Larimer Nursing Department

Nursing Program Overview

The profession of nursing encompasses both science and art. Academic knowledge gained from the biological, social, and behavioral sciences provides the foundation, while clinical experience helps to develop skills. The art of nursing is to commit to care competently for others, accepting the legal, ethical, and moral responsibility inherent in the job. The right nursing school appropriately balances the art and science of the profession by providing a strong academic foundation and meaningful opportunities to develop and test your skills.

The Larimer Campus Nursing Department offers a curriculum designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving health care delivery system. Clinical experiences include state-of-the-art acute care centers such as Poudre Valley Hospital, McKee Medical Center, North Colorado Medical Center, and Medical Center of the Rockies as well as diverse settings in long-term care, home health, and community agencies.

Nursing Program Mission

To provide excellent education that prepares the learner to become a member of the nursing profession, meeting the needs of diverse populations.

2018 Nursing Program Outcomes

Our accredited nursing program serves students in Fort Collins and Larimer County. The combination of rigorous classwork, relevant clinical experiences, and dedicated faculty positions you for success in your future career.


NCLEX Pass Rate 100%
National Mean: 84%
Student Satisfaction 100%
Program Completion 65%
Job Placement 67%

Nursing Degrees & Certificates

Nursing Associate of Applied Science (RN/ADN)
This program consists of four semesters of nursing courses (42.5 credits) and 29 credits of general education courses. Upon completion, students will receive an A.A.S. in Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination, NCLEX®RN exam. Students are required to be dually enrolled in a bachelor degree nursing program (BSN) by the start of the second semester of the RN program.

Practical Nursing Certificate (PN)
This program consists of one year (three semesters) of practical nursing courses (36 credits) plus 7 credits of general education courses. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate and are eligible to take the PN Licensure Examination, NCLEX®PN.

    Nursing Information Presentations

    The FRCC Larimer Campus Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing Information Presentations are now online only! Presentations include information about:

    • Admissions process
    • Courses required prior to applying
    • HESI-A2 requirements
    • Ranking tables
    • Costs and financial aid
    • Articulation with four-year nursing programs

    On-campus forums will be held twice a year to answer questions about the nursing programs. Be sure to watch the online presentation sessions first!

    Online Presentations:  Practical Nursing Information Presentation 
      Registered Nursing Information Presentation
    On-Campus Forums: Monday, February 10 and Monday, July 13
    Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Blanca Peak Building, Room 126. See building map.

    Steps to Apply & Application

    Associate of Applied Science - Nursing (RN/ADN)


    The Larimer Campus Nursing Program curriculum describes the concepts, beliefs, and philosophy upon which the nursing curriculum is organized and developed.

    Dual Enrollment Requirement

    FRCC Larimer Campus ADN students are required to be dually enrolled in a bachelor degree nursing program (BSN) by the start of the second semester of their ADN program. ADN students may choose FRCC's RN-BSN Completion Program or any of the three colleges we have dual enrollment agreements with — MSU, UCCS or UNC. Use the links below to visit each dual enrollment website.

    FRCC RN-BSN Completion Program

    Metropolitan State University of Denver

    University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

    University of Northern Colorado in Greeley

    Representatives from each of the colleges give presentations early in the first semester. Students then apply to their school of choice and begin taking BSN coursework in the second semester. All BSN coursework is online, so students do not attend other campuses. Students typically take one to two additional online upper-level nursing courses with their school of choice each semester. Students typically graduate with their BSN two semesters after graduating from the ADN program.

    Student Resources

    Registered Nursing Program Accreditation Information

    The Larimer Campus Nursing Program has continuing full approval from the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The Larimer Campus is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

    Practical Nursing Information

    Steps to Apply & Application

    Practical Nursing Certificate (PN)

    Student Resources

    Program Outcomes

    The anticipated outcomes of the PN program include:

    • Licensure Exam Performance: The program's most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.
    • Program completion: 70% of students will progress to graduation within 150% of anticipated program length after beginning their first nursing course (3 semesters).
    • Job placement: 80% of graduates who respond to the Post-Secondary Vocational Graduate Follow-Up Survey (VE-135) will report that they are employed as an LPN within six to twelve months of graduation.

    Practical Nursing Program Accreditation Information

    Public Notice: View information about the upcoming accreditation review visit by the ACEN for Larimer Campus.

    The Larimer Campus Practical Nurse Certificate has interim approval from the Colorado Board of Nursing. This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

    Please note: Attendance at a non-accredited nursing school may make you ineligible to attend an accredited nursing school in pursuit of additional education.

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

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    Maria Anderson, RN, CNE, MSN

    Jane Beard, RN, MSN

    Juli Guenther, RN, MSN

    Susan Ihlenfeldt, RN, MSN, CNS

    Rebecca Roberts, RN, MSN

    Bobbie Smith RN, MSN, CNS

    Shelly Sparks RN, MSN

    Megan Walker, RN, MSN

    Cindy Rodriguez-Wewerka, RN, MSN, CNE, RCIS