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Why Choose a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at PPCC?

The RN to BSN Program offers an online completion program for licensed registered nurses seeking to obtain their bachelor’s degree.  PPCC is also now offering a dual enrollment option, allowing current ADN students to take BSN courses.  The BSN is required by employers like these: military, federal government, public health, schools,  many local hospitals, and out of state nursing jobs. It makes you more employable in Colorado and elsewhere, and it's necessary for advancing your career in leadership and management or continuing your education.

RN to Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program

What will you study?

As a PPCC nursing student, you will:

  • Examine the role of nursing
  • Critique nursing research
  • Expand beyond individual patient care to the nurse's role in health promotion, prevention, and overall community wellness
  • Develop clinical reasoning/leadership skills beyond the scope of the ADN level
  • Become prepared for career advancement

The mission of the PPCC Nursing RN-BSN Program

The mission of the PPCC nursing RN to BSN completion program is to provide quality education that prepares the learner to be an integral part of the nursing profession by engaging in lifelong learning that advances nursing practice. The nursing program is dedicated to providing our students with diverse experiences to meet the healthcare needs of our community members.

Virtual RN to BSN Info Session

PPCC RN-BSN Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the RN-BSN Nursing Program, the following outcomes are expected of the graduate:

Quality care: Interpret research to promote best practice and use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes. Propose an evaluation process to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems and deliver quality care to individuals and diverse populations. (*D1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10)

Professionalism: Formulate a plan that demonstrates an enhanced commitment to professionalism embracing excellence, caring, legal and ethical practice, civility, accountability, and professional development. (D1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10) & 9)

Communication: Evaluate effective communication and collaboration with colleagues, inter-professional groups, and members of the community to promote health, safety, and well-being across the lifespan and across the continuum of the healthcare environment. (D1, 2, 6, 3, 8, 9 & 10)

Leadership: Evaluate the contribution of leadership, quality improvement principles, and impact of organizational systems in transforming, managing, and coordinating safe, quality, and cost-effective person-centered care. (D 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9)

Critical thinking/clinical reasoning: Integrate a systematic process of critical inquiry with nursing, natural and behavioral sciences, arts , and humanities to make evidence-based practice decisions to improve the nursing care of individuals, families, populations, and communities. (D1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10)

*D 1-10 refer to The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (AACN, 2021) Domains of Nursing.

The Nursing Program Goals & Outcomes:


Goal 1: Students will understand data-driven decision-making using evidence-based practice and research.

Goal 2: Students will be prepared for a lifelong professional development and education journey.

Goal 3: We will build on the PPCC Nursing Program reputation of graduating highly sought after students.

Goal 4: We will develop future leaders in nursing.

Goal 5: We will meet the needs of our diverse community of interest.


Outcome #1 Program completion: At least 70% of our students will complete the program within 150% of the time of starting their first RN-BSN nursing course.

Outcome #2 Employment Rate: At least 70% of our RN-BSN graduates surveyed will be either employed or have returned to school to complete a graduate degree.

Outcome #3 Program satisfaction: At least 80% of program graduate survey respondents will report satisfaction with their program of study.

Outcome #4 Employer Satisfaction: At least 90% of survey respondents will rate our graduates at “well” or better in all categories.

Admission Requirements for RN to BSN Completion Program for Licensed RNs

  • Current RN License in good standing
  • Associate’s Degree from a regionally accredited school of nursing
  • Recommended GPA of 2.5 in nursing courses
  • Current health care provider Basic Life Support CPR Certification
  • Work verification form
  • Current Vaccinations/Titers for Flu, TDaP,  MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella & TB.
  • Within 30 days of your provisional acceptance, a Drug Screen and Background Check will need to be completed.  The Nursing Department will provide further information on how and where to get those completed.

Background Check Info

RN to BSN Completion Program Application Process


Step 1

Prepare documents to submit with your admission application

  • The RN to BSN Completion Program will be available to select when the application period opens.  
  • Prepare to submit the application by gathering required documents and completing required forms ahead of time so they can be uploaded and submitted with the application.

Step 2

Submit PPCC Application

  • Wait until 9am on the first day of the opening month to access the admission application. The deadline to submit the application and all supplemental items is is the last day of the month for each application period.
  • If you have applied to PPCC before, log back into your application account to submit a new application to the RN – BSN Completion Program.
  • If you are new to PPCC, create an application account and then submit the application.

Important Information to submit the correct admission application:

  • Select the correct cohort for the question “When do you want to start attending college?”

  • Select Health Professions & Services in the “Select an Area of Interest” drop-down menu and select Nursing: RN to BSN Completion in the “Select an Academic Program” drop-down menu.


Upload all 5 required supplemental items to the application

  • After filling out the online application and clicking Submit Application on the “College Opportunity Fund and Certification” page, click on the My Account link in the menu.

  • Click on Step 4. Submit Supplemental Items
  • To upload the required supplemental items, click the “Choose File” button next to each item and upload the relevant document.
  • When you have successfully uploaded a document, the submission status will show as “Received”.

Important Information

  • Applications are not considered complete until all 5 supplemental items have been submitted and the Nursing Department has verified the uploaded documents.
  • The Nursing Department will review all supplemental items in the order they were received.
  • Applicants will be notified when all submitted supplemental items have been verified by the Nursing Department. At that point, the application is considered complete and there is nothing else for the applicant to submit.

Step 3

Acceptance Process

  • The Nursing Department will review all completed applications (i.e. applications submitted with all 5 supplemental documents) after the application deadline.
  • Admission decisions and next steps will be emailed to applicants approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

RN to BSN Curriculum

RN to BSN Degree 120 Credits Total

71.5 Credits awarded from ADN/AAS degree or Diploma and active RN license

30.5 Credits for RN to BSN Courses

18 General Education Credits:

  • English 122 (3 credits)
  • Math 135 Statistics (3 credits)
  • GT-HI1 History Course (3 credits)
  • GT-AH1243 Arts & Humanities Courses (6 credits)
  • GT-SS1,2 or 3 Social Sciences (3 credits)

Required courses:

NUR 301
Integration into BSN Practice (3 credits)

NUR 302
Trends in Nursing Practice (3 credits)

NUR 303 
Nursing Research (3 credits)

NUR 408 
Law & ethics (3 credits)

NUR 409 
Leadership (3.5 credits) *includes practicum, MUST have RN license to enroll

NUR 410 
Community Health Nursing (6 credits) *includes practicum, MUST have RN license to enroll

NUR 411
Senior Capstone (3 credits) *includes practicum, MUST have RN license to enroll

Plus choose 2 of the following electives:

NUR 304 
Health Informatics (3 credits)

NUR 305
Emergency Preparedness (3 credits)

NUR 306
Behavioral Health (3 credits)

NUR 307 
Geriatrics (3 credits)

For Questions, please contact:

Randee Nyman, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE
RN to BSN Coordinator
Pikes Peak Community College
(719) 502-3525


RN to BSN Curriculum

Sample Curriculum for Dual Enrolled Students




  • Student must have completed the 1.1 ADN semester before starting dual enrollment
  • Student must be currently enrolled and progressing through the ADN Program courses.
  • Student must be in good standing in the Nursing Program and with Pikes Peak Community College, overall.

Dual Enrollment Application

Handbook Information

Fall 2021 RN to BSN Handbook

Fall 2021 Handbook

Forms Needed for RN To BSN Completion Program


Work Experience Immunization Record

RN to BSN Application Periods

Application periods are as follows:

For the spring admission, apply October 1st through 31st.

For summer admission, apply March 1st through 31st.

For fall admission, apply June 1st through 30th.

For licensed RNs, the application process will be done entirely online.

For current ADN students, application packets may be picked up in the Nursing Department at the CHES Building or can be requested electronically from


RN to BSN Faculty Contact

Randee Nyman

(719) 502-3450

Contact Nursing

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 The RN-BSN Program at Pikes Peak Community College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The accreditation is valid from February 2021 through December of 2026.

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