CNCC Competitive Admission Process

The Nursing Program at CNCC admits students based on a competitive score. Competitive scoring criteria include:

  • GPA (2.8 or higher)
  • Prerequisite coursework completed at CNCC
  • Previous college degree
  • Admission Test Score -Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI - TEAS )

Scores are computed on a score sheet and the top scores are conditionally accepted to the Nursing Program each fall with final approval based on background check, drug screening, and immunizations.

How to Apply to the Nursing Program

1. Apply to CNCC

Obtain general college admission to Colorado Northwestern Community College. * The State of Colorado mandates that incoming students to Colorado’s state-supported institutions of higher education take an assessment test of basic skills, either the Accuplacer test, or ACT.

2. Complete Prerequisite Courses

Complete at least 12 credits of the prerequisite courses with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher for these five courses. Science courses must be completed within seven years of admission to the Nursing Program.

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • ENG 121: English composition I (3 credits)
    • Students must meet these criteria to take English 121: ACT Reading score of 18 or higher, SAT Reading score of 440 or higher, OR Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score 62-79 and/or Sentence Skills score of 70-99.
  • PSY 235: Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • BIO 201: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) - Must be completed within 7 years prior to admission.
  • BIO 202: Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) - Must be completed within 7 years prior to admission.
  • BIO 204: Microbiology (4 credits) - Must be completed within 7 years prior to admission.

Complete required non-nursing courses before OR during nursing program (11 credits):

  • BIO 216: Pathophysiology (4 credits) - Must be completed prior to NUR 206
  • Nutrition - Must be completed prior to NUR 106
    • HPR 108 (1 credit meets AAS Nursing requirements, not BSN)
    • HWE 100 (3 credits transferrable to BSN)
  • MAT 103 Clinical Calculations (3 credits) - Must be completed prior to NUR 106
    • Students must meet these criteria to take Math 103: ACT Math score of 19 or higher, SAT Math score of 460 or higher, OR Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of 61 or higher. Or completion of MAT 090,099,050, 055.
  • Arts or Humanities (Elective 3 credits) - Choose one of the following: 
    • AH1: ART 110,111,112,207; MUS 120,121,122; THE 105,211,212 AH2: HUM 115,121,122,123; LIT 115,201,202,205,211,212,221,222,225 AH3: PHI 111,112,113,114,214,218 AH4: FRE/GER/ITA/JPN/RUS/SPA 211,212; PSY 101,102,226,227,249; SOC 101,102,215,216,237

3. Apply to the Program

Please review the following documents and submit to nursing for application process.

Welcome to the CNCC Nursing Program - pdf

Guide to Nursing Program Application Requirements- pdf

Personal Information Sheet- pdf

Application for Admission to CNCC Nursing Program - pdf

4. Complete Entrance Exam

Students interested in applying to the Nursing Program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)** entrance exam prior to applying. A passing score is required for entrance consideration. Students can only submit one test score per admission year. The deadline to have your Teas results to us if you are not taking it at CNCC is April 15th.You must contact Erica Yantzer to register to take the test on the Craig campus 970-824-0833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cost is $55.00 Students must contact Erica for study material details.

Click here to download more information (pdf) * 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.

5. Send your transcripts

Provide official transcripts confirming completion of prerequisite courses and GPA to the CNCC Office of Registrar.

ATTN: Office of Registrar 500 Kennedy Drive Rangely, CO 81648

6. Submit Admission Materials by April 15th.

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

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Following conditional acceptance, nursing students are required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screen. Failure to meet the criteria for either will prevent admission into the program. See the following link for the list of CCCS Disqualifying Offenses.

Minimum Functional Abilities

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. Minimum Functional Abilities.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.

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