Practical Nursing (Technical Certificate)

This program is designed for students interested in becoming a licensed practical nurse as an entry into the nursing career ladder program.

The Practical Nursing program prepares a student to be a direct care giver in hospitals, long-term facilities and ambulatory care-clinic settings. The student must demonstrate college-level proficiency in reading and writing in order to be admitted to this program. This program has selective admission requirements and requirements may change from year-to-year. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the current admission requirements.

The application deadline is March 1 of every year. Classes begin in August. Students complete the program in May and are eligible to take the State Board examination (NCLEX) for LPN Licensure.

Completion of the Practical Nurse Certificate allows graduates to progress to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, LPN to BSN program.

Academic Requirements

The Practical Nursing program prepares the graduate to be a direct caregiver in hospitals, home health, mental health settings, long-term facilities and ambulatory care clinic settings.

Health Sciences Building, home to the Practical Nurse program

PN-NCLEX Pass Rate

Five-year average pass rate of CMU graduates, the national average is 83.2%.


Job Placement Rate

Five-year average of graduates employed within 12 months of completing the program.

Program Accreditation

The practical nurse program received accreditation in October 2014 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

A site visit for re-accreditation is scheduled October 23-25, 2019.

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by the ACEN

Colorado Mesa University wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Practical Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3pm on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Room 130 of the Department of Health Sciences building located at 12th and Walnut, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501. 

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to: 

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by October 9, 2019