Aspen University Nursing School Review

Founded in 1987, Aspen University is committed to helping students get ahead with superior, affordable education. Aspen University has always been an online university, and was the first accredited school to have an online MBA program. Aspen University prides itself on offering online course programs that let students pursue their education on their own schedule while leading busy lives.

All courses at Aspen University are held online, and there are no set class times, so students may “attend class” at any time and from any location that is convenient for them. Students attend Aspen from all 50 states and from around the world. Students log into class via the Internet, and participate in the course discussions. Instructors can be reached by email and through the online class discussions.

Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program at Aspen University is part of the College of Health Professions and Studies, and is designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions in management, education, and clinical settings. Courses are held online for students’ convenience, and clinical practicum courses are performed under direct supervision.

Aspen University offers MSN specialties in nursing administration and management, and nursing education. The Master of Science in Nursing program at Aspen is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The MSN program requires students to take 15 credits of core courses, 18 credits of Administration and Management, 18 credits of Nursing Education, and a 3 credit Capstone course. The Capstone course is a custom-designed course where students will come up with an individual, comprehensive nursing research project. Students are advised to choose a topic of professional or personal interest to research. The Capstone course has a 6 month time limit, and is intended to have students apply theories, and principles to an actual nursing related issue.

Students will also be required to take two proctored exams during the MSN program. One will be given at the midpoint of the program, and one at the end. Students will go to an approved testing center and take the four hour exam. Exams are made up of three essay questions, and are open book.

Registered Nurse (RN) to MSN Bridge Program

The online RN to MSN Bridge Program at Aspen University is designed to assist RNs who have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and want to earn an MSN degree. Students will not receive a BSN degree during the program, but instead will graduate with an MSN in either nursing administration and management or nursing education.

Students begin the program by taking 21 credits of undergraduate nursing classes (bridge courses), to prepare them for the demands of the MSN program. Once they have completed these credits, students will move on to their specialty and complete another 36 credits of graduate courses. All classes will be completed online, and clinical practicum courses are done under the supervision of a mentor. Students will also be required to take two proctored exams at an approved testing center.

Students that take this program full time can complete it in as little as two years.

Other Health Care Programs

Aspen University also offers other programs in the College of Health Professions and Studies.

Psychology and Addiction Counseling

Aspen University offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. To be allowed to take the National Certified Counselor Examination, the exam many states use as a licensing exam for counselors, students taking either program must complete a 540 hour practicum prior to graduation.

Physical Education and Sports Management

Aspen’s Master of Science in Physical Education and Sports Management will prepare students for careers in coaching and sports management.


Aspen University
720 Colorado 2 #1150
Denver, CO 80246

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