Apply to the Program

Congratulations on your decision to become a practical nurse.

CCD's practical nursing certificate program will teach you to care for the physical needs of patients while promoting their health, healing and wellness. 

Application to the practical nursing program has seven steps. The online application for summer 2020 is now closed.

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 non-degree seeking, or undeclared, as the program option (you may not self-select the practical nursing program as an option).

Step 2. Complete Medical History

Complete the required medical forms for the Auraria Health Center, including documentation of MMR, TDAP, and Varicella vaccination. The practical nursing program will also require documentation of these immunizations as well as a TB screening test, Flu vaccination, and Hepatitis B vaccination/declination. 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.

Note: All CCD students must complete the MMR vaccination forms for the Auraria Health Center. If these are not received by the AHC, the immunizations office can place a hold on your student account and you will not be able to register for any classes.

Step 3. Background Check/Drug Screen

CCD's practical nursing program will require that a background check and drug screen are completed before your admittance into the program. Please read the disqualifying offenses before applying to the program.

Students will need to order the background check/drug screen from the Colorado Community College System's CastleBranch company. We will not accept results from any other company. Once you have ordered and paid for your background check and drug screen, you must make sure to go to one of the listed medical laboratories to give a urine sample for the drug screen. The cost for both of these is approximately $63.00. 

Step 4. Prerequisite Classes

The prerequisites (required courses completed before starting the program) are listed below. The BIO 106 (or BIO 201 and 202) courses cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of application. For example, if applying in 2017, a course that was taken in 2006 would be too old. 

All prerequisite courses must be in progress or completed by the time of application to the program, meaning a student may still be taking classes even though he or she has already applied to the program. However, prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year in which you are applying. A grade of "C" or higher is required for a prerequisite to be satisfied.

  • ENG 121 English Composition 1
  • HPR 178 Medical Terminology for 2 credits or HPR 139 Medical Terminology for 2 credits. Any 1 credit Medical Terminology class will not be accepted.
  • BIO 106 Basic Anatomy and Physiology*

*BIO 201 (Anatomy and Physiology 1) and BIO 202 (Anatomy and Physiology 2) may be substituted for BIO 106.

If you have taken these classes at other colleges, you must submit official transcripts to CCD's Office of Registration and Records.

Step 5. BLS/CPR Certification and Healthcare Provider Certification

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 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.

You can also upload your Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician or Licensed Psychiatric Technician documents. Students must have one of these healthcare certifications or experiences to apply.

Step 6. Program of Study Change Request Form

Fill out the Program of Study Change Request Form. Open the form in the provided link and then scroll down to the very bottom of the page, until you reach the Attachment and fill out the fillable form where you can enter an electronic signature. Save a copy of this form and then upload a copy into the application when prompted (see Step 7).

Step 7. Complete the Online Application

After you have completed the first six steps, you may begin your online application. The application will open again in spring 2021.

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.

Final Steps

After the program manager has reviewed your online application and the interview is completed, you will be notified of your status in the practical nursing program. 

Final selections will be made by Friday, April 17. You will receive notification by email and a written letter sent through the mail if you are selected for entry into the program. 

If you are selected for entry into the program, you are required to attend a mandatory orientation for the program which will be on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Times for this event will be sent out with your acceptance letter.  There will be a Maymester class which will start on Tuesday, May 12th, and will end on Friday, May 22nd. This class will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for two weeks. 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 at Auraria Bookstore.