For all applicants waiting to hear about the spring 2019 application process: all letters were completed and sent out by Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  We sent them from the Rampart Campus, but they have to be weighed and metered at the Centennial Campus mail center, so there was a one-day delay from what was expected.  If you have not heard from the Nursing Department via the Postal Service by November 1, 2018, please call Heatherlynn at 719-502-3473


If you have questions or problems, please contact

Heatherlynn Opitz at 719-502-3473.  


Nursing Application Process

Students interested in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program will need to complete all of the following steps and MUST be 18 years of age, or older, at the time of application submission, no exceptions.

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

*Steps 1 & 2 are for NEW students.

If you are already enrolled at PPCC, you do not need to re-enroll or re-submit transcripts if already submitted.

Nursing Application Process - Step By Step

*Step 1 - Fill out Pikes Peak Community College Admission Form in the Admissions office at one of the three campuses, or at prospective students application. If you are already enrolled as a student, you do not need to repeat this step.

*Step 2 - Request copies of official transcripts (colleges attended other than Pikes Peak Community College) be sent to:

Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 502-3000

If you have already submitted your transcripts to PPCC, you do not need to repeat this step. PLEASE NOTE: You will still need to include UNOFFICIAL copies of transcripts of any college attended (including PPCC) with the Nursing Program application.

Verify that transcripts have been received by the Records office. Prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program MUST be transferred over to your PPCC transcripts.

Step 3 - Attend a Nursing Information Session. Dates are located on the Nursing Information Night webpage.  Do not forget to get your Nursing Information Night Verification Form signed.  The Nursing Informarion Session Verification Form is valid for 365 days and a Nursing Information Session must be attended within one year prior to the applicant turning in his or her application.  This is a new rule as of August 1, 2018, due to many changes that hapen within the Nursing Program.  We want each candidate to have the most current information as he/she applies to the Nursing Program.  

Step 4 - Complete, with a C or better, the following prerequisite courses. The 4 courses should have a minimum combined GPA of 2.5. ALL PREREQUISITES must be completed before applying. The Nursing Program will not accept any requests for waivers or petitions for prerequisite classes or coursework.  Applications with prerequisite coursework still in progress will not be considered.

  • ENG 121 English Composition I (3 Credits)
  • PSY 235 Human Growth and Development (3 Credits)
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
  • BIO 204 Microbiology (4 Credits)

All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within seven (7) years of entry into CCCS Nursing Programs. No more than one grade of D or F allowed in any of the 200 level BIO courses that are required for the Nursing Program in the past seven years. ENG 122 is NOT an acceptable substitute for ENG 121.

Students accepted into the Nursing Program must maintain a "C" or better in each required course (nursing and non-nursing). MAT 103 and BIO 202 must be completed by the end of the 1st semester, BIO 216 must be completed by the end of the 2nd semester. These courses must be successfully completed as listed in the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

Students are dismissed and ineligible for re-entry into the Program for a period of at least five years under these conditions: Any student who has received a "D" or "F" in any two of the following courses:

  • MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations (3 credit hours)
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours)
  • BIO 216 Pathophysiology (4 credit hours)
  • Any NUR Course

Or, a one-time grade of Unsatisfactory "U" in the clinical component of any nursing course: Or, withdraws failing in a second required course (MAT 103, BIO 202, BIO 216, or any NUR course).

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

Step 5 - Complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (NUA) coursework within the CCCS System, OR have an Active Colorado CNA certificate. (If Nursing Assistant Certificate is obtained through a private company or an out-of-state institution, student must obtain an Active Colorado CNA certificate).

  • NUA 101 Certified Nurse Aid Health Care Skills
  • NUA 170 Nurse Assistant Clinical Experience
  • NUA 171 Advanced Nurse Aide Clinical

Step 6 - Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS),  Version 6 pre-nursing examination at the PPCC Testing Center, Centennial (719) 502-3370, Rampart Range (719) 502-3380. If you are not in Colorado Springs, the test can be taken at other educational institutions. The test takes approximately 3.5 hours and costs $85. A study guide is available in the PPCC Bookstore and at the test website. Additional information can be found at ATI.

The Adjusted Individual Score, Reading Score, and Mathematics Score must be at or above their respective current national mean. Applicants can take the exam a maximum of twice in the 12 months prior to application.  The current national mean scores can be found here.

Your TEAS test must have been taken within 365 days of submitting your Nursing Program application and results are only valid for 365 days.  

Step 7 - Complete ADN application form Application must be returned to the Nursing Office located at the Rampart Range campus in room E213.

Hand delivery of the completed application packet is required.  The Nursing Department is not responsible for misplaced application materials or failed delivery of application materials.

Applicants are required to submit unofficial transcripts from ALL previous college course work, including Pikes Peak Community College (do not include high school transcripts). The PPCC transcript MUST show ALL prerequisite courses, including those transferred from another college.

Any student who has not been successful in another Nursing Program within the past 5 years will not be eligible to apply to the PPCC Nursing Program, your application will be denied. Student may not have a current, active RN License in Colorado or any other state.

Next Steps

Applicants who have completed steps 1 to 7 will have their file 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. Please note that inquiries about the status of an application before the scheduled notification date will only slow down the process.

Competitive Ranking

Provisional admission is based on a merit evaluation. Applicants meeting all admission criteria will be ranked on a point system. A maximum of 42 points will be awarded on the following criteria:

  1. GPA from prerequisites, a minimum of 2.5 (25-40 points)
  2. A previously awarded regionally accredited degree (2 points)

GPA will be considered as the first criteria based on the number of applicants and the number of slots available. Competitive Ranking is based on a maximum of 40 – 42 points with 2 of the points awarded for an accredited degree. In case of multiple applicants with the same number of points, selection will be based on GPA only as priority for available slots.

All Decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and are FINAL!