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 Registered 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.

2018 Registered Nursing Program Outcomes

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

2020 Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

NCLEX Pass Rate 100%
Student Satisfaction 100%
Program Completion 76%

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.

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.

    Online Nursing Information Presentations  

    Larimer Campus Nursing Information Presentations are offered online only. Presentations include information about the admissions process, courses required prior to applying, HESI A-2 requirements, ranking tables, tuition, financial aid and articulation with four-year nursing programs

    Practical Nursing Presentation

    Registered Nursing Presentation

    Virtual Forums

    Forums are held twice a year through WebEx to answer questions about the Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing programs. Please watch the Online Nursing Information Presentations prior to joining a forum.

    Upcoming Virtual Forum:

    Monday, July 12, 2021
    A link to join will be added closer to the forum date.


    Registered Nursing Information

    Click here to view the 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.

    FRCC Larimer Campus Registered Nursing students are encouraged to work toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) during the time they are enrolled in the FRCC Registered Nursing program. Students may choose FRCC's RN-to-BSN Completion Program or any of the three universities we have dual enrollment agreements with- MSU, UCCS or UNC. Use the links below to visit each dual enrollment website. 

    FRCC RN-to-BSN Completion Program

    Metropolitan State University of Denver

    University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

    University of Northern Colorado in Greeley

    The Associate in Nursing Program at Front Range Community College, at the Larimer Campus located in Fort Collins, Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the registered nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

    View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program here

    Practical Nursing Information

    Click here to view the steps to apply & application.

    Practical Nursing Certificate (PN) Application Process

    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.

    The Practical Nursing Program at Front Range Community College, at the Larimer campus located in Fort Collins, CO is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

    View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program here.

    2021 Top Ranked Nursing School Badge

    Larimer Nursing Department 
    2021 Top Ranked Nursing School

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    Contact Us
    DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT

    Cleonne Steinmiller

    ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

    Laura O'Leary

    DEPARTMENT CHAIR & NURSING PROGRAM DIRECTOR

    Mark Longshore, JD, MSN, RN


    Contact Faculty

    Maria Anderson, MSN, RN, CNE

    Jane Beard, MSN, RN

    Juli Guenther ,MSN, RN

    Susan Ihlenfeldt, MSN, RN, CNS

    Jodi Larson, MSN, RN

    Rebecca Roberts, MSN, RN

    Bobbie Smith RN, MSN, RN, CNS

    Megan Walker, MSN, RN

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