Application Procedure


Application and Admission Process
The Nursing Program at CNCC admits one cohort of 28 students each fall.
We do not admit in the spring semester.
How to Apply to the Nursing Program

1. Obtain general college admission to Colorado Northwestern Community College. Submit a completed application at the Student Services Office on the CNCC campus or on-line at . Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate.

*The State of Colorado mandates that incoming students to Colorado’s state-supported institutions of higher education take an assessment test of basic skills (Accuplacer).

2. Complete required pre-admission courses (pre-requisite courses) with a grade of C or higher for each course and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the five listed courses. The science courses must be completed within seven years of admission to the Nursing Program.

Required Pre-Admission Courses (Pre-requisite Courses):
  • ENG 121: English composition I (3 credits)
  • PSY 235: Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • BIO 201: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 202: Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIO 204: Microbiology (4 credits)

3. Notify the Nursing Office at CNCC of your intent to apply. APPLICATION FOR PROGRAM ADMISSION

4. Provide official transcripts confirming completion of pre-requisite courses and GPA to the CNCC Office of Registrar.
ATTN: Office of Registrar
500 Kennedy Drive
Rangely, CO 81648

5. Admission materials must be submitted by April 15th of the admission year.

CNCC Competitive Admission Process

The Nursing Program at CNCC admits students using a competitive grid scoring sheet. Competitive grid scoring criteria are based on research evidence of those qualities that best predict success in nursing school. These include: GPA, previous college degree, previous experience in a healthcare career, and high scores in reading, math, science, and english usage on the TEAS test. Points are also given for completion of a medical terminology course, pathophysiology (BIO216), and nurse aide course. Scores are computed on a score sheet and the top 28 scoring individuals are conditionally accepted to the Nursing Program each fall with final approval based on successful completion of background check, drug screening, and immunization screening. Nursing Program Entrance Criteria Score Sheet.

1. Students interested in applying to the Nursing Program must complete five (5) prerequisites including ENG121, PSY235, BIO201, BIO202 and BIO204 with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

2. Students interested in applying to the Nursing Program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)** entrance exam prior to applying. A passing Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7% or higher is required for entrance consideration. Students scoring at or above the national means for all four sections will be given 20 points on the competitive grid. The TEAS test is offered at CNCC Craig Campus during the months of January - March. To schedule a TEAS test, call Darby McDermott at 970-824-1104 or email at Darby McDermott Employee Directory to set up an appointment. The cost for the test is $45.00 and must be paid at least three days in advance at the bookstore.

**The TEAS is not a placement test! It requires prior studying. Using the study guide and taking practice tests prior to testing is strongly recommended and available at ATI Testing Guide

3. Nursing students are required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screen as a condition of their acceptance. Failure to meet the criteria for either will prevent admission into the program. See the following link for the list of disqualifying offenses. Disqualifying Offenses

4. Nursing students are required to meet certain minimum functional abilities in order to succeed in this course of study (please see link below). Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate at CNCC, please notify Gene Bilodeau at 970-824-1103. Minimum Functional Abilities Required