Nursing AAS (RN)

ACC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. This program is nationally approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

The program prepares ACC graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and for employment as a registered nurse. You will develop entry level skills to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation units and clinical settings in the areas of Medical/Surgical, Obstetric & Pediatric, and Psychiatric Nursing. The ACC Nursing Program consistently maintains high pass rates on the NCLEX and works closely with an Advisory Committee that provides feedback on nursing/health care industry graduate standards, requirements and desired new graduate outcomes.

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

  • High professional standards
  • Superior reputation in the community and excellent rate of hire
  • Dual enrollment option for a seamless progression to earn both your AAS and BSN degrees at ACC
  • Active learning in the classroom, labs and supervised clinical experiences
  • Simulation experiences state-of-the-art labs
  • NCLEX high pass rates
  • Accessible faculty and staff — Director and Faculty who are MSN (Master of Nursing Science) prepared, Retention Coordinator, Simulation Coordinator, Lab Coordinator and Clinical Coordinator
  • Competitive application process

ACC Nursing Program Information Sessions

RSVPAttending a Nursing Program Information Session is one of the application requirements for the Nursing AAS degree. We highly recommend attending an information session as soon as you begin planning for eventual admission to the nursing program. You will gain valuable information about the program, and important details about the application process will be explained.

While you are welcome to attend an information session at any time prior to applying, we polled over 1450 attendees at previous information sessions and 85% recommend attending at the beginning of the process. You may request an attendance waiver if you live more than 50 miles from ACC. Please contact the nursing program office at for more information.

Nursing AAS Admission / Application Process

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree (AAS) program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the Colorado Community College System. You will develop skills to work in hospitals and clinical settings in the areas of Obstetric and Pediatric, Medical/Surgical, and Psychiatric Nursing, and prepares you to take the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse.

Application Dates and Deadlines are Firm and Accepted Only within the Time Frames and Deadlines Listed Below.

FALL Semester (August) Starts:

  • Applications for Fall Semester will open on the THIRD MONDAY OF APRIL at 9:00 a.m. and close on the THIRD FRIDAY OF MAY at noon, immediately preceding the Fall semester for which the student seeks admission.

SPRING Semester (January) Starts:

  • Applications for Spring Semester will open on the FIRST MONDAY OF NOVEMBER at 9:00 a.m. and close on the SECOND FRIDAY OF DECEMBER at noon, immediately preceding the Spring semester for which the student seeks admission.

To get started on your journey to become a Registered Nurse, download the Nursing Program Application

LPN to ADN Program option

The LPN to ADN program is for students who possess a License as a Practical Nurse and wish to complete the ADN program. The LPN to ADN Program at ACC is temporarily closed to new applicants at this time.

Before Submitting Your Application

Admission into our Nursing program is competitive and selective, based on a point system based on the following criteria after meeting the minimum requirements. Applicants will be ranked starting with the highest point value first. Random selection is used when applicants have been awarded the same number of points.

Ranking Criteria

Criteria Points


Maximum Point Award is 4.00
GPA calculated based on prerequisite classes ONLY:

  • ENG 121 (3 credits)
  • PSY 235 (3 credits)
  • BIO 201 (4 credits)
  • HPR 108 (1 credit)
  • HWE 100 (3 credits)

A = 4, B = 3, C = 2. Multiply grade value by number of credits for each class. Divide by the total number of credits for GPA. If you took HPR 108, divide by 11; if you took HWE 100, divide by 13.

Healthcare Employment

Employer verification of healthcare employment in the last 5 years

  • 600-750 hours = .5 points
  • 751-1000 hours = .75 points
  • 1001-1500 hours = 1.0 points
  • 1501-1750 hours = 1.5 points
  • 1751-2000 hours = 1.75 points
  • 2001-2500 hours = 2.0 points
  • 2501-2750 hours = 2.5 points
  • 2751-2000 hours = 2.75 points
  • Over 3000 hours = 3.00 points

HESI Nursing Admission Assessment Exam

Maximum Point Award is 3 - Science Composite Score

  • 70%-80% = 1 point
  • 81%-90% = 2 points
  • 91%-100% = 3 points

Healthcare related certification, licenses and degrees

Maximum Point Award is 1 point.
Healthcare related Certifications, Licenses, Degrees(other than CNA or BLS) = .25 point

HESI English Language Composite and Math

Must score at least 70% in both English Language Composite and Math. These two scores are averaged. Maximum 100 points. The HESI Nursing Admissions Assessment Exam Cumulative Score will be used as the determining factor to rank candidates who share the same total score.


Total combined score of candidate criteria points. HESI average of English and Math scores.

Nursing AAS Course Sequence Guide

5 Semester Plan

1st Semester

  • ENG 121 | English Composition I | 3 credits
  • BIO 201 | Anatomy and Physiology I | 4 credits
  • PSY 101* | General Psychology | 3 credits
  • PSY 235 | Human Growth and Development | 3 credits
  • HPR 108* | Nutrition | 1 credit

* Any Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Science may be substituted for PSY 101

2nd Semester

Must be admitted into the Nursing Program to take NUR courses

  • BIO 202 | Anatomy and Physiology II | 4 credits
  • MAT 103 | Math for Clinical Calculations | 3 credits
  • NUR 109 | Fundamentals of Nursing | 6 credits
  • NUR 112 | Basic Concepts of Pharmacology | 2 credits

3rd Semester

  • BIO 204 | Microbiology | 4 credits
  • NUR 150 | Maternal Child Nursing | 6 credits
  • NUR 106 | Med-Surg Nursing Concepts | 7 credits

4th Semester

  • BIO 216 | Pathophysiology | 4 credits
  • NUR 206 | Advanced Concepts of Med/Surg Nursing I | 6.5 credits
  • NUR 211 | Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing | 4 credits
  • NUR 212 | Pharmacology II | 2 credits

5th Semester

  • NUR 216 | Advanced Concepts of Med/Surg Nursing II | 5 credits
  • NUR 230 | Transition to Professional Nursing | 4 credits


Program Data

NCLEX Pass Rates

Year ACC NCLEX-RN Pass Rates National NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for Associate Degree
2018 91% 87%
2017 94% 85%
2016 95% 84%
2015 89% 84%
2014 94% 82%
2013 95% 81%
2012 98% 90%
2011 98% 90%

Program Graduate Job Placement Rates

Graduation Date Employment Rate 12 months after Graduation
Spring 2018 88%
Fall 2017 88%
Spring 2017 97%
Fall 2016 88.9%
Spring 2016 100%
Fall 2015 97%
Spring 2015 87%
Fall 2014 97%
Spring 2014 97%
Fall 2013 96%
Spring 2013 100%
Fall 2012 90%

Program Completion Rates

Admission Date Percentage of Students Completing Program within 3 years
Spring 2017 94%
Fall 2016 94%
Spring 2016 97.4%
Fall 2015 90.90%
Spring 2015 83.33%
Fall 2014 94%
Spring 2014 86%
Fall 2013 83%
Spring 2013 89%
Fall 2012 86%
Spring 2012 82%
Fall 2011 86%
Spring 2011 87%

Nursing Program Outcomes

  • ACC’s most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first time test takers.
  • 80% of graduates will have employment as an RN within twelve months of graduation.
  • 80% of graduates who respond will agree they are satisfied with Arapahoe Community College Nursing Program on the Graduate Employment and Follow-up Survey. 80% of qualitative data will be of a positive nature.
  • 80% of surveys returned by employers will state satisfaction with graduate preparation for entry level positions 12 months after graduation.
  • 80% of students will complete their program within 12 months of the projected completion date.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse client populations across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make client centered care decision.
  3. Implement quality measures to improve client care.
  4. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the client, and the client’s support persons.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and client care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse client populations.
  7. Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  8. Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally-competent care.