Catalog 2023-2024 
    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024

Allied Health: Nursing Education Programs

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degrees and Certificates


Allied Health and Sciences Building

Director of Nursing Education Programs:

Katrina Einhellig, PhD, RN, CNE (970) 339-6234

Program Coordinator:

Kendra Merriott, MS, (970) 339-6218


Jenna Bernklau, Ed.D., RN, CPN, (970) 893-9420

April Fulton, MSN, (970) 339-6311

Ani Matt, MSN, RN, (970) 339-6568

Sarah Zeller, 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). 

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.  Please review the Aims Nursing Degree Admissions Standards at

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 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 and is located at 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, 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

Anetria Cain, Student Placement Coordinator, UCHealth

Erin Cummins, MSN, RN, RN-BSN Coordinator, University of Northern Colorado

Jenny Dunlap, M.Ed., HCA, Human Resources Project Manager, Columbine Health Systems

Julia Gentry, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, North Colorado Medical Center

Tammy Piccone, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, UCHealth Greeley Hospital

Marla Trujillo, BSN, RN, Administrator, Greenhouse Homes

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degrees and Certificates