Have a question about the University of Colorado College of Nursing graduate programs? Review our frequently asked questions below to find the answer.
Attend an online information session. At the information session, you will be able to meet with faculty and current students, and ask admission and financial aid questions. You may also email a student affairs specialist who can answer questions.
Proof of nursing accreditation from the awarding institution(s) where you received your nursing degree is required. The nursing accreditation information must show accreditation at the time you were awarded the degree.
There are 2 accrediting bodies for nursing programs, the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Educations) and the NLN/NLNAC (National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission). Please access the links to find accreditation information for your appropriate nursing program. If you do not find the information on the web pages, please contact the school directly and have a school official send the College of Nursing an email with the nursing accreditation information.
Yes. Determining what you’re passionate for now will likely bring you a more fulfilling career in the future. Research your particular area of interest, then talk to an advanced practice or leadership nurse in the area to ensure that you truly have a passion for that particular specialty. When applying, cater your essay to appeal to the faculty within your specialty option. Students can apply to multiple programs and specialties, although many choose only one. If you are applying to more than one specialty, make sure each essay caters to that particular scope of work. An application fee is required for each application.
The College of Nursing, founded in 1898, created the country’s first school nurse programs and the first nurse practitioner programs in the world. Faculty in the advanced practice specialty options maintain clinical practices and are certified in their specialty areas. The college touts the use of innovative, multi-disciplinary curriculum, numerous national rankings and real-world experience through multiple clinical placements. In addition, the program employs teaching and clinical instruction supplemented with simulation technology.
The Master of Science degree provides the opportunity for advanced study in selected areas of nursing science, professional foundations and specialized professional nursing practice and leadership.
A current schedule of tuition and fees is available on the Bursar's Office page.
Yes. Numerous Scholarships are awarded to new and continuing students by the College of Nursing and outside organizations. You need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Contact the Financial Aid Office on the Anschutz Medical Campus at 303-724-8039 located in Education 2 North, 3rd Floor.
Students must live in Colorado 1 year to receive in-state tuition. Please see the registrar’s residency page for more information.
Admissions and Academic Questions
Review the complete admissions information on the College of Nursing website. Applications to the graduate program are processed through NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs.
Please check the NursingCAS website for transcript requirements and details. Please note that transcripts sent to the College of Nursing will not be considered. The College of Nursing is not responsible for missing or lost transcripts.
An academic reference refers to someone (professor, instructor, advisor, mentor) who can speak to your academic readiness, preparation, and achievements. He or she does not need to be in the nursing field.
If you are applying for fall term, you should receive an admission decision in April. If you are applying for spring term, you should receive your admission decision in September.
Master of Science, Master of Science-Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-Graduate Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice applicants
You will submit requests for references to be uploaded electronically on your behalf by your reference writers in the "Supporting Information" section of the NursingCAS application.
Applicants can check the status of their application through their NursingCAS Application Portal.
Yes. At the time of application, you will need to submit a copy of your RN license. Depending on the specialty option, once you are accepted, a Colorado RN license will be required for clinical purposes.
There are two required courses needed for admission: a research course and a statistics course. Both must be completed with a grade of C or better at regionally accredited institution.
Yes. All nurse practitioner specialty options have clinical requirements. If you are in the Denver metro area, we will arrange clinicals for you. If you are in a rural area, outside of the metro area or out of state, you are required to find your own clinical placements. Please note that clinical placements are Monday - Friday. We do not offer weekend clinical placements. Students must be flexible with their schedules to accommodate clinical placements. Student should move to Colorado to complete this portion of the program if they are unsuccessful finding an approved clinical placement to complete their program.
The delivery format for our advanced practice specialties is hybrid. Several courses will be completed exclusively online, while others may require your presence on-campus during intensive dates. For those students who are applying from rural communities in Colorado, or from out of state, we do offer our specialty courses via ITV. This option is only available for students outside the 7-county metro area. There are three specialties offered 100% online, Veteran & Military Health Care, i-LEAD and Health Care Informatics.
Depending on the specialty option, you may be able to work either part time or full time. If you are interested in an advanced practice specialty option, your ability to work may be limited due to the clinical component.
Most students successfully complete the program (MS, BS-DNP, Post Grad-Certificate, DNP) in 2 to 3 years, but it depends on your chosen specialty option and your life commitments. However, you will need to complete the programs within 5 years.
The admissions process depends on the degree. Please visit Admissions for your desired degree and information about the admissions process.
The selection process is very competitive. Every applicant is different. On average, we have a 25% acceptance rate.
Please check the Application Deadline page. We strongly suggest that you begin and submit your application as early as possible: at least four to six weeks before the published deadline so that all of your documents can be verified by NursingCAS by the deadline. Applications received by the published deadline will be given full consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.