Area of Study

Nursing – ADN

Mission: To provide excellent education that prepares the learner to become a member of the nursing profession, meeting the needs of diverse populations.

Program Outcomes

The faculty and staff of Morgan Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program strive for excellence. The success of our graduates is important to us as an institution. Together with the Nursing Program Advisory Committee, the faculty have established outcomes for the achievement.


  • The first-time pass rate for the NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN will be maintained at a minimum of 80%.
  • At least 60% of the students will complete the program within 100% of the length of the program from the start of the first nursing program.
  • At least 90% of graduates will be employed in the field of nursing six to nine months after graduation.
  • At least 80% of graduates will be satisfied with the level of preparation for beginning nursing practice gained through their program of study, as reported on a graduate survey.
  • The majority (> 50%) of employers who respond to surveys will report satisfaction with the knowledge, skills and clinical performance displayed by graduates at twelve months post-graduation.

Plan of Study & Handbook

ADN Plan of Study
ADN Handbook

IMPORTANT! All prospective and accepted students should download and read this packet.

Nursing Information Packet

Director of Nursing

Director of Nursing

Dr. Jennifer Thistle

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate should be able to:


  • Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
  • Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make patient-centered care decisions.
  • Implement quality measures to improve patient care.
  • Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
  • Evaluate information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  • Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  • Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic compassionate, culturally competent care.


MCC offers a LPN to RN Bridge Program.  This program is for currently Licensed practical nurses (LPN’s)  who seek to further their education as a Registered Nurse. Applicants must possess an active unencumbered Practical Nurse license in “good standing” in Colorado or a compact state. Admission to the LPN to RN program is competitive with one summer start each year.  Students admitted to this program will complete the second year of the ADN degree plan.  There is no minimum number of students accepted into this track.  Enrollment numbers are based on spots available.

LPN Exit Option

Students who successfully complete the first year of the ADN program, are eligible to take NUR 1069 in the summer immediately following. Students who complete this 4 credit course are eligible to sit for the practical nurse state licensure exam.  This is not required to continue into the second year of the ADN program.

ACEN Accreditation Seal


The Associate Degree Nursing program at Morgan Community College at the Fort Morgan Campus in Fort Morgan Colorado 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 Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


NC Sara SealTo view the full NC-SARA Reciprocity Agreement for this program, visit the Professional Licensure section on the MCC Legal Notices page.

Application Information

The successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Morgan Community College allows the student to take the state licensure exam for a Registered Nurse in Colorado and in fellow states within the Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) agreement.  Students wishing to take the state licensure exam for a Registered Nurse outside of the eNLC should consult that State Board of Nursing’s educational requirements and be aware of any additional requirements. Further information on individual state licensure requirements can be found here. Admission to the program is competitive with one fall start each year.  A maximum of 40 students will be admitted.

Disqualifying Offenses

Successful completion of this program does not grant permission to take the licensure for examination by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.  It allows the graduate to apply to the Colorado State Board of Nursing for licensure.  Before becoming licensed, the Colorado State Board of Nursing will ask the following questions:

  • “Have you ever been convicted of a felony or have you ever accepted by a court a plea of guilty or no contest?  Have your received a deferred judgment or deferred prosecution?”
  • “Are you now, or were you for the 12 months preceding the date of this application, addicted to any controlled substance; a regular user of any controlled substance without a prescription; and/or habitually intemperate in the use of intoxicating liquor?”
  • If any question is answered “yes”, the student needs to consult with the Colorado State Board of Nursing regarding specific requirements for licensure.  At any time during the nursing program if such an offense should occur, the Director of Nursing Education needs to be notified immediately.

Students should review the Colorado Community College System Healthcare Programs Disqualifying Criminal Offenses.

View the catalog for courses and program requirements.

Practical Nursing (PN)


Careers & Salaries

Position Median
Registered Nurses $71,730
Licensed Practical Nurses $46,240