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Practical Nursing Program (LPN) 

New at the Montrose campus starting in Fall 2022

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.

Starting Fall 2022, there will be a cohort on the Montrose campus in addition to the Grand Junction cohort. For more information about that Montrose cohort, see the following link: For more information about how to apply, see this page:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program in Nursing at CMU Montrose

As many as 20 students will be enrolled in the program every other year.  Students will complete all of their required coursework and lab and clinical experiences in Montrose.

Compared to certificate nursing programs, the associate degree program offers a broader range of job opportunities, potential for higher compensation and greater job security. The program prepares students to be a direct caregiver in hospitals, ambulatory clinical care settings, physicians’ offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities.

The associate degree program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time course work following completion of prerequisite courses. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RN).

Graduates of the program interested in advancing their education can apply for CMU’s RN-BSN online program and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

Detailed information about the course work for the associate degree program and how to apply for admission is available on the CMU Health Sciences website at

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, LPN-BSN Option

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The four-year program provides educational experiences to prepare a professional nurse generalist to practice in a variety of health care settings.

The program integrates nursing theory, practice and science with a broad liberal arts education.  The program has been developed to prepare a highly competent professional with the education necessary to meet the increasing need for quality health care in society today and provides students with the foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Graduates of this program have maintained a 90-100% pass rate on the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is the examination a nurse must pass to obtain a registration license to practice. Graduates of the BSN program are employed nationally in a multitude of fields.  Students have taken positions in branches of nursing including: cardiac rehabilitation, critical care, emergency, geriatric, global, home-based care, neonatal, pediatrics, public health, obstetrics, orthopedics, surgical and women's health.

For more information on this major, go to: Nursing Education Career Ladder

Department of Health Sciences

Contact CMU Montrose at 970.249.7009 if you have any questions.