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 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.
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.
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