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Nursing, AAS


CIP 513801 (NR1)

This program is designed to prepare ACC graduates for employment as registered nurses. The beginning professional nurse will have developed entry-level skills for employment in hospitals and other health care settings. Clinical nursing courses include supervised patient care experiences at a variety of health care agencies. For information about the nursing program application, go to Call 303.797.5939 or email nursing [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (nursing[at]arapahoe[dot]edu) with questions.

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The contact information for ACEN is: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta Georgia 30326. The telephone number is 404.975.5000 and website is

The Nursing Program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing (CSBON) located at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202. CSBON's website is; the telephone number is 303.894.2430.

The Nursing Program is also approved by the State Board of Colorado Community College Occupational and Education Programs. Arapahoe Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Upon successful completion of program requirements, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council of Licensure Examination - Registered Nursing). The website for information on the exam is

The ACC Nursing Program is housed in the School of Health and Public Services Division, office phone number is 303.797.5798. The Nursing Assistant's phone number is 303.797.5939.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements are briefly noted below - for detailed information and pertinent dates go to

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Nursing Program Application (different than application to ACC)
  • Completion of ENG 121, PSY 235, BIO 201, HPR 108 or HWE 100, with a cumulative GPA for these classes of at least a 3.0
  • Attend an Information session
  • Complete Nursing Program Application
  • Hold a CNA certificate in the State of Colorado
  • HESI Nursing Entrance Exam is required for students. Students must score at least a 70 on reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and general knowledge under English Language and a 70 on the composite Math score.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (29 credit hours)
4 Credits (with lab) * OR
  • Select any Humanities or Social Behavioral Science Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course

*The following courses, BIO 201, ENG 121, and PSY 235, and HPR 108 or HWE 100 (11-13 credit hours) must be taken prior to Nursing Program application submittal. They must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no grade less than a "C"

Total: 71.5 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online at
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.