BSN Programs in Colorado

There are 10 different nursing schools in Colorado that are in our database and have Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing programs. Denver seems to be the hub for most universities with nursing schools, including the University of Colorado-Denver, but there are many other suburbs or smaller towns with nursing colleges as well.

Below are some featured online BSN or BS of healthcare programs, which you can get in touch with directly by clicking the “MORE INFO” button. These programs are currently accepting applicants and are 100% online. Following our featured list is the entire list of all nursing schools in Colorado.

Full List of BSN Programs in Colorado

Featured BSN programs accepting Colorado applicants
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Campus-based programs in Colorado

Adams State University
208 Edgemont Boulevard, Alamosa, CO 81101
The pre-nursing 4 year BSN is designed to prepare students take the NLCEX-RN exam. It is divided into two segments: a pre-nursing phase and a clinical nursing phase. During the freshman and sophomore years, students take prerequisites courses and few non-clinical nursing courses. Prior to starting on the nursing program, all prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-“or better.

The major consists of 72 semester credits while the first phase of support and general education courses make-up 54 credits. Unlike many programs, major courses are taught in a block format i.e. one course at a time (one must be completed before proceeding to the next) Completion of selected courses in the major requires student to take 2 versions of HESI tests for each. An exit exam must also be completed to grant students eligibility of the NLCEX-RN exam.

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Colorado State University-Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Boulevard, Pueblo, CO 81001

The basic baccalaureate in nursing plan includes 46 credits of prerequisite courses and 74 semester credits of nursing courses. 2 separate applications must be made prior to joining the nursing program. One is a general admission to the university and the other to the nursing program. Admission into the university does not guarantee a spot in the nursing program and vice versa. This means that students must be admitted in both options to be eligible for the BSN track. Prerequisites must be completed either at the university or from community colleges. Freshmen who have a GPA of 3.8, 1200 SAT composite or 26 ACT composite may be invited to join the university honors program.

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Community College of Aurora

1600 E. Center Tech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011

Community college of Aurora offers an integrated baccalaureate pre-licensure nursing program. This program is offered in partnership with University of Colorado at the Aurora branch. The integrated pathway to the BSN means that students are first admitted at the community college for the first one year before proceeding to the University for the Nursing Program. Students must have been admitted to both schools to be eligible for selection. Following completion of the first year at the college, students receive an associate of general education degree after which they progress to take nursing courses. The next two semesters of this undergraduate course may also be completed at the community college but semester 4 through 8 must be completed at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the university.

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Colorado Mesa University

1100 N. Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

The bachelor in nursing program is designed for high school graduates wishing to become professional nurses. To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to the University for the pre-BSN indicating interest and declaring the nursing major. Candidates are required to have completed or be in the process of completing general education requirements during the time of application. Students must also take a Kaplan Nursing School Entrance standardized exam. The BSN requires a separate application for the fall and spring starts dates. Though a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all prior college work including prerequisites, the average GPA recorded during selection is usually 3.6. An interview is conducted with students who meet the admission requirements from which final decisions are made. Highly motivated students can also join the university honors program.

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Regis University

3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO 80221

This Jesuit University offers a traditional Bachelor of Science degree in nursing for entry-level students who no prior nursing experience.  It has a traditional semester scheduling designed to take 4 years with 2 16-week long semesters per year. Students must take no more than 5 years to complete the curriculum after their first course at Regis. There is only one admission into the Regis nursing program for the classes starting fall semester.  Students admitted into the program need to complete general education courses like humanities, philosophy, English, health care ethics, religious studies and departmental prerequisites courses.  A BSN with honors program is also available for student nurses at junior level. To graduate with the honors, students must have GPA standing of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for courses completed on a full time basis. Students experiencing learning difficulty are offered special program known as Learning Enhancement and Advancement Program (LEAP) to help them better their grades.

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University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

High school candidates are first admitted into the university to complete a set of 1st year pre-nursing courses. Application to Beth El College of nursing traditional BSN option welcomes candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for pre-nursing courses taken at UCCS or other colleges. Once this is successfully completed, students can then send an “Intent to Apply” form for the clinical phase of the program which starts every fall and spring. A HESI-A2 exam is required for this part of the application. Motivated nursing majors can apply to be inducted into the Xi Phi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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University of Colorado: Denver- Aurora Campus

13001 East 17th Place Aurora, CO 80045

The minimum academic preparation (MAP) for high school  candidates wishing to be admitted in the university nursing bachelor program include 1 year of English, foreign language, math, social and natural sciences. Part of the process is admission into the university to take a set of 16 prerequisites courses including Nutrition, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, algebra, chemistry among others. Completing these courses does not guarantee a seat in the rather competitive nursing major. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in the 16 courses to ensure eligibility to apply for the full time upper division nursing which starts every summer semester. The university runs a university-wide honors and leaderships program while nursing majors can also apply for induction at the Alpha Kappa Chapter of the STTI honor society.

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University of Northern Colorado

3080 Gunter Hall, Greeley, CO 80639

A bachelors degree in professional nursing at UNC is a two step program. In the first two years of the program after admission into the university, students take 8 liberal arts courses and prerequisites courses. During this time, student must declare pre-nursing major. A separate admission into the BS nursing clinical phase of the program is required. Admission cycles for this portion are during summer and fall semesters. Before applying to this phase, all candidates must have completed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course. The GPA for admission is calculated based on the most recent 45 credits from liberal arts and prerequisites courses taken earlier. Upon admission, students take 5 semesters of 2 academic years including 1 summer session to complete. Nursing majors can be inducted in the Zeta Omicron Chapter of the STTI honor society besides the Colorado chapter of the National Students Nurses Association.

Adams State University Nursing School Review

Adams State University (ASU), previously known as Adams State College, was founded as a teachers’ college in 1921. Serving Southern Colorado as a small, public liberal arts school, Adams State currently enrolls about 3700 students a semester.

Nursing Programs

Both of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs offered at Adams State are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

BSN – Traditional Degree Program

The traditional BSN program is a four year degree. Students take prerequisite courses and apply to the program at the end of their first year. They are generally accepted into the program and start their nursing courses at the beginning of their second year. This is a pre-licensure program. After graduation, students will be eligible to take their state licensing exam to become Registered Nurses (RNs)

To apply for the BSN program, students must have been accepted at Adams State and have a 3.0 GPA in their general education courses and their nursing prerequisite courses. Final acceptance into the program depends on maintaining a 3.0 average through the first semester of the sophomore year. Students must be computer literate. Prior to applying, students need to have completed Basic Nursing Skills or a certified nursing assistant (CNA) program. In addition, they must submit a resume, a background check, an autobiographical 500 word essay, and provide two recommendation letters from former employers, instructors, coaches, or members of the clergy.

The prerequisite courses required for admission into the BSN program are English, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Math, Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, History and Humanities. All courses must have a minimum grade of C- or better, except for the Math, Statistics and Science classes, which must have a C or better.

RN to BSN Degree Program

RNs wishing to obtain their bachelors degree may apply to the RN to BSN program. Students will get credit for coursework completed while working toward their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and will take upper level nursing and general educations courses to complete their BSN at ASU.

To apply to the RN to BSN program, students must be currently licensed as RNs and have a minimum 2.5 GPA in their previous coursework. It is recommended that students apply to the program after or near their ADN graduation.

Along with their application and official transcripts, students will need to submit a copy of their RN license, a background check and an essay on honesty, initiative and empathy, 500 words long.

To graduate, students must have their RN license and have 34 hours of RN transfer credits, 36 hours of nursing major courses, 50 hours of supporting and general education course, for a minimum of 120 hours.

San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence

The San Luis Valley (SLV) Center for Clinical Excellence is a joint nursing educational program for Adams State College, Trinidad State Junior College, San Luis Valley Regional Medial Center, and Valley Wide Health Systems. The center provides educational resources for students of nursing as well as experienced nurses already practicing. It was designed to help qualified nurses graduate, and to improve the quality of healthcare in the San Luis Valley.

Adams State College,
208 Edgemont Blvd.,
Alamosa, CO 81101
Tel: (719) 587-7011

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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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Colorado State University-Pueblo Nursing School Review

Colorado State University, Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) was established in 1933 as a junior college, and became a four year university in 1965. The university enrolls 5000 students each semester and offers 26 bachelor degrees and six master degree programs.

Nursing Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Basic BSN)

The Basic BSNThe university enrolls 5000 students each semester and offers 26 bachelor degrees and six master degree programs. program was designed for the student who wishes to enter a nursing career and currently has no nursing license or prior degree. Students will complete a total of 120 credits, including 74 credits of nursing classes, to earn their BSN.

Students will study their first year at CSU-Pueblo as pre-nursing, then apply to the nursing program during their second year. To apply they must have a minimum 3.25 GPA for all courses, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.

Graduates will be qualified to take the National Certification and/or Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Licensed Practical Nurses BSN Option (LPN-BSN)

The LPN to BSN option is for LPNs or others who have completed an accredited nursing program to earn their BSN degree. Per CSU-Pueblo’s articulation agreement, students may transfer 7 nursing credits to count toward their degree.

To apply to the program, students must supply a copy of their current nursing license, in addition to meeting the requirements listed for the Basic BSN program.

Registered Nurse to BSN Option (RN-BSN)

The RN to BSN option is for students who are working RNs and already hold an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing. They must also have a current license in nursing from the state of Colorado.

To develop their course of study, students will meet with an RN-BSN advisor. The program will be designed with the student in mind, and can be accelerated, full time, or part time. Course options will be standard, online, or a mixture of both.

Students admitted to this program will receive 33 transfer credits, and will take 43 credits of general education and 33 credits of nursing courses. Students enter the RN-BSN program as juniors.

Degree Plus to BSN Nursing Accelerated Option

The Degree Plus to BSN option allows students who have a non-nursing bachelors degree and no nursing license to pursue their BSN degree. This is a challenging, fast-paced program that allows students to complete their BSN and be eligible to take the RN licensing exam in just 14 months.

Students must meet with a pre-nursing advisor to develop their program. They will be expected to take a minimum of 30 hours of coursework at CSU-Pueblo.

Paramedic to BSN Accelerated Option

Paramedics who graduated from an accredited program may earn their BSN with the Paramedic to BSN accelerated option. This program focuses on applying theories and experience to increasingly complex situations.

Students must meet with a pre-nursing advisor to develop their program. They will need to take a minimum of 30 hours of classes at CSU-Pueblo.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science (MS) – Nurse Educator

The MS – Nurse Educator program will prepare students to be college level faculty, teach in hospital based technical or nursing schools and be staff educators in health care facilities. Students must complete at least 360 contact hours of teaching, and complete the coursework over five to six semesters, if full-time. Students will then take two more semesters to work on either a thesis or research project. Graduates will have met the National League for Nursing Certification education requirements.

Post Master’s Nurse Practitioner to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program readies students to be experts in their advanced nursing area of expertise. This program has over 1100 hours of clinical immersion. Nurses in this program will be prepared for clinical practice at the highest level available in nursing. The DNP program has three emphasis programs available, listed below.

Adult/Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

The ACNP is a fast-paced program designed to prepare students to provide acute care for adult patients. It is expected that students will complete the coursework and a minimum of 570 clinical practice hours in five semesters while attending school full time. Graduates will be eligible to take the exam for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification.

Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Emphasis (ACNP-FNP)

The ACNP-FNP trains students to provide advanced care to all patients. It is a full-time, six semester program with over 1050 hours of clinical practice required. Graduates can take both the exam for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification and the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Emphasis (PMHNP)

The PMHNP program is to train nurses in advanced psychiatric and mental health care. This program is five to six semesters long when taken full time, and students are required to complete a minimum of 570 clinical practice hours.

Colorado State University – Pueblo,
2200 Bonforte Blvd.,
Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

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Colorado Mesa University Nursing School Review

Colorado Mesa University (CMU) was founded in 1925, and was previously known as Mesa State College (MSC) until it was officially renamed in 2011. CMU has over 8100 students enrolled, and offers over 90 programs of undergraduate study. Almost 75% of all students are enrolled are attending school full time, and are traditional-aged students.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program is structured to prepare graduates to practice as Registered Nurses (RNs) after passing the state licensing exam.

To graduate students must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours, 68 of which will be nursing courses. A minimum of 28 of these must be taken at CMU (for transfer students). Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher in all coursework.

The BSN program is typically four to five years long for full time students, depending on whether they take classes during the summer semester or not.

Online RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program at CMU is an online program for Registered Nurses (RNs) with an associate degree to earn their bachelors degree. Designed for the working nurse, RNs can complete this program full time over the course of a year, or part time in two years. Courses can be completed online or in a more traditional classroom setting.

According to the Colorado Articulation model, CMU may award RNs a total of 38 transfer credits for previous nursing education. An advisor will determine what courses will still need to be taken.

Students may apply to the program if they have a current Colorado RN license, proof of their CPR for the Caregiver certification, and a background check.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)-BSN

LPNs may challenge Nursing Diagnosis/Medical Terminology for credit. They must also get IV certification before applying to the program. Otherwise, they will need to take the rest of the courses in the BSN program.

Practical Nursing (PN)

CMU encourages students interested in nursing careers to become LPNs, work as a nurse, and then continue their education. The PN program prepares students to take the state LPN licensing exam, and to be primary caregivers. After obtaining their LPN license, students may pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or their BSN.

To apply to the PN program, students must first be accepted into CMU and show they have reading and writing skills at a college level.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (LPN-AAS)

The LPN to AAS program (LPN to ADN) allows students to continue their education path to graduate with an AAS degree, take the state licensing exam and become RNs. The program is three semesters of study for those who are already LPNs.

To apply, students must have graduated from a state approved LPN program, have passed LPN licensing exam, and have a current LPN license in the state of Colorado. They must also show they have worked as an LPN within the last six months, have their IV certification, and have current certification for CPR for the Professional Caregiver.

Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

The two year program involves classes and clinical practice, and will prepare the student to graduate with an AAS degree and be allowed to take the national registry exam for certification as a Registered Technologist (RT). Graduates will be qualified for basic duties in radiology.

Admission to the program is limited due to the amount of clinical facilities in the area. Applicants are recommended to have taken high school or college level courses in Biology, Physics and Chemistry before applying. Students will be selected for the program based on their Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET) scores, academic preparation, aptitude, and number of program slots available.

To continue with the program, students need to maintain a GPA of 2.0, and must earn a 2.0 or higher grade in each Radiologic Technology course they take.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Radiologic Technology

The BAS program in Radiologic Technology allows students with an AAS to earn their bachelor’s degree and become certified in one or more additional specialty areas. To apply for the program, students must have graduated from the AAS program and be certified as an RT. If students have completed a certificate program and not an AAS, they must contact the program director for consideration.

Students must apply to both CMU and the Radiologic Technology program to be considered. The BAS program takes approximately four full time semesters to complete, and students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. The specialty fields students may pursue include CT, MR, Mammography and Cardio/vascular Imaging.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-1)

The EMT-1 program will train students to administer care to patients at accident scenes and while transporting them in an ambulance. The EMT-1 program requires an application to CMU and the EMT program, a high school diploma or equivalent, letters of recommendation, CPR certification, and an interview. After admission to the program, students will need to pass a background investigation to be allowed to continue.

The EMT-1 program requires 10 semester hours of classes, and 195 hours of time in an ambulance or emergency room. Graduates of the program may take the state or national certification test to become Registered Emergency Medical Technicians.

Emergency Medical Responder

The Emergency Medical Responder program is for students wishing to become certified as Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Responders (NREMR). Students must take the three hour First Responder course, and do not need to apply to CMU.


To enter the Paramedic program, students must be currently certified as EMTs and must maintain this certification throughout the program. Students will work toward either a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree.

When applying for the AAS degree program, students must indicate whether they are applying for the traditional (classroom) or hybrid (online and classroom) program.

After graduation, students will be able to take the exam to become certified as paramedics.

The Paramedic program is a two year course of study if taken full time. Students must apply to both CMU and the Paramedic program. They must also take the HOBET test, and submit letters of reference, a copy of their EMT certification, and CPR certification.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN degree prepares students to become leaders in the field of nursing. The program has an emphasis either in Advanced Nursing Practice or Nursing Education.

This degree program is for RNs who have a BSN. To apply students must have a current RN license, a 3.0 or better in their undergraduate nursing courses, submit transcripts and letters of recommendation, submit an essay about nursing, and complete an interview if required.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to remain in the program. The MSN program is expected to take four years, and requires a thesis or research project.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-Family Nurse Practitioner

The DNP degree allows students to become Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). The program takes six years to complete and requires over 1000 hours of clinical practice, as well as completion of a research project. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to remain in the program.

To apply to the DNP program, students must have a BSN, have an RN license, have a GPA of 3.0 or better in undergraduate nursing classes and any prior graduate coursework, submit transcripts and letters of recommendation, submit an essay about nursing, and complete an interview if required.

Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

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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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Otero Junior College Nursing Program Review

Otero Junior College (OJC) was founded in 1941. It is a highly reputable and affordable institution for students to begin their journey in higher education or to earn a degree. Over 97 percent of OJC students continue on to a four year college or gain employment after graduation.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program is structured to give students the education and practical knowledge to become practicing nurses. Upon graduation, students will earn their Applied Science Degree (AASN), and be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

To be eligible to apply, students must apply to OJC and take the prerequisite courses of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, English Composition, and Human Growth and Development. These courses must all be completed with a grade of 2.5 or higher.

After completing the prerequisites, students may apply to the nursing program by submitting an online application and passing a background and drug test.

The ADN program is a two year course of study if taken full time. Students may take the traditional program (daytime classes) or the non-traditional program (evening and weekend classes). The program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and approved by the Colorado Community College System.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may apply for entry into the second year of the ADN program by completing the prerequisites listed above and providing a copy of their LPN license, in addition to their LPN course transcripts. They also must complete the LPN to RN Transition course with a grade of C or higher.

Practical Nursing

LPNs provide patient care under the direct supervision of a doctor or RN. They may also supervise nursing assistants and aides. The Practical Nursing certificate program at OJC offers students the chance to earn a Certificate of Practical Nursing and take the state licensing exam to become an LPN.

Students must have completed the prerequisite courses of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, English Composition, and Human Growth and Development, with a GPA of 2.5 or better, to enter the ADN program. After completing the first two semesters of the ADN program, students may opt to leave the program and take the Transition to Practical Nursing. Upon completion, they will receive their Certificate of Practical Nursing. This program is offered full time with traditional daytime classes, or part time, with evening and weekend classes.

Nursing Assistant

OJC offers a Nursing Assistant program in cooperation with hospitals in the area. Students who complete this program will be qualified to work as nursing assistants in nursing care facilities, hospitals, and mental health facilities. Upon completion, students will be able to apply for state of Colorado Nurse Aide Certification.

The Nursing Assistant program is one semester long and requires two courses: Certified Nurse Aide Health Care Skills and Nurse Assistant Clinical Experience. It is recommended that students also take the Medical Terminology course.

Students may enter the program by registering at OJC and for the two required courses, listed above.

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program trains students to handle the administrative and clinical functions that keep a medical office running smoothly. OJC has two programs for Medical Assistants: the Associate of Applied Science Degree, and Certificate Program.

The AAS degree program is two years in length and requires 60 hours of classes to complete. The Certificate program is one year long and requires completion of 30 hours of classes.

Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050

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Pueblo Community College Nursing Program Review

Pueblo Community College began as Southern Colorado Junior College in 1933. A series of name changes followed, and it became Pueblo Community College (PCC) in 1982. Today PCC is a state leader in health care education and offers over 50 associate degree programs. Besides the main campus in Pueblo, PCC has branch campuses in Freemont, Durango and Mancos, CO. The average age of the student body is 29 years old.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Applied Science Degree, Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program is designed for students who wish to begin a career in nursing. After completing the program, graduates will have an AAS degree, and be allowed to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

To be eligible to apply to the program, students must have basic math and reading skills, and have completed the prerequisites of English, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Human Growth and Development with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

To apply, students must take the TEAS exam, have a negative drug test, a successful background check, and complete CPR for Health Care Providers. They must also file a letter of intent with transcripts to the Nursing Department.

There is no waiting list for this program. If a student is not selected, they must apply again the following term.

The PCC Nursing Program is a full time program for the first year. After the first year, students may request to switch to part time (evenings and weekends) if the courses are being offered.

Students that already have completed courses to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may transfer up to 20 credits into the program, per the Colorado Articulation for non-PCC graduates. They will also need to take the Transition from LPN to ADN course, in addition to meeting the ADN requirements above.

The ADN program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Practical Nursing

PCC has a program for students wishing to pursue a Certificate in Practical Nursing. To do so, they must begin the ADN program and successfully complete the first two semesters. At that point, they are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam for LPNs (NCLEX-PN). They may then leave the program, or continue working toward their AAS degree and eventual RN license.

Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide Mini Certificate program qualifies students to work as an entry-level caregiver, such as a nursing assistant, nurse aide, attendant or orderly in home health care or in a health care facility.

Students that successfully complete the courses of Certified Nurse Aide Health Care Skills, Nurse Assistant Clinical Experience, and Advanced Nurse Aid Clinical will earn a Nursing Aide Certificate.

To apply for this mini certificate program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, have basic English, Reading and Math skills, and complete a background check, drug screening, CPR training, and immunizations. They must also have malpractice insurance.

Psychiatric Technician

The Psychiatric Technician Certificate program prepares students to work in health care situations as a psychiatric caregiver. This program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

Students must complete the prerequisites of Math and Basic Anatomy and Physiology, and any courses recommended by the PCC Basic Skills Assessment Test, before they can apply for the program.

Once they have finished the prerequisites, students may complete the application for the program. If not selected, they must reapply the following term.

After acceptance, students will complete 25 hours (two semesters) of coursework. Those who complete the program will be awarded a certificate and will be allowed to sit for the state licensing exam.

Pueblo Community College
900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO, 81004
Tel: (719) 549-3200

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Regis University Nursing School Review

Regis University, a Jesuit school, was originally founded in 1877 in New Mexico. It was moved to Morrison, CO, in 1884, and settled into its current home in Denver in 1887. Regis currently enrolls 16,000 students and offers traditional classroom classes as well as online options for undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs.

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is part of the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP).

Nursing Programs

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program at Regis is a four year program for those who have no prior nursing experience or degree. Applicants are chosen competitively based on academic performance, recommendations, writing skill, and healthcare and volunteer experience.

To graduate, students must complete 128 semester hours of general education, science, and nursing courses. Students will also have over 750 hours of clinical experiences to gain real life experience in health care facilities throughout the Denver area. After earning their BSN degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to earn their Registered Nurse (RN) license.

Accelerated BSN (ABSN)

Students that have a non-nursing bachelors degree are eligible for the Accelerated BSN program. This full time, one year program requires over 750 hours of clinical practice and 57 semester hours of nursing courses. After completion of the program, students are eligible to take the state RN licensing exam.


The CHOICE (Connecting Health Occupations with Innovative Curriculum and Experience) BSN program is for students who are currently working in health care and want to continue to do so while they earn their degree. Students do not have to have a degree prior to starting the program. Classes are offered two evenings per week with clinical rotations on the weekends, for six consecutive semesters. The program will be completed within two years.

RN-BSN Completion

The RN to BSN Completion program is for working registered nurses who want to keep working while completing their BSN. Registered Nurses can be awarded between 33 and 72 hours of credit based on their Registered Nurse (RN) license and previous coursework, per the Colorado Articulation Model. These hours are awarded upon completion of the student’s first practicum experience.

RN to Master of Science, Nursing (MS)

This program combines the RN-BSN program with the Master of Science in Nursing program to allow students to complete both their BSN and MS degrees. Classes are taken on campus or online, and can be taken in an accelerated, eight week format. The campus program meets once a week, and the online program has no set class time.

Students will first earn a BSN, and then the MS degree. In the master’s program, students will select a focus area of either management or education. Each focus area requires a 105 hour practicum class.

MS Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Working RNs with a BSN may earn their master’s degree in Leadership in Health Care Systems, with a focus in either management or education. Classes are offered on campus or online, and can be taken in an accelerated, eight week format. The campus program meets once a week, and the online program has no set class time.

The program consists of 13 courses that will take about 24 months to complete.

MS Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

This program is for RNs who hold a BSN degree and who wish to pursue a career in providing family health care. Classes are offered on the main campus every other weekend. Students must take clinical courses beginning the second semester of the program. The clinical courses will total 630 hours, with half of those taken in the last semester of the program.

Part of the curriculum includes preparing for the national certification exam. This full time program can be completed in 22 months.

MS Nursing Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

This program is aimed at students with a BSN degree who are interested in a career in providing care for high-risk newborns. This program is two years long and classes are offered in traditional semesters and in eight week sessions. In addition, students will complete 630 clinical hours of study.

MS Completion for Certified Nurse Practitioners

This program is designed for RNs that already hold a bachelor’s degree, are certified as nurse practitioners, and don’t want to change their clinical specialty. The program offers areas of emphasis in ethics, theoretical frameworks, and policy and research. The program consists of at least 39 semester hours and has an optional thesis.

MS Degree in Nursing Articulation for Certified Nurse Practitioner

This program is for the already practicing nurse practitioner without an MS degree who wishes to pursue their MS as a Neonatal Nurse or Family Nurse Practitioner specialist. The program requirements will vary based on the student’s prior education, certification, and clinical practice. The program at a minimum requires 38 to 43 semester hours.

Post Master’s in Nursing Certificate Program

Designed for the MS graduate who wants to specialize in their nursing practice, the Post Master’s Certificate option offers the chance to become a health care educator or nurse practitioner without having to earn another MS degree.

The Health Care Education graduate certificate requires 12 hours of classes and takes one year to complete. The NNP or FNP specialization certificate takes 12 to 34 hours to complete, and graduates of the program are then allowed to take the national certification exam for their focus specialty.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The post-masters DNP program at Regis is offered entirely online, and focuses on advanced practice and leadership skills in order to offer service to underserved, vulnerable populations.

The DNP program has two areas of focus: Advanced Practice Nurse, and Advanced Leadership in Health Care. This online program is full time and takes six semesters to complete.


Regis University

3333 Regis Boulevard

Denver, CO 80221

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs Nursing School Review

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) is nestled in the mountains of Colorado and enrolls over 13,500 students each semester. UCCS offers 36 undergraduate degrees, 19 masters, and five doctoral degrees.

The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been training health care professionals for over 100 years.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional

This is an entry level four year program for nursing students. Students must take the HESI Pre-Admission Entrance Exam to apply to the nursing program. The program requires a minimum of 126 credits of general education, science and nursing courses to graduate. Graduates of the program will earn a degree and be eligible to take the state Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).

RN to BSN or DUAL Enrollment

The RN to BSN program is designed for RNs who wish to earn their BSN degree, and the DUAL Enrollment program is for students currently enrolled in an associate degree program in nursing. Courses are offered completely online. Students may obtain advanced placement in the program by transferring credit from previous studies or by challenging courses where they have knowledge of the subject. Placement in the BSN program will depend on how much credit is transferred or challenged.

Students need to have an active RN license to apply to the RN to BSN program.

BSN Accelerated

This program is an intensive, 16 month course of study designed to train students who have a bachelor’s degree from another field to be RNs. Students will meet the same degree requirements as the traditional BSN program.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program allows nurses to expand their education and take on roles in leadership, as well as apply theories and research to patient care. The MSN program offers all of its classes completely online.

Students may follow two areas of study, listed below. The core MSN program requires 21 to 23 credits, plus the credits required for the specialty areas, for minimum of 38 to 47 graduate level credits. Students must also maintain a B grade in all nursing courses, and complete their program within six years of starting.

MSN Nurse Practitioner (NP) Option

This online degree program allows students to focus in either Adult/Gero NP or a Family NP. Adult/Gero NP will require an additional 26 credits and 630 hours of practicum, while the Family NP requires 25 credits and 630 hours of practicum.

MSN Nurse Education Option

This online degree program trains graduates to teach nursing in bachelor’s and associate degree level programs and clinical settings. Students must complete 17 credits of Nurse Education graduate courses, plus 225 hours of practicum.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP is an online program that prepares nurses to be leaders in nursing practice. This program builds on what the student learned in their MSN program.

Taken full time, this is a two year plan, or three years if taken part time. The program takes 35 credit hours to complete. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and will be required to complete and defend a Capstone research project.

Certificate Programs

The following certificate programs in nursing are available at UCCS. These programs are all offered 100% online.

  • Forensic Nursing – Students interested in the undergraduate, graduate, or post-master’s certificate must register through the Extended Studies Department. This certificate takes 12 credit hours to complete.
  • Nursing Education – This is available as a graduate or post-master’s certificate, and requires 12 credit hours to complete.
  • Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – This program requires 32 credit hours of classes and is awarded as a post-master’s certificate.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Also a post-master’s certificate program, this program requires 31 credit hours to complete.

RN-Refresher Program

This program is designed for inactive or active RNs who want to update their skills. This course is two months long and is approved as 220 contact hours of continuing education.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

This six day, 64 classroom hour course trains RNs to provide care to victims of sexual assault. In addition to classroom time, student will complete 90 hours of clinical rotation and a judicial component that involves observing criminal trials and expert testimony.

To qualify to take this program, nurses need to have a minimum of 3 years of experience in direct patient care in women’s health, emergency nursing, acute care, or pediatrics.


University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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University of Colorado Denver Nursing School Review

The University of Colorado, Denver (UCD, CU Denver, or UC Denver) began in 1912 as an extension of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The College of Nursing is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. More than 14,000 students enroll at the main campus and over 3000 are at the Anschutz Medical Campus every semester.

Nursing Programs

Nursing Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Nursing BS program is an entry-level program for those beginning their nursing career. Students may follow the Accelerated option, for those with a prior bachelors degree in a non-nursing field, or the Traditional option, for students with no prior degree, or those with a degree but that do not want to study at an accelerated pace. Students who complete the program will graduate and become eligible to take the state licensing exam, to qualify as Registered Nurses (RNs).

RN to Nursing BS

This program is for nurses already with an RN license in Colorado to pursue their Nursing BS degree. Prior education is recognized and online courses allow students to complete their degree while they continue to work.

Integrated Nursing Pathway

This program makes it easier for community college students to complete their Nursing BS degree. Students enrolled in an associate degree program at a participating community college will complete the first two semesters of classes in the Nursing BS program at their community college. At that time, they will receive their associate degree and take the remainder of the program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing.

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing

The masters program in nursing at the University of Colorado is one of the highest ranked in the country. Students must have a BS in Nursing, and are able to follow one of eleven specialties in their studies.

The specialty programs available for the MS degree in Nursing are Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Health Care Informatics, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing Leadership and Special Needs, Special Studies, Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems, and Women’s Health Care.

Students will take core MS in Nursing courses and the required and advanced practice classes in their chose specialty.

i-LEAD Nursing Leadership Program

This is a program for nurses who wish to become leaders and managers in health care settings. The i-LEAD program is completely online, and has both a master’s option for 30 credits, and a post master’s certificate for 12 credits.

MS-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

This program is for students who want to complete both their master’s and DNP. Students must already have a BS in Nursing degree. Students will select a nursing specialty from the master’s program (listed above). After completing the program, students will be awarded both degrees.

DNP Program

Students who have already received an MS in Nursing degree and who want to receive a practice-focused doctorate can pursue the DNP program. DNP graduates are leaders in a clinical setting, and also may consider becoming nursing faculty.

MS-Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

This program is for students who want to complete both their master’s and PhD. Students must already have a BS in Nursing degree. Students will select a nursing specialty from the master’s program (listed above). After completing the program, students will be awarded both degrees.

PhD in Nursing Program

The PhD in Nursing program readies students to conduct research in the nursing field, in the role of educator, administrator, scientist, scholar, and health policy analyst. PhD courses are taught online, or in one or two week intensive sessions each semester. The program requires students to complete 42 credits of coursework and 30 credits of dissertation.

Post Master’s Certificates

Students who have graduated with an MS in Nursing degree that wish to further specialize in the one of the master’s specialty options may pursue a Post-Master’s Certificate. Enrollment in this program depends on available space.

Continuing Education

The College of Nursing at the University of Colorado has been approved by the Colorado Nurses Association as a continuing education provider. The program strives to offer quality continuing education to nurses. Though the programs are targeted toward nursing professionals, other health care professionals such as Physician Assistants are encouraged to attend.

University of Colorado – Denver
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80217

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University of Northern Colorado Nursing School Review

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has been a fixture in Greeley, CO, since 1889. The school has over 12,000 students enrolled each semester and offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.

The School of Nursing is located in the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The traditional BSN degree program is for students with no prior nursing degree. It is a four-year program (including one summer semester) and students must finish at least 126 credit hours.

Students enter UNC as a Clinical major and apply for the BSN program during their sophomore year. Students must be Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and have a 3.0 GPA or better in their last 45 credit hours.

After graduation, students receive their BSN degree and are allowed to take the state licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing, they will become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs).

BSN-Second Degree Program

This program is for students who already have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and now wish to have a BSN and pursue a career in nursing. Students who are admitted to the program will complete their nursing courses and earn their BSN degree in five consecutive semesters (20 months). The program begins in the Summer semester, and students graduate in December of the following year.

Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last 45 credit hours and must be certified as CNAs.

RN to BSN Program

Working RNs who have graduated from an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or diploma program may take the RN to BSN program. This course of study is online and takes 16 months to complete. The program begins each summer and students graduate in the Fall of the following year. The program has been structured so that nurses may still work full time while working toward their degree.

To apply, students must be graduates of an accredited Nursing program, hold a current RN license, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Nursing MS Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

This program is designed to prepare students for advanced clinical practice and to treat patients throughout the life span. This program is offered in a one-day-per-week format, and some classes are offered online, so students can continue with their work and family obligations while earning their degrees.

The FNP program requires 36 to 39 credit hours in the emphasis. Graduates may apply to be nationally certified as an advanced practice nurse in the primary care of families.

Nursing MS Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

This program is for nurses who will provide advanced care directly to patients. After graduation, nurses will be allowed to take the exam for Clinical Nurse Leader Certification.

This program is 36 credit hours and 450 practicum hours. The program takes three years part-time to complete. Some classes are offered in-person and some are online.

Nursing Education PhD

This program is designed to train nurse educators and is offered online only. Graduates will be qualified as nursing faculty in universities and health care facilities.

To apply, students must have a BSN degree and an MS in nursing or a related field. The program requires four years of study and 65 credit hours of study.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program is geared toward nurses who want to achieve the highest level of nursing practice. Nurses with a DNP may apply to the State Board of Nursing for national certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Nurses with BSNs or MS degrees in Nursing may apply to the DNP program. For those with a BSN degree, it will take approximately 4 years of study, including summers, to complete the DNP program. Those with an MS degree will need about two years to complete the program.

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate Program

The Nursing Education Certificate program is an online course of study for masters or doctoral students who want to become nurse educators. The certificate program requires 12 credit hours of study.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

The FNP certificate is for graduates of the MS in Nursing program who want to study advanced practice in FNP. Students will complete 720 practicum hours in addition to 33 credits of coursework for this certificate. The curriculum meets the guidelines of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

When they have completed the program, students will be eligible to apply for national certification and advanced nurse practice status.


University of Northern Colorado
501 20 St.
Greeley, CO 80639