We offer a variety of undergraduate programs and graduate programs, all designed to meet current industry and societal needs. Strengths include: faculty, research and hands-on learning opportunities and innovative and collaborative learning environments.

I Want a Bachelor's Degree

Gain entry into the nursing field with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have at least an associate’s degree or be on their way towards an associate’s degree.
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Traditional Nursing Bachelor's

  • Outcome: Bachelor's
  • Learning Format: Classroom Only
  • Required for Entry: Associate's Degree or Non-Nursing Bachelor's or Some College

UCAN

Accelerated Nursing Bachelor's - UCAN

  • Outcome: Bachelor's
  • Learning Format: Classroom Only
  • Required for Entry: Non-Nursing Bachelor's

Online RN BS

Online RN to BS in Nursing

  • Outcome: Bachelor's
  • Learning Format: Online Only
  • Required for Entry: Associates Degree in Nursing with Active U.S. RN License

Dual-ADN-BS

Online Dual Enrollment ADN and CU BS in Nursing

  • Outcome: Bachelor's
  • Learning Format: Online Only
  • Required for Entry: Admittance to a CU Partnered Community College Nursing Program

Integrated Pathway

Integrated Nursing Pathway

  • Outcome: Bachelor's
  • Learning Format: Classroom Only
  • Required for Entry: Associate's Degree or Some College

I Want a Master's Degree

Choose a specialty field in which to gain a master’s degree. Applicants must have a nursing bachelor’s and an active nursing license.
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Nursing Master's

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

MS-PhD

MS-PhD

  • Outcome: Master's and PhD
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

BS DNP

BS-DNP

  • Outcome: Master's and DNP
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

DNP Health System Leadership

DNP Health System Leadership

  • Outcome: DNP
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing (or related health care) master’s and active RN license

DNP-MPH

Dual DNP/MPH

  • Outcome: Master's and PhD
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing (or related health care) master’s and active RN license

BS-PhD

BS-PhD

Program is ideal for nurses with a BS who have completed the GRE and want to pursue a PhD in nursing. Each program plan is individualized, please email CON.PhD@UCDenver.edu for details and admission requirements.

DNP-PHN Program

DNP-PHN

  • Outcome: DNP with a public health focus for those already in public health
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, practicum credit hours in public/community health settings
  • Required for Entry: Master’s degree in public health nursing or community health nursing

Veteran and Military Health Care

DNP Veteran and Military Health Care Leadership

  • Outcome: Master's and DNP
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus

Graduate-Specialities

Graduate Specialties

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Post-Graduate

Post-Graduate Certificates

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's

I Want a Doctoral Degree

Choose an option in which to gain a doctoral degree. Applicants must have a nursing bachelor’s and an active nursing license.
DNP Health System Leadership

DNP Health System Leadership

  • Outcome:DNP
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Doctor of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Outcome: Master's and DNP
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

PhD in Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Outcome: PhD
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Veteran and Military Health Care

Veteran and Military Health Care Leadership

  • Outcome: Master's and DNP
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus

I Want to Explore the BS to DNP Pathway

This option provides applicants with a bachelor’s degree a pathway to the DNP, and they earn a master’s degree along the way. After earning the master’s degree, students have a year to begin the DNP coursework without having to reapply to the college.
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Acute Care Pediatric NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Adult Gerontology Programs

Adult Gerontology Programs

Specialty Options for MS, BS-DNP, and BS-PhD
The CU College of Nursing, offers three advanced practice gerontology programs to meet the needs of the growing elderly population.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontology

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Family-NP

Family NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

iLead Nursing Leadership and Health Systems

i-LEAD Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Online Only
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

MidWifery

Nurse-Midwifery

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Primary Care Pediatric NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Psychiatric Mental Health Card

Psychiatric Mental Health NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

Veteran and Military Health Care

Veteran & Military Health Care NP

  • Outcome: DNP
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Veteran and Military Health Care

Womens Health

Women's Health NP

  • Outcome: Master's
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

I Want to Explore the Post-Bachelor's BS-PhD Pathway

This option offers direct admission to the PhD program for applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Completion of the GRE is required as well.
PhD in Nursing

BS-PhD

  • Outcome: PhD
  • Learning Format: Online Only
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Bachelor's and Active RN License

I Want a Graduate Certificate

Graduate-level certificates consist of academic credit offerings focused on a specialized area of study with defined outcomes. They are designed to provide extended study education to graduate-level and post-graduate-level professionals.
iLead Nursing Leadership and Health Systems

i-LEAD Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems

  • Outcome: Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Specialty: Health Care Informatics

HCI-Certificates

Health Care Informatics

  • Outcome: Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Specialty: Health Care Systems

Nursing-Education

Nursing Education

Outcome: Graduate Certificate

Palliative Care in Nursing Certificate

Palliative Care in Nursing

  • Outcome: Graduate Certificate

Veteran and Military Health Care

Veteran and Military Health Care

  • Outcome: Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Specialty: Veteran and Military Health Care

I Want a Post-Graduate Certificate

Students who hold at least a master’s degree in nursing can be certified in another specialty area through the post-graduate certification program.
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Acute Care Pediatric NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care

Adult Gerontology Programs

Adult Gerontology Programs

The CU College of Nursing, offers three advanced practice gerontology programs to meet the needs of the growing elderly population.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Adult-Gerontology

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Family-NP

Family NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner

Health Care Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate

Health Care Informatics

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Online Only
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Health Care Informatics

MidWifery

Nurse-Midwifery

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Nurse-Midwifery

iLead Nursing Leadership and Health Systems

i-Lead Nursing Leadership and Health Systems

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Online Only
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: i-LEAD Nursing Leadership

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Primary Care NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

Psychiatric Mental Health Card

Psychiatric Mental Health NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Veteran and Military Health Care

Veteran and Military Health Care

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Veteran and Military Health Care

Womens Health

Women’s Health Care NP

  • Outcome: Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Learning Format: Partially Online, Partially On Campus
  • Required for Entry: Nursing Master's
  • Graduate Specialty: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Non Degree


NonDegree Admissions

Non-Degree Education

  • Outcome: Non-Degree
  • About: Take nursing courses without enrolling in the college. Ideal for those considering a career in nursing.

Continuing Nursing Education

Continuing Education

  • Outcome: Non-Degree
  • About: Events and seminars that provide a way for practicing nurses to keep up-to-date with health care advances.

Professional Development


Continuing Nursing Education

Continuing Education

  • Outcome: Non-Degree
  • About: Events and seminars that provide a way for practicing nurses to keep up-to-date with health care advances.

Rural Health

Rural Health

  • Outcome: Non-Degree
  • About: A community of resources to help you practice at the top of your scope of practice.

Global Health Nursing

Learn more about CU Nursing's Global Health program and how we help in the U.S. and beyond.
Pine Ridge Medical Center

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner track can complete a rotation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, working with and learning about members of the Oglala Lakota Nation.

Malawi Children

Malawi Global Health

Assess the health of individuals, families and populations while exploring the role of community-oriented nursing care.

The entrance to a Guatemalan village with a hut in the background

Guatemala Global Health

Promote population health and sustainable development in an extremely poor, rural region of soutwest Guatemala (Trifinio).

Riobamba with Mt. Chimborazo in the background

Ecuador Global Health

This program provides clinical experience focusing on women's health at a large military hospital in Quito, Ecuador.

Nursing Education Xchange


Nursing Education Xchange

NEXus is a distance-accessible academic collaborative of select Western Institute of Nursing doctoral institutions that facilitates enrollment in doctoral courses that are not available on your home campus.

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