LPN Options

LPN Options

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) care for the sick injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Employment of LPNs is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations through 2018 in response to long-term care needs of an increasingly elderly population and the general growth of health care services. Replacement needs will be a major source of job openings, as many workers leave the occupation permanently. Applicants for jobs in hospitals may face competition as the number of hospital jobs for LPNs declines; however, rapid employment growth is projected in other health care industries, with the best job opportunities occurring in nursing care facilities and in home health care services.

 LPN Exit Option

The CNCC Nursing Program allows a practical nursing exit point. After successfully completing the first two semesters of the AAS program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). At this point, students could exit and seek employment as LPNs or continue on in the remaining two semesters and prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After completing all requirements, you will receive the AAS degree. Successful performance on the (NCLEX-RN) awards state licensure and qualifies you for the title of Registered Nurse (RN).

Nursing Advanced Placement Bridge Program (LPN to ADN) 

The Bridge Program allows Licensed Practical Nurses to complete a transition course (NUR 189) and enter the second year of the AAS Nursing Program. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN.

To apply for the LPN to ADN program, student must have completed the following prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.5:

  • ENG 121 English Composition, 3 cr
  • PSY 235 Human Growth & Development, 3 cr
  • BIO 204 Microbiology 4 cr, within the last 7 years
  • MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations or equivalent
  • BIO 216 Pathophysiology 4 cr, within the last 7 years
  • HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited PN program within the USA, and hold a valid Colorado LPN License.
  • Must meet experience and testing requirement as identified in the Colorado Articulation Model 2005-2010
In addition, the following requirements must be completed after provisional acceptance, but before being eligible for full acceptance into the program.
  • Valid American Heart Association BLS for the Hearlth Care Professioanl CPR card for the duration of the program
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check and a drug test, to be done within 90 days of the first day of starting the program
  • Health Form and Immunization Record
  • NUR 189 Transitions from LPN to RN, 4 credits, offered the summer before the beginning of the program with a "C" or better.
In addition to all of the above, the following general education courses are required with a grade of "C" or higher as part of the nursing program:
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective from the GTE pathway, 3 cr (Due to scheduling and the high intensity of the nursing program, it is highly recommended that you complete this course prior to starting the bridge program.)