Transition to Practice in Critical Care

The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Centura Health and Regis University Loretto Heights School of Nursing are collectively seeking applications from new nursing graduates for our Transition to Practice Critical Care course.  We are specifically looking for ethnically and racially diverse graduates as part of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant initiative to increase nursing diversity in the state of Colorado.  Applicants must meet the HRSA grant eligibility criteria to qualify for this course. See eligibility requirements below.

This is an excellent opportunity for diverse new grads to gain additional skills needed to enter the nursing workforce as a critical care nurse. This critical care skill set will likely make you a more viable candidate for employment. It may make it possible for you to secure a position in a critical care unit, which is a difficult thing to achieve for a new graduate.  Additionally, this will start you on the very important path of completing a baccalaureate degree.

Course Information
Designed for the Associate Degree Nursing new graduate. A rigorous, evidence-based course that provides a foundation in entry-level critical care nursing practice based on American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Guidelines. Because of the demanding nature of this undertaking, participants should plan to invest full time effort into this course throughout.

  • A 5 credit hour course which will run over 8 weeks
    • 45 hours of theory
    • 96 hours of clinical (may include days, nights or weekends)
    • Simulation experiences are included to enhance learning
    • In addition to classroom and clinical time there will be significant time required for studying and preparation.
  • Academic credit is awarded. These credits, or a portion thereof may be transferred into a baccalaureate program as elective credit.

When is the course held? June 27, 2016 to August 21, 2016

Where is the course held? Theoretical content will be at Regis University and clinical experiences will be in the Centura Health System.

How much does this cost? New graduates will be responsible for $535 and any additional associated fees (i.e. books, clinical compliance costs, uniform, etc.).  The total cost is estimated to be less than $800.  This represents just 20% of the actual tuition cost for the course. This is a true bargain and investment in your future!

What are the eligibility requirements? Applicants must:
Belong to a racial/ethnic minority group, including American Indians (as well as Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks or African Americans, and Hispanics.

  1. Pass the NCLEX-RN and be licensed in the state of Colorado prior to the beginning of the course.
  2. Be willing to enroll in an RN-BSN program, if hired at the completion of the course.
  3. Have a GPA of 2.75 or better from an accredited nursing program.
  4. Submit an application (only completed applications will be considered).
  5. Letter of recommendation from nursing faculty.
  6. Submit a written statement.
  7. Successfully complete compliance requirements for clinical experience within the Centura Health Care system. Included are such things as background check, drug screen, immunizations, etc.
  8. Download Application Here

What is the application deadline?: The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.  Application review will begin as soon as applications are received and the top candidates will be interviewed. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis. Notification of acceptance will be disseminated after May 15, 2016, so please make sure your email address on your application is your permanent email address rather than your school email address.  

Send completed application and additional required documents via email to: Amanda Quintana (Jojola) DNP, RN, FNP. Project Director. Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence 303-715-0343 ext. 17

Who do I contact if I have questions? You may contact either Amanda Quintana (Jojola) or Sarah Jane Krisanda, Project Coordinator, 303-715-0343 ext. 22


This project is supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number D19HP28485, titled “Colorado Collaborative for Increasing Nursing Student Diversity”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.