Have a question about the University of Colorado College of Nursing undergraduate program - Traditional and accelerated (UCAN) pathways? Review our frequently asked questions
below to find the answer.
The bachelor of science degree provides the opportunity for students to become registered nurses and advance their careers in nursing and nursing leadership.
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 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 by simulation technology.
Applicants with or without a previous bachelor’s degree may apply for the Traditional Pathway option, which is 24 months in length. Students must have 60 semester hours of transferable coursework completed or in progress, including specific courses from 16 prerequisite areas.
Applicants with a previous bachelor’s degree may apply for the Traditional (24 months) or UCAN (accelerated 12-month) program.
Applicants with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) – contact an admissions specialist at 303-724-1812 for further information. Admissions requirements for the RN to BS program are unique and different from those for the Traditional and UCAN programs.
Yes. Numerous scholarships are awarded to new and continuing students by the College of Nursing and outside organizations. You will want 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.
The selection process is very competitive. Every applicant is different. On average, we have a 25% acceptance rate.
Evaluation committees make decisions based on the following: the prerequisite grade point average (minimum 3.0 required), the cumulative GPA (based on all previous course attempts), the essay which consists of three questions, letters of reference, an interview, the CASPer evaluation and healthcare experience (for UCAN only).
Yes. Courses more than 10 years old, based on the application deadline, are not applicable. Electives are exempt from this rule.
You will find most Colorado schools with preapproved course numbers for most courses on our Transfer Credit page. Those with no course numbers have many choices. If your school is not listed under the Transfer guides, please review prerequisite content expectations and contact an undergraduate academic advisor if you have any questions.
Minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA is required. This GPA includes the highest grade attempts for courses included on transcripts at the time of application. Suggested cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on all previous course attempts. Please contact a member of our admissions team if you have questions.
Essay requirements are outlined on the admissions page for the program of your choice.
Yes. Selected applicants will be invited to complete the interview process for the Traditional and UCAN pathways. Please review the Application Deadline page for more information about tentative interview dates.
We do use a wait list between the time we make initial admissions decisions and the start of each program. However, the wait list does not carry from cycle to cycle. If you are wait listed but not offered admission and are interested in being considered for another application cycle, you will need to reapply.
Applicants may be requested to provide documentation of English language proficiency. Additional information is available on the admissions page for the program of your choice.
Review the complete admissions information on the College of Nursing website. Applications to the Traditional BS and the Accelerated BS (UCAN) are processed through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools.
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.
Please check the NursingCAS website for transcript requirements and details. Transcripts sent to the College of Nursing will not be considered. The College of Nursing is not responsible for missing or lost transcripts.
Yes, three letters of reference will be required for Traditional, and UCAN Pathway applicants.
Admission decisions will be emailed. Most decisions are made within 6-8 weeks of Interview Day.
Attend an Information Session. At the information session, you will be able to meet with faculty and current students, tour the campus and ask admission and financial aid questions. You may also contact an undergraduate academic advisor who can answer questions.
No. We are unable to place students in a clinical setting who do not complete all required immunizations.
For questions related to the online application, please contact NursingCAS support by phone at 617-612-2880, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.