Larimer Nursing Department

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 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..

Degrees & Certificates

FRCC will begin offering a new RN to BSN program in Fall 2020. More information to come.

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.

Practical Nurse - Exit Option - Certificate (PN)
The Practical Nurse Exit Option is designed for students who have already completed the first year of the A.A.S. program. By successfully completing NUR 169, students will earn a certificate and become eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses NCLEX®PN.

    Information Sessions

    Attendance at an information session is highly recommended for the FRCC Larimer Campus Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Certificate. Information provided includes prerequisite courses, admission and registration processes, costs and financial aid, program philosophy, course schedules, and articulation with four-year nursing programs. No registration is required, just drop in.

    When:
    Nursing information sessions are held on the second Monday of each month
    Time:
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Where:
    Blanca Peak Building, Room 126. See building map.

    Registered Nursing Information

    Steps to Apply & Application

    Associate of Applied Science - Nursing (RN/ADN)

    Curriculum

    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 are automatically accepted in 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.

    Metropolitan State University of Denver

    University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

    University of Northern Colorado in Greeley

    Representatives from each of the colleges present 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, therefore 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

    Program Outcomes

    NCLEX Results 93% (2015-2016)  
    National Mean: 80.9%
    Employer Satisfaction 100% rated 3 or better on a 5-point Likert scale
    Student Satisfaction  97% (2014-2015)
    Program Completion  78.1% graduate within 150% of time
    Job Placement 90% as RN with 43% continuing education (2014-2015)

    Accreditation

    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, Inc.
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000


    Practical Nursing Information

    Steps to Apply & Application

    Practical Nursing Certificate (PN)

    Curriculum

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

    Student Resources

    Accreditation

    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.

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

    The Larimer Campus Practical Nurse- Exit Option- Certificate is approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing. It is not accredited by the ACEN. The program is NOT accredited by a National Nursing Accreditation agency. Attendance at a non-accredited nursing school may make you ineligible to attend an accredited nursing school in pursuit of additional education.