Jun 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing AAS, PN-RN Option - Academic Plan

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Students will receive credit for prior learning based on current Licensed Practical Nurse licensure in the state of Colorado. Students will have developed entry-level skills for employment in hospitals and other health care settings. Clinical nursing courses include supervised patient care experiences at a variety of health care agencies. For information about the nursing program application, go to http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs. Call 303.797.5939 or email nursing@arapahoe.edu with questions.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 75.5


Required Courses - General Education Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required? Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
BIO 2101  - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: GT-SC1* 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
BIO 2102  - Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes

BIO 2104  - Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1 OR

BIO 2108  - General College Microbiology: GT-SC1



Yes Yes Yes Yes

ENG 1021  - English Composition I: GT-CO1*

3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

HPR 1010  - Nutrition OR

HWE 1050  - Human Nutrition





Yes No

MAT 1120  - Math for Clinical Calculations*

3 No Yes Yes Yes
PSY 2440  - Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
BIO 2116  - Human Pathophysiology 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes

Select any 3-credit Humanities or Social Behavioral Science Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course

(PSY 1001  - General Psychology I: GT-SS3 or

PSY 1002  - General Psychology II: GT-SS3 are pre-requisites for PSY 2440  at ACC and applies to elective GT-SS3*)

3 Yes Yes Yes Yes


Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required? Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
NUR 1089  - Transition from LPN to ADN 4 Yes Fall 2022 only Yes Yes
NUR 1006  - Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts 7 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 1009  - Fundamentals of Nursing 6 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 1012  - Basic Concepts of Pharmacology 2 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 1050  - Maternal - Child Nursing 6 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 2006  - Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing I 6.5 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 2011  - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 2012  - Pharmacology II 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
NUR 2016  - Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5 Yes Yes Yes No
NUR 2030  - Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 4 Yes Yes Yes No


•    All general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and overall GPA of 2.5.
•    Upon successful completion of NUR 1089 , NUR 2006 , NUR 2011 , and NUR 2012 , PLA credit for CO State LPN license  [NUR 1009  (6 cr.), NUR 1012  (2 cr.), NUR 1006  (7cr.), and NUR 1050  (6 cr.)] will be awarded. 

Program Outcomes

  • Provide safe, quality, evidence-based nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse client populations across the lifespan.
  • Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make client centered care decision.
  • Implement quality measures to improve client care.
  • Participate in communication and collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the client, and the client’s support persons.
  • Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and client care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making.
  • Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse client populations.
  • Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  • Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally-competent care.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time Track)

Humanities or Social Behavioral Science

Year 1 - Summer

Year 1 - Fall


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001  – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • All interested students should attend an information session offered by the nursing department as soon as possible.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021  or ENG 1031  must also register for ENG 0094  unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094  standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • All general education courses for the AAS Nursing are required pre-requisites to the PN-ADN Program.
  • Once accepted to the nursing program student will be assigned to classes.
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree.
  • Speak to the nursing department for more information about BSN completion opportunities that may be available to graduates enrolled in or graduated from ACC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program.
  • The AAS-Nursing program at ACC is a full-time program.
  • The Nursing Program is a selective admission program; please visit www.arapahoe.edu for detailed information about application deadlines and requirements.

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