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Nursing Degrees

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

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:

Pre-Nursing Students

Students who have not yet been accepted to the FRCC Nursing program are considered Pre-Nursing and should meet with a campus Health Sciences & Wellness Pathways Advisor for guidance.

Nursing Certificates

Practical Nursing

43 credits
(3 semesters)

This program is for students whose primary goal is practical nursing to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. The program prepares students for careers in long-term care facilities, clinics, home care, doctors' offices, and some hospitals. Graduates of the program receive a certificate in practical nursing and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (PN NCLEX®).

Practical Nursing certificate: See required courses and descriptions.  

Admission into the Practical Nursing program is a competitive process with additional application and requirements.

Offered at Larimer Campus only.

What You Will Learn

  1. Provide safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings considering basic research, evidence, and patient preferences as the basis for care.
  2. Engage in critical thinking and clinical judgment, within the practical nurse scope of practice, to make patient-centered care decisions.
  3. Participate in performance improvement/quality improvement activities to improve patient care.
  4. Collaborate with health care team members, the patient, and the patient's support persons to facilitate effective patient care.
  5. Use information technology to support and communicate the planning and provision of patient care.
  6. Manage care in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations through the process of planning, organizing, and directing.
  7. Function within the scope of practice of the Practical Nurse incorporating professional, legal, and ethical guidelines.
  8. Promote a culture of caring to provide support, compassion, and culturally competent, holistic care

LPN-to-ADN Degree


74.5 credits
(4 semesters)

We are currently not accepting applicants into this program.

This is an advanced placement option for students who are licensed as practical nurses in Colorado. Currently licensed LPNs who have worked at least one year full-time and those interested in transferring into the A.A.S. nursing program should contact a Health and Wellness Pathway Advisor at 303-404-5300 or for information regarding this program.

LPN-ADN degree: See required courses and descriptions

Offered at Westminster Campus only.

Nursing Associate Degree (RN)

A.A.S. in Nursing

71.5 credits
(5 semesters)

This program prepares students to practice as entry-level registered nurses (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 an RN. Nursing-ACEN-SealFRCC's nursing degree is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN).

Nursing degree: See required courses and descriptions.

Admission into the RN program is a competitive process with additional application and requirements.

Offered at Larimer and Westminster Campuses.

What You Will Learn

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make patient-centered care decisions.
  3. Implement quality measures to improve patient care.
  4. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  7. Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  8. Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally competent care.

RN-to-BSN Completion Program


RNs can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at FRCC. This is an online program designed for students who have either:

  1. Graduated from an Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) and have a current unencumbered nursing license to practice in CO.
    • If you have your ADN, the BSN can be completed in four full-time semesters (48.5 credits), or can be flexible to allow extended time to earn a degree.
  2. Successfully completed their first semester of an Associate Degree program (ADN), continue to be enrolled in an ADN program, and would like to complete a four-year BSN program as well.

FRCC Nursing students have dual enrollment options at FRCC, MSU Denver, UCCS, UNC, and CU.

See admissions process and requirements.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Quality Care: Interpret research to employ best practices and use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes. Propose an evaluation process to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems and deliver quality care to individuals and diverse populations.
  2. Professionalism: Formulate a plan that demonstrates an enhanced commitment to professionalism embracing excellence, caring, legal and ethical practice, civility, accountability, and professional development.
  3. Communication: Evaluate communication and collaboration with colleagues, interprofessional groups and members of the community to promote health, safety, and well-being across the lifespan and across the continuum of the healthcare environment.
  4. Leadership: Evaluate the contribution of leadership, quality improvement principles, and impact of organizational systems in transforming, managing, and coordinating safe, quality, cost-effective, person-centered care.
  5. Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning: Integrate a systematic process of critical inquiry with nursing science, natural and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities to make evidence-based practice decisions to improve the care of individuals, families, populations, and communities.

Nursing Annual Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Health Educator
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2018)

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