Congratulations on Your Admission to CU Nursing

The information below will guide you through the pre-enrollment process at the CU College of Nursing. Please only initiate these steps if you have been issued an official notice of admission from the College. If you have not been offered admission, do not initiate any action on the items listed on this page, as many items are timed and incur costs, which cannot be refunded if started prematurely.

Before starting the steps on this page, please reference the information in the acceptance letter to be sure that you have officially responded to the offer of admission including the preliminary background check and have submitted the Residency Verification form.

Please be sure to review each section listed below for pertinent information and deadlines.

Upcoming New Student Events

Undergraduate Orientation Overview**
UCAN Spring 2024 Orientation Part I (on-campus)*November 3
UCAN Spring 2024 Orientation Part II (on-campus)*December 7
Traditional Summer Orientation Part I (virtual)*April 19
Traditional Summer Orientation Part II (virtual)*TBD
* Attendance required
** Optional Service/Group Activity

Step #1 – Review and complete the Compliance Requirements

This information is listed as Step #1, but you will be working on compliance simultaneously while completing the other pre-enrollment requirements. This can be one of the more time-intensive processes in the pre-enrollment process so please read through the information carefully and plan to meet the requirements by the deadlines listed below.

The pre-matriculation compliance requirements apply to all students (whether on-campus or online), however the specific requirement vary by degree program. All students must meet the deadlines as noted below. Failing to have all information successfully submitted will resort in a revocation of the admission offer. Please ensure that none of the compliance items (i.e., COVID vaccination, immunizations, BLS, OSHA, PPD, etc.) expire prior to the compliance deadlines. Compliance deadlines are typically set 30 days prior to the start of the term.

Compliance Deadlines

Undergraduate Spring 2024
October 23, 2023
Graduate Spring 2024
November 13, 2023

To meet the compliance requirements you must take the following steps:

  1. Upload information into American Databank/Complio, and
  2. Create an account at‘MyClinicalExchange” (undergraduate students only)

For assistance with your American Databank (ADB) account set-up, or for general questions, please contact American Databank directly. Their office can be reached Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm MST at 800-200-0853.

The Office of Clinical Affairs is also a resource for students with individual compliance concerns and can be reached by email at

Creating your Compliance Accounts

From the main American Databank page, click on the ‘New Users’ button in the upper right-hand corner to begin the process of creating your account.

An online tutorial is available for viewing. Please note, this tutorial video references entering your nine-digit student ID number. Please leave this section blank. Once you receive your nine-digit student ID number, you will be able to update this section (see Step #2 account information to learn about your CU Student ID number).

Select the ‘University of Colorado Package (bundle)’ based on your program of admission and pay the required fee. Fees can range from $60-180 depending on the program of admission. Once your account is active, you will be able to request your background check, request your drug screen, and start uploading your immunizations, OSHA, HIPAA, and FERPA documentation (as applicable by program).

BSN Traditional and UCAN students Only

Create your MyClinical Exchange (MCE) Account. The information in MCE is shared with the agencies and hospitals where clinical activities are conducted. There is a one-time fee $35.00(+ $1.50 service) fee to create your account.

To set up your MCE account you can first use your personal email address and then update the account to your CU student email when available. Once a CU email is established, all systems previously activated should be redirected to your new address.

Step #2 – Activate your CU Account

(Office of Admissions and Student Affairs process)

Once your Initial Residency Verification Form has been processed by the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office, the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will activate or ‘matriculate’ your account in CU SIS – the student information system. Once your account is matriculated you will be given access that will allow you to register, acquire student email, etc.

Matriculation (system activation) should occur no later than the following dates*
*Please allow 24-48 hours after the system activation date before activating your account, to allow for system updates.

Spring 2024 - UCANSeptember 1st
Spring 2024 - All Other ProgramsSeptember 22nd

Step #3 – Activate Your University Email Account

All CU students are required to activate and claim their CU email account. All official communication from the university is sent to the CU student email and students are responsible for checking and maintaining the account.

You will not be able to claim your CU student email account until you have been activated/matriculated in the system. Once you have been matriculated, you can access the account setup link. After claiming your email account, you can access your account through This will establish your login credentials for your student email account, your student portal, and Canvas.

For assistance with your email account, please contact the University of Colorado IT Help Desk at 303-724-HELP (4357).

Step #4 – Obtain Your Student ID Badge

All CU Nursing students are required to have an ID badge. To request a badge, you must have a passport quality photo and have access to the student portal (UCDAccess). Please fill out the following Badge Form for your badge request.

Step #5 – Additional Requirements

Student Handbook and Catalog – All students are held to the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook and Course Catalog. New students are expected to review and be familiar with the information listed in the student handbook and course catalog prior to orientation.

Plan of Study – Your plan of study is a schedule of courses you will need to complete the program. The following list outlines how your plan will be disseminated.

Degree ProgramHow the Academic Plan is Delivered
TRAD/INP, UCANUndergraduate Program Manager of Academic Programs will send plans of study to Traditional Pathway students in mid-March; UCAN students will receive their plans of study during orientation.
RN to BSProgram Coordinator will send individualized program plan of study after matriculation.
Advanced practice specialties (i.e., Master of Science, BS-DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs)Delivered at the new student overview meeting. Information on the event date and time will be sent via email.
i-LEAD Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems, Health Care Informatics, Veteran and Military Health CareCommunicated by the respective specialty director.
Post MS DNPDelivered at the new student overview meeting. Information on the event date and time will be sent via email.

Required Forms:

ProgramRequired Form
MS, PGC, BS to DNP, BS to PhD Clinical Placement Acknowledgement

New student orientation is required for all students admitted into the CU College of Nursing. Orientation modes and length vary by program. Orientation is designed to provide an easy and smooth transition to the college. Orientation formats vary based on the program and may be held virtually or on-campus. Additional information will be sent by email when the format/dates are confirmed.

ProgramStandard FormatRequired or recommended
Part 1 - MS, BS-DNP, PGC, PhD, DNPOnline via CanvasRequired
Part 2 - MS, BS-DNP, PGC, PhD, DNP
Online via Zoom or on-campus
UCANTwo events: the first is online, the second is in-person
RN-BSOnline via ZoomRecommended
TRADTwo events: the first is online, the second is in-personRequired
Program Uniform
TRAD/UCANAll students are required to purchase scrubs for the nursing program through the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore. The only alternative will be items purchased at the used scrubs sale during orientation week, sponsored by the CU Student Nurses Association (CUSNA). More information about ordering scrubs will be provided closer to orientation.
Lab Coats for Advanced Practice MS, BS-DNP and PGC SpecialtiesSome advanced practice programs require coats to be purchased and worn during clinical rotations. Programs that require lab coats are as follows:  FNP, WHNP, AGACNP, AGPCNP and AGCNS. All other programs do not require lab coats.  Students will be sent an email with information on how to order their coat with a copy of the coat order form.


Register for Courses

Most CU Nursing students are responsible for self-registering for courses. The exception are UCAN students who are block-registered by the CU Registrar’s Office. Please visit the Student Resources page to view the Academic Calendar which includes information regarding the add/drop dates for each semester.

Please note: If you do not plan to attend the University of Colorado College of Nursing, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs immediately so that our records may be updated.

Financial Aid

Most program at CU Nursing are eligible for financial aid. Please direct questions to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

Information regarding payment deadlines, method, payment plans and financial aid refunds are available through the Bursar's Office. Please be sure to read through the calendar information calendar to ensure payment is received in-time and no late fees are assessed.

Information regarding CU’s reduced tuition and tuition buy-downs (for select programs only) are available online. Most program at CU Nursing are eligible for financial aid. Please direct questions to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Office. Information regarding payment deadlines, method, payment plans and financial aid refunds are available through the Bursar's Office. Please be sure to read through the calendar information calendar to ensure payment is received in time and no late fees are assessed.

Student Health Insurance

All students enrolled in one or more hours in a degree-seeking or financial aid eligible certificate program are required to have insurance and are automatically enrolled and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan. If you have a comparable insurance, you may qualify to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan

Information regarding insurance plans and the waiver process are listed on the Student Health Insurance website. Please contact the Student Insurance Office via phone at 303-837-2127 or via email at with any questions or concerns.

Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion (ODAI)

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Nursing Graduate Program welcomes qualified students with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical) who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations. If you are a student with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations to fully access the CU College of Nursing, please contact The Office of Disability, Access & Inclusion. Accommodations are not provided retroactively; therefore, students are encouraged to contact the office far in advance of the start of the program.

Mission Statement:

The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion recognizes, welcomes, and celebrates disability as an integral part of a diverse health profession's campus and workforce. To facilitate inclusion, we partner with students and programs to identify opportunities to create and promote meaningful access.

The core functions of The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion

  • Partner with students and programs to ensure an accessible and inclusive experience
  • Coordinate, implement, and support individual and programmatic access through accommodation and education
  • Serve as a resource to students/faculty/staff to facilitate and nurture an accessible and inclusive learning and training environment.

Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS)

The University of Colorado Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are military friendly and committed to providing service members and their families with a high-quality education, catered to their distinct needs.

The Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) represents veteran, active duty, reservist, national guard and dependent students. Information about the VMSS is available online.