Integrated Nursing Pathway

CCD provides outstanding preparation for becoming a registered nurse. This program was designed with the student in mind, as a streamlined pathway for community college students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
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Integrated Nursing Pathway

AGS
Associate of General Studies Degree | 62 Credits
Transfer to University of Colorado Denver - College of Nursing
Do you Dream About Becoming a Nurse?

CCD and the University of Colorado - College of Nursing (CON) are offering a unique, integrated pathway to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Integrated Nursing Pathway (INP) program provides outstanding preparation for becoming a registered nurse.

The INP program was designed with the student in mind as a streamlined pathway for community college students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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How the Program Works

CCD students complete 32 credit hours of prerequisite courses. Once you are close to completing courses, you can apply to the program through NursingCAS. Your acceptance at CON is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the remaining prerequisite courses at CCD.  

Twenty students are accepted into a cohort-based program taken in the first two semesters at CCD. The same 20 students will learn, study, and support each other throughout the program as a cohort.

Expert faculty and staff will be available to offer ongoing support and provide the best learning opportunities for successful completion. Credits earned during the last two semesters and the additional prerequisite credits lead you to complete an Associate degree of General Studies.

After graduation from CCD, you will transition to CON to complete coursework during the remaining six semesters. You will receive nursing instruction at the new, state-of-the-art University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which will encourage and inspire you to reach your highest potential.

CCD Integrated Nursing Pathway student practicing with a medical dummy
More Information About the Program

Students in the following categories will be considered for admission:

  • Medical Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants, Emergency Medical Technologists
  • Prior non-nursing associate degree (AS degree OK, ADN not OK)
  • Healthcare experience/volunteering is helpful inthe application process

The cost of prerequisites and first two semesters in the INP program are charged at current CCD tuition rates. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

The cost of the last six semesters at the College of Nursing (CON) is charged at current University of Colorado CON tuition rates.

View the 2024-2025 Course Specific Fees

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Learn More!

CCD has partnered with the University of Colorado - College of Nursing to prepare you for a nursing career. Once accepted into the program, you will complete the 30 credits of required pathway classes at CCD and earn an Associate of General Studies degree. Then you will transfer to CON to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Students accepted into the INP program will have their choice of the Associate of General Studies Degree (A.G.S.) or the Associate of Science Degree (A.S.). If you want the A.S. degree, you must take one Oral Communication class (COM 1150, 1250 or 2220). If you do not take one of these classes, you will receive the A.G.S. degree. Oral Communication is not required for the INP program but is required for the A.S. degree plan. 

You must complete all nine initial prerequisite classes by the end of the spring semester in the year you are applying to the program. You will spend two and two-thirds calendar years in the INP program after completing the prerequisites and you are admitted to the program. You will earn an associate degree from CCD after completing all nine prerequisite classes plus the nine required classes, which are taken in the first two semesters of the INP program.

Prerequisite Courses

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDITS
BIO 1111General College Biology5
ENG 1021English Composition I3
MAT 1340College Algebra4
MAT 1260Introduction to Statistics3
CHE 1011Introduction to Chemistry5
PSY 1001General Psychology I3
SOC 1001Introduction to Sociology I3
HWE 1050Human Nutrition3
ART/HUMArt/Humanities Class* (one class)3
 Total Credits32

*If taking an art class, it must be a non-performance class. Philosophy courses do not meet this prerequisite requirement.

About the Prerequisites

  • The INP program’s prerequisites are different than other baccalaureate and associate degree programs.
  • Please do not take Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, English Composition 2 and Human Growth and Development courses until you have been admitted to the program.
  • Students may take most prerequisites in any order.
  • Please note: CU will only accept AP credit for the following prerequisite courses: Statistics, Psychology, and History. AP Calculus will count as College Algebra, but not Calculus. CU will only take CLEP credit for Algebra (College Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus all will count as College Algebra), Psychology, Sociology, and English Composition 1. CCD will transfer in credit for your AP/IB and CLEP credits, but CU will only accept the above scores/classes to meet the INP prerequisite credit. If you took AP Biology or Algebra, you will still need to take these classes to fulfill the INP prerequisites. AP scores must be a 4 or 5 on the exam. CLEP scores must be 54 or higher to be able to accept the credit for transfer.
Points to Consider
  • Take Algebra before Biology.
  • We strongly encourage you to take the science classes with labs in the classroom.
  • Give careful consideration to taking intense or heavy credit hour classes, such as the sciences, in the summer semester; these classes are shorter and taught in a compressed format.
  • Minimum 3.0 or higher prerequisite GPA is required. This GPA includes the highest grade attempts for courses included on transcripts at the time of application.  Suggested cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on all previous course attempts.
  • Prerequisites that were completed more than 10 years ago are not accepted.

As you near completion of the prerequisite courses listed above, please contact Program Coordinator for an appointment.

Apply to the Program
Application Cycles

The application cycle is open January 1 - April 15


Steps to a Successful Enrollment

Interested in the integrated nursing pathway? Join us for an online session.

  • These are drop-in sessions and there is no need to RSVP.
  • Occasionally, information sessions need to be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs, a notification will be posted as soon as it is available.
  • If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please make an appointment for an individual meeting with Fida Obeidi, program coordinator.
  • Don't forget: Students in these categories (RN, LPN, RPT, prior bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree) are not eligible and are encouraged to apply directly to other BSN accredited schools, accelerated or second-degree programs. Please contact Fida Obeidi with questions about this.
  • INP information sessions will be conducted online.
  • Please plan to attend the entire one-hour session.
  • If you enter the meeting late, mute your feed until the end of the session when the question time opens up. 

Check the events calendar for our upcoming virtual information and advising sessions!

If you have not done so already, you must enroll in CCD before you can apply to the integrated nursing pathway program.

You must have official transcripts from all previous educational experiences outside of high school (colleges, universities, etc.) sent to the Office of Registration & Records before applying to the INP program (see Step 5). Please note: This program is intended for Colorado residents who complete the majority of their prerequisites in the Colorado Community College System.

Apply to CCD

Students accepted into the INP program will have the option to choose the Associate of General Studies Degree (A.G.S.) or the Associate of Science degree (A.S.). Those choosing the A.S. degree must take one Oral Communication class, COM 1150, 1250 or 2220. Students who do not take one of these classes will receive an A.G.S. degree.

You must complete all nine required prerequisites courses by the end of the spring semester in the year you are applying to the program.

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDITS
BIO 1111General College Biology5
ENG 1021English Composition I3
MAT 1340College Algebra4
MAT 1260Introduction to Statistics3
CHE 1011Introduction to Chemistry5
PSY 1001General Psychology I3
SOC 1001Introduction to Sociology I3
HWE 1050Human Nutrition3
ART/HUMArts/Humanities (1 class)*3
 Total Credits32

*If taking an art class, it must be a non-performance class. Philosophy courses do not meet this prerequisite requirement.

About the Prerequisites

  • The integrated nursing pathway program’s prerequisites are different than other baccalaureate and associate degree programs.
  • Please do not take Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, English Composition 2, and Human Growth and Development courses until you have been admitted to the INP program.
  • Students may take most prerequisites in any order.
  • Please note: CU College of Nursing will only accept AP credit for the following classes: Statistics, Psychology, English Language and Composition and for Art/HUM: English Literature & Composition, Art History, Music Theory, and Theater. AP Calculus (AB and BC) will count as College Algebra, but not as Calculus. Scores must be 4 or higher for all courses, except for English Language and Composition, which can be a score of 3 or higher.
  • CU College of Nursing will only take IB credit for the following classes: Mathematics (SL or HL) for College Algebra only; Psychology, English A Language and Literature (SL or HL); and for Art/Hum: Visual Arts (SL or HL), Music (SL or HL), and Theater (SL or HL). Scores must be at 5 to count towards prerequisite credit transfer.
  • CU College of Nursing will only take CLEP scores for Algebra (College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus all will count as College Algebra), Psychology, Sociology, and College Composition and College Composition Modular and for Art/Hum: Humanities: American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature and English Literature. Scores must be 54 or higher for all courses, except for College Composition and College Composition Modular which can be 50 or higher.
  • CCD will transfer in credit for all AP, IB, and CLEP credits, but CU College of Nursing will only accept the above scores/classes for INP prerequisites. If you took AP or IB Biology or Chemistry, since there is no lab credit, you will still need to take these classes to fulfill the INP prerequisites for General Biology and General Chemistry.

Points to Consider

  • Take Algebra before Biology.
  • We strongly encourage you to take the science classes with labs in the classroom.
  • Give careful consideration to taking intense or heavy credit hour classes, such as the sciences, in the summer semester; these classes are shorter and taught in a compressed format.
  • A minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA or higher is required. This GPA includes the highest grade attempts for courses included on transcripts at the time of application. Suggested cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on all previous course attempts.
  • Prerequisites that were completed more than 10 years ago are not accepted.

As you near completion of the prerequisite courses listed above, please attend an INP information session or contact Fida Obeidi, the program coordinator, for an appointment.

We will be using the NursingCAS website for the INP program application.

  • The application begins January 1 and ends April 15th of this year.
  • The deadline for all application materials to be received by NursingCAS is May 1 this year, for a fall start date in the year of application.
  • To apply, you must have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher and you must have completed all 9 of the initial prerequisites for the program by the end of the spring semester in the year in which you are applying.

For help with the application, please download and view these instructions.

Make sure that you apply to the University of Colorado Anschutz (not the University of Colorado - Denver). Then scroll down and find the Integrated Nursing Pathway. There is an application fee of $60. You will also need to send a copy of all college transcripts to NursingCAS, as well as CCD. 

Nursing CAS | Please be sure to follow the instructions on this site very carefully. Please read the frequently asked questions section on this website before contacting the INP program coordinator.

You will need to submit a resume and two references (names and email addresses) for contact by NursingCAS, one of which needs to be an academic reference. You also need to request a letter of reference from each of your references which they will upload into the email that they receive from NursingCAS. You will also need to submit a 500-word essay written in your own words, which addresses all three of the following prompts: 1) Describe your perceptions and attitude about nursing today. In your answer, identify current information about the field of nursing, including the commitments, expectations and career options; 2) What do you believe are the demands of nursing education and how have you prepared to make this significant change to your current situation; 3) Describe an experience or encounter that illustrates what you would bring to the INP program in terms of diversity and inclusion.

TOEFL and IELTS scores must be sent to CU College of Nursing when you register for these tests. AP, IB and CLEP scores only need to be sent to CCD and CU if they are not listed on a college transcript.

Transcripts

You must have official transcripts from all previous collegiate or other post-high school educational experiences such as trade schools, cosmetology schools, etc. sent to CCD for review, even if the classes are over 10-years old. The deadline for your materials to be received by the admissions department is March 31st. Allow for six to eight (6-8) weeks for documents to be processed. You will also need to send a copy of your transcripts to NursingCAS as part of the application process.

Send transcripts to:

Community College of Denver
Office of Registration & Records
Campus Box 201
P.O. Box 173363
Denver, CO 80217-3363

Language Proficiency Requirement

Excellent oral and written English communication skills are necessary prerequisites for admission to the University of Colorado (CU) College of Nursing. Applicants for the integrated nursing pathway program will be contacted during the application process if proof of language proficiency is required. The deadline to submit passing scores to the CU College of Nursing is the end of the first full week in April each year.

If your primary language is not English, or if you are an International Student, you will need to demonstrate the required English language proficiency by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
  • You have obtained a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with a speaking score of 26. TOEFL code number for the University of Colorado is 3377. Be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that CU will receive the results.
  • You have obtained a total score of 6.5 (speaking score of 8 or higher) on the IELTS exam. IELTS code 4875 for the University of Colorado. For more information visit: www.BridgeEnglish.com.
  • You have graduated from the University of Colorado-Denver's ESL Academy.
  • You have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
  • You have earned a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or you have completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master's program at an accredited institution in the U.S.

If unable to come to one of the Information sessions, you may make an appointment to meet with Fida Obeidi, the program coordinator.

Faculty & Staff
Fida Obeidi
Dean of Instruction, Health Sciences and STEM Pathway
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Stephanie Uhlhorn
Interim Director of Nursing Education Programs
Hank Weigel
Associate Dean, Health Sciences and STEM
Faisal Ahmed
Academic Advisor
Emily Good
Academic Advisor
Cassandra Otero
Academic Advisor