Area of Study

Nursing students participate in both classroom instruction and supervised patient care experiences, which focus on the prevention of disease and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
Develop entry-level and intermediate nursing skills to take care of patients in a variety of health care settings.
Students will develop entry-level and intermediate skills for work in hospitals, clinics and other inpatient/outpatient health care settings Nursing students participate in both classroom instruction and supervised patient care experiences, which focus on the prevention of disease and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.


Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Degree

This program provides an excellent education that prepares the learner to become a member of the nursing profession, meeting the needs of diverse populations.

RN to BSN Degree

This program embraces diversity and provides a quality, accessible, enriching educational experience that allows the student to continue lifelong learning utilizing evidence-based practice in the profession of nursing.

(NJC Students)

RN to BSN Degree @ MCC
(LCC Students)

RN to BSN Degree @ MCC
(Otero Students)

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Faculty & Staff

Kimberly Berning - MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

I am motivated to improve mental health care. I believe this will happen by educating tomorrow’s nurses. Psychiatric Nursing is a passion for me and I hope to spread the passion. I have practiced Operating Room/Trauma Nursing, Occupational Health, Nurse Analyst, and Addiction Nursing.  Like many of you, Colorado is not where I grew up, but is fast becoming home to me. So much to explore and so many people to meet.

Beth Carpenter - BS

Coordinator of Instructional Support

BS Business Administration emphasis Accounting, University of Northern Colorado

Hi! I have worked at MCC for 11 years.  My role is to provide instructional support to students and faculty. I am honored to have the opportunity to connect with nursing students throughout their educational journey at MCC.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions, if I don’t know the answer I will get you to the individual that does. 

Charlene Carrera - MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

I am a nursing (bridge) student graduate of Morgan Community College. I started from the bottom, receiving my CNA through MCC and that is when I fell in love with nursing. I received my LPN and returned to MCC to receive my RN. I received my BSN through Grand Canyon University and my MSN through Western Governors University. I am thankful for the different steps in nursing I took because of what it has taught me. I have experience in long-term care, pediatrics, mental health, and labor and delivery. I love nursing because of the everyday education I receive.

“All students learn differently, and teaching should be adapted. Using evidence-based information to teach is something to include in the classroom and clinical setting. I think it is important to keep an open mind, be positive, and promote safe practice. Slow down, think about it, and then respond. There is something to be taught and learned every day.”

Kim Ewertz - MSN, MS-Education, RN

Nursing Simulation Faculty and Clinical Coordinator

I have been a nurse for almost 30 years and have worked in a variety of settings – medical-surgical, long-term care, occupational health with my favorite being education.  My own education includes a BSN and two Master’s degrees; one is a Master’s of Science in Education as well as an MSN in nursing education.  I believe learning should be interactive and fun for students.  A goal is to inspire students to have a love for life-long learning.  Another goal is to encourage students to take time to smell the daisies and laugh (A LOT).

Preston Klimper - MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

I was born and raised in Colorado where I started my medical career as an EMT at Northeastern Junior College and then a teaching degree at the University of Northern Colorado.  I spent the next 12 years in the US Army increasing my medical skill as an infantry medic and Flight Paramedic before returning to college to earn my Associate Degree in Nursing and ultimately my Master in Nursing in 2018.  My nursing career focused on progressive care, geriatric behavior health, and intensive care areas.  My teaching philosophy revolves around the thought that if it is important enough to be on the test, it is important enough to explain why in class, but I also want you to be able to translate what you have learned in class to your daily practice as a Registered Nurse.

Bridget Sandoval - BSN, ADN, RN

Associate Nursing Instructional Personnel (ANIP)

I have been a nurse for over 13 years and received my ADN from MCC, then my BSN from Walden University. I have worked on a medical-surgical unit and in labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum (LDRP) unit. It is a pleasure to be a part of this great community and to be a part in the growth of this honorable profession.

My professional philosophy “Be kind, show people grace, and smile at everyone! As nurses we connect to people during the best and worst of life’s events.” I am hopeful that I can pass this along to nursing students and help them become well rounded in their career.

Dr. Kimberly Senn - DNP, FNP-BC, RN

RN to BSN Faculty

Kimberly Senn serves as the RN to BSN completion program faculty at Morgan Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Northern Colorado. Kimberly is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. Her previous work experience includes cardiovascular care and public health nursing. Kimberly’s teaching philosophy is to encourage learners to achieve their greatest level of educational achievement personally, academically, and professionally. Her passion to teach derives from the desire to obtain, share, and develop scientific knowledge into the exceptional art of nursing practice. Kimberly’s favorite motivational technique is encouraging all students to face their educational journey with enthusiasm and curiosity. She believes in recognizing and respecting the strengths and abilities in others and in ourselves.

Renee Sperry - MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

I am a Morgan Community College graduate, earning my nursing degree in 2009. I joined Colorado Plains Medical Center in 2009 to start my nursing career. I have worked in a variety of nursing areas including Medical-Surgical, Geriatric Behavior Health Unit, Labor and Delivery, and the Clinics. I am a certified lactation counselor and a certified childbirth educator. I continued my education and received my BSN from Western Governor’s University, and I am currently enrolled in the Master of Nursing Education Program. I was born and raised in Fort Morgan and currently live on a farm in Woodrow, CO.  

My work philosophy is: everyone can do it. All you need is hard work, dedication, perseverance, and the will to succeed. 

Shelli Crandall - BA

Health Occupations Student Success Advisor

Shelli earned her BA in English from Brigham Young University.  She has been working with students at MCC for thirteen years.  Shelli has been a part of the advising team for a year and a half and worked with ESL students at Workplace Education from 2007 to 2020.  She is excited to be working with the health occupations staff and students.   

Shelli can help students understand what prerequisite courses they may need to take before they apply to a health occupation program and help them understand the application process if needed.  She can also help students with study strategies and learning resources.  

Shelli can be contacted at (970) 542-3164 or  Her office is located in Cottonwood 136 inside the Welcome Center. 

Dr. Jennifer Thistle - DNP, MSN, RN

Director of Nursing Education

Jennifer specializes in women’s health, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and medical-surgical nursing.  Jennifer earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from University of Northern Colorado.  Jennifer’s  professional philosophy “Teaching the next generation of nurses is an honor.  Beyond striving to ensure nursing students learn essential content, my goal is foster critical thinking and engage a new generation of nurses that support a culture of evidence- informed practice, care, professional support and nobility.”