Registered nurses are the largest single group of health care professionals in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the year 2008 this country will need an additional 450,000 nurses.

The role of the RN is multifaceted and encompasses care in a variety of areas, including surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, and rehabilitation. RNs work in hospitals, home health, rehabilitation, hospice, community and public health, schools, camps, clinics, corporate settings and more.

Red Rocks Community College provides the prerequisites necessary for transfer to a nursing program.

Classes include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology

We also provide the nurse aide course, which is an entrance requirement for many nursing programs.


If you are interested in nursing, you may take courses which will transfer. Admission and course requirements vary among nursing programs; therefore, you are encouraged to work closely with an advisor in the college or university offering the program.

Check with your nursing advisor before enrolling in any pre-nursing coursework.

Career Paths / Options in Nursing

Administration-Hospitals and insurance companies often need nurses to
work in administration. They are familiar with the terminology and there
are plenty of positions for nurses to work in patient services areas.

Health educator-Those with a nursing degree are perfect for health
educator positions. Health educators hold classes and workshops to teach
the community about health issues that range from flu prevention to
healthy eating.

Health writer-Many health magazines, trade publications, blogs,
health-related companies, books, and journals are in consistent need of
health professionals who can write well. Being familiar with medical
terminology and conditions, along with having writing ability, makes for
a perfect candidate to become a health writer.

School nurse-For those with a nursing degree who are looking to have
their summers off and maintain a kid-friendly work schedule, being a
school nurse is an ideal option.

Teaching-Every nursing student is sitting in on a variety of classes,
many of which are being taught by those with nursing degrees. Teaching
nursing courses is another option for those who have a nursing degree but
prefer a non-medical setting.

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." (Click here for more information.)  The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year’s data only. However, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.