Practical Nursing

Graduates of the Practical Nurse program earn white and blue pins to celebrate their achievement!

Our Practical Nursing program prepares students to give direct patient care as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team. Students start learning essential skills immediately in our simulation lab, including IV therapy, and move on to clinicals in health care facilities within the community. 

The program is approved by the State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN). Students who complete the program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN Examination). Students that successfully complete the IV Therapy for LPNs course are eligible for IV certification by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

Program Requirements

All applicants to the Practical Nursing Program must be certified as a nurse assistant (CNA) or must have completed a medical assistant (MA) program.

The application process for our Practical Nursing program has several additional steps. Please review our Admission Information before beginning your application process. As part of the application process, prospective students need to complete an Admissions Portfolio. You can see a full checklist for the Admissions Portfolio here

The Emily Griffith Practical Nursing school in Denver costs approximately $11,219 (additional books and fees may apply)           Registered Nurses on average earn a starting salary of $45,320 per year or $21.79 per hour.          Go to school full-time for 11 months or part-time for 18 months to become a registered Nurse.

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2017-2018 Practical Nursing Student Handbook

2018-2019 Practical Nursing Student Handbook

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Gainful Employment Information
Note: The Gainful Employment Information page provides data representative of the previous calendar year. As such, tuition and other  information may differ from that of current or future years. This information is updated each January.

Student Achievement Data

Practical Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

Learn more about career advancement, licensing and credit transfering for Practical Nursing and other Health Science and Administration programs with our HSA Road Map.

The Practical Nursing program is no longer accepting admission portfolios for August 2018. The program is full. 

The priority deadline to submit a portfolio for the August 2019 full-time cohort is April 30, 2019. The priority deadline to submit a portfolio for the January 2020 part-time cohort is October 1, 2019. 

2018–2019 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate. 

Full-Time (daytime)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status
8/20/2018 7/18/2019 M–Th 7:30am–4:00pm Closed


Part-Time (evening)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status
8/20/2018 12/20/2019 T, R 5:00–9:00pm Closed


2018–2019 Pre-requisite Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate. 

BIO 106 Part-Time (evenings)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status
8/21/2018 10/9/2018 T, Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed
10/16/2018 12/13/2018 T, Th 5:00pm–9:00pm  Closed
1/8/2019 2/26/2019 T, Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed
3/5/2019 5/2/2019 T, Th  5:00pm–9:00pm  
5/14/2019 7/2/2019 T, Th 5:00pm–9:00pm  


HPR 178 Part-Time (Online)

Start Date End Date Time Status
8/20/2018 10/11/2018 Online Closed
10/15/2018 11/8/2018 Online Closed
1/7/2019 2/28/2019 Online Closed
3/4/2019 5/2/2019 Online  
5/13/2019 7/3/2019 Online  


Program Cost

Practical Nursing


Practical Nursing Pre-requisites

  • Total Credit Hours: 6
  • Estimated Program Cost: $778 (books may add to your final cost)


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Earning Potential

Occupation Projected Job Growth 2014-2024 10% Wage 25% Wage Median Wage 90% Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse 31% 20.02/hr ($41,630/yr)

21.79/hr ($45,320/yr)

24.63/hr ($51,230/yr)

30.06/hr ($62,520/yr)

Wage information is based on the O*NET Online Occupational Database and Career One Stop for the Denver Metro Area. Entry-level employees can expect wages between the 10% and 25% rates in the first 1-3 years in a job. The 90% Wage is typical of someone who has been working in the occupation for 7 years or more. 

*Salary is not guaranteed and should be used as a guideline only. 

To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse (additional training and certification required)


What types of companies might hire me?

  • Assisted living centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Medical clinics
  • Urgent care facilities

Emily Griffith Practical Nursing Program Granted further Accreditation

The Emily Griffith Technical College Practical Nursing Program is fully approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and Candidacy status through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). This organization was formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).  Candidacy is the first achievement towards full accreditation by the ACEN.

The ACEN’s mission supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation.  Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.  Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the program as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved.  The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules, and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.

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