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Nurse Heroes imageThe Nursing Program is available on both Trinidad and Alamosa campuses. The Trinidad campus has a traditional schedule and an evening/weekend schedule to choose from. Both campuses offer the Practical Nurse exit option. This options allows the student to take a short summer courses after the first year, then sit for their Practical Nursing boards. In addition, we do have a LPN to ADN option for those LPNs that would like to come back to school for their Associate Degree and eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN (RN) boards.

Trinidad State Nursing Mission Statement:
Provide excellent education that prepares the learner to become a member of the nursing profession, meeting the needs of diverse populations.

  • Trinidad Campus & Valley Campus
  • Nursing Options:
    • Associate Degree in Nursing
    • BSN through Dual Enrollment
    • PN exit
    • LPN to ADN option
  • Degrees/Certificate:
    • Nursing AAS
    • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Applied Science Degree Option
    • Practical Nurse Certificate-Exit Option


Trinidad State Nursing End of Program Student Outcomes:

The eight program student learning outcomes are:

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

Thank you for your interest in the Trinidad State College Nursing Program.

Thank you for your interest in the Trinidad State College Nursing Program.

LoriRae Hamilton

Dean of Instruction
(719) 846-5524

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

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Important Note for Prospective Students:
If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in the state where you plan on living and working after graduating, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in that state BEFORE beginning the academic program at Trinidad State College. In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Trinidad State College provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification in correlation with programs offered at TSC that may lead to state licensure.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary courses. It is intended to make it easier for students to take courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

If you plan on taking Trinidad State College classes, please check the SARA Map to verify that your state has either authorized or exempted our college to offer classes or programs to you as a resident of your state.

Students are advised to review the following program licensure information BEFORE beginning a program at TSC that leads to professional licensure with the intent to be licensed outside of the state of Colorado:

Review the licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) below.
While TSC endeavors to ensure this information is up to date, changes in licensure requirements of any state can change at any time. Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the U.S. states and territories where licensure is intended. This will enable you to obtain the most up-to-date information about licensure requirements and confirm TSC’s program meets those requirements especially while progressing through any of these programs.

Not all of TSC’s programs are formally approved for professional licensure. However, while a program may not be formally approved in states outside of Colorado, it may still meet all or a portion of the “educational” requirements for licensure in other states and territories. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if a TSC program will meet educational requirements in states other than Colorado.

Additionally, while progressing through any of these programs, TSC recommends that you check licensing agency requirements regularly to monitor whether they have changed in a manner that impacts your licensure plans.

To learn more, please review the licensure information provided for the program of interest:
Emergency Medical Services
Law Enforcement Academy
Nurse Aide

In all fifty states and in all territories, the requirements for nurses and nurse aides are different.  Trinidad State recommends each student visit the National Council of State Board of Nursing website to identify the requirements for the state in which you plan to live and practice. Trinidad State can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program.

For additional assistance pertaining to professional licensing compliance, please contact Lynette Bates, Vice President for Academic Affairs,