Admission to the CCC Nursing Program

Before graduation from the nursing program, a candidate must submit a written application to the State Board of Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Admission to the Colby Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program does not guarantee graduation from the program. Graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to take the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

The Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) may deny a license to practice as a registered professional nurse if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or guilt of a misdemeanor involving an illegal drug offense unless the applicant establishes sufficient rehabilitation to warrant the public trust, except that no license shall be granted to a person with a felony conviction of a crime against persons as specified in Article 34 of Chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated and acts amendatory thereof or supplemental thereto. Also considered are the patterns of practice and other behaviors exhibiting an apparent incapacity to practice nursing as described in 65-1120 in the Kansas Nurse Practice Act. All criminal history must be revealed and will be evaluated by the KSBN before licensure is granted or denied. Since CCC is located in Kansas, this information does not cover requirements in other states. Students should check with the board of nursing in the state where they will be requesting licensure.

Disclosure of Criminal Background/Substance Abuse

Clinical affiliates and their accrediting agencies require criminal background checks and urine drug screens of all students to maintain the safety of their patients. If selected for admission to the CCC nursing program, students must consent to a background check to disclose any felony or misdemeanor convictions. Upon admission, students will receive detailed instructions on how to proceed with completing the background check and urine drug screen. Prior background checks cannot be used. Graduates of the nursing program will be asked to submit to an additional criminal background check as part of the process for applying to take the NCLEX-RN examination.

Additional requirements and/or disclosures may become necessary throughout enrollment in the program. Non-compliance with all mandates may result in termination from the program. All fees associated with these requirements will be the financial responsibility of the student.

Health Policy

Students are required to obtain medical insurance coverage during their association with the health career programs at Colby Community College. Hospitals require students to have medical insurance to complete clinical rotations at their respective facilities.

Students entering healthcare programs should be aware that they will be in close contact with individuals having a variety of health conditions in which the cause may or may not be known.

Health career programs have specific precautionary requirements based on the type of exposure and/or clinical agency policies. It is the student’s responsibility to follow program guidelines necessary for precautions against contracting and transmitting diseases. The student is responsible for all healthcare costs (physical examinations and other health costs, vaccinations, immunizations and/or titers and may include X-rays). Neither the college nor the clinical agency to which students are assigned is responsible for the provision of any healthcare nor any payment of costs related to an injury or the exposure to infection with a disease.

Proof of medical insurance is required while attending the Nursing Program. Clinical agencies may audit the physical exam and health records. Health records, background checks and urine drug screens may be hard with our clinical affiliates.

Students are responsible for meeting all course, clinic, and program objectives. Students may be asked to provide a physician’s statement to explain absences and/or justify re-entry into class/clinical settings.

Progression in the nursing program will be contingent upon satisfactorily meeting the health requirements. Health restrictions may prohibit student participation in clinical rotations and the performance of total patient care and, therefore, would prevent progression or completion of the Nursing Program. Incomplete records may result in dismissal from clinical (with unexcused absences) or dismissal from the program if sufficient documents are not produced.


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
  • COVID -- To be determined per clinical facilities and CCC policy.

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: michaelle.bliss@colbycc.edu or call 785.460.5442. 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, 2022. Prerequisites/corequisite courses will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Completed with a “C” or better.
  2. Completed within 10 years (PN).
  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

The ATI Teas test is a requirement for admission into the nursing program.  If you have taken the TEAS test previously, please note that your score is good for 2 years.  Schedule the ATI TEAS test by emailing Michaelle Bliss at michaelle.bliss@colbycc.edu. Specific information about the exam is available at www.atitesting.com, including an ATI TEAS Study Guide that can be purchased for approximately $25 on the ATI website.

Currently CCC is giving the ATI TEAS exam online through a proctoring service (Proctorio). Please email for more information. There is a $70 fee for the exam in-person. The ATI TEAS takes approximately three hours to complete, so please have your calendar ready when you schedule. You may take the exam two (2) times per academic school year. For the PN program, a minimum score of 56.1% is required. For the ADN program, a minimum score of 66.1% is required.

Exam times are at 9 a.m. CST on the following dates in 2021/2022: 

November

4, 12, and 30.

December

3, 7, and 9.

January

7, 12, 20, and 25.

February

1, 10, 14, 18, 24, and 28.

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