What is active learning?

Active learning is exhibited when students come to class prepared to solve case studies and answer questions at an analysis level, which is higher than knowledge level. Critical thinking is expected in all semesters. Classroom experiences and lab experiences demand a high level of preparation before class.

The curriculum builds on all prerequisite courses and material such as anatomy and physiology and pharmacology and not re-taught in subsequent semesters. Students are responsible for the material presented in all previous semesters. Students must prioritize their learning to optimize the experience and make their investment worthwhile.

Nursing Program Application

What minimum prerequisites will apply to the nursing program when the application process re-opens?

ENG 121 English Composition

PSY 235 Human Growth and Development

BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 204 Microbiology

These courses must equal a 3.0 grade point average and ALL “BIO” courses must be completed within seven years, both at the time of application and when the student is accepted into the program. Any CLEP, DANTES or testing instrument with a “pass” grade will be awarded a grade of “C” for purposes of Nursing Program prerequisites.

Candidates who apply under the new process will also be required to have a current Colorado State Certification for CNA. At, click on Departments and Programs and scroll to Nurse Aide for information You may have additional credentials (EMT, paramedic, medical assistant etc.) but must ALSO have the CNA – no exceptions.

Applicant must attain the basic skills assessment score(s) for college requirements.

If I complete the prerequisites, how else can I prepare while I am waiting to apply:

Four courses may be completed prior to application and/or admission. These courses are not required to apply to the program, but may be completed prior to beginning the nursing program. They are required for the ADN degree.

  • MAT 103 - Math for Clinical Calculations (first semester nursing program curriculum course). Suggested to be taken within two semesters of acceptance into the nursing program.
  • HPR 108 - Nutrition (first semester nursing program curriculum course).
  • BIO 216 - Pathophysiology (second semester nursing program curriculum course). Suggested to be taken within two semesters of acceptance into the nursing program.
  • Elective - Humanities/Social Science must be selected from the Guaranteed Transfer Course list.

What documentation will I need for required immunizations?

  • CPR for healthcare provider – two-year certification
  • Proof of immunity to rubella and rubeola (measles and German measles), hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), a tetanus shot within ten years of participation in the program, an annual TB; Immunizations and Certifications.
  • Immunization and health assessment document may be found in the nursing program application.

How much does the program cost?

The program costs approximately $13,000 to $15,000 including tuition, books, fees and lab fees, liability insurance, testing fees, uniforms, immunizations, certifications, criminal background check, and random drug screens. Personal health insurance may also be required. This information is subject to change. Go to for up-to-date tuition and fee information.

What is a typical schedule like?

The nursing program is full-time, days. You are typically on-campus three to four days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. You attend four full-time semesters and are told each semester the classes for which to register. There are no lecture classes during the summer semester. A schedule may include lecture classes two days per week, up to three clinical shifts per week and additional lab assignments.

Clinical shifts may be 8 (eight), 10 (ten) or 12 (twelve) hours and may be days or evenings, any day of the week. Some clinical shifts may occur in the summer semester. The schedule for clinical shifts is subject to last-minute changes. Shifts are scheduled at area health care facilities.

Is it possible to work while I am in this program?

The nursing faculty recommends you do not work while you are in the nursing program. If you must work, try not to work more than 20 hours per week. Flexibility in scheduling work commitments is necessary to accommodate course requirements.

Are there scholarships available for nursing students?

To apply for the N-OADN scholarship for students pursuing a professional nursing education, visit AfterCollege. You may contact Dr. Jean Schroeder at for other scholarship information. You may also contact the ACC Financial Aid office.

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