Apply to the Program

Congratulations on your decision to become a practical nurse.

CCD’s Practical Nursing program utilizes a holistic admissions process to evaluate candidates.  The holistic admission process evaluates students’ academic performance, work experience, training in healthcare, and other socioeconomic variables to determine a student’s preparedness and fit for the nursing program.  

Applicants who qualify for the program will be invited to participate in an interview with the admissions committee and to write an essay on a pre-determined topic.   

Applicants will be awarded points for each category and then will be ranked with other applicants based on their total scores.  Applicants with the highest scores will be offered admissions until all seats are filled. A wait list will be created in the event a student who is offered admissions declines are is otherwise deemed ineligible to start the program.  

To begin, please follow these steps to ensure your application is received and considered: 

Application to the practical nursing program has five steps.

Spring 2023 (Part-Time, Evening, Weekend) application period is from September 5, 2022, to November 18, 2022.
  • Please note- the full-time day program begins in the Fall semester. The next cohort begins in Fall 2023. Applications for the full-time day program will open in April 2023. Do not apply at this time if you are interested in the full-time day program.   

Step 1. Enroll in CCD

To register for the practical nursing program, you must be a current CCD student. If you have not done so yet, please complete the free CCD application. When completing the application, enter either Associate of Science or Associate of General Studies as the program option (you may not self-select the practical nursing program as an option). You will be issued a student S number and student CCD email address which will be required for your Practical Nursing application.

Please note that enrolling in CCD does not enroll you in the Practical Nursing program, as this is a separate application process. 

Step 2. Complete Prerequisite Classes

Students must complete or currently be enrolled in the prerequisite courses below before applying to the Practical Nursing program.

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of  "C" or higher before the first day of class of the Practical Nursing program.

If you have taken these classes at other colleges, you must submit official transcripts to  CCD's  Office of Registration and Records to ensure prior coursework will be transferable and credited before applying to the Practical Nursing program.

The BIO 1006 (or BIO 2101 and 2102) courses cannot be more than ten years old at the time of application and will need to be retaken if they are older than ten years. For example, if applying in Spring 2023, a course that was taken in fall 2013 or earlier would be too old and would need to be retaken.

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • ENG 1021 English Composition 1
  • HPR 1039 Medical Terminology for two credits or HPR 139 Medical Terminology for two credits. Any one-credit Medical Terminology class will not be accepted.
  • BIO 1006 Basic Anatomy and Physiology*

* BIO 2101 (Anatomy and Physiology 1) and BIO 2102 (Anatomy and Physiology2) may be substituted for BIO 1006. 

 No other substitutions can be made for these courses.

Step 3. Schedule and Take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-nursing examination

What is the TEAS test? The ATI TEAS® measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The test is intended primarily for adult nursing and allied health applicant populations. The objectives assessed on ATI TEAS are those that nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of nursing and allied health program applicants. Please open the following two flyers for more information about registering to take the TEAS.

The total adjusted national mean for LPN programs will be the benchmark for applying to the CCD nursing program. TEAS score must be 58% or higher for applying to the PN program. Students who do not satisfy this minimum score will not have their applications considered.

ALL TEAS exams must have been taken within one year of the application. Applicants may take the exam a maximum of three times in the 12 months before application. An applicant must wait at least 30 days between retakes. Please plan sufficient time for a second text attempt if you do not meet the minimum score and need to retake the exam. 

A study guide and additional information are available at

To register for the TEAS test, please follow the steps below: (Please note students are not required to take the TEAS exam at CCD's testing site.)

  1. Go to ATI Testing
  2. Click on "Create Account" in the upper-right corner
  3. When entering institution, enter CC of Denver PN
  4. You can take the TEAS:
  • Online with remote proctoring through ATI
  • In-Person at PSI Testing Center

Please note that tests need to be scheduled 72 hours in advance. Some tests are not eligible for rescheduling. Documented need for testing accommodations can be provided; however, a request to ATI must be submitted at least 30 days before the date you wish to test. The cost for the exam on campus is $75.00.

TEAS transcripts will need to be forwarded to the Practical Nursing program once completed. Ensure your total and subscores for each subject are included in the report. 

Step 4. Apply to the Practical Nursing Program

After you have completed the first three steps, you may begin your online application.

Please read the next section that details additional requirements for the program. If you have already completed these requirements, please upload supporting documents at the time of your application.

CCD is conscientious about minimizing application and required fees for applicants.  Students may wait to perform their background screen, drug test, BLS training, and immunization records until after they are accepted into the program. However, all requirements must be satisfied immediately following acceptance into the program. Students who do not complete the outstanding requirements, please upload supporting documents at the time of your application.

You may not start this application and return to it later. Please allow 30 minutes to complete the full application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please be sure your application contains all of the uploaded documents that are required. Your CCD student email address is the official means of communication. Check your email for notifications about the program. 

You will receive notification of your acceptance by email and a written letter sent through the mail.

Step 5. Final Steps for Admitted Students

After the admissions committee has reviewed your online application, if you meet the minimum requirements, you will be selected for an interview. We will notify you by November 25th.

If selected for an interview, you will come for an interview the week of December 5th-9th, 2023. During the interview time, you will be asked to complete an essay. Instructions for the essay will be provided when your interview is scheduled. 

Final selections will be made by December 16, 2023. You will receive notification by email and a written letter sent through the mail if you are selected for entry into the program. 

Students who are admitted into the program will be required to complete additional requirements before the start of courses:

1. Background Screen and Drug Test

CCD's practical nursing program will require that a background check and drug screen are completed before your first day of class. Your admission letter will provide instructions on how to order these tests and will specify a deadline for this to be completed before your first day of class. The cost for both tests is approximately $63.00 and is the responsibility of the student. 

Please read the disqualifying offenses before applying to the program to understand which offenses will disqualify you from being accepted into the program.

2. Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association

Obtain Basic Life support/CPR Certification through the American Heart Association. If currently certified, upload a copy of your certification card when prompted on the application.

You can locate CPR classes on the AHA website. Look for a BLS for Healthcare class, and make sure that you take a three-hour in-person class. Once you register, you can upload a copy of the receipt that you have paid for your AHA CPR class as proof that you will be taking it before the program classes begin.

3. Medical Records 

Students are required to be compliant with State and/or college immunization requirements. Students will need to complete the required medical forms for the Auraria Health Center, including documentation of MMR, TDAP, and Varicella vaccination.

To be eligible to work in the healthcare environment as a student, the Practical Nursing program requires many additional health requirements. Please view the Immunization Requirements and ensure you have completed these. Students will be required to have these completed before the start of classes. You can obtain records and immunizations from your provider's office or get this test done at the Auraria Health Center on the Auraria campus, located in the Plaza building, office 149. 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. Students should always keep a copy of their personal medical records as these will be requested throughout the program.

4. Student Orientations

Practical Nursing students are required to attend a mandatory orientation for the program, which will be held the week before the first day of classes.

In addition, you are also required to attend a PN Student Success Bootcamp (times and dates are currently TBD). Times for these events will be sent out with your acceptance letter. Failure to attend both the orientation and the boot camp will result in removal from the program. Please understand that this is an intensive certificate program. Attendance at all class, lab, and clinical sessions is mandatory.

 Further details about class schedules will be given out at the orientation.

 Those accepted into the program will also receive instructions on your next steps, including:

  • Class schedules and registration dates for the classes for the first semester in the summer.
  • Orientation expectations
  • How to obtain required textbooks