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 step 7 will be coming soon.

Step 1. Enroll in CCD

In order to register for the practical nurse 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 nurse program will also require a TB 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. 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.

Step 3. Background Check/Drug Screen

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

You may order this background check/drug screen at the Colorado Community College System's CastleBranch website. 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 about $63.00. You will be contacted by the practical nursing program manager upon approval/denial of your background check. You will then be given information regarding the next steps in the application process. You will need to upload the confirmation page of the background check/drug screen to the online application, so make sure to download this page after paying.

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 in which applying. A grade of "C" or higher is required for a prerequisite to be satisfied.

  • ENG 121 English Composition 1
  • HPR 178 Medical Terminology
  • 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 in order to apply.

Step 6. Program of Study Change Request Form

Download and complete the top portion of page one on the Program of Study Change Request Form.

Print and sign the form, then scan a copy. (Please DO NOT TAKE A PHOTO or SCREENSHOT of the form; it will not be accepted).

The online application will prompt you to upload a copy of this form.

Step 7. Complete the Online Application

After you have completed the first six steps, you may begin your online application. The application deadline is currently closed. It will open again Monday, February 24 through Friday, March 13.

You will receive a notification if you are selected for an in-person interview by email no later than Monday, March 23.  Interviews will be conducted Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 10.

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 24. 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 to the program during the week of May 12.

 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.
  • Orientation schedule
  • How to obtain required textbooks at Auraria Bookstore.