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Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide hands-on care to patients under the supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians. LPNs are in charge of basic bedside care for patients, including taking vital signs, treating bedsores, preparing and giving injections, applying dressings, monitoring catheters and more.

You will learn how to give direct patient care in a multi-disciplinary healthcare setting. You’ll start learning and practicing essential skills immediately in our nursing skills lab and then move on to 4 different clinical placement internships in local healthcare facilities, totaling 400-hours.

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The Practical Nursing program at Denver Public Schools is located in Denver, Colorado and is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program here

Students who complete the program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN Examination). If you successfully complete the IV Therapy for LPNs course, you are eligible for IV certification by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. 


What can you do with your certificate?

  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Hospital Systems
  • Correctional Care
  • Long-term Care Facilities

Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are designed to prepare PN students for nursing practice, as well as to facilitate articulation between in-state nursing education programs as required by the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.

The Practical Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes are as follows:

  1. Provide safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings considering basic research, evidence, and patient preferences as the basis for care.
  2. Engage in critical thinking and clinical judgment to make patient-centered care decisions.
  3. Participate in performance improvement/quality improvement activities to improve patient care.
  4. Collaborate with healthcare team members, the patient, and the patient’s support persons to facilitate effective patient care.
  5. Use information technology to support and communicate the planning and provision of patient care.
  6. Manage care in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations through the process of planning, organizing, and directing.
  7. Function within the scope of practice of the Practical Nurse incorporating professional, legal, and ethical guidelines.
  8. Promote a culture of caring to provide support, compassion and culturally-competent holistic care.

2019: 83.72%

2020: 90.24%

2021: 92%

2019: 80%

2020: 88%

2021: 68%

Percentage of Graduates Employed as a Practical Nurse one year following graduation:

2019: 84%

2020: 97%

2021: 78%

NUR 1002 Alterations in Adult Health I
NUR 1003 Basic Assessment for the PN
NUR 1004 Alterations in Adult Health II
NUR 1005 Practical Nursing Arts and Skills
NUR 1010 Pharmacology Practical Nursing
NUR 1011 Advancement into Practical Nursing
NUR 1013 Basic Concepts of Maternal-Newborn Nursing
NUR 1014 Basic Concepts of Pediatric Nursing
NUR 1015 Basic Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
NUR 1016 Basic Concepts of Geriatric Nursing
NUR 1070 Clinical I
NUR 1071 Clinical II
NUR 1072 Clinical III
NUR 1073 Clinical IV
NUR 2001 IV Therapy for LPNs

Program details

Approximate Cost: $13,129

(additional materials and book fees may apply)

This program qualifies for Financial Aid.

This program is eligible for Care Forward Colorado – meaning zero-cost to you! Learn more.

Part-Time Program Length: 16 months

Full-Time Program Length: 11 months


Spring 2024 Start Dates
Full-Time Program: 1/18/2024


ALL applicants are required to submit:

  • Criminal background check
  • Drug test
  • Proof of vaccinations

Click here for a full list of disqualifying offenses.

In order to apply for the Practical Nursing program, you will need to complete several prerequisite courses and submit an Admissions Portfolio (see below). You must also already be certified as a Nurse Assistant (CNA) or have completed a CNA program within the last year or have completed a Medical Assistant (MA) program.


  • Complete the Portfolio Checklist
  • Once your portfolio is completed, your Navigator will submit documentation to the Practical Nursing Department on your behalf. To confirm portfolio submission, please reach out to
  • Options to meet Program Requirements are available here. When you complete one of these, submit a copy to
  • Please request that transcripts (high school, college, etc.) be emailed directly to unless you are requesting Program Transfer credit. Program transfer credits should be emailed directly to
  • If you need to include official Emily Griffith transcripts in your portfolio, they will be provided for you when you submit your portfolio.
  • Please see the Practical Nursing program admissions policy below for questions regarding documentation required for education completed outside of the United States.
  • Attend a Mandatory Practical Nursing Program Orientation
  • The Director of Nursing Education Programs will notify students by email regarding admission into the Practical
    Nursing program. This will occur one to two weeks after the Practical Nursing Program Information Admission Meeting.
  • Students who are not admitted into the program for the current academic year may re-apply by submitting a new/current portfolio for the next academic year. There are no admissions deferrals or waitlist roll-overs.

High School Transcript/High School Equivalency Certification: All applicants must provide official documentation of having completed a U.S. high school transcript or its equivalent (GED, HSED). An applicant who completed their secondary education outside of the U.S. must submit an official evaluation by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluation organization, such as WES or ECE, to verify equivalency from the applicant’s native country. An applicant who is unable to obtain official evaluation may provide a translated copy of documentation showing high school completion and must meet Emily Griffith’s program readiness. In the event an applicant is unable to obtain documentation of high school completion from their native country, the applicant must meet Emily Griffith’s requirements and successfully complete an additional support program(s) as required by the Director of Nursing Education Programs. Examples of support programs include HSE/GED, Vocational Transitions, CAREERS program and/or tutoring.

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education authorize the health and nursing programs to conduct a background investigation of all student applicants. The clinical sites used in the programs require background checks of all potential interns. The purpose is to maintain a safe and productive educational and clinical environment. All students must comply with the background investigation to participate in a CCCS health or nursing program. View a list of disqualifying offenses.

Students who have successfully completed the terms of a deferred adjudication agreement will not be disqualified. To discuss your personal situation, please contact Colorado State Board of Nursing at 303-894-2430 or by visiting

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