Southwest Campus nursing student




One of the admission requirements to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is the completion of a Nurse Aide program. For information on the Nurse Aide program, please contact the department chair, Donna Borders, at 719-549-3295 or

Why PCC?

Our faculty members are experienced professionals who provide quality education to our students. The diverse backgrounds of our faculty members include specialization in obstetrics, pediatrics, critical care, mental health and primary care.

The department offers an array of learning tools and cutting-edge technology to enhance your experiences and overall education, including learning labs with low- and high-tech manikins and a simulation center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. These experiences make it possible for you to practice in different real-life scenarios.

Our collaborative relationships with local hospitals allow us to provide you the clinical experiences necessary to accomplish graduate competencies and acquire work-ready skills.

What will I learn?

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program teaches you skills of direct patient care that you can apply in any healthcare setting. It offers theoretical and applied instruction in classrooms, simulated laboratories, and clinical settings. It integrates education in adult, gerontological, obstetric, pediatric, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Your clinical learning will take place in diverse types of institutions. Entry-level courses in leadership teach you to direct and supervise ancillary personnel.

The program also offers a Practical Nursing certificate. After successfully completing the first two semesters of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). At this point, you could exit and seek employment as an LPN or continue with the remaining two semesters and prepare to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After completing all requirements, you will receive the AAS degree. Successful performance on the NCLEX-RN will award you state licensure and qualify you for the title of Registered Nurse (RN).

2020 NCLEX Pass Rate: 92.9 %

2020 Retention Rate: 94.28%


Marijuana Policy

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program. 

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Nursing:

Program Information

Pueblo Campus, Fremont Campus, Southwest
Health Professions
AAS, Certificate, BSN
Course Availability