Nursing Degree

Associate Degree in Nursing

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in Nursing

71.5 credits
(2 years)

This program prepares students to practice as an entry-level registered nurse (RN) in a variety of health-care settings. With an A.A.S. degree in Nursing, you are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam for licensure as a RN.

FRCC's nursing degree is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN).

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See Nursing course descriptions.

Nursing Certificates and Options

PN Exit Option

48 credits
(1 year)

This option allows students to complete the first year of the A.A.S. Nursing and NUR 169 to receive a certificate and be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Offered at Larimer Campus and Westminster Campus.

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LPN to ADN Option

54.5 credits
(1 year)

This bridge program allows Licensed Practical Nurses to complete a transition course (NUR 189) and enter the second year of the A.A.S. Nursing Program. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN.

Offered at Boulder County Campus only.

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RN to BSN Option

120 credits
(2 years)

RNs can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State University of Denver. A minimum of 120 credits are required (A.A.S. credits count), which includes 40 credits of upper division work. Classes are taught at FRCC's Westminster Campus.

Offered at Westminster Campus only.

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Practical Nursing Certificate

49 credits
(1 year)

This certificate program prepares students for a career as a practical nurse and to take the NCLEX-PN to become a LPN. 

Offered at Boulder County Campus only.

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Dual Enrollment Options

Current FRCC Nursing students have two choices.

 
While finishing the required prerequisite courses at FRCC for an A.A.S. in Nursing, you can take certain BSN elective courses at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Once you complete the A.A.S. at FRCC you transition to MSU Denver to complete your coursework and earn a BSN degree.

Offered at all campuses.

 
While taking courses at FRCC toward your A.A.S. in Nursing you can take online courses from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) that count toward obtaining a BSN. For more information, visit the UCCS nursing website.

Offered at Larimer Campus and Westminster Campus.

Nursing Program Admissions

To learn more about the admissions and registration process, tuition costs, articulation with four-year nursing programs, and much more, visit the Nursing Department page of the campus you wish to attend:

 Nursing Annual Salaries

  Entry Average Experienced
LPN $37,154 $45,366 $49,472
RN $51,622 $68,980 $77,659
Health Educator
$33,774 $53,720 $63,692
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2013)