Nursing Admission Requirements

Nursing Program Accreditation
Trinidad State Junior College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, 800-621-7440. The Nursing Program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the Colorado Community College System.

In addition, the Associate Degree of Nursing program is fully accredited by
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program combines coursework in nursing and general education with clinical experiences in regional health care facilities under the supervision of college faculty members. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Students have the option to receive a certificate and take the NCLEX for Practical Nurses after the first year of the professional phase of nursing which must include NUR 169—Transition into Practical Nursing. Graduates are encouraged to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing, through our dual enrollment options or other avenues. TSJC has dual enrollment contracts with UCCS, Adams State, Metro State, and CSU-P. Credits may be applied in whole or in part in accordance with the policies of the accepting institution.

Successful graduates of the program are awarded the Associate in Applied Science Degree and are prepared to:

  • Accept responsibility for professional growth within the nursing profession
  • Utilize the nursing process in caring for assigned patients
  • Apply scientific and physiological principles to health care
  • Function as members of health care teams, guiding other members in selected aspects of health care
  • Demonstrate accountability to the nursing profession

Admission Requirements
Admission requires a high school diploma or the equivalent, satisfactory performance on the college skills placement test (McCann CCPT) and completion of any required foundations courses. SAT, ACT or McCann CCPT scores determine the need for foundation courses. All students must show appropriate scores or have successfully completed the minimum requirement of Reading 090 and Math 090 or Math 107. Math 107 is recommended.

All students are responsible for their education and in knowing what courses are required. Students should consult with nursing advisor to ensure they are fully prepared for entrance into the professional nursing program. TSJC Nursing Department reserves the right to decline admission to any student based upon disqualifying offenses, GPA and/or poor transcript history.

Students are eligible for admission on a point system criterion. Students are granted points for:

  • 2.5 GPA on mandatory prerequisite courses and cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Additional courses completed
  • Scores for Admission Assessment Examination
  • Medical Experience
  • Previous degree

Applicants are required to submit transcripts from all previous college course work including any previous nursing courses.

TSJC cannot admit students who have failed or withdrawn from two NUR courses from TSJC or any other college within five years of dismissal. TSJC will not admit students who have been dismissed from TSJC or any other college for disciplinary actions.

Students must complete all prerequisite courses before applying to the professional nursing program. Applications will not be considered or saved if submitted before requirements are complete.

The required three pre-requisite courses for nursing are:

  • ENG 121 English Composition
  • PSY 235 Human Growth and Development
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • GPA for the above three courses must be a minimum 2.5 average.
  • Students must be successful in all science courses. More than one grade of W, D or F in any of the prerequisite BIO courses will be viewed as poor transcript history.

Courses listed below are required for the ADN degree.
It is recommended that they be complete prior to application and/or admission into the professional nursing program. Additional points for admission are granted.

  • HPR 108 Nutrition (1 credit) (HWE 100 Nutrition (3 credit) towards a BSN would also be accepted) (first semester nursing program course.)
  • Elective—Humanities/Social Behavior Science, General Psychology is recommended however; students may select from the Guaranteed Transfer Course List, ( link )
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (before entering second year of nursing program)
  • BIO 216 Pathophysiology (second semester course must be completed before continuing third semester.)

Highly recommended courses.

  • AAA 050 Semester Survival—teaches note taking, lecture, and testing skills to become a more successful student!
  • HPR 178 Medical Terminology—helps students have a better understanding of all terms and procedures.
  • NUR 101 Pharmacology Calculations -One credit, online course. This class is recommended for students who are still hesitant or uncomfortable with math skills.

Any courses that would apply towards a BSN program of the student’s choice. Please work with the nursing advisor on these courses.

Students requesting admission into the third and fourth semesters must:

  • Supply current active United States licensure
  • Present official transcripts from all previous colleges
  • Meet all prerequisite requirements
  • Students obtaining and practicing LPN past three years must complete NUR 189 Transition from LPN to ADN (Bridging Course).
  • Students with active, LPN licensure past ten years are also required to take Standardized Exam.
  • The student is required to supply information necessary for clinical placement, including but not limited to: Background Check, drug screening, immunizations and CPR certification.
  • Students who have failed or withdrawn from two nursing courses from TSJC or any other college are not eligible for admission.
  • Students who do not have an active license or who have not practiced within three years are required to begin as a new nursing student.

Transferring Credits
Transfer credits must be submitted, reviewed and recorded before being accepted in the professional nursing program. Transcripts must be official in an official sealed envelope from previous institution. Students may need to provide a course description and syllabus for courses. Students with transfer credits may submit them to:

  • Both Campuses
    Kelly Hall - Nursing Dept
    1011 Main Street
    Alamosa, CO 81101
  • Official Electronic transcripts may be sent to:
    TSJC Admissions and Records Office
    ATTN: Mathlida Westerman or Kelly Hall
    1011 Main Street
    Alamosa, CO 81101

    TSJC Admissions and Records Office
    ATTN: Christy Holden or Lori Rae Hamilton
    600 Prospect Street
    Trinidad, CO 81082
    E-Transcripts are accepted from Script Save or Parchment companies only, at this time.

Readmission Requests
A dated letter 60 days prior to anticipated reentry including the student’s current contact information: mailing and CCCS system email address and telephone number requesting readmission to the nursing program.  Letters must be formal and typed with proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Students must identify the problems that caused the failure and present a solution for each area. Completion of current admission requirements, such as admission testing and meeting selection criteria could be required. Re-entering students may also be required to complete additional requirements (course work or work experience) based on current curriculum and program requirements.

Any student who has received a D or F or Unsatisfactory grade in any two nursing courses, has failed two nursing courses, or withdraws failing from a second nursing course will not be readmitted to the Nursing Program for a period of at least five years. A withdrawal with a failing average at the time of withdrawal will be considered as a course failure for the nursing program.

The Nursing Director will consider readmission requests based on first come first serve and prior history related to the following:

  1. Cumulative pre-requisite and nursing course GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Admission test scores in reading comprehension, writing, math, and anatomy & physiology
  3. Plan for success and actions toward remediation
  4. Resource utilization
  5. Clinical space available
  6. Required documents submitted by the deadline
  7. Academic Standing
  8. Violation of any nursing policy or procedure
  9. Obtaining a N.A. Certificate or LPN Licensure

DEADLINE for submittal of dated letter and required documents to request readmission 60 days prior to anticipated reentry.  Students will be officially notified by letter of the Nursing Director’s decision prior to the semester in which readmission is requested.

Application Procedure
The 2016-17 admission test dates have been posted. The deadlines are May 27, 2016 with selection on FIRST WEEK of JUNE for Alamosa campus; and July 22, 2016 with selection on FIRST WEEK of AUGUST for Trinidad campus.  Please submit an online application for more information via the PDF document.

  1. Online Application - Students must submit an online nursing application ( ) have all prerequisite courses completed with appropriate GPA and complete and have passing scores for the HESI Admission Assessment Examination. All transfer credits must be submitted and approved.
  2. Admission Assessment Exam
    All applicants are required to achieve a passing score on the HESI Admission Assessment Exam as part of the application process. Students may take the exam twice within the time frame offered each year. All students are required to register for this exam through the tsjcnursing/ . Test dates and directions are published on the PDF that is downloaded after submitting the online TSJC Nursing application.  Students need to create an Evolve account before testing. ( ) Students who do not pass the exam on first attempt will be required to reschedule another testing date within time frame offered. Minimum of 75% is required on each section: Reading Comprehension, English Language Composite, Anatomy & Physiology and Math. This is a timed exam. Students are allowed a maximum of four hours to complete the exam. Students are required to complete all sections of the exam. Students who do not take/skip sections will be required to retake the entire exam at their own expense. Approximate cost is $45. HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3rd Edition ISBN # 978-1-4557-0333-3 is the study guide for this exam.
  3. Background Check & Drug Screen
    Criminal Background check and a ten panel drug screening must be completed with results posted for review before students are accepted to the nursing program. Criminal Background check and drug screening must be purchased through Certified Background $93.20. Students will be given additional information upon application. A 48hr notice will be announced when to complete the drug screen. Deadlines will apply. Disqualifying offenses may postpone or be cause for decline into the professional nursing program. All prescription drugs must be disclosed before screening. Prescription medical marijuana is not accepted or permissible under any circumstance. Please see Disqualifying Offenses below.
  4. Physical Examination
    Students must obtain a physical examination from a licensed practitioner. Nursing students are required to meet the same health requirements mandated by the CO Department of Health and JACHO as employees of any health care facility. Thus, some requirements are in addition to those usually performed as part of a physical examination. Students are not required to obtain physical exam until full acceptance is confirmed. Forms will be provided by the college nursing department.
  5. Immunizations
    Documentation of the following mandatory immunizations is required at the time of acceptance into the program. Deadlines will apply.
     o  The form should be used as a reference tool ONLY to verify accurate completion and documentation of immunization requirements. Students are still required to provide separate documentation of ALL official lab results and/or official vaccination records with healthcare provider signatures to verify dates.
     o  Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) - Laboratory evidence of positive serological titers (blood draw) for Measles, Mumps and Rubella, submit actual laboratory results OR documented evidence of 2 vaccines.
     o  Varicella (Chickenpox) - Laboratory evidence of positive serological titer (blood draw), submit actual laboratory results OR documentation of receipt of 2 Varicella vaccinations (series of 2 vaccines at least 4-6 weeks apart). Please note: childhood record of chickenpox is not sufficient.
     o  Hepatitis B (HBV) - Laboratory evidence of positive serological titer, submit actual laboratory results OR documented evidence of 3 vaccines given over approximately 8 months.
     o  Tetanus - less than 10 years old.
     o  Documentation of completion is required AFTER acceptance to the Nursing Program:
     o  2 Step Tuberculosis (TB) negative skin tests (also known as TST/PPD) or chest X-Ray (if positive reactor ONLY and documentation of treatment.)
     o  Influenza Vaccination - Nursing students are required to comply with facility mandates. Vaccinations are required annually.
     o  Physical Examination - Nursing students are required to meet the same health requirements mandated by the CO Department of Health and JACHO as employees of any health care facility. Thus, some requirements are in addition to those usually performed as part of a physical examination.
     o  All immunizations must be complete including a titer or vaccinations proving immunity for Varicella (chickenpox) and a current PPD. Forms will be provided by the college nursing department.
  6. CPR Certification
    CPR for Healthcare Professionals is required. The class must encompass adult, child and infant victims. Certification must be new by August prior to starting program.

 Nursing Background Check Modification
The Colorado Community College System (“CCCS”) and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education authorize the nursing programs to conduct a background investigation of all student applicants. The clinical sites used in the nursing programs require background checks of all potential interns. The purpose is to maintain a safe and productive educational and clinical environment. New students who refuse to comply with the background investigation will not be allowed to enter a CCCS Nursing Program.

An Applicant will be disqualified from a CCCS nursing program based on the following guidelines:

  • Any violent felony convictions of homicide. (No time limit)
  • Crimes of violence (assault, sexual offenses, arson, kidnapping, any crime against an at- risk adult or juvenile, etc.) as defined in section 18-1.3-406 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any offense involving unlawful sexual behavior in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any crime, the underlying basis of which has been found by the court on the record to include an act of domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any crime of child abuse, as defined in section 18-6-401 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any crime related to the sale, possession, distribution or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any felony theft crimes in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any misdemeanor theft crimes in the 5 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Any offense of sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist, as defined in section 18- 3-405.5 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Crimes of moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.) in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
  • Registered Sex Offenders. ( No time limit)
  • Any offense in another state, the elements of which are substantially similar to the elements of any of the above offenses.
  • More than one (1) D.U.I. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.

If the investigation reveals information that could be relevant to the application, the designated individual responsible for background checks may request additional information from the applicant. The offense shall be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who have successfully completed the terms of a deferred adjudication agreement will not be disqualified.

If any applicant feels the criminal background check is inaccurate, they may appeal the decision and request a review with the specific community college applied at. It is the applicant’s burden to produce substantial evidence that proves the crimes charged are incorrect.
Approved CCCS 6/8/2007 Reviewed and Re-approved 04/12/2012 Reviewed and amended 6/15/15

Full Acceptance and Registration
Students are eligible for full acceptance when all requirements have been met before deadlines. All students are admitted on a point system criterion. Students who have met all requirements with appropriate admission scores will receive an acceptance letter, forms and additional information of how to proceed. If there are more applicants than space available, students with higher scores will be admitted first. Students who are denied admittance may reapply the next year following the same process. Students who have been fully accepted but decline admission may reapply to the program following the same process. TSJC Nursing Department does not maintain a waitlist or allow deferments.

Nursing courses are open only to students with approval from the nursing department therefore, registering for NUR courses must be through the nursing department.

Each nursing course is designed to incorporate content from the support courses in the curriculum. As the courses progress, content becomes more complex and the student’s time commitment increases. Students are discouraged from working during their time in the nursing program.

Upon completion of the program, the Colorado Board of Nursing reserves the right to determine the eligibility for licensure of any student with a history of substance abuse or criminal offenses.

Approximate Costs for TSJC Nursing Program
All costs are approximate and are subject to change. Costs were itemized from college bookstore and business office. Costs listed do not include any taxes that may apply.

These costs apply each semester
All prices are approximate and are subject to differences.

Drug Screen

25.00 once for two years

Standardized Testing

500.00 throughout the two years

Nursing Lab Kit

145.00 charged when student registers

Malpractice Ins.

16.00 once a year

Clinical Exchange fee

36.50 paid for NUR 150 OB/Peds

NCLEX-RN testing fee

200.00 paid in last semester

Campus Fees

1.34 per credit

Student Activity Fee

3.47 per credit

Registration Fee


Program Fee

57.95 per credit hour





Tuition per credit




First Semester includes additional supplies.





Blood Pressure Cuff




Bandage Scissors








Gait Belt








Sharpie Pen




Mini Stapler




Black Ink Pens




8 Digit Calculator




Nursing Polo




2 Sets Scrubs




Second Semester includes additional supplies.
Ipod or some type of smart phone    223.00

Third Semester includes additional supplies.
2 Sets Scrubs    50.00
Additional costs that may apply include

  • admission testing
  • criminal background check
  • drug screening
  • medical examination
  • immunizations
  • liability insurance
  • travel expenses
  • meals
  • child care (some days will need to be cared for 13 hours)

Individuals enrolled in the TSNP must be able to perform essential skills. If a student believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations, the nursing program must determine, on an individual basis, whether a reasonable accommodation can be made.

Functional Ability


Examples Of Required Activities

Motor Abilities

Physical abilities and mobility sufficient to execute gross motor skills, physical endurance, and strength, to provide patient care.

Mobility sufficient to carry out patient care procedures such as assisting with ambulation of clients, administering CPR, assisting with turning and lifting patients, providing care in confined spaces such as treatment room or operating suite.

Manual Dexterity

Demonstrate fine motor skills sufficient for providing safe nursing care.

Motor skills sufficient to handle small equipment such as insulin syringe and administer medications by all routes, perform tracheotomy suctioning, insert urinary catheter.

Sensory Ability

Sensory/perceptual ability to monitor and assess clients.

Sensory abilities sufficient to hear alarms, auscultatory sounds, cries for help, etc.
Visual acuity to read calibrations on 1 mL syringe, assess color (cyanosis, pallor, etc.)
Tactile ability to feel pulses, temperature, palpates veins, etc.
Olfactory ability to detect smoke or noxious odor, etc.


Ability to relate to colleagues, staff and patients with honesty, integrity and nondiscrimination.
Capacity for development of mature, sensitive and effective therapeutic relationships.
Interpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with individuals, families and groups from various social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
Ability to work constructively in stressful and changing environments with the ability to modify behavior in response to constructive criticism.
Capacity to demonstrate ethical behavior, including adherence to the professional nursing and student honor codes.

Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.
Work with teams and workgroups.
Emotional skills sufficient to remain calm in an emergency situation.
Behavioral skills sufficient to demonstrate the exercise of good judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of clients.
Adapt rapidly to environmental changes and multiple task demands.
Maintain behavioral decorum in stressful situations.

Safe environment for patients, families and co-workers

Ability to effectively communicate with other caregivers.
Ability to administer medications safely and accurately.
Ability to operate equipment safely in the clinical area.
Ability to recognize and minimize hazards that could increase healthcare associated infections.
Ability to recognize and minimize accident hazards in the clinical setting including hazards that contribute to patient, family and co-worker falls.

Prioritizes tasks to ensure patient safety and standard of care.
Maintains adequate concentration and attention in patient care settings.
Seeks assistance when clinical situation requires a higher level or expertise/experience.
Responds to monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients, and orders in a rapid and effective manner. Ability to accurately identify patients.


Ability to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity and efficiency with patients, their families and other members of the health care team (including spoken and non-verbal communication, such as interpretation of facial expressions, affect and body language).
Required communication abilities, including speech, hearing, reading, writing, language skills and computer literacy.

Gives verbal directions to or follows verbal directions from other members of the healthcare team and participates in health care team discussions of patient care.
Elicits and records information about health history, current health state and responses to treatment from patients or family members.
Conveys information to clients and others as necessary to teach, direct and counsel individuals in an accurate, effective and timely manner.
Establish and maintain effective working relations with patients and co-workers.
Recognizes and reports critical patient information to other caregivers.

Quantitative Abilities

Ability to read and understand written documents in English and solve problems involving measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis.
Ability to gather data, to develop a plan of action, establish priorities and monitor and evaluate treatment plans and modalities.
Ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships.
Ability to react effectively in an emergency situation.

Calculates appropriate medication dosage
given specific patient parameters.
Analyzes and synthesize data and develop an
appropriate plan of care.
Collects data, prioritize needs and anticipate reactions.
Comprehend spatial relationships adequate to properly administer injections, start intravenous lines or assess wounds of varying depths.
Recognizes an emergency situation and responds effectively to safeguard the patient and other caregivers.
Transfers knowledge from one situation to another.
Accurately processes information on medication container, physicians’ orders, and monitor and equipment calibrations, printed documents, flow sheets, graphic sheets, medication administration records, other medical records and policy and procedure manuals.

work habits

Ability to adhere to TSNP policies, procedures and requirements as described in the Student Nurse Manual, college catalog and student handbook and course syllabus.
Ability to complete classroom and clinical assignments and submit assignments at the required time.
Ability to adhere to classroom and clinical schedules.

Attends class and clinical assignments punctually.
Reads, understands and adheres to all policies related to classroom and clinical experiences.
Contact instructor in advance of any absence or late arrival.
Understand and complete classroom and clinical assignments by due date and time.