Why choose Nursing at PPCC?

PPCC prepares its nursing students with the skills, technical competence, and know-how needed to find a rewarding career. Graduates have a reputation of being caring, skilled and efficient nurse practitioners, who are highly sought after in today's health care industry.

Exciting News for PPCC Nursing Program:

 

Members of the Nursing Department would like to introduce you toCHES Building.jpg the Center for Health Education and Simulation (CHES). 

All facets of the Nursing Program will move to the CHES building located one mile north of the Rampart Range Campus at 1850 Cypress Semi Drive.  The move will take place during the month of August, 2019.  Nursing faculty and staff will have office space at the CHES building and all classes for the Program will be held there.  The CHES building will accommodate a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary simulation center.  Nursing students in the Program will be able to practice and learn in the simulated nursing wards, hi-fidelity private patient rooms, and the new nursing skills laboratory with private skills checkoff areas.  The CHES will also have dedicated classrooms that can accommodate our larger cohorts. 

We are excited to have the opportunity to provide educational opportunities to students in the amazing space.  The Nursing Simulation Center is seeking provisional simulation center accreditation through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  It is a monumentally exciting time to have a footprint in the Pikes Peak Community College Nursing Program.  Come leave an indelible mark on our future as a Program as you leave a mark on your own!

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Upcoming Changes to Nursing Program Application Process

For students who will be applying in Fall of 2019 to begin the Nursing Program in Spring of 2020, the following changes will be in effect: 

  • BIO 204 (Microbiology) will no longer be a prerequisite
  • BIO 202 (Anatomy & Physiology II) will now be a prerequisite course
  • BIO 201/202 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II) grade calculation will be as follows:
    • If a student has taken BIO 201 or 202 more than two times, only the first two attemps will be considered.  The Admissions Committee will average those first two attempts for each BIO to figure the student's GPA for that prerequisite BIO course
    • Further BIO 201/202 course attempts will not be considered in figuring a student's GPA for prerequisite courses.

PLEASE NOTE: This will only apply to students applying in fall of 2019 for spring 2020 entry and later cohorts. 

  • If a student is applying in spring 2019 for fall of 2019 entry, the student must still complete BIO 204 (Microbiology) as a prerequisite.  

PPCC Nursing Program Mission Statement

“To provide quality nursing education that prepares the learner to become a member of the profession meeting the needs of a diverse population, in an ever-changing healthcare environment in both rural and/or urban settings.”

Nursing Program Organizing Framework

The Pikes Peak Community College Nursing Program Organizing Framework has as its foundation, the arts, sciences, humanities and nursing knowledge. The structure of the curriculum is built upon seven (7) key concepts from the nursing philosophy which are: professionalism, nursing process, communication, health illness continuum, holistic care, caring intervention, teaching/learning, and leadership. These guiding concepts are foundational to education for the roles of the professional nurse, and represent our Student Learning Outcomes. The curriculum is also guided by the Colorado State Board of Nursing (CSBON), The National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Competencies of the Associate Degree Nurse, and the American Nursing Association (ANA) standards.

These concepts thread through each course and guide the development of each part to create a whole curriculum. This structure promotes progressive development of breadth and depth of knowledge.

Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

  • Outcome #1 Performance on licensure exam: At least 80% of all first-time test-takers will pass the NCLEX-RN exam during the same 12-month period.
  • Outcome #2 Program completion: 75% of our students will complete the program within 150% of the time of starting their first nursing course.
  • Outcome #3 Program satisfaction:  At least 80% of survey respondents will report satisfaction with their level of preparation for beginning nursing practice gained through their program of study.
  • Outcome #4 Employer satisfaction:  90% of survey respondents will rate our graduates at “well” or better in all categories at six to twelve months post-graduation.
  • Outcome #5 Job placement:  At least 90% of our graduates surveyed are either employed or have returned to school to complete their BSN within twelve months post-graduation.

NCLEX Success Rates (First Attempt)

2018: 98.81%

2017: 98.68%

2016: 99%

2015: 100%

For current detailed information of nursing student NCLEX pass rates of all Colorado nursing schools visit the Colorado Board of Nursing.

Job Placement Rate

 

Overall 90% of our graduates are employed or have returned to school to continue their education.

Expected Level of Achievement

Student Cohort Date of graduation

Employment Rate

 

Job placement is 90% or greater for our graduates surveyed within one year of graduation.

2018

 

100%
Employed
 

Same as above

2017

100% Employed

 

Same as above

2016

100% Employed

 

Overall Student Completion Rate in the Nursing Program

Expected Level of Achievement

Year & Semester of Entry

Program Completion Rate

75% of our students will complete the program within 150% of the time of starting their first nursing course.

Fall 2014, n=57

Spring 2014, n=49

n=43 or 75.4%

n=44 or 89.8%

Same as above

Fall 2013, n=56

Spring 2013, n= 52

n=51 or 91%

n=43, or 82.6%

Same as above

Fall 2012, n = 50

Spring 2012, n= 55

n= 33 or 66%

n= 33 or 60%

Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ADN Nursing Program, the graduate is expected to know and do the following:

  1. Caring Intervention: Provide safe quality evidenced-based patient centered (holistic) and compassionate care in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Health-Illness: Continuum: Demonstrate critical thinking when analyzing patient data and considering quality improvement in healthcare delivery systems.
  3. Holistic Care: Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team for the purpose of providing and improving patient care outcomes.
  4. Teaching/Learning: Provide teaching to diverse patient populations across the lifespan incorporating the health-illness continuum.
  5. Nursing Process: Provide and direct nursing care that coordinates, organizes, prioritizes and modifies care using the nursing process in a variety of health care settings.
  6. Professionalism: Function as a competent nurse assimilating all professional, ethical and legal principles related to nursing practice.
  7. Communication: Utilize a variety of types of information technology and communication skills to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision making.
  8. Leadership: Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.

What can I expect to learn?

Upon being accepted into the Nursing Program you will learn a broad set of nursing skills that apply to all areas of the nursing industry including:

  • Provide caring intervention, a safe quality evidenced-based patient centered (holistic) and compassionate care in a variety of health care settings.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking when analyzing patient data and consider quality improvement in health-illness and healthcare delivery systems.
  • Build collaborative relationships with the interdisciplinary team to provide and improve holistic care and patient outcomes.
  • Develop teaching/learning skills to deliver to diverse populations across their lifespan.
  • Provide nursing care that coordinates, organizes, prioritizes and modifies care using the nursing process in a variety of health care settings.

Example Classes I Might Take

NUR 109 introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to a diverse patient population while integrating legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Introduces caring, critical thinking, the nursing process, quality improvement, and communication used when interacting with patients and members of the interdisciplinary team, and relates evidence-based nursing practice. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings providing care to stable patients with common health alterations.
Overview of the basic principles of pharmacology including major drug classifications and prototypes of commonly used medications. Principles of medication administration include aspects of best practice for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Central points include safety, quality improvement factors in the administration of medications, patient teaching, and variations encountered when administering medications to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
Provides a review of general mathematics, introductory algebra and an opportunity to learn systems of measurement and methods of solving problems related to drug dosage and intravenous fluid administration. It is designed for students in the health disciplines. Topics may include algebra, graphs, measurement and conversion between various systems of measurement.
NUR 106 is the first medical/surgical nursing course. Building on NUR 109, this course provides for the acquisition of basic medical/surgical nursing theory, as well as application of mental health concepts, communication, collaboration, caring, and critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe, patient-centered care to a developmentally and culturally diverse adult patient population experiencing various medical/surgical interventions. Incorporates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings.
NUR 150 provides for the acquisition of maternal/child nursing theory, as well as application of mental health concepts, communication, collaboration, caring, and critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe, family-centered nursing care to childbearing families and children that is developmentally and culturally appropriate. Incorporates evidence-based practice, standards of practice, quality improvement, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and in a variety of maternal/child and pediatric clinical settings.

Career Options

Many types of health care facilities need skilled PPCC nursing graduates. Some career options include:

  • Nursing Assistance
  • Physician's Office
  • Home Health Care
  • General Medical & Surgical
  • Community Care

Careers in Nursing

Nursing Program Accreditation

PPCC’s Nursing Program has continuing full approval from the Colorado State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

PPCC Nursing Program Graduate Data

The PPCC Nursing Program offers education that prepares students to excel in their nursing career. A high percent of PPCC nursing students accepted to the Program successfully complete the Program. Students graduating from the PPCC Nursing Program have experienced success on the NCLEX exam which is required for becoming a licensed registered nurse. Graduate PPCC nursing students find nursing jobs upon passing the NCLEX.

Nursing Information Sessions

Summer 2019 Information Session

  • July 15, 2019

The summer 2019 Information Session will run from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in W 101, Rampart Range Campus.  The time for this Information Session applies only to this date.

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FALL 2019 INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • August 19, 2019           6:00 -- 8:00 pm
  • September 16, 2019     6:00 -- 8:00 pm
  • October 14, 2019          6:00 -- 8:00 pm
  • November 18, 2019      6:00 -- 8:00 pm
  • December 9, 2019        6:00 -- 8:00 pm

All fall 2019 Nursing Information Sessions are at 6 p.m. in W 101, Rampart Range Campus and last until approximately 8 p.m.

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Attendance at a Nursing Information Night is mandatory for applicants. You will be given an Information Verification Form that will be signed by a Nursing Faculty member.  This signed form must be included with your Nursing Application. 

As of February 1, 2018, it is now required that students must attend a Nursing Information Night within one year prior to applying to the Nursing Program.

 

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Nursing Program Student Handbook

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