RN Refresher

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Important Updates

 1) CCAHEC has moved the Refresher Course Final Exam online! During this time of uncertainty, you have the option to continue your studies and take the exam online, rather than taking a proctored, paper test. Contact Brittany for instructions regarding how to take the online exam at brittany@centralcoahec.org. The proctored, paper exam version will still be an option, once our office is open and the "stay at home" order is lifted. Contact Brittany or Kathleen at training@centralcoahec.org for more information and let us know what you prefer!


2) The Center for Nursing Excellence (CNE)/Simulation Collaborative updates: The CNE is awaiting word from the State Board of Nursing regarding the number of clinical hours students may complete through (virtual) simulation labs. Should the board temporarily expand the ability for students to complete clinicals via simulation, we will let you know. CCAHEC is currently exploring options for virtual simulation for our students. Stay tuned!


3) The State Board of Nursing has determined that nurses working under an emergency status license may NOT apply those hours towards their clinical requirements (Phase 2 of the Refresher course) for full re-licensure. Nurses enrolled in Refresher courses will still need to complete the clinical component of the course with a nurse preceptor and complete all requirements. To learn more about how to apply for an emergency status license, or for any other questions or concerns, contact us at training@centralcoahec.org.


Be well, Kathleen and Brittany (Professional Education Team)

Do you remember why you became a nurse?

Are you ready to go back to clinical nursing and/or want to reinstate your license but feel you don’t have the time?

Do you need flexibility and enough time to complete the course?

Do you need a refresher and update on the latest evidence-based practices in current nursing care and science? 

Central Colorado AHEC is a State leader in online RN Refresher education!

  • The RN Refresher course is based on and approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing requirements for a non-traditional program.
  • Course is divided into modules and is self-paced, allowing you to set a schedule that works for you. You have a full year to complete the course!
  • Phase I includes didactic material and the Evolve HESI RN Patient Reviews that provide refresher students with “pre-hospital” practice scenarios.
  • Modules include additional learning activities and resources to complement the theory content.
  • Phase II comprises the clinical – program staff can assist you in finding a clinical site near you- no need to travel to downtown Denver. The preceptored clinical is comprised of 80-120 hours of practice in a clinical setting (depending on how long you have been out of practice).
  • The Professional Education Team is available to support your learning through discussion boards, web, email, phone, texting, and fax! Contact us at training@centralcoahec.org for more information.
  • Follow the steps below to get started today!

Course Overview

You will have 12 months from when you received your logins to finish phase 1 and phase 2 of the course.

Online Programs Used:

  • Moodle: The course is designed using case-based learning where actual case scenarios are used to develop critical thinking in the learner. There are four theoretical modules that can be accessed online (you will be provided login information and instructions).
  • Evolve: The Evolve Website will be used as a tool to teach various scenarios. These include critical thinking exercises in adult health (all systems), med-surg problems, procedures and treatment, mathematical practice, acid-base and electrolytes, infection control and wound care, and psychiatric fundamentals, procedures, disorders, and treatment.

Each module has assigned readings, case scenarios and self-testing. The student is expected to read the assignments, review the web links, and complete the self-tests.

Once you have completed the course requirements you will then be eligible to take the open book final exam online, at your local AHEC or at an approved proctoring site. You are required to have an 80% passing grade for the final exam to continue on to the clinical portion. You may take the final exam only once. If you should not pass, you would need to retake the course at half tuition before taking the final again.

  • Module One - Current Concepts in Nursing Theory
  • Module Two - Therapeutic Advances
  • Module Three - Systems Review and Current Trends
  • Module Four - Contemporary Issues
  • Module Five - Clinical Practicum

Before the Course

Complete the following:


Purchase Textbook

Medical Surgical Nursing 10th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-323-32852-4

Estimated Cost $130.00


Register for Course

Cost: $2180.00

Pay online via credit card or select 'Pay by check' or select 'Other' and we'll contact you.

Once we receive your registration and payment, we will be in contact via phone and email. Instructions on how to get started will be sent to you by the course manager, including login information for the course.

Pay online via credit card or select 'Pay by check' or select 'Other' and we'll contact you.


Financial Aid

CCAHEC is not able to offer financial aid, however we offer a payment plan. When registering for the course, please select "Other - I have questions about payment, please contact me" in the "How will you be paying for the course?" dropdown.
Additionally, your local Workforce Center may be able to provide financial assistance if qualified. Visit your local agency for eligibility criteria.

After the Exam

After passing the exam, you will need to complete the following:


Colorado State Board of Nursing Fingerprint Background Check

Price determined by fingerprinting agency.


CCAHEC Drug Screen and Background Check

Drug Screen Cost: $40.00

Background Check Cost: $40.00 minimum (varies based on student information)


Required Documents/Information

For your security, do not send these items via regular email. Please contact us to have them delivered securely.

Copy of previous license

Proof of professional liability insurance

Proof of current BLS

Proof of current immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR
  • T-DAP
  • Chicken Pox or Titer
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Polio if required by clinical site

Proof of current TB test

Clinical Practicum

Module Five is 80-120 (depending on how long you have been out of nursing) hours of clinical practicum. Skills training and site-specific training utilizing self-assessment and a skills check list must be completed under the direct supervision of an RN preceptor. The clinical experience is individualized for the student based on their background, education and work environment. The experience is a contract between the student, healthcare facility, and assigned preceptor. This practicum is arranged by the student. An educator agreement between CCAHEC and the healthcare facility must be created before the experience begins. Also the State Board of Nursing (SBON) must assign a temporary nursing license for the practicum before beginning. The student must apply for a permanent license to the SBON at this time as well. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website has more information about these requirements.

  • 2-5 years expired/inactive - Contact Hours: 120 Theory and 80 Clinical*
  • 5-10 years expired/inactive - Contact Hours: 120 Theory and 120 Clinical*
  • 10 or more years expired/inactive - Contact Hours: 120 Theory and 120 Clinical*

*The State Board of Nursing may require additional hours as determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis.

Brush Up On Your Skills

Do you need to brush up on your skills?

Platt College, School of Nursing offers an additional skills lab/simulation experience for refresher students enrolled in the CCAHEC online course. It will be created for the student and can be 1-3 days in length.

More Information

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