2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health: Nursing Education Programs

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Allied Health and Sciences Building

Director of Nursing Education Programs:

Robin Nevling, MSN, RN, 970.339.6410

Program Coordinator:

Kendra Merriott, MS, 970.339.6218


April Fulton, MSN, 970.339.6311

Ani Matt, MSN, RN, 970.339.6568

Jennifer Sears, MSN., RN, 970.339.6604


Kellie Richardson, M.Ed., 970.339.6570

Degrees/Certificates offered:

Associate Degree Nursing (A.A.S. Degree): The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program provides students with the opportunity to learn skills to care for patients of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings.  In addition to learning technical skills used in providing care, major emphasis is placed on the development of the attributes of communication, critical thinking, and professionalism. This rigorous program offers theoretical and applied instruction in classrooms, simulated laboratories, and clinical settings. The ability to synthesize information and then coherently and succinctly communicate the information and apply critical thinking skills in the clinical setting is critical for program success.

After successfully completing all degree requirements, students will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with a Nursing major. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful performance on the NCLEX-RN awards state licensure and qualifies graduates for the title of Registered Nurse (RN). Interested applicants for the program must complete the “Online Orientation for Admission Consideration.” See the nursing website for information on the mandatory orientation at www.aims.edu/academics/health/nursing. The “Online Orientation for Admission Consideration” may be accessed under the Prospective Students tab.

All applicants to the program must complete all steps of the application process for the academic year for which the applicant is seeking entry into the program.  The current application process is discussed in the “Online Orientation for Admission Consideration” on the nursing website.  At this time Aims does not offer an LPN to ADN option.

Aims Community College Nursing Program has adopted “Technical Standards” for progression and graduation of all Nursing Program students. Candidates for the ADN degree must be able to meet these minimum standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, for successful completion of program requirements. The “Technical Standards” may be found on the nursing website under the Prospective Students tab.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is partnered with the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) School Of Nursing.  Applicants to the ADN program who are also eligible and interested in dual enrollment in the UNC School of Nursing should contact the Nursing Office at 970-339-6424 for information. 

All applicants are “Provisionally Admitted” to the ADN program and must submit to a designated annual background check and drug screen.  The applicant must successfully clear the background check (no evidence of disqualifying offenses) and drug screen in order to begin and/or continue in the program.  Additional background checks, drug screens, and/or fingerprinting may be required by clinical agencies.  Clinical sites retain the right to deny a student access to their facilities based on the results of required backgrounds checks, drug screens, and/or fingerprinting.  In the event a student is denied access to a clinical site, the student may be unable to complete the Program requirements. In addition, applicants who are “Provisionally Admitted” to the ADN program must also comply with clinical agencies health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations/titers, screenings, and American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

The Aims Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program has continued full approval by the Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON). The SBON website address is http://www.dora.state.co.us/nursing/ and is located at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202.

The Aims Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program has continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN website address is http://www.acenursing.org and is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

Practical Nursing Exit Option (Certificate): After successfully completing the first two semesters of the Associate Degree Nursing program and taking an additional transition course during the summer, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- PN). 

Nursing Education Programs Advisory Committee

Ruth Burns-Branscum, RN, Education Coordinator, Life Care Center of Greeley

Anetria Cain, Student Placement Coordinator, UC Health

Katrina Einhellig, MSN, RN, University of Northern Colorado

Jamie Latimer, BSN, RN, Banner Health

Kay Miller, MS RN NE-BC CENP, UC Health, Greeley Hospital

Marla Trujillo, BSN, RN, Nursing Home Administrator, Fairacres Manor


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