Nursing school frequently asked questions

NJC has four program options:

  • Nurse Aide Program (NA): consists of 3 courses NUA 101 Nurse Aide Health Care Skills (4 credits), NUA 102 Certification Exam Prep (0.5 credit) and NUA 170 Nurse Aide Clinical Experience (1 credit). These 3 courses consist of classroom, lab and clinical experience. Once these courses are satisfactorily completed the students may take a written and practical test to become a certified nurse aide (CNA) through the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The nurse aide program is offered 4 times a year: fall semester, over winter break, spring semester and over summer break.
  • Practical Nursing (PN) exit option after one year of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN Program). Students take a summer course NUR 169 Transition into Practical Nursing (4 credits) and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (practical nursing state board exam) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (PN).
  • Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) is a full time 2 year program once prerequisite courses are completed. After successful completion the graduate can take the NCLEX-RN (nursing state board exam) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • LPN to Associate Degree Program: LPNs can complete a course NUR 189 Transition from LPN to ADN (3 credits) and then enter the second year of the 2 year program. After successful completion of the second year the graduate can take the NCLEX-RN (nursing state board exam) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The first step to apply to the nursing program is to apply for admission to Northeastern Junior College. Applying is free.

  • Nurse Aide Program registration can be completed by setting up an appointment with the nursing office (970) 521-6701.
  • Other nursing program applications are on-line. before applying, you must complete the prerequisite courses with the exception of one Anatomy & Physiology course which needs to be completed before the start of the nursing program with a "C" or greater

Yes, applications are accepted at any time for the nursing programs with the exception of the nurse aide program. Students who have applied on or before April 1st will receive preferential consideration for the August start. Selection of the class is competitive and based on a point system. 

Nurse aide course registration follows the registration dates set up by the college for each term.

NJC’s nursing students need to show that they are ready for college course work in reading, math and science. See the nursing office for more information.

All nursing students need to take a pre-nursing test. NJC’s counseling office gives the Kaplan pre-nursing test. The test evaluates skills in English, reading, math and science. Payment of $35 is required at the time you schedule the test. Call the Student Success Center office at (970) 521-6663 to set up an appointment. Study guides are available.

Yes, with the exception of (one) Anatomy & Physiology course that must be completed before the start of fall semester with a "C" or greater.The GPA for prerequisite courses needs to be a 2.5 or higher. Prerequisites include:

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

Note: BIO courses are valid for 7 years from the time of completion to the start of the nursing program

No, general education courses can be completed while in the two-year ADN program; however, you do receive points on the competitive admission criteria if you have completed BIO 204 and/or BIO 216. Nursing faculty recommend you take as many general education courses before entry into the nursing program as possible.  General education courses include:

  • BIO 204 Microbiology
  • BIO 216 Pathophysiology
  • MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations
  • 3 credits elective in social science

Note: All general education courses need to be completed before entry into the LPN to ADN program.  BIO courses are valid for 7 years from the time of completion to the start of the nursing program

Prerequisite and General education courses
   
29 credits at $173.00 per credit for tutition and fees minus COF=$5,017.00 (Colorado resident cost)

Year one of Nursing School
   21 credits (excludes NUR 169)  at $248.10 per credit for tutition and fees minus COF=$5,885.62 (Colorado resident cost)

Year two of Nursing School
   21.5 credits at $248.10 per credit for tutition and fees minus COF=$5,662.65 (Colorado resident cost)

Supplies and books
   Supplies and books total $1,785.00

Overall estimated cost $18,350.27 (Colorado resident cost)

No having your certification as a CNA is not required; however, you do receive points on the competitive admission criteria if you are a CNA. Often times completing the CNA course helps students gain basic skills that gives them confidence in nursing courses. It is also a great way to help determine if the nursing profession is for you.

Northeastern Junior College

Associate Degree Nursing Program Competitive Admission Criteria

Applicants for the associate degree nursing program will be evaluated based on a point system. Applicants will be selected based on the total points earned.  Applicants who score 60 points or more by the April 1st deadline will receive preferential consideration.

Grade Point Average on required prerequisites include: ENG 121 English Composition, HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition or HWE Human Nutrition, PSY 235 Human Growth and Development, BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II.

Minimum GPA must be a 2.5

GPA of 2.5-2.69= 5 points

GPA of 2.7-2.99 = 10 points

GPA of 3.0-3.59 = 15 points

GPA of 3.6-4.0 = 20 points

 

Satisfactory Completion of Science General Education Credits

                BIO 204 Microbiology (4 credits) = 2.5 points

                BIO 216 Pathophysiology (4 credits) = 5 points

Prior Degree:  Associate Degree or higher = 10 points

Certified Nursing Assistant = 5 points

Satisfactory completion of AAA 072 Jump Start to Nursing =5 points

Satisfactory completion of HPR 178 Medical Terminology = 5 points

Nursing preadmission test

Kaplan’s Admissions Test is a tool to determine if students have the academic skills necessary to perform effectively in a school of nursing. The Admissions Test is a 91-question, online, multiple-choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing, and science skills of students seeking entry into a nursing program. The date of test must be within one year of application to the program.

Score at or below the 34th percentile = 0 points

Score between 35th-42nd percentile = 2.5 points

Score between 43rd-50th percentile =5 points

Score between 51st-64th percentile =10 points

Score between 65th-84th percentile = 15 points

Score at or above 85% percentile = 20 points

 

*A score in the science section of the nursing preadmission test at or above the 65th percentile earns the applicant 5 extra points.

*A score in the critical thinking section of the nursing preadmission test at or above the 65th percentile earns the applicant 5 extra points

Local Community

                NJC’s service area = 5 points

Includes the following counties: Logan, Phillips, Yuma, Sedgwick, and Washington counties. Proof of residence is based on domicile (legal, primary residence) of a qualified person in the above counties for the year proceeding the first day of class.

Revised 9/23/20