Nursing Degree and Certificates

We prepare graduates to take the NCLEX-RN license exam. Students will benefit from the education our Nursing Program with excellent clinical experience, state of the art labs, and our experienced and friendly faculty. Graduates from our Program receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and we partner with several institutions to provide dual enrollment options for the BSN degree.

In May of 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill into legislation that allows PPCC and other Colorado community colleges to offer a 4-year Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at 2-year colleges.  PPCC Nursing faculty are currently in the process of developing curriculum and finalizing staff/courses to fulfill the requirements of that degree so that we can begin offering this BSN degree option at PPCC.  Keep checking our website for further updates and information on this exciting new venture for the Nursing Department and the nursing students at Pikes Peak Community College!

Nursing Assistant (NUA) Certificate

Nursing Assistant classes are offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters with many scheduling options, including evening and weekends. There are no prerequisites. The coursework takes approximately 8 to 10 weeks to complete. The Program offers experiences in lab, nursing homes, and/or hospital settings. Students learn to become direct caregivers as a part of a team.

Students are eligible to take the State certification exam for Nurse Aide after completion of NUA 101, 170, and 171. They will also be eligible to receive a certificate from PPCC.

Registered Nurse (RN) Associate of Applied Science Degree

*with choice of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Exit Option

You must apply to the Nursing Program after you have fulfilled the prerequisite courses. Meet with an advisor to learn more about Pre-Nursing. Applicants to the Nursing Program must complete all prerequisite courses, the CNA coursework (or have a CNA license), and the TEAS entrance exam prior to submitting an application. Acceptance into the Program is competitive and points are awarded based on a student's GPA in the prerequisite courses, in addition to a previously awarded accredited degree and relevant work experience.

The Nursing Program is a two year, full time Program, and upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN State certification exam.

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Bachelors and Dual Enrollment Options for a Bachelor's of Science (BSN) Degree

There are many options for the RN-BSN programs out there. One of the most popular is the Dual Enrollment option that UCCS offers, where a student can enroll in while completing a Nursing degree at PPCC.

Dual Enrollment- RN/BSN option maybe right for you if:
  • You are currently enrolled in an ADN program in nursing at Pikes Peak Community College
  • You want to concurrently make progress towards completing your RN and BSN simultaneously

For more information, view transfer guides to UCCS BSN or RN to BSN programs, scroll down to the "Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences" tab and click on the appropriate Nursing program link.

Colorado Department of Higher Education RN-BSN Comparison Chart

PPCC currently works with the following colleges and universities to offer dual enrollment options for our students:

  • Chamberlain University

  • Colorado Mesa University

  • Colorado State University @ Pueblo

  • Denver College of Nursing

  • Grand Canyon University

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver

  • Regis University

  • University of COlorado @ Colorado Springs

  • University of Phoenix

For more information on the dual enrollment options available to you, please call the Nursing Department at 719-502-3450 and we will put you in contact with Mrs. Cathy Gagnon, the dual enrollment coordinator.

Nursing Program Applications

The application period is now closed.

For fall applications: the application period will be open the fourth Monday in April at 12:00 (noon) and will close on the fourth Friday in May at 12:00 (noon).

For spring applications: the application process will be open the fourth Monday in August at 12:00 (noon) and will close the fourth Friday in September at 12:00 (noon).

Application will not be available to download from the PPCC website until the application period opens at noon on the first day the application process begins. You MUST turn in the most current version of the application when you apply.

You must be 18 Years of Age at the date and time you turn in your application!

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