Center for Health & Natural Sciences


Community College of Denver (CCD) has partnered with the University of Colorado (CU Denver) to prepare you for a nursing career through the competitive Integrated Nursing Pathways (INP) program. Once accepted into the program, you will complete the final 30 credits of required pathway classes at CCD and earn an Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) degree. A minimum 3.0 GPA after taking 9 prerequisite classes is required for admittance into the program and must be maintained throughout. After graduating from CCD and maintained admission standards, you will automatically transition to the CU Denver College of Nursing in Aurora. Upon the successful completion of six more semesters of study, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing.


The annual application deadline is March 31st, once prerequisite coursework is completed or will be completed by the end of the spring semester. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required to apply and will need to be maintained while taking the required pathway courses. Entry into the nursing program is a competitive process, and the INP program will accept a limited number of students each year. Once accepted, you will begin the program during the fall semester of the year of application and will complete the final 30 credits of required pathway classes at CCD and earn an A.G.S. degree.

For further information about this competitive program, please consult with the INP program coordinator at 303.365.8304 or visit


Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CHE 101 Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1 5
MAT 121 College Algebra: GT-MA1 4
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
Second Semester
BIO 111 General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1 5
MAT 135 Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 3
Third Semester
PSY 101 General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3
HWE 100 Human Nutrition 3
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
Fourth Semester
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1 4
BIO 204 Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1 4
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3
PHI 112 Ethics: GT-AH3 3
Fifth Semester
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1 4
ANT 250 Medical Anthropology: GT-SS3 3
PSY 235 Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3 3
HIS 121 U.S. History to Reconstruction: GT-HI1 3
NUR 213 Professional Pathway to Nursing 3
 Total Credits62

NOTE: This degree will be conferred as an A.G.S. degree. "Integrated Nursing Pathway Program" will not be listed on your transcript or diploma but will be recognized by the transferring institution for program admission. Students interested in completing an A.S. degree should consult with the INP program coordinator. Although the INP program requires 65 credits for completion, only 60 of those credits are fully transferable to CU Denver.

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**This program is not eligible for federal student aid.**

The nurse aide certificate prepares you to perform fundamental nursing skills for direct personal care to clients; helping the patient bathe, dress, walk, eat and other daily activities in a long-term facility, hospital or home. The skills are covered in theory, lab and 30 hours of clinical practice.
Clinical practice of nurse aides is regulated by the Colorado Board of Nursing. Colorado has a mandatory Nurse Aide Practice Act, which means that no one may practice as a certified nurse aide without obtaining certification. Students successfully completing the certificate in nurse aide program at CCD are eligible to take the Colorado Nurse Aide Certification Exam.


  • Prior to enrolling in the program, you must complete an online application for admission. The online application is available at Incomplete packets will not be considered for admission.
  • Upon enrolling in the college, you may complete the nurse aide program application at
  • Obtain a TB skin test and Flu vaccine (during Flu season).
  • Complete CCPT Test with minimum test scores of:
    • LADI score of 67, PADI score of 001 or equivalent to MAT 050 (ACTM 19 or SATM 460 will also meet this requirement)
    • READ score of 76, and WRES score of 2 or equivalent to CCR 092 (ACTE 18 or SATV 440 will also meet this requirement)
  • Waivers may be obtained for all or part of the CCPT test if you have ACT or SAT scores or a prior degree. Please contact the Testing Center at the Auraria Campus at 303.352.6810.

Refer to for additional documents to be completed, prior to acceptance into the nurse aide program.


NUA 101Nurse Aide Health Care Skills4
NUA 170Nurse Aide Clinical Experience1
Total Credits5

NOTE: The Colorado Board of Nursing, which is responsible for overseeing nurse aides in Colorado, has varied restrictions that may affect persons with a history of a felony conviction. Community College of Denver assumes no responsibility for the denial of licensure by the State Board of Nursing. Prospective students are responsible for contacting the Board of Nursing at 303.894.2432 with any questions regarding their eligibility for licensure.

Practical Nursing 

The Practical Nursing Program at Community College of Denver offers a comprehensive educational program that blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice. It provides students with the skills they need to care for the physical needs of patients while promoting their health, healing, and wellness. 

As a practical nurse (PN), you will have access to varying employment opportunities:

  • In long-term care facilities, the PN is often the team leader providing care to multiple residents.
  • In outpatient clinic settings, the PN works in collaboration with doctors in treating and educating patients.
  • In-home healthcare settings, the autonomous PN provides in-home care to patients ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric.
  • In hospitals, PNs provide routine care in many different departments with varying duties.

The program prepares you to take the NCLEX-PN national licensing examination and for employment in many healthcare settings.

The program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The program is applying for national accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Pending accreditation, practical nursing graduate's future educational options and career opportunities may be limited. 

Application Requirements and Process

To be accepted into the program, you must be CPR (Basic Life Support) certified, have taken nurse aide training or have experience working as a nursing assistant, MA, pharmacy technician, or phlebotomist and must have completed three prerequisite classes, and be accepted into the program. 

Step-by-Step Application 

Program Prerequisites

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
BIO 106 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
Choose One 2
Medical Terminology  
Medical Terminology  
 Total Credits9


Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
NUR 101 Pharmacology Calculations 1
NUR 103 Basic Health Assessment for the Practical Nurse 1
Second Semester
NUR 105 Practical Nursing Arts and Skills 6
Third Semester
NUR 110 Pharmacology for Practical Nursing 3
NUR 116 Basic Concepts of Geriatric Nursing 1
NUR 170 Clinical I 3
NUR 102 Alterations in Adult Health I 4
NUR 115 Basic Concepts of Mental Health Nursing 1
NUR 171 Clinical II 2
Fourth Semester
NUR 104 Alterations in Adult Health II 5
NUR 111 Advancement into Practical Nursing 1
NUR 113 Basic Concepts of Maternal-Newborn Nursing 2
NUR 114 Basic Concepts of Pediatric Nursing 2
NUR 172 Clinical III 1
NUR 173 Clinical IV 3
 Total Credits36