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In 2023, our online Master’s program is ranked #10 for nursing programs and #11 for Leadership Programs (i-LEAD) by U.S. News & World Report.
Earn Your Master of Science in Nursing
The CU College of Nursing master of science in nursing program is designed to prepare nurses for direct and indirect care roles.
Our graduates are prepared to formulate clinical, administrative, or policy decisions to promote health with clients experiencing wellness, acute or chronic illness and to develop, manage and evaluate the care within communities and healthcare systems.
This program is structured to provide a foundation for career paths for future leaders in indirect care roles in nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Students select from 12 different specialties. Past coursework to be applied toward the degree will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The specific courses required for each specialty option are on the specialty pages.
Graduates of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) tracks in the Master’s Program (this includes all Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, and CNS tracks) are eligible to apply for national certification by examination. APRN certification is required for licensure in each state, including Colorado, and both national certification and state licensure is required for practice. You can learn more about the requirements for APRN licensure by visiting the Colorado Board of Nursing APRN application forms page https://dpo.colorado.gov/Nursing/APNApplications. There are certification options for other Master’s Program tracks; however, certification is not required for practice.