A career in nursing provides a wide variety of job opportunities and job security. Nurses practice in hospitals and nursing homes but also in community agencies which may include care of infants, children, adults or the elderly. Colby Community College offers a Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN) and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN). Upon completion the student is eligible to write the licensure exam for practical nursing or registered nursing respectively. Courses for the ADN program are offered on the Colby Campus. Courses for the PN program are offered at the Colby and Norton Campuses. CCC also offers courses necessary to work toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing.


Students make applications to the PN and ADN nursing programs on an annual basis each spring. The Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) mandates the maximum number of students that are accepted into these programs. More detailed information follows.

The entrance exam (TEAS) can be scheduled with the nursing department in Colby, (785) 460-4797 or in Norton at (785) 877-2735.  The test can be taken up to two times per academic year (August to May).  More information about preparing for the TEAS Test can be found on the ATI website.

Selection for the PN and ADN programs is based on a point system.


Our nursing program prepares you for a nurse generalist role.  Functional abilities to meet this role include cognitive, sensory/perceptual, psychosocial/emotional and physical principal capabilities to provide safer care to individuals or groups of individuals. Please review the standards and functional abilities of nursing students.


  • MMR -- two MMR immunizations OR a positive titer
  • TB –- Annual tuberculin skin test, chest X-Ray, or QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT)
  • Varicella -- proof of 2 immunizations, or a positive varicella titer
  • Hepatitis B –- 1 Hepatitis B Immunizations or sign a waiver
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Tdap) -- Boosters are required every 10 years.
  • Influenza –- Yearly Immunization


PN Applicants

  • Current CPR card, Healthcare Provider
  • Current CNA certificate

ADN Applicants

  • Current CPR card, Healthcare Provider
  • Current LPN/LVN or RRT/MICT


Please utilize the following admission guidelines when applying. CCC's nursing program has two campuses. The Colby campus has a 1 + 1 program. PN programs are offered during the day at Colby and Norton. The ADN program has a full-time day option.  There is a bridge program with transition courses for RRT/MICT to ADN based at the Colby campus.

Application Requirements

To apply to the nursing program, please follow the steps listed below. Applicants for the program must submit an application packet containing items listed below. Students will not be considered for acceptance until a complete application packet is submitted. The deadline for the packet to be submitted to the Nursing office is March 13

Applicants must first be admitted to Colby Community College, which is a different process. If you have not applied to CCC yet, please apply now. After being accepted, you can apply to the nursing program. 

To apply for the RRT/MICT bridge program, applicants need to contact the Director of ADN Nursing at Colby Community College: rikki.wait@colbycc.edu or call 785.460.5444. The program is limited to 10 students.

Follow the steps below to complete the application process. Mail your completed application packet to the CCC Department of Nursing. It is recommended that applicants complete two packets: one to submit to the CCC Nursing Department and one for your records.

Step 1

Apply for admission to the college at www.colbycc.edu. This is different than applying for the nursing program. You must be accepted to the college before you are able to apply to the nursing program..

Step 2

Download the Nursing Application for Admission to the PN,  ADN or RRT/MICT program.This is to be turned in with the rest of your application requirements.  Please read the Admission Requirements thoroughly for your preferred program before proceeding further.

Step 3

Please send high school transcript or GED and all post-secondary transcripts to the CCC registrar (registrar@colbycc.edu). Overall college GPA will be considered as part of the application process.  All college courses must be on the CCC transcript and will be included on the GPA calculation.  If no college credits have been taken, the high school transcript will be used for calculation.   A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for admission.

Step 4

The following program prerequisites (PN) or co-requisites (ADN) are required.  PN prerequisites must be completed by August 1st, 2020.  The student will earn 1 point for each prerequisite/co-requisite course that is completed by the application due date.  Prerequisites/co-requisite courses will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Completed with a “C” or better.
  2. Completed within 10 years (PN) and Microbiology for ADN.
  3. Courses completed at an accredited institution.

The following are the prerequisites that are for PN admission: 

  • BI278 Anatomy & Physiology (5 Credits)
  • PS276 Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)
  • AL101 Basic Nutrition (3 Credits)
  • AL102 Medical Terminology (1 Credit)

The following are the co-requisites that are required for completion of the ADN program. 

  • BI278 Anatomy & Physiology (5 Credits)
  • PS276 Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)
  • AL101 Basic Nutrition (3 Credits)
  • BI280 Principles of Microbiology (5 Credits)
  • PS176 General Psychology (3 Credits)
  • EN176 English Composition I (3 Credits)
  • Communications Course – Gen Ed (3 Credits) Suggestions (Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)
Step 5

If applying to the PN program, you must hold a current certified nurse aide (CNA) certificate.  It is not required to be a Kansas CNA certificate.  Points will be awarded in the PN program admission requirements based on experience. For further information regarding the Certified Nurse Aide certificate offered at CCC, please contact (785) 460-4797. 

Step 6

Schedule the entrance exam, called the ATI TEAS test, by contacting the Colby Campus at (785) 460-4797 or the Norton Campus at (785) 877-2735. Specific information about the exam is available, including a study guide. There is a $75 fee for the exam. The ATI TEAS takes about three hours to complete, so please have your calendar ready when you schedule. If you have already taken the exam, your previous score can be submitted.  You may take the exam two (2) times per academic school year.  For the PN program, a minimum score of 58.4% is required.  For the ADN program, a minimum score of 66.1% is required.

Step 7

Refer to the admission requirements for your program to determine the topic of your essay.  The essay is to be submitted as part of your application packet.  Points are awarded for format/appearance, content, and vocabulary/grammar.

Step 8

Complete a resume. The resume is to be submitted as part of your application packet.  If you are applying to the PN program, please include all CNA experience. Points are awarded for format/appearance, organization, content, and vocabulary/grammar.

Step 9

Students entering any health care program should be aware that they will be in close contact with other individuals having a variety of health problems in which the etiology may or may not be known.  Therefore, the nursing program has specific precautionary immunization requirements based on the type of exposure and/or clinical agency policies.  It is the responsibility of the student to follow the program guidelines for necessary precautions against contracting and transmitting disease or the student may not be allowed to enter the clinical facilities.  Immunizations or titers may be scheduled through your provider, health department, or student health.  Submit a copy of each immunization/titer. 

  • MMR - two MMR immunizations OR a positive titer
  • TB – Annual tuberculin skin test, chest X-Ray, or QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT)
  • Varicella - proof of 2 immunizations, or a positive varicella titer
  • Hepatitis B – 1 Hepatitis B Immunizations or sign a waiver
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Tdap): Boosters are required every 10 years.
  • Influenza – Yearly Immunization
Step 10

Submit a copy of your current health care provider CPR card.  The CPR card should not expire at any time during the school year.

Step 11

Complete the health history form.  This form can be found on the same page with the other admission forms.

Step 12

For those that are entering the ADN program, it is important to note the minimum math requirement for admission to the CCC nursing program at CCC exhibited by one of the following criteria:

  • ACT Math Sscore of 19 or higher
  • SAT Math score of 420 or higher
  • Accuplacer College Level Algebra score of 31 and above
  • Completed at least Basic Algebra with a grade of “C” or better

Please provide proof in your application packet.

Step 13

The applicant will earn points for a complete packet submitted to the nursing department by March 13, 2020. The following components must be turned in for the packet to be considered complete.  If the applicant does not have one of the following complete, please include a letter stating a plan for completion prior to August 1. 

  • Nursing Application
  • Transcripts showing prerequisites or co-requisites
  • Copy of CNA Certificate, LPN License, MICT, or RRT
  • Copy of TEAS test results
  • Resume turned in on flash drive
  • Essay turned in on flash drive
  • Health History Form
  • Copy of immunizations
  • Copy of health care provider CPR card
  • If applying to the ADN program, proof that the minimum math requirement has been met.

PN Colby, RRT/MICT, and ADN applicants should send a complete application packet to:

CCC Department of Nursing
1255 S. Range
Colby, KS 67701

PN Norton applicants can send a complete application packet to:

CCC Norton Campus
711 N Norton
Norton, KS 67654

The deadline for the completed application packet to arrive at the Nursing Department is March 13.

Admission and Notification

Applicants are admitted in the spring for the next year's nursing class. Specific criteria is used for admission. There are 20 students admitted to the ADN program, 30 students in the Colby PN program, and 20 students in the Norton PN program. RRT/MICT is limited to 10 students.

All accepted applicants are requiredto attend the Road Ahead information session. The date will be given to successful applicants.

There is specific criteria for RRT/MICT admission. Every applicant must have documented evidence of employment for at least one year as a RRT or MICT. Transition courses need to be completed before entry into the ADN program. For more information please contact the department at (785) 460-4797