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, and PN program courses are offered at the Colby and Norton campuses. CCC also provides classes necessary to work toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM

Students make applications to the PN and ADN nursing programs on an annual basis each spring with a fall start date. 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.

STANDARDS & FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES

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.

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

  • 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

REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS

PN Applicants

  • Current CPR card, Healthcare Provider
  • Current CNA certificate

ADN Applicants

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

PROGRAM ENTRY PROCESS

Please utilize the following admission requirements when applying. CCC has two nursing 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 on the Colby campus.

Application Requirements

To apply to the nursing program, please follow the steps listed below in the PN and ADN Admission Requirements. Students will not be considered for acceptance until a complete application packet is submitted. The deadline to submit the packet to the Nursing office is March 1.

Applicants must first be admitted to Colby Community College, which is a different process. Students should apply now if they have not been admitted to CCC. After being accepted to CCC, students can apply to the nursing program.

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

Program Prerequisites/Corequisites

The following program prerequisites (PN) or corequisites (ADN) are required.  PN prerequisites must be completed by August 1, 2020. Prerequisites/corequisite 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 required prerequisites 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 corequisites 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 (4-5 Credits)
  • PS176 General Psychology (3 Credits)
  • EN176 English Composition I (3 Credits)
  • Communications Course – Gen Ed (3 Credits) Suggestions (Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)

Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) Certificate

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. 

TEAS Admission Test

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.

Submission

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 should send a complete application packet to:

CCC Norton Campus
711 N Norton
Norton, KS 67654