Degree and Certificate Options
Students at Lamar Community College have the option of focusing their academic pursuits within one of four degrees or several certificates. The requirements for these are described below. Specific information regarding the various academic programs available within the degree and certificate options can be found in the programs section.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree
The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree at Lamar Community College provides a foundation in communications, social and behavioral sciences, the arts and humanities. It is designed primarily for those students intending to continue at a four-year college or university. Students who enroll in an A.A. degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours. For Associate of Arts degree plans, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.
A.A. Degree with Designation
In cooperation with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and CCCS, LCC is now able to give students options for majors within the Associate of Arts degree and place the major on a student’s transcripts and diploma. Additional majors will be added in upcoming academic years. In the 2012-2013 academic year, current options include:
- Criminal Justice
In some cases, LCC students may have to choose online courses to complete these degrees.
Emphasis Areas in A.A. Degree
A student may desire to pursue emphasis areas in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education while obtaining an Associate of Arts degree. Access degree plans for specific requirements or contact an advisor. Students, who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution, may refer to the receiving institution’s catalog for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance.
Students completing the prescribed Associate of Arts degree with an Early Childhood Education emphasis are eligible for transfer admission to schools of education (elementary) at Colorado four-year colleges. Students choose their last six credits of elective courses based on where they plan to complete their bachelor’s degree.
This emphasis area provides the student with an introduction to the teaching profession through theory and application. Students completing the prescribed Associate of Arts degree with an Elementary Education emphasis are eligible for transfer admission to schools of education (elementary) at Colorado four-year colleges. Students choose their last 19 credits of education courses based on where they plan to complete their bachelor’s degree. See highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html for qualifying courses by college.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at Lamar Community College provides a foundation in mathematics and sciences. It is designed primarily for those students intending to continue at a four-year college or university. Students who enroll in an A.S. degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
Emphasis Areas in A.S. Degree
A student may choose to pursue a plan of study while obtaining an Associate of Science degree. Access degree plans for general and specific requirements (www.lamarcc.edu or contact an advisor). Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year institution may refer to the receiving institution’s catalog or web site for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance.
Colorado community colleges and four-year colleges/universities have created transfer agreements for engineering. These agreements differ by the institution to which a student is transferring. See highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html to learn more about specific engineering requirements by college.
This LCC emphasis area provides the student with an introduction to the secondary teaching profession through theory and application. Students completing an A.S. degree, with the appropriate coursework in their major of interest (Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Physics or Mathematics), are eligible for transfer admission to CSU-Pueblo (pending finalization of articulation agreement). Students work with LCC advisers to choose their last 19 credits of coursework based on which subject area in which they plan to complete their bachelor’s degree.
The LCC plan of study in Sports & Fitness Management includes classes teaching the hands-on skills needed for care and prevention of athletic injuries as well as supervised opportunities to apply these skills to athletes. There is rigorous coursework in the anatomy and physiology of sports injuries. This Associate of Science degree is designed to prepare a student to transfer to a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, Pre-physical Therapy, Sports and Conditioning or other sports-related areas. Without further preparation, our course of study in Sports and Fitness Management prepares a student to take the National Council on Strength and Fitness certified personal trainer exam (NCSF-CPT). Successful completion of this exam results in certification as a Certified Personal Trainer.
The Associate of General Studies degree at Lamar Community College is designed primarily for those students who wish to pursue a broad program of career and transfer coursework without the constraints of subject specialization. There are also emphasis areas within the A.G.S. degree which enable students to pursue a particular academic interest in greater depth. While the A.G.S. degree is not designed specifically to enable transfer to a four-year institution, it can be used for that purpose. Transferability depends upon the courses taken and the requirements of the receiving institution. A student who enrolls in an A.G.S. degree program at Lamar Community College must complete a total of 60 credit hours consisting of at least 18 credit hours in general education courses, 39 credit hours of elective coursework, and 3 credit hours of LCC requirements. For Associate of General Studies degree plans, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.
Emphasis Areas in A.G.S. Degree
Courses listed in the following emphasis areas relate to an area of academic interest and are offered as recommendations to those students wishing to pursue a particular academic interest in greater depth. Students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution may refer to that institution’s catalog for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance.
This plan of study prepares students who are considering transferring into four-year programs within Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Extension, Agronomy, Animal Science, Equine Science, Farm and Ranch Management, Pre-vet, and Agricultural Communications.
This area of study provides legal, technical, and procedural knowledge and skill necessary for students pursuing a career in law enforcement or corrections. Upon completion, students also have accomplished the core general education courses that fulfill the lower division general education requirements of Arts and Sciences at Colorado four-year institutions. This program is articulated with Colorado State University-Pueblo. Students transferring to CSU-Pueblo enter as juniors, and all courses earned at LCC with a grade of “C” or higher transfer.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree at Lamar Community College prepares students for entry-level employment in a given occupation. It is designed primarily for those students intending to seek employment opportunities upon completion. However, four-year institutions accept some A.A.S. coursework toward specific baccalaureate programs. If a student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, he/she should refer to the receiving institution’s catalog for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance. For Associate of Applied Science degree plans, consult the Degree and Certificate section.
This degree is designed for the student whose career goals include direct involvement in production agriculture or agribusiness as owner, operator, working manager, or partner. Students have the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the agriculture industry, and students also focus on their emphasis areas through internships.
Available to students who have successfully completed technical coursework for a state-approved Career & Technical Education certificate in one of the four area vocational technical schools (AVTS). Colorado’s AVTS are: Delta-Montrose Area Vocational Technical Center, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, San Juan Basin Area Vocational School, and T.H. Pickens Technical Center. Students complete at least 15 credits of selected general education courses at LCC to earn an A.A.S. degree.
The college strongly recommends that students complete a transcript review with an LCC advisor prior to selecting this option.
While the Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics and Business Certificates offer curricula which integrate business and information technology, the flexible AAS in Business allows students to expand both their knowledge and career opportunities. It prepares students for first line supervisory roles in office settings demanding data entry, PowerPoint presentation, word processing, desktop publishing, and posting/billing skills.
Associate of Applied Science in Business Software Applications
This degree program is designed to train students to work with simple and complex sources of information with a concentration in business application software. Successful graduates are able to apply their knowledge in ways that benefit businesses and decision-making processes from technological, financial, marketing, management or other relevant business perspectives. The goal of the program is to provide students with the practical skills and competencies to enhance employability in business and information technology occupations.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems
This degree program is designed to equip students with a broad background in applications programming systems and computer operations. The goal of the program is to provide students with the practical skills and competencies to enhance employability in IT occupations which focus on technical support.
Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technologies
This comprehensive two year degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of professional career opportunities in the construction trades industry immediately upon graduation or continue their education at the next level. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, technical and experiential learning within the context of a craft ethic. Students are introduced to the variety of construction trades through a sound theoretical foundation followed by an emphasis in developing the trades’ skills necessary to work with a specialty or general contractor. Students may choose to concentrate their hands-on experience in carpentry, painting, electrical, masonry, plumbing or the welding trades. The program places special emphasis on place based learning.
The AAS in Cosmetology is designed both to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a cosmetologist and to earn general education credits for a more well-rounded course of study.
Associate of Applied Science in Horse Training & Management, Barrel Horse Training, or Equine Business Management
LCC offers three Associate of Applied Science degrees and three certificate options that prepare students for employment in a variety of areas in the equine industry. While these programs are not intended for transfer, some institutions may accept some or all of the coursework toward a bachelor’s degree. Consult with an academic advisor or LCC’s Transfer Coordinator for more information concerning transfer opportunities.
A student may pursue either Horse Training & Management , Barrel Horse Training , or an Equine Business Management program of study. Classroom and practical laboratory experience is provided in both program options. If a student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, he or she may consider an A.G.S. Degree with an Equine Science emphasis (See AGS Agriculture - Transfer).
The curriculum of the HTM and EBM programs are arranged in a sequential series of courses designed to effectively combine theory with practical experience. Therefore, students may enter the program only during fall semester and are expected to progress through the sequence of courses in a two-year period.
In addition to general admission requirements for LCC, those seeking acceptance in HTM or EBM programs must complete personal and riding interviews on campus during the year prior to fall enrollment. Interview dates and additional information may be found at www.lamarcc.edu/academics/htm/htm_degrees.html.
This degree program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, organize, influence, and control organizational resources to achieve goals in a dynamic business environment. Successful graduates are able to apply their knowledge in ways that benefit businesses and decision-making processes from technological, financial, marketing, management or other relevant business perspectives. The goal of the program is to provide students with the practical skills and competencies that are important elements in enhancing employability in business marketing and management careers.
Students acquire the knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, schedulers, and presentation graphics. Successful completers will demonstrate the ability to evaluate business and management principles to support strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Graduates will possess the necessary skills needed in a customer service-oriented environment.
This comprehensive two year Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of professional career opportunities in the historic preservation industry immediately upon graduation or continue their education at the next level. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, technical and experiential learning within the context of a craft ethic. Students are introduced to the building arts through a sound theoretical foundation followed by an emphasis in developing the crafting skills necessary to execute historic building preservation interventions. The core materials sciences of wood, masonry, and metals are complimented by a broad spectrum of electives. Students may choose to concentrate their hands-on experience in the construction or decorative arts components of historic preservation treatment. The program places special emphasis on place based learning. The curriculum meets the standards set by the National Council for Preservation Education. This program is pending approval of recent revisions.
Associate of Applied Science in Integrated Business/Technology Solutions
This degree program is designed to educate and train students to have an understanding of simple and complex sources of information. Successful graduates are able to apply their knowledge in ways that benefit businesses and decision-making processes from technological, financial, marketing, management or other relevant business perspectives. The goal of the program is to provide students with the practical skills and competencies to enhance employability in business and information technology occupations.
The LCC Nursing Program is an Associate Degree program comprised of two levels. Level I is the first year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Students have the option to sit for the PN licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) upon the successful completion of Level I. Level II is the second year of the program. Students who have completed Level I may go directly on to Level II. Level II is also open to L.P.N.’s seeking an Associate Degree in Nursing and transfer students. Level II completers are awarded an A.A.S. Degree in Nursing and qualify to sit for the R.N. licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). For Nursing degree plan, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.
Nursing Department Mission
To provide quality education that prepares the learner to become a member of the profession of nursing, meeting the needs of a diverse population, in an ever-changing health care environment in both rural and/or urban settings.
The individual is unique and complex, a holistic being of biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. Each individual operates within a personally determined value system which is acquired and shaped through experience, personal judgments, and interaction with others. Individuals possess deliberative abilities and have the potential to make rational decisions about their lives, their health, and their own goals. Individuals possess inherent human rights and are deserving of respect and support in accordance with their basic needs. Each person is influenced by his/her genetic inheritance, biological make-up, culture and the physical and social environment in which he or she exists.
Environment refers to the context is which nursing occurs, which ranges from the person’s home to clinical agencies to society as a whole. A person’s environment is a major determinant of health. It includes the spiritual, psychosocial, political, legal, ethical, physical, economic, spatial and temporal aspects in which the individual, family, community or health care system exists.
Health is a dynamic state that is influenced by each individual’s inherited characteristics and life experiences. At any given time, a person’s health status is seen as being at a point on a continuum that extends from high-level wellness to the cessation of life. Human beings possess adaptive and recuperative abilities. Individuals can alter his or her health status resulting in individuals moving in either a positive or negative direction on the health continuum in response to his or her own efforts and/or through intervention of the health care system. Individuals who have achieved a reasonable level of understanding have the right to information regarding their health and are entitled to make choices about their heath care and status and the care they will receive. Wellness is viewed as a dynamic state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Wellness is defined by the individual’s perception of wellness and influenced by the presence of disease and the individual’s ability to adapt.
As a member of the health care team within the discipline of nursing, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provides direct individualized care with shared responsibility for the care of the individual(s) under supervision of a professional nurse, MD, podiatrist or dentist. The LPN performs therapeutic and preventive nursing measures in structured settings within traditional and alternative health care delivery systems.
Associate degree education is one of the established entry points into professional nursing practice. At the associate degree level, nursing education is directed toward facilitating the student to develop basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the professional practice. Upon entry into practice, the associate degree graduate is prepared to function as a novice generalist in the roles of provider of care, teacher, manager of care, advocate and member within the discipline of nursing. The nurse provides direct care to patients with complex health needs, adjusting care as patient situations change; collecting and analyzing data from patients, families, and other health care resources; formulating appropriate nursing diagnoses, implementing therapeutic intervention and developing/revising plans of care based on evaluation. The ADN-RN maintains professional relationships by advocating and supporting patient decisions, and by collaborating and communicating with patients, families, and other health professionals. The ADN-RN manages the care of assigned patients and supervises care given by other licensed and unlicensed health personnel.
The baccalaureate degree nurse is distinguished from the associate degree nurse in the breadth and depth of care of the group and community as client and in leadership and research expectations.
The Profession of Nursing
Nursing is a humanistic, service discipline founded on knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and human experience. It is a scholarly profession that utilizes theories from nursing and other disciplines to guide its practice for the promotion of health, care of the sick, and support to individuals and families in the final stages of life. The focus of nursing care is to meet the needs of the individual who functions as a member of a family, culture and society. Whatever affects any part of an individual affects the whole, hence the emphasis for the holistic nursing approach. Nursing provides education and supportive, recuperative care for individuals needing assistance in attaining or maintaining health or coping with illness. An emphasis of nursing care is promotion of the highest level of wellness achievable by the individual and society as a whole. An attitude of empathetic caring is an essential element of effective nursing care. The nursing process is utilized by nurses within their roles, as they work cooperatively with patients, families and groups in finding solutions to individual and community health problems. Nurses provide care without bias to all persons needing their service regardless of the individual’s race, creed, culture, religious orientation or health status. Nursing requires continuous updating of its knowledge base and treatment modalities in an effort to promote an evidence based practice in response to emerging health care problems, scientific discoveries and new technologies in the profession. The discipline of nursing encompasses a wide range of technical skills and scientific knowledge.
Learning is the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills as demonstrated in the change in behavior that persists. Learning is the cultivation of the potential of the individual and is more effectively achieved when learning opportunities are integrated and meaningfully related to the learner’s interests and level of achievement. The potential for education can exist in any situation, but the responsibility for learning lies solely with the learner.
The nursing education process is seen as a cooperative effort requiring extensive interaction between students and faculty. A variety of teaching learning strategies is utilized to meet individualized needs of students in both the academic and practice settings. Curriculum content is designed to proceed from the simple to the complex and progresses from the known to the new material.
Nursing education is seen as a continuous, life-long process through which individuals expand learning, enhance practice ability or qualify for advanced employment positions. Specific processes are provided to facilitate progression from the practical nurse to the associate degree professional nurse and then to the baccalaureate nurse level are defined and validated through the Colorado Articulation Model.
Graduates of an educational program offered by the Department of Nursing will possess knowledge of the history, development, accomplishments, and direction of the nursing profession. They will be informed regarding the unique roles, competencies, and responsibilities expected from individuals prepared at all levels. Graduates will also be aware of advanced practice positions and opportunities available to individuals prepared with baccalaureate and graduate credentials in nursing.
Competencies By Level
Upon successful completion of Level I, the student is prepared to:
- Take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses.
- Perform services requiring knowledge and skills in caring for the ill, teaching and promoting preventive health measures, and administering treatments and medication that a licensed physician or dentist prescribes.
- Begin practical nursing practice within a structured health care setting.
- Function within five interrelated roles: Provider of health care (which incorporates Teacher and Advocate), Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession.
Upon successful completion of Level II, the student is prepared to (in addition to Level I competencies):
- Take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.
- Apply critical thinking skills utilizing the nursing process in a caring manner.
- Assimilate the roles of the registered nurse into their professional practice.
- Maintain nursing standards, the ANA code of ethics and promote the evolution of the nursing profession.
- Incorporate the human needs theory into their daily nursing practice in diverse health care settings.
- Provide caring competent, therapeutic interventions to patients, families and communities in a multitude of settings.
- Employ effective communication techniques to diverse patient populations that are culturally sensitive and therapeutic in nature.
- Following admission to the nursing program, students will complete all course requirements within three years.
- Program NCLEX pass rates will be at or above the national average.
- 90% of student evaluations will report a satisfactory or higher program rating.
- 90% of program graduates who seek employment will be employed within six months of graduation.
- 90% of employers will report a satisfactory or higher rating on the one year survey for LCC program graduates whom they have employed.
Nursing Background Check
The CCCS authorizes the nursing programs to request a background investigation of all student applicants. The purpose is to maintain a safe and productive educational and clinical environment. Students who refuse to comply with the background investigation will not be allowed to enter any CCCS Nursing Program.
An applicant will be disqualified from a CCCS nursing program based on the following guidelines:
- Any violent felony convictions of homicide. (No time limit)
- Crimes of violence (assault, sexual offenses, arson, kidnapping, any crime against an at-risk adult or juvenile, etc.) as defined in section 18-1.3-406 C.R.S. in the 10 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any offense involving unlawful sexual behavior in the 10 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any crime, the underlying basis of which has been found by the court on the record to include an act of domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any crime of child abuse, as defined in section 18-6-401 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any crime related to the sale, possession, distribution or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any felony theft crimes in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any misdemeanor theft crimes in the 5 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Any offense of sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist, as defined in section 18-3-405.5 C.R.S. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Crimes of moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.) in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application.
- Registered Sex Offenders. (No time limit)
- Any offense in another state, the elements of which are substantially similar to the elements of any of the above offenses.
- More than one (1) D.U.I. in the 7 years immediately preceding the submittal of application
If the investigation reveals information that could be relevant to the application, the designated individual responsible for background checks may request additional information from the applicant. The offense shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students who have successfully completed the terms of a deferred adjudication agreement will not be disqualified. If any applicant feels the criminal background check is inaccurate, he or she may appeal the decision and request a review with LCC. It is the applicant’s burden to produce substantial evidence to prove the inaccuracy of crimes charged.
Students must complete the following requirements prior to program admission:
BIO 201 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I)*
BIO 202 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II)*
BIO 204 (Microbiology)* (Requires prerequisite course BIO 111, BIO 201, or permission of instructor)
ENG 121 English Composition I
PSY 235 Human Growth and Development
Accuplacer score EA 61 or above or equivalent Math course
*Must be completed within 7 years of entry into the nursing program
Students must complete BIO 216 (Human Pathophysiology) prior to entering the third semester (second year) of the program. Students must complete the 3-credit hour humanities or social/behavioral science elective prior to the end of the second year of the nursing program.
Students must complete all of the above coursework with a “C” or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 on pre-requisite courses is required for program admission.
National League for Nursing (NLN) PAX-RN Entrance Exam:
In order to qualify for admission, students must take the NLN PAX-RN Entrance Exam and attain the required scores of Verbal 35 or higher and Composite 50 or higher. Student may purchase a study guide for the exam online or check one out at LCC’s Learning Resource Center. Student must register for the exam at www.nln.org. Cost of the exam is $45.00.
NLN Total Assessment Program (TAP)
The LCC Nursing Department has contracted with NLN to provide Total Assessment Program (TAP) external validation of nationally normed nursing content. Please refer to individual course syllabi for NLN testing components. Success allows students to accelerate their ability to learn content and increase critical thinking skills for passing the NCLEX examination.
PAX-RN Entrance Exam
See listing above.
Achievement tests for nursing programs are norm-referenced tests designed to measure students’ achievement in various content areas of the nursing curriculum. Each tests’ objectives are linked to the NCLEX test blueprint. They enable faculty to compare the scores of students in their program with those of nursing students across the country and to evaluate specific course or program objectives.
Pre-NCLEX Readiness Tests
Pre-NCLEX readiness tests for nursing programs serve as an excellent practice and review for NCLEX. Three different end-of-nursing program exams - Comprehensive Nursing Achievement, Critical Thinking in Clinical Nursing Practice, and Diagnostic Readiness Tests - are complementary to one another, and help students prepare for nursing practice and to pass the NCLEX examination.
At the culmination of the second year, NLN will provide a review course to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN.
The Nursing Faculty at LCC stand ready to assist you in your attempt to pass the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exams and encourage you to utilize all resources, including NCLEX review books, the NCSBN review course, etc., as you prepare to successfully complete the national exam. The NCSBN-RN online review course is available to you at a minimal cost and you may register and take this course online at www.ncsbn.org. Now is the time to begin preparing for the exam, do not wait until right before your exam; begin studying now.
In Colorado, applicants may be approved to take the NCLEX a maximum of three times within three years of the date the applicant first took the NCLEX in any State, territory, or foreign country. Any applicant who is unsuccessful in the first three attempts must complete the didactic portion of an approved refresher course within one year of the last unsuccessful attempt of taking the NCLEX. Additional information can be found on the Colorado Board of Nursing Website - Chapter 1 Rules.
College Admission and Nursing Program Application
The process of admission to the nursing program is a separate process from admission to Lamar Community College. or equivalent, must complete . Contact Sandy Summers for more information regarding NUR 189.
Licensed Practical Nurses and students who have exited the first year of a nursing program wishing to enter the second year of the program who have not completed
Applicants will be required to take the National League of Nursing Pre-admission Examination for RN’s (NLN PAX-RN).
NLN PAX-RN Pre-admission Examination scores required: Composite 50th percentile or higher; Verbal 35th percentile or higher. Students may purchase a study guide for the exam at www.jblearning.com or check one out at LCC’s Learning Resource Center. Students must register for the exam at www.nln.org. Cost of the exam is $45.00. The exam cannot be taken more than every three months or more than three times.
A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required on all prerequisite course work.
College Admission and Nursing Program Application
- Complete LCC college admissions application online at www.lamarcc.edu or in the Admissions Office on campus.
- Students who have not completed prerequisite courses complete “Nursing Inquiry” online at www.lamarcc.edu/nursing
- Students who have completed prerequisite coursework, log on to www.lamarcc.edu/nursing and complete the nursing program admissions application.
- Schedule to take the PAX-RN Entrance Exam (may be taken before you have completed prerequisite coursework). Schedule at www.nln.org
Prior to admission into the nursing program, the following components must be submitted to the LCC nursing program office:
- Submit official transcript(s) documenting completion of prerequisite course requirements and cumulative GPA requirement.
- Results of PAX-RN Exam
- If you have not completed MAT 090 (or higher) provide documentation of Accuplacer Score EA 61 or above or SAT/ACT score exempting you from Accuplacer testing.
- Licensed Practical Nurses applying for entry into the second year of the program must provide a copy of your active, unencumbered practical nursing license. LPN’s who did not complete NUR 150 Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing, or equivalent course, as part of the PN program must provide documentation of completion of to qualify for entry into the second year of the program.
After Notification of Nursing Program Admission
Prior to participation in nursing courses, students must:
- Complete the Health Questionnaire/Immunization Record (see Appendix A) including:
- PPD or Chest X-ray (negative) (yearly)
- Hepatitis B series
- Varicella immunization
- Immunization records documenting MMR/Tetanus (within 10 years)
- Provide a copy of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card (must keep current throughout nursing program)
- Complete the Criminal Background Check and 10-Panel Drug Screen. Complete at www.healthcareex.com - Package 5* (Information regarding LCC disqualifying offenses is available at www.cccs.edu/nursing/prerequisites.html)
- Random Urine Drug Screen (results must be negative). A dilute drug screen result is considered a positive result. Paid for with Package 5 above - administered randomly on campus.
- Ensure personal daily access to a computer and Internet for emails, assignments, and communications
- Own a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) with required program downloads
*Prospective nursing students should be aware that the Colorado State Board of Nursing states the following regarding criminal background checks.
“Neither the Nurse Practice Act nor the Nurse Aide Practice Act has any automatic exclusions to licensure based on a criminal background; however, you will need to check with the school of nursing or the nurse aide training program to see if your crime(s) will either prevent you from becoming admitted to their program or disallow you from performing clinical practice as a student. The Board only reviews those individuals who apply for licensure after graduating from a Board-approved nursing/nurse aide program.
All crimes, regardless of whether or not they were/are deferred, must be reviewed by the Board. In determining whether to issue a license, the Board considers the crime itself, any pattern of criminal behavior, when the crime(s) occurred, any rehabilitation since the crime(s), and its relevance to nursing practice. As a regulatory body, the Board’s primary mission is to safeguard the life, health, property, and public welfare of the people of this state.”
Admission to Lamar Community College Nursing Program is on a first come, first served basis. In the event that the program is not full by June 15, provisional admission may be offered to students who have successfully completed the Pre-admission Examination for RN Programs (PAX) and are currently enrolled in the last of the required prerequisite courses. These students must attain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. on all prerequisite courses to qualify for admission to the nursing program.
It is recognized that in order to maximize opportunities for success, some students must receive benefit from reasonable accommodations in response to documented disabilities. In order to arrange for such accommodations, please provide documentation and request services at least three weeks prior to the time services are needed. For more information, contact Special Populations at 719.336.1533.
Students who choose the PN Option are eligible to take the NCLEX- PN Licensure Exam. Students who complete the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam.
The Board of Nursing in each state regulates licensure. Contact the Board of Nursing in Colorado for eligibility requirements for licensure at www.dora.state.co.us/nursing.
Students are to assume full responsibility for meeting all basic requirements for their specific nursing program as set forth in the Lamar Community College catalog that is current at the time of their admission into the nursing program. Students must:
- Provide Registrar’s Office with official transcripts (if transferring courses from other institutions)
- Complete a degree plan with an academic advisor
- Complete an Intent to Graduate form and submit to Registrar’s Office by required deadline
- Complete all general education and nursing coursework with a grade “C” or above
For additional information regarding LCC’s nursing program, see LCC’s website at www.lamarcc.edu/nursing.html.
The Renewable Energy Technologies Associate of Applied Science degree is a program designed for students interested in the manufacturing, repair, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, solar thermal systems and biofuel equipment. Students will learn about design requirements, welding, installation guidelines, materials and resources, green buildings, safety issues, maintenance and trouble shooting. This program will include training in energy auditing for commercial and residential applications.
In addition to the four types of degrees available through Lamar Community College, students may earn a Certificate of Study by successfully completing specific sequences of coursework. Certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry level jobs in occupational and professional areas. They also provide the opportunity to upgrade skills or acquire additional skills in occupational fields. Students enrolling in certificate programs are subject to the same basic skills requirements as those enrolling in degree programs.
Certificates are available at LCC in the following programs/areas:
| Advanced Horsemanship
| Bookkeeping Clerk
| Building Preservation Specialist 1
| Building Preservation Specialist 2*
| Preservation Research Specialist*
| CISCO Certified Network Associate
| Computer Technician I
| Desktop Publishing and Business Graphics
| Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
| Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate
| Fundamental Horse Training
| Hair Stylist
| Microcomputer Applications
| Microsoft Office Suite Manager
| Nail Technician
| (Certified) Nurse Aide
| Practical Nursing (Level I ADN)
| Small Business Management Records & Computerization
| Small Business Management Financial Analysis & Planning
Small Business Management Marketing Planning
| Small Business Management Marketing & E-Commerce
| Small Business Management - Small Business Planning
| Starting Colts
| Veterinary Assistant
| * = Pending Approval
This one year program teaches the student basic accounting and payroll skills and offers more accounting theory than the bookkeeping certificate program. It augments a student’s basic writing skills as well. With electives, the student may pursue additional knowledge in income tax, business law, business report writing, and/or accounting software packages. The certificate prepares the student to be a full charge bookkeeper in an accounting department and equips the student with the skills needed to advance beyond that level. The program gives the student the necessary academic background to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in accounting, if one so desires.
Administrative Assistant Certificate
This certificate will prepare students to provide clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving clients, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings.
Advanced Horsemanship Certificate
This one-year certificate within the Horse Training and Management program builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in the Starting Colts certificate program. It combines hands-on experience with a one-semester internship with a professional trainer. For the Advanced Horsemanship Certificate plan, consult the Degree and Certificate section.
Admission to this certificate program requires successful completion of the Starting Colts certificate program, or permission of the program instructors.
This one-year certificate allows students to focus solely on agriculture studies. It introduces students to the basics of animal science, agronomy and ag business. For the Agriculture Certificate plan, consult the Degree and Certificate section.
The Barber certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a barber, including working with the scalp and hair of the head, performing face shaving and beard trimming and basic barber facials. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities. It offers the newest techniques and hands-on experience needed, as well as the business skills and management preparation to launch a successful career in the barbering industry. The course of study has been approved by the Colorado State Office of Barbers and Cosmetology.
Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate
A one year certificate, this program prepares the student to do bookkeeping work in the accounting department. The program teaches the student basic accounting and payroll skills and introduces the student to some of the basic software packages available including some spreadsheet applications. The student may focus on business technology or computerized accounting through electives.
Building Preservation Specialists 1 Certificate
This certificate prepares graduates to pursue a variety of career opportunities in construction, sustainable building, and historic preservation industries. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, lab, and experiential learning.
Building Preservation Specialist 2 Certificate ( Pending approval)
This certificate prepares graduates to pursue a variety of career opportunities in construction, sustainable building, and historic preservation industries. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, lab, and experiential learning.
Today’s business support personnel perform functions in coordination of various activities in an organization. Upon successful completion of the Business Certificate program, students possess basic skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level position in a business organization. For the Business certificate plan, consult the Degree and Certificate section.
The Carpentry Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in commercial and residential carpentry practice. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills.
CISCO Network Associate Certificate
This concentrated certificate prepares a student for an entry level position as a IT network administrator.
Computer Technician I Certificate
This certificate prepares a student for an entry level position as a computer technician. It focuses on computer repair, installation and maintenance of operating systems, and basic security principles. Electives allow the student to learn more about networking for the small and home office, advanced security, computer forensics and/or data recovery.
The Cosmetology Department offers four certificate programs designed to provide the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to acquire licensure in these fields. The course of study in each field has been approved by the Colorado State Office of Barbers and Cosmetology. The Cosmetology certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a cosmetologist. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics Certificate
This certificate program prepares students for jobs requiring knowledge of and skill in word processing, image manipulation, font selection and use, and other small-scale publishing tasks. For the Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics Certificate plan, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate
Successful completion of the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic certificate allows a student to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Basic Exam. The curriculum includes basic trauma and medical assessment as well as treatment of the sick and injured.
Fundamental Horse Training Certificate
This one-year certificate within the HTM program is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills to prepare them for introduction to the Horse Training industry. Students will complete the 100 level courses found in the Horse Training AAS degree but earn a certificate of study.
Hair Stylist Certificate
The Hair Stylist Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a hair stylist. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Courses are offered in the fall semester only. For the Hair Stylist Certificate plan, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.
Microcomputer Applications Certificate
This certificate program introduces managers, small business owners, secretarial/clerical workers, and other computer users to a broad range of office applications software in use today.
Microsoft Office Suite Manager
This program will prepare students to provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions.
Nail Technician Certificate
The Nail Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a nail technician. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Courses are offered in the summer semester only.
Nurse Aide Certificate
This program prepares students for employment as nurse aides in hospitals, skilled care and other health care facilities. Students will learn to become direct caregivers as a part of a team. Entering students must pass a background check through LCC prior to enrollment. Additionally they must complete CPR (Basic Life Support for Health care Providers) and provide documentation of immunization (2 MMR’s, at least 2 Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, and current TB test) as a requirement for clinical courses. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Colorado National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) for certification through the Board of Nursing. Approximately an eight week course of study.
Practical Nursing Certificate
As an option to the two year ladder R.N. program, students may choose to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate after successfully completing Level I. See Nursing under Associate of Applied Science degrees earlier in this section for more information.
Preservation Research Specialist Certificate ( Pending Approval)
This certificate prepares the graduate for a variety of career opportunities in construction, sustainable building, and historic preservation industries. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, lab, and experiential learning.
Small Business Management Certificates
The five certificates offered in this program are designed specifically for business owner/operator. New management tools are introduced to business persons, as well as keeping them abreast of the changing environment of business. Four different certificates are offered and completion of all four certificates will enable the businessperson to analyze financial statements, understand inventory control, complete all tax reports, forecast income and expenses, and learn the value of advertising. Each certificate is 18 credits and requires a one-year course of study.
Starting Colts Certificate
This one-year certificate within the HTM program is designed to provide students, through hands-on experience, with the skills and knowledge needed to break colts for riding.
This program is designed to prepare individuals, under the supervision of veterinarians, and animal science professionals, to learn techniques of patient management and clinical procedures.
The Welding Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in welding technology. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills.