Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Nursing AAS

Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)

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 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, Math, and Sciences 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

  • 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

(29 credit hours)

BIO 201

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GT-SC1)*


BIO 202

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GT-SC1)*


BIO 204

Microbiology* (with lab) (GT-SC1) OR


BIO 208

General College Microbiology (GT-SC1) *


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)*


PSY 235

Human Growth and Development (GT-SS3)*


BIO 216



HPR 108

Nutrition OR


HWE 100

Human Nutrition


MAT 103

Math for Clinical Calculations



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"

Major Courses

(42.5 credit hours)

NUR 106

Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts


NUR 109

Fundamentals of Nursing


NUR 112

Basics of Pharmacology


NUR 150

Maternal - Child Nursing


NUR 206

Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing I


NUR 211

Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing


NUR 212

Pharmacology II


NUR 216

Advanced Concepts Medical Surgical Nursing II


NUR 230

Transition to Professional Nursing Practice



71.5 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • 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.

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