There is no 'community component' in your CU NS application. I went to their info session last week and all you do to apply is fill out the app online (including the 1 page essay answering their required questions), have your transcripts sent, and send in your fee. They don't accept letters of recommendation or anything like that. Unless you can fit the info into your essay it is not considered in your acceptance.
I don't have a degree but will be finishing my pre-reqs in the spring of 2010. I am applying during this current application period for the summer 2010/spring 2011 sessions. If you have a previous degree you can apply for the accelerated program, but they can put you into the regular program and you are not allowed to change it...they emphasized to think your program choice through since you are basically stuck with your decision. It is only one semester shorter btw.
I posted some additional information about the CU info session in the Colorado section if you are interested.
Good luck whatever happens, maybe see you on campus!