Nursing Application Process

Students interested in the LPN to RN Bridge Program will need to complete all of the following steps and applicants 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 Information Session Verification Form must be included in the application packet.  As of Augat 1, 2018, all candidates must have attended a Nursing Information Session within at least one year prior to submission of their application.  This ensures candidates are current with any changes that may have occurred within the Nursing Program.

Step 4 - Complete, with a C or better, the following prerequisite courses. The 8 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)

The following courses are also required to be completed and show on your PPCC unofficial transcript to apply to the program. They will NOT be figured into the GPA for admission into the Nursing program:

  • MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations (3 credit hours)
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours)
  • BIO 216 Pathophysiology (4 credit hours)
  • Elective Humanities/Social Science (3 credit hours)
    (PSY 101, a pre-requisite for PSY 235, will fill this requirement)

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.

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

Step 5 - Provide a Current and Active Colorado or Compact LPN License.

Step 6 - Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Version 6 pre-nursing examination by making an appointment 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 Bridge Application Form on page 17 of this packet. Application must be returned to the Nursing Office located at the Rampart Range campus in room E213.

Hand delivery is required.  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.

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 your application has been submitted nor 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 period will only slow down the process.

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.


Applicants turning an application in at the front desk of the Nursing Department will have their application gone over by a staff member to be certain all admission criteria have been met.  If everything has been completed, the application will be stamped showing date and time received.  When the application closes, all applications received will be reviewed and ranked on a point system starting first with GPA. A point range from a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 42 points will be awarded on the following criteria:

  1. GPA from weighted prerequisites (ENG 121, PSY 235, BIO 201, BIO 204), a minimum of 2.5 (25 - 40 points)
  2. A previously awarded regionally accredited degree (two 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 two of the points awarded for an accredited degree. In the case of multiple applicants with the same number of points, selection will be for the applicants with highest GPA and those that had his/her application turned in first. 

For example: if there are six slots left to fill and eight applicants that are all Competitively Ranked at 3.914 GPA, we will place all of the remaining applications in the time and date order in which they were received.  The first six applicants that were received will fill the six open slots.  The remaining two may have the option of becoming alternate position holders if the opportunity arises.


Individuals affiliated with Pikes Peak Community College shall not be subjected to unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law (also known as "civil rights laws"), including protections against retaliation and for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

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