LPN to RN Program
The Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) Program at Pikes Peak Community College allows currently licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses through our intensive program.
LPN to RN Program Application Process
The application process is closed. The next application period will begin on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 9am and end on Friday, April 29, 2022 at noon. In-progress courses are acceptable. The application will be posted on April 1, 2022. Classes begin on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Students interested in the LPN to RN Bridge Program are required to complete all of the following steps and applicants MUST be 18 years of age, or older, at the time of application submission, no exceptions.
Prospective students MUST complete the following courses as prerequisites before applying:
- BIO 201 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
- BIO 202 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
- BIO 204 (Microbiology)
- ENG 121 (English Composition I)
- PSY 235 (Human Growth & Development)
Prospective students MUST have FULLY COMPLETED the following 1st year additional requisite courses before or concurrently to the LPN to RN Bridge Program:
- BIO 216 (Pathophysiology)
- MAT 103 (Math for Clinical Calculations)
- Students can test out of MAT 103
All BIO courses must be current with the previous seven years. Prospective students MUST take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), within the 365-day period before they apply. They must meet or surpass the national mean scores in the overall, reading, and math categories on the TEAS Test.
Application Submission is not a Guarantee of Acceptance into the Nursing Program.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Nursing department at 719-502-3450 or Nursing.PPCC@ppcc.edu. Our nursing students can take the prerequisites online or as hybrid courses, but once accepted into the nursing program they must take all required classes on campus and the clinicals at our designated clinical sites, the department asks that students be available Monday through Friday from 8am until 6pm. Some clinical site times are during the evening or night shift and weekends. The nursing program is full-time.
If you are already enrolled at PPCC, you do not need to re-enroll or re-submit transcripts if already submitted.
Nursing Application Process - Step By Step
*Step 1 - Submit the Admissions Application to Pikes Peak Community College. If you are already enrolled at PPCC as a student you do not need to repeat this step.
*Step 2 - Request copies of official transcripts (colleges attended other than Pikes Peak Community College) be sent to:
Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
PLEASE NOTE: You will still need to include UNOFFICIAL copies of transcripts of any college attended (including PPCC) with the Nursing Program application. Prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program MUST be transferred over to your PPCC transcripts.
Step 3 - Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) The Adjusted Individual Score (the overall score), Reading Score and Mathematics Score must be at or above the current national mean, as noted on the student’s individual final TEAS report. Applicants may take the exam a maximum of 2 times in the 12 months prior to application.
COVID-19 INFORMATION: For students that need to complete their TEAS exam to apply, the PPCC Testing secured the option for remote testing through the ATI testing platform. If you need to schedule the TEAS exam or you need directions and information about the remote testing option, please go to TEAS Exam Information. There is an additional $5 charge to take the TEAS exam remotely on top of the cost of the exam.
Step 4 - Complete, with a C or better, the following prerequisite courses. The following courses should have a minimum combined GPA of 2.5. ALL PREREQUISITES must be completed before applying. No "in-progress" courses will be accepted.
- ENG 121 English Composition I (3 Credits)
- PSY 235 Human Growth and Development (3 Credits)
- BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
- BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Credits)
- BIO 204 Microbiology (4 Credits)
All Biology (BIO) prerequisites must be completed within the most recent seven-year period prior to entry into Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Nursing Programs.
No more than one grade of D or F allowed in any of the 200 level BIO courses that are required for the Nursing Program in the past seven years. Students accepted into the Nursing Program must maintain a “C” or better in each required course (nursing and non-nursing). ENG 122 is NOT an acceptable substitute for ENG 121.
Prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program MUST show as completed with the correct number of credits on your PPCC transcripts.
The following courses are also required to be completed, but can be completed before or concurrently to the program. These courses are not required for application and they will NOT be figured into the GPA for admission into the Nursing program:
- MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations (3 credit hours)
- Students can test out of MAT 103
- BIO 216 Pathophysiology (4 credit hours)
- Elective Humanities/Social Science (3 credit hours)
(PSY 101, a pre-requisite for PSY 235, will fill this requirement)
Step 5 - Provide a Current and Active Colorado or Compact LPN License in good standing
Step 6 - BLS/CPR from the American Heart Association (AHA): Certification must be "Health Care Provider Professional" with " hands-on" training. Certification copy must be front & back of the card and card must be signed. Certification is valid for two years and cannot expire during the first semester of the program.
Step 7 - Health & Immunization Report - must be completed by your physician and submitted with your application. The PPCC Health & Immunization form will be made available online on April 1st in the LPN-RN Program Application. Immunization Requirements and necessary titers/vaccines require proof of vaccines or titers, are at the student's expense and can be done by any healthcare provider of the student's choice. All Health Career programs at Pikes Peak Community College require that a current immunization health form be completed. These include:
- TB skin, Quantiferon blood test or Chest X-ray (within the past 5 years)
- Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps (MMR): proof of 2 vaccines or titers (if no immunity exists, student must obtain appropriate vaccinations)
- Tdap booster (within the past 10 years)
- Varicella: proof of 2 vaccines or titers (if no immunity exists, student must obtain appropriate vaccinations)
- Hepatitis B: proof of 3 vaccines or titers (if no immunity exists, student must obtain appropriate vaccinations)
- Flu: (proof of yearly vaccine for the current flu season)
- COVID-19: proof of vaccine
Step 8 - Complete LPN-RN Program Application. Hand delivery is required at the Center for Healthcare and Simulation Education (CHES) Building at 1850 Cypress Semi Drive, Colorado Spring, CO. Nursing Department is not responsible for misplaced application materials or failed delivery of application materials.
Any student who has not been successful in another Nursing Program within the past 5 years will not be eligible to apply to the PPCC Nursing Program, your application will be denied. If students have a double failure in the PPCC ADN program, you are not eligible to apply for the PPCC LPN to RN if you chose the LPN exit option.
Student may not have a current active RN License in Colorado or any other state.
Applicants who have completed steps 1 to 8 and submitted their applications will have their packets reviewed by a staff or faculty member from the Nursing Department.
Once the deadline for the application period has closed, candidates will have their application packets reviewed by the ADN Admissions Committee. The Nursing Department will not accept any additional application materials after the deadline. Notification letters will be sent after the Admissions Committtee has reviewed all applications, scored each packet and made final choices.
Candidates will be notified via email through their PPCC student email accounts. Please watch for updates on the Nursing Department website. For any questions, contact the Nursing Department at 719.502.3450 or by email at Nursing@ppcc.edu.
When the application period closes, all applications received will be reviewed and ranked on a point system starting first with GPA. A point range from a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 42 points will be awarded on the following criteria:
- GPA from weighted prerequisites (ENG 121, PSY 235, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 204), a minimum of 2.5 (25 - 40 points)
- A previously awarded regionally accredited degree (two points)
GPA will be considered as the first criteria based on the number of applicants and the number of slots available. Competitive Ranking is based on a maximum of 40 – 42 points with two of the points awarded for an accredited degree. In the case of multiple applicants with the same number of points, selection will be for the applicants with highest GPA and those that had his/her application turned in first.
Individuals affiliated with Pikes Peak Community College shall not be subjected to unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law (also known as "civil rights laws"), including protections against retaliation and for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.
All Decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and are FINAL.