Apply to the Program

Congratulations on your decision to become a nurse aide.

The Nurse Aide application requires supplemental documents that you'll need to prepare before you start to apply.  Review the information below to learn more about what materials you'll be asked to submit during the Nurse Aide application process.

Enroll in CCD

If you haven’t done so yet, you must be a current CCD student to enroll in the nurse aide assistant certificate program. The CCD application is free. Please select Nurse Aide Assisting Certificate as the certificate option when applying.

Complete Medical History Records

Complete the required medical forms for the Auraria Health Center, including documentation of MMR vaccination, Hepatitis B vaccination and flu vaccination (flu shots will only be required if you take the nurse aide course in the fall and spring semesters). The nurse aide program will also require a TB test (must be within the last 5 years), which is not a vaccination but a screening to see if you have recently been exposed to someone with this disease. If you have not had the Hepatitis B vaccination you will need the initial dose of a 3-dose series in order to begin this program. 

While completing our online application, you will have the ability to upload these medical records. If you have submitted your immunization record to the health center and did not keep a copy for yourself to upload to the application, you can go to the Plaza Building, Office 149, to request a copy of your records. If visiting campus in-person, adhere to all the Return-to-Campus Guidelines

Note: All CCD students must complete the MMR vaccination forms. If not, the immunizations office has the capacity to place a hold on your student account and you will not be able to register for any classes. In addition, if you are an MSU Denver or CU Denver student, inform the Auraria Health Center that you are now a CCD student and they will transfer your profile to CCD, thereby meeting this requirement.

Covid vaccination is not required at this time, yet highly recommended and may affect clinical placement.

Background Check

CCD's nurse aide program requires that a background check is completed prior to your admittance into the program. Please read the disqualifying offenses before applying to the program.

You may order the background check at the Colorado Community College System’s CastleBranch website. Once you have ordered and paid for your background check, you will be asked to upload the confirmation page only into the application. You do not need to wait until you have the results from the background screening before you proceed with the application. You will be contacted by the nurse aide program upon approval/denial. You will then be given information regarding the next steps in the application process. Read the Disqualifying Criminal Offenses here.

You will need to upload the confirmation page of the background check to the online application.

Minimum Test Scores or Previous Education Requirements

To be accepted into the nurse aide program, you must determine course placement in math and English classes. This is defined as the following: obtain the scores indicated in the chart below, by either taking the placement test, taking the math assessment and English assessment, meeting the ACT/SAT score requirements, or by submitting transcripts that show previous college classes to CCD’s Testing Center. Please follow the instructions from their office if you have previously taken college classes or meet the minimum scores on the SAT/ACT. The Testing Center will be able to waive your scores or college credits so that you will be able to register for classes.  You will also have the ability to upload an unofficial transcript of previously taken classes into the application.

Use this chart as a guide if you have completed the classes below, taken the placement test, or ACT/SAT.

PLACEMENT SCORE - OR 80 or higher 95 or higher
SAT SCORE 470 470

If you've already prepared application materials, you're ready to begin the online application

Advising questions please contact Daniela Higgins

Application questions please contact Voletha Bradley

Nurse Aide Program Chair, Taylor Archuleta

After the program manager has reviewed your online application and supporting materials, you will be notified of your status in the nurse aide program. Those accepted into the program will also receive instructions on your next steps, including some of the following:

  • Review class schedules and select the class of your choice. NUA 101 and NUA 170 must be paired together.
  • Register and pay for your classes. To set up a payment plan, please contact Cashier's Office at 303.556.2075.
  • Attend orientation.
  • Obtain a nurse aide textbook at Auraria Bookstore.

Connect with Us!

Send questions you may have to the nurse aide program chair, Taylor Archuleta.