Metropolitan State University of Denver Nursing School Review

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD, Metro State, or MSU Denver), previously called Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD), has been serving students in downtown Denver since 1965. Currently Metro State enrolls 24,000 students, and nearly 80% of alumni remain in the Denver area or in Colorado.

Though it is one of the largest public colleges in the nation, Metro State prides itself on small class sizes and accessible staff. The school offers three campus locations, and weekend, evening, and online classes to meet the needs of busy students.

Nursing Programs

Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)

The BRNCO is structured for students who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and are licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The program admits students yearly in the Fall semester. After prerequisites are met, the program is a one year course of study if taken full time, or two years if taken part time.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must be admitted to MSU Denver, have a diploma in nursing or an ADN degree, a current RN license, and should have taken a Statistics course prior to admission to Metro State. If they have not taken Statistics, they will have to take it during their first semester in the program.

The application for the BRNCO program requires completion of a total of 39 credits of General Education classes in Multi-Cultural Health Care, English, Math, Communications, History, Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

In order to graduate, students will need to have completed a minimum of 120 credits, including the up to thirty hours transferred from their ADN degree or prior qualified nursing education.

This program has been continually accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) since1976.

The BRNCO program is also offered at the campus of Front Range Community College, through Metro State’s Extended Campus program. The program admits students once a year in the Fall semester, and is a two year, part time program, offering classes on Wednesdays.

Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO)

The ANO is a second degree program, geared toward students with a non-nursing related bachelor’s degree. Students are admitted once a year in the Spring semester. This is a 17 month long program over four consecutive semesters, including summer. This program requires classroom time, labs, and clinical rotations, and students should expect assignments during the day, evening, and on weekends. Graduates will receive a BSN and will be allowed to take the licensing exam to become an RN (NCLEX-RN).

Metro State has a competitive admissions process, and looks at students’ prior GPA, academic experience, work and volunteer experience, certifications, honors, a personal essay, and resume. In addition, students will need to pass a drug test and background check.

Prerequisite courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Nutrition, Human Growth and Development, and Clinical Pathophysiology must be completed with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

The ANO program has been accredited by the NLNAC and approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

Department of Health Professions

In addition to the Department of Nursing, Metro State offers other health care related programs in the Department of Health Professions. The department offers majors in Health Care Management, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Integrative Therapeutic Practices, and Recreation Professions. As an alternative, students may take these subjects as a minor degree program to complement another major. The department also offers minors in Pre-Healthcare and Gerontology.

Metropolitan State University of Denver
1201 5th Street
Denver, CO 80217

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