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Nursing

Bring your passion for helping others to the Nursing program at Arapahoe Community College and take the first step to a rewarding, in-demand career.

Nursing students

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to Move Mountains in the healthcare industry? Find your path with the ACC Nursing Program. Begin changing lives today...starting with your own! Arapahoe Community College continues to be a recognized leader in nursing education preparing students to meet the challenges of 21st century healthcare delivery for a rapidly diversifying population.

Contact us to learn more about which one of the 3 tracks our nursing program offers will help you reach your goals: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (RN-BSN), the Nursing AAS (RN), or the Practical Nurse Certificate (LPN).

Sheila Hochberg
Administrative Assistant
Nursing
sheila.hochberg [at] arapahoe.edu

Important Application Info & Deadlines

RN-BSN Completion Program

RN-BSN Applications for Spring 2020 are due Friday, November 1 by noon.

If you have an active RN license (from the United States), please select "Health" as your Area of Interest and "Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Completion Program)" as your degree choice when you apply to ACC. Learn more about the RN-BSN Completion Program Application Process.

Nursing AAS 

AAS Applications for Spring 2020 are due Friday, December 13 by noon.

If you do not have a Nursing AAS, associate degree, or diploma, you should select "Health" as your Area of Interest and "Nursing (Pre-admitted Program)" as your degree when you apply to ACC even if you intend to continue on to earn your BSN. You will then need to fill out the Nursing AAS application and attend an Nursing AAS information session. Learn more about the Nursing AAS application process.

CIP 513801 (BBSN)

The RN‐BSN Program is designed for Registered Nurses who wish to earn the baccalaureate nursing degree or for current nursing students (dual enrollment) who are enrolled in the Nursing AAS program who wish to earn the baccalaureate nursing degree. The focus of the program is to add value to their nursing education, increase their perspective of current clinical practice beyond the ADN level, enhance their leadership abilities and promote life‐long learning within the nursing profession.

Students who are dual enrolled can start BSN classes instantly through an online format. The program has two courses that require a practicum experience in an area of the student's interests.

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).

The ACC Nursing Program is housed in the School of Health and Public Services Division, office phone number is 303.797.5991. The Nursing Assistant's phone number is 303.797.5939.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Arapahoe Community College

Active, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license (or) for Dual Enrollment, completion of the Dual Admission Request Certification Form

Notes:

Out of state students will require authorization by the State Board of Nursing in their state of residence in order for ACC to provide instruction. In addition, depending on the state, limitations may exist with ACC providing an education experience to them.

Students must complete a minimum of 25% of the credits required for the degree at Arapahoe Community College (in residence) in order to earn this degree from ACC.

After you are accepted into the RN-BSN Completion Program, you will be required to provide additional items during the program, including:

  • Official college transcript(s) - before beginning the program
  • Immunization records - required prior to clinical coursework
  • Background check and drug screen - required prior to clinical coursework

Associate of Applied Science/Associate Degree in Nursing students have the option to be dual enrolled in the RN‐BSN Completion Program with submission of the Dual Admission Request Certification Form.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (18 credit hours)
Restricted Electives (6 credits)

Choose two courses from the following (6 credits):

Associate Degree Credits (71.5 credits)**

Notes:

* 300‐level nursing courses must be completed before taking 400‐level nursing courses.

** If associate degree is less than 71.5 credits, balance of credits may be satisfied with elective
credits or credit for prior learning.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

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 http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs. Call 303.797.5939 or email 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 www.acenursing.org

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 www.dora.state.co.us/nursing; 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 http://www.ncsbn.org.

The ACC Nursing Program is housed in the School of Health and Public Services Division, office phone number is 303.797.5991. 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 http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/nursing-program-0

  • 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
Note(s):

*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

CIP 513801 (NR1)

This Practical Nurse (PN) certificate is available only to those students who have been accepted into the registered nursing program and have completed all prerequisites, the first two semester courses, and NUR 169. The certificate prepares the nursing student to take the practical nursing licensure examination and to practice as a licensed practical nurse, offered only as an alternative Nursing Pathway Option. Contact the Nursing Department at 303.797.5939 for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements are briefly noted below - for detailed information and pertinent dates go to http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/nursing-program-0

Program Requirements

General Education (22 credit hours)
Note(s):

*The following courses, BIO 201, ENG 121, PSY 235, and HPR 108 (11 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"

Major Courses (25 credit hours)
Note(s):

* (for Practical Nursing Certificate only)
* NUR 169 is offered every summer. Contact the Nursing Department at 303.797.5939 for more information.

Total: 47 credit hours

Upon successful completion of BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 204, ENG 121, PSY 235, HPR 108, MAT 103, NUR 106, NUR 109, NUR 112, NUR 150, NUR 169, with a grade of "C" or better, students will receive a practical nursing certificate. Then they may apply to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council of Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing) exam through the Colorado Board of Nursing.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation (NLNAC), officially approved national accreditation for ACC's Associate Degree Nursing program at its March 3, 2011 meeting. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Their telephone number is 404.795.5000; the website is acenursing.org.

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 www.dora.state.co.us/nursing; 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).

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

  • ENG 121 English Composition
  • HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition or HWE 100 Human Nutrition
  • PSY 235 Human Growth and Development
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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 will also be required to have a current Certification for CNA. Visit our Nurse Aide page for information You may have additional credentials (EMT, paramedic, medical assistant etc.) but must ALSO have the CNA. The only certification that may be substituted for CNA is LPN.

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?

Five additional 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.

NOTE: THERE MAY BE TIME LIMITS FOR THE FOLLOWING COURSES.

  • MAT 103 - Math for Clinical Calculations (first semester nursing program curriculum course). Suggested to be taken within one year of acceptance into the nursing program.
  • BIO 216 - Pathophysiology (second semester nursing program curriculum course). Suggested to be taken within two semesters of acceptance into the nursing program. Must be completed prior to starting third semester.
  • BIO 202 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 204 - Microbiology
  • 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
  • Vaccinations or proof of immunity to rubella and rubeola (measles and German measles), hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), a TDAP shot within ten years of participation in the program, an annual TB.
  • Immunization and health assessment document may be found in the nursing program application.

How much does the program cost?

The program costs approximately $16,000 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 the Tuition and Fees page 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. Clinical schedules will change twice each semester.

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 the ACC Financial Aid office for more information regarding scholarships.

Why Choose ACC's Nursing Program?

While in the Nursing program at ACC, you will benefit from:

  • High professional standards
  • Superior reputation in the community and excellent rate of hire
  • Seamless progression to earn both your AAS and BSN degrees at ACC
  • Active learning in the classroom, labs, and supervised clinical experiences.
  • Simulation experiences in state-of-the art labs
  • Accessible faculty and staff
  • ACC has the #4 ranked Nursing program in Colorado by RNCareers.org.

Job Potential

Depending on which nursing degree or certificate you choose, you'll be able to work in a variety of settings like: