This degree is a selective admissions program. Please read How to Apply for details. 



Application for Fall 2023 admission will be open on March 1, 2023 and closed May 19, 2023.  Late submissions will not be accepted. All documents must be uploaded on the application site for consideration.

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%



The Associate Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone: 404.975.5000, website . Approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.


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. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The licensure requirements for nurses differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories. Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit the National Council of State Board of Nursing website to identify the nursing requirements for the state in which you plan to live and practice. PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our programs. State-by-state information is available on the Nursing License Map.

This program meets the applicable state prerequisites for certification in Colorado as listed below:

Colorado State Board of Nursing

PCC has not determined if the Associate Degree Nursing Program meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Nursing:

Associate Degree Nursing

Award/Program Credits

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Award/Program Credits

First Year Nursing - PN Certificate Option

Award/Program Credits

Nursing, LPN to ADN, AAS

Award/Program Credits

Paramedic to Associate Degree Nursing

Award/Program Credits

PN Opt-out Certificate

Award/Program Credits

Practical Nursing (PN)

Award/Program Credits

Program Information

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