About the College of Nursing

The University of Colorado College of Nursing has a long history and rich tradition of nursing education in the West.

Founded in 1898, the College of Nursing founded the first nurse practitioner and school nurse programs in the United States. Our PhD program is one of the oldest research doctoral programs in the west.

We hope you will take a few moments to find out more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

As defined in the mission, vision, and values of the College of Nursing, the primary focus now and in the future is on our teaching and learning, research, creative work, healthcare, and service activities. Our extraordinary faculty and staff make the difference in our ability to further our success in these areas.

Above all, the quality and commitment of our current and future faculty, the quality and commitment of the staff who support the enterprise, and the high-caliber students we enroll and retain will largely determine our future as we continue to act as leaders in the pursuit of nursing knowledge.


The College of Nursing prepares leaders in clinical nursing, research and community service; integrates the delivery of exemplary healthcare; discovers and translates new knowledge to improve health in Colorado and beyond.


Shape the future of health.


  • Academic Excellence
  • Leadership and Service
  • Health and Well Being
  • Collaboration and Community
  • Discovery and Innovation
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness

CU Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. What does nursing accreditation mean is and why is it important?

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