Educating Nurses since 1964
Northeastern's Nursing Program has a long history of success in producing graduates that excel in the nursing field.

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Your Nursing Degree

A career in nursing offers an opportunity to serve and care for others in their greatest time of need. Whether in a hospital setting, long-term care facility, home-health care, school nurse, or even in research, nurses are the frontlines to patient care.

They advocate for their patients’ health and are leaders in the world of healthcare. The nursing field offers a rewarding career and the daily opportunity to positively impact others.

Northeastern Nursing staff hold homemade signs in a grid of photos with the statement: to be the best, you must be able to handle the worst. Together we rise!
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“Becoming a nurse is one of the most selfless acts a person can undertake. In a society of so many different races, cultures, customs, and beliefs, nurses are a universal gift to all, and the dedicated work that they do and kindness they deliver on a daily basis should serve as a reminder of the fundamental humanity inside us all. “ -Ariel Jacoby

Nursing Degrees

Why Northeastern?

Northeastern's Nursing Program has a long history of success in producing graduates that excel in the nursing field. Our nursing programs offer small class sizes to allow individual attention to all nursing students in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting.

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What Our Students Consider the Strengths of NJC's Nursing Program

"The nursing faculty is amazing."

"They provide lots of hands-on opportunities to learn skills"

"Willing to help out students significantly that are struggling or below the passing rate.  Give us a lot of resources to help us get our grades up and how to learn the content"

"Challenged me to think like a nurse and use critical thinking skills:

"Small classes and high availability of staff"

"The instructors are knowledgeable, understanding and want students to succeed"

"There is a lot of support from faculty and staff"

"The small class size, instructors who individualize learning, instructors push you to succeed"

"Very thorough, consistent, high expectations, always pushing to do better, and overall caring"

"Hands on practice, adequate clinical/simulation hours, staff that is willing to think out of the box"

(Taken from the Class of 2023 Graduate Survey)


Nursing students are given a variety of clinical experiences that allows the student to see the variety of employment options available to a nursing graduate. Clinical sites include:

Several local hospitals to include the following departments:

  • Medical Surgical Units
  • Perioperative Departments: pre-op, operating room and post anesthesia
  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Therapy departments: Respiratory therapy, Physical therapy, Cardiac Rehab
  • Infusion therapy departments
  • Women's Health Department: Birthing Centers
  • Diagnostic unit: radiology and laboratory

Several local health care providers’ offices and larger clinics

  • Local tele-health clinic
  • Home care/Hospice agencies
  • Dialysis agency
  • Several different long term care agencies (nursing homes)
  • Local preschools and school nurse rotations
  • Department of Corrections
  • Several Mental Health facilities

In addition all full time faculty are mastered prepared nurse educators with a wide variety of expertise in the nursing field. Nursing students are offered a great deal of support while working on obtaining a nursing degree.

The nursing department has a Life Skills Coach who will assist students to manage the demands of nursing school both on an individual basis and in small groups. In addition students are able to get free tutoring from a professional nursing tutor through our Monahan Learning Center.

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There are 5 prerequisite courses required to enter the nursing program. 

  • ENG 121 English Composition 3 credits
  • PSY 235 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
  • HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition 1 credit or HWE 100 Human Nutrition 3 credits
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
  • BIO 202 Human and Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits

Each student must earn at least a "C" or better for each of the prerequisite courses and the overall Grade point average (GPA) must be a 2.5

Science courses (BIO prefix) are valid for 7 years.

The nursing professional works in a variety of settings to include: hospitals, nursing homes, clinics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 58,800 openings for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

A number of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, have become more prevalent in recent years. LPNs and LVNs will be needed to assist and care for patients with chronic conditions in skilled nursing and other extended care facilities. In addition, many procedures that once could be done only in hospitals are now being done outside of hospitals, creating demand in other settings, such as outpatient care centers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $48,070 in May 2021.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Practical Nurse (L.P.N. Training)

This program is designed to be completed in 60 weeks.

This program will cost $12,156 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.

  1. Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  2. Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  3. Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: Colorado
  4. Program does not qualify students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  5. The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: N/A

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: College Scorecard

NJC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The institutional accrediting agency evaluates the entire educational organization. In addition NJC’s nursing program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program and the LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Program  at Northeastern Junior College located in Sterling, CO  is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program and the LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at

Staci Foos
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Staci Foos

I have loved every minute of my experience at Northeastern. I appreciate the multiple and diverse clinical sites which helped me get a feel for all different types of nursing available to me.

Cassie Chappell
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Cassie Chappell

I love taking care of people. Knowing that I have made a difference in a person's life or just made their day a little bit warms my heart.

Molly Weatherill
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Molly Weatherill

I come from a small community so it was a smooth transition from high school to Northeastern.

Lindsey Nestor
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Lindsey Nestor

For a small town community college, the campus has the environment of a university and it is beautiful.

Jessica Teter
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Jessica Teter

While I was looking at nursing schools, NJC stood out to me because of the amazing nursing staff.

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