Why Nursing?

The Department of Labor estimates a 16 percent growth in the nursing workforce by 2024. Nurses play a critical role at every health facility, taking care of patients while providing advice and emotional support. Colby's commitment to nursing education is helping to grow this essential labor pool. There are a variety of careers in the nursing field, and we invite you to learn more about this exciting journey.

See data on CCC students who studied Practical Nursing.

The Colby Nursing Program

CCC has a "1 + 1" program. The first-year students take the practical nursing (PN) curriculum, and the second year they complete the associate degree in nursing (ADN). Please utilize the admissions guidelines when applying.

A career in nursing provides a wide variety of job opportunities and job security.  Nurses practice in many settings (hospitals, extended-care facilities, community agencies, clinics, schools) caring for infants, children, adults, or the elderly.  Colby Community College offers a Certificate in Practical Nursing, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, and an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in pre-nursing.  Pre-Nursing courses necessary to work toward a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing are also available.  Whether you are interested in becoming an LPN, RN, or transferring to a four-year RN program, Colby Community College can meet your needs.

Transition courses are available for Paramedics or RRTs with one year of experience who are looking to become a registered nurse. Transition students are required to complete three transition courses in the summer semester prior to the ADN program, which begins in the fall semester. See transition student requirements in the student catalog or under "forms."

Colby Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities and employment.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses at the practical certificate and associate degree nursing levels by instilling caring, critical thinking, effective nursing judgement, and adaptability in an ever-changing nursing profession.  In accordance with the mission of Colby Community College, challenge students to adapt to a diverse society, create opportunities for student growth, and connect student learning with professional experiences.

In addition, these goals are met through the department's core philosophy

Accrediting Agencies

The ADN nursing program has conditional approval status with the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN), 900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051, Topeka, KS 66612, 785.296.4929, Nationally, CCC has continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA, 30326, 404.975.5000,

English Proficiency

The Kansas State Board of Nursing requires the following minimum scores:

  • Writing - 20
  • Speaking - 20
  • Reading - 19
  • Listening - 20

Each area must meet the minimum requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements must follow the Colby Community College English Proficiency policy found on the International Students page.

English Proficiency: If a student’s first language is not English, he/she must provide proof
of his/her English proficiency by completing one of the following requirements:

  • International TOEFL score (school code: 6129)
    • Unconditional Acceptance
      • Computer-based: 173 or above
      • Paper-based: 500 or above
      • Internet-based: 80 or above
    •    Conditional Acceptance
      • Computer-based: 153-172
      • Paper-based: 475-499
      • Internet-based: minimum of 61
  • Certificate of completion of ELS Level 109
  • Complete the Advanced Placement International English Language Exam (APIEL) with a score of 3 or higher
  • International English Language Test Standard (IELTS) with a minimum of 5.

The test is given on demand at TOEFL testing sites. This test needs to be taken prior to admission to Colby Community College and application to the nursing program. The school code number is 6129.

Criminal Background Check

All students accepted into the nursing program must submit to a criminal background check. This is a mandatory requirement for becoming a licensed healthcare provider.

The background check is to be completed by the student not more than 30 days prior to beginning nursing courses each year. The background check is to be completed online. Information on completing the process for background checks will be provided to the student.

All students will have background checks evaluated by the director of the nursing program according to the exclusionary criteria of the clinical facilities and the state licensing boards.

Failure to comply with the criminal background check disqualifies the student from the nursing program.

A violation found in accordance with Kansas Statute 65-1120 does not necessarily disqualify the student from admission to the nursing program.

Financial Aid

There is money available for a college education in the form of scholarships, grants (which are not paid back), and loans. Much of the money available is based on need; however, some scholarships are on need and merit.

It is recommended that studentscontact the Financial Aid Office at Colby Community College to receive specific information regarding grants and loans. To arrange for an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, write (in care of the college) or call 785.460.5497.

Student Rights

Colby Community College complies with the requirements of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and all the requirements imposed or pursuant to the regulations of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to the end that no personal shall, on the grounds of race, sex, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at Colby Community College.