring to BSN programs. For further questions, students should contact their intended transfer institution for information on dual-enrollment. Local partnerships include UCCS and CSU Pueblo. Additionally, the PPCC Nursing Department hosts Dual Enrollment fairs every year. Please contact the Nursing department for more information on when this is held.

Where do Nursing students complete their clinical component?

Clinical components for the Nursing program are held at local hospitals that are under contract with our Nursing department.

Will my RN license be valid when I move to another state?

If your RN license is in good standing, you will need to apply for licensure by endorsement from your new state board of nursing.

Can Nursing courses be taken over the summer?

There are no summer courses in the Nursing program, except for the LPN Exit Option course NUR 169 Transition into Practical Nursing, or for the LPN to RN Bridge course, NUR 189. This is also the only time these courses are offered. If a student has the BSN in mind for the future and wants to take summer courses, they can take general education courses for the BSN. If they have been accepted into any Dual Enrollment program, such as at UCCS or CSU-Pueblo, they could take upper division BSN courses online in the summer as well. Please contact CSU-Pueblo, UCCS or their target BSN institution to find out more about these courses.

How is a registered nurse (RN) with an Associate’s degree different from a RN with a Bachelor’s degree?

Nurses who carry the RN title and the BSN title are both RNs. Both have completed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) — a national test that’s required for licensing and practice as a nurse in the United States. The largest difference between the two is the level and length of education they have received. To become an RN, students can earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a college or university program or a Diploma of Nursing through a hospital-based nursing program. BSN-prepared nurses have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have received additional training in leadership, management, and administrative roles. Both ADN-prepared and BSN-prepared nurses can care for patients and perform traditional duties such as assessments, completion of procedures within the scope of practice, and medical charting. But an RN without a bachelor’s degree may not qualify for some nursing jobs that require additional education. These jobs may include nurse educator roles, some unit or departmental coordinator roles, and management positions. Many hospitals require all new hires to have at least a BSN.

After earning the Associate's degree in Nursing with the RN license at PPCC, am I able to be employed in other states outside of Colorado?

Our program is locally and nationally accredited so our graduates do transfer state to state.

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