College of Nursing All Student Handbook
The minimum admission requirements for application review must be met in order to be considered. Students accepted for admission with missing requirements will need to fulfill those requirements prior to the start of the program for which they applied. Students will not be allowed to progress into the undergraduate, graduate, and/or doctoral programs with unfulfilled admission requirements. Exceptions to this requirement are at the discretion of the Assistant Deans/Specialty Directors.
All students will be admitted conditionally pending successful completion of the pre-enrollment requirements. Failure to satisfy the pre-enrollment requirements including, but not limited to background checks, drug testing, immunization, and other compliance requirements can result in a violation of the Student Honor and Code of Conduct and potential administrative withdrawal from the College. Depending on the admissions type, additional criteria may need to be satisfied after matriculation; the requirements will be outlined in the admissions notification.
Application requirements vary by program, but generally include the following:
All materials submitted in support of an application become the property of the CU College of Nursing and cannot be returned to the applicant. See more information regarding admission terms and application deadlines (graduate) and application deadlines (undergrad).
The Traditional Pathway Program (TRAD) is a full-time pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program is 24 months in length. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.
All applicants who submit a complete/verified application by the application deadline will be considered for TRAD admission. Select applicants will be invited for an interview which is a required component of the process. Interviews may be conducted virtually or on campus.
The 36-month Integrated Nursing Pathway program is a full-time pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing option. It prepares students to take the NCLEX licensure exam to become Registered Nurses. The University of Colorado College of Nursing partners with the following community colleges through the Integrated Nursing Pathway: the Community College of Aurora, the Community College of Denver, and Red Rocks Community College Arvada.
All applicants who submit a complete/verified application by the application deadline will be considered for INP admission. Select applicants will be invited for an interview which is a required component of the process. Interviews may be conducted virtually or on campus.
Prerequisite Coursework: Applicants are required to complete program prerequisites as outlined on the Integrated Nursing Pathway website. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the end of the spring term of an application cycle. Applicants who have completed prerequisite courses outside the Colorado Community College system must have the courses approved by the CU College of Nursing as well as the INP Community College through which they are applying.
The 12-month UCAN program is a full-time pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing option. It prepares students to take the NCLEX licensure exam to become Registered Nurses.
All applicants who submit a complete/verified application by the application deadline will be considered for UCAN admission. Select applicants will be invited for an interview which is a required component of the process. Interviews may be conducted virtually or on-campus.
Non-Degree Enrollment Option (Graduate Nursing only)
The CU Nursing Non-Degree Enrollment Option offers RNs educated at the BSN level the opportunity to enroll in a graduate-level course without being formally admitted to the College. Students enrolled through the non-degree enrollment option are held to the same standards as all students enrolled at the College. Courses completed as a non-degree student will appear on a CU College of Nursing transcript. Courses are offered on a space-available basis. Financial aid is not available for non-degree courses.
Graduate Courses: All non-degree enrollment requests for graduate-level courses require a baccalaureate degree in nursing OR a bachelor’s degree in another discipline with permission to enroll from the course instructor or specialty director.
Doctoral Courses: All non-degree enrollment requests for doctoral-level courses require a master of science in nursing degree or a master’s degree in another discipline with permission to enroll from the instructor and specialty director.
The MS and BS-DNP program prepares individuals for graduate education in advanced practice or indirect care. Programs include theory, evidence-based practice as well as practicums to assist students in meeting their career goals.
Applications are open twice a year in the fall and spring, however, not all specialties admit in both semesters. This program has state restrictions on distance education that should be considered prior to application. Information regarding state restrictions is available online.
All applicants who submit a complete/verified application by the application deadline will be considered for admission. Select applicants will be invited for an interview which is a required component of the process. Interviews may be conducted virtually or on-campus.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a clinical practice-oriented leadership curriculum that focuses on evidence-based practice for the improvement of clinical care delivery, program evaluation, patient and population outcomes, and health system leadership/management.
The DNP/MPH dual degree prepares individuals who hold a BS in Nursing for a leadership role in Public Health. The DNP degree emphasizes quality improvement and program evaluation within Public Health. The DNP/MPH programs require a dual review from CU College of Nursing and the School of Public Health. Students must apply and be accepted to both programs.
Individuals who already hold an MS in Public Health Nursing or a Master’s of Public Health who are interested in greater leadership roles would benefit from this degree. The DNP degree emphasizes quality improvement and program evaluation within Public Health.
BS in Nursing must be earned from a regionally accredited institution and be accredited by CCNE or ACEN. Must hold an MS in Public Health Nursing or Masters in Public Health.
The CU College of Nursing offers a post-graduate certificate for master’s-prepared RN interested in obtaining a new specialty. The Post-Graduate Certificate is offered for most CU College of Nursing specialties. This program has state restrictions on distance education. Please see the list of state restrictions.
For applicants who currently hold a degree from an international or foreign institution, or for applicants who have participated in a study abroad program, the CU College of Nursing requires official transcripts from these institutions.
International or foreign transcripts are required to be sent directly to the CU College of Nursing for review and processing.
The English Language Proficiency requirement for required students includes a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the spoken English section. For other minimum subscores see firstname.lastname@example.org.The CU College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. An earned IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum speaking subscore of 8 will also meet the ELP requirement. Official scores from TOEFL and IELTS must be sent directly to the CU College of Nursing on or before the application deadline.
Students who are able to demonstrate the following are exempted from the English language proficiency requirements:
A student accepted for admission with a complete application and no application materials or other items outstanding is considered a full admit.
A student whose application is otherwise qualified, but a seat is not available may be issued placement on the College’s waitlist. Acceptance of a position on the waitlist is required. Students notified of admission will be required to respond by the dates listed in their notification. Students not ultimately selected from the waitlist are required to reapply for future admission consideration.
Students who are otherwise qualified for admission, but have outstanding items or application materials such as official final transcripts can be issued conditional admission. Conditional admission criteria must be met by the deadline listed in the admission offer.
Provisional admission is typically reserved for applicants who show the potential to complete college work successfully but have an academic profile that falls slightly below the preferred admission criteria. Once students satisfy all requirements associated with their enrollment, the provisional status is removed and students are fully admitted. However, students who are unable to meet the conditions required for full admission can be dismissed from the institution.
Students who do not meet the admission criteria or are unsuccessful in the application review/interview process can be denied admission. Students who are denied admission can reapply for a future term.
The CU College of Nursing reserves the right to revoke or rescind admission for any student who is determined to be in violation with stated college/university policy or procedures. Admissions revocation can occur from the point of decision through the first day of classes.
Students offered admission to the CU College of Nursing are required to submit an online intent to enroll form in the timeframe listed in the admissions notification to secure a seat in the program for which they have applied. Students unable to enroll can submit an enrollment deferral request. Enrollment deferral requests are reviewed on a case by case basis and in consultation with the appropriate Assistant Dean or Program/Specialty Director and the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs (OASA). CU College of Nursing Leadership will be included as necessary when decisions have a known/significant impact on current or future enrollment planning.
Typically, enrollment deferrals are granted for unforeseen financial, health, or personal circumstances that would make enrollment a hardship. Enrollment deferrals are not guaranteed and students not approved will be required to reapply.
Only one enrollment deferral request can be approved to offer admission up to one year in the future. Deferral extensions are generally not allowed unless significant extenuating circumstances exist. If a student is unable to enroll as listed in the enrollment deferral approval they will be required to reapply. Program/Specialty Directors and the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs can make joint exceptions to this policy when needed, but will only when rare, extenuating circumstances that are not within the student’s control exist.
Enrollment deferral requests are only for students offered admission into the CU College of Nursing and do not extend automatically to dual admission programs. Students are encouraged to notify the CU College of Nursing as soon as they are aware that continuance in the program is not feasible.
Enrollment deferrals can be submitted up to 30 days prior to the start of the admit term. Deferrals requested within 30 days of the start of the term are generally not approved. Students with extenuating circumstances can be reviewed/decided on a case-by-case basis.
A student approved for enrollment deferment will be required to attend a mandatory new student orientation session preceding enrollment.
Acceptance to the CU College of Nursing is contingent upon successful completion of outstanding prerequisites (if any), immunization screening, immigration status clearance, Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support CPR certification, clearance of the mandatory drug screening test, and criminal background check. Pre-enrollment requirements will vary by program/specialty. All expenses incurred throughout the program clearance requirement are at the student’s expense.
There are no criminal convictions or impairments that are an absolute bar to application or admission. However, admission to a program does not guarantee progression. Further, completion of an educational program does not guarantee eligibility for registered nurse licensure or specialty certification. Additionally, should any of the program clearance requirements come back with an incident reported, further action will be required by the student.
MS or BS to DNP students admitted or enrolled to CU College of Nursing wishing to transfer to another specialty within the degree program will be required to submit a new application in NursingCAS. Students will use the re-applicant feature available in the NursingCAS system, which carries forward information such as coursework, official test scores, attached transcripts, etc. Students will be required to submit/complete the following:
In addition to submitting a new application in NursingCAS, students will need to contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs to request inclusion of an unofficial copy of the CU transcript. The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will upload an unofficial copy of the CU transcript into the NursingCAS application on behalf of the student, which will be used for review purposes.
Students seeking specialty transfer must apply in the appropriate application cycle for the specialty. Not all specialties offer admission in both fall and spring, as such interested students should visit the CU College of Nursing website to review program/specialty offerings and associated application deadlines.
Applicants requesting a transfer of specialty are included in the applicant pool for the appropriate application cycle and competitively evaluated for interview and admissions consideration. There is no guarantee of an interview or admission into the new specialty. All transfer applicants should be mindful of the anticipated period when decisions are issued. No refund of tuition will be granted based on the need to withdraw due to admission to a new specialty.
Students who wish to transfer credits from outside the University of Colorado must supply appropriate information regarding the courses taken (syllabi) that can be evaluated for equivalency. Transfer credits from outside universities are limited to 12 credits.
Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment must be completed within 2 years prior to admission to be transferred into an MS or BS-DNP program. Some certification boards and other advanced practice registries require these courses to be less than 5 years old at the time of certification examination or application for full prescriptive authority.
Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment must be completed within 2 years prior to admission to be transferred into an MS or BS-DNP program for individuals who are not APRN’s at the time of admission. Individuals who are currently practicing as APRNs must provide documentation to avoid the age requirement of these courses. Some certification boards and other advanced practice registries require these courses to be less than 5 years old at the time of exam or application to advanced practice registries.
Students taking courses as a non-degree seeking student at the University of Colorado prior to entry into a degree program must take these credits within three years of matriculation to a degree program. Non-degree credits through the University of Colorado are limited to 12 credits.
PhD students will follow the Graduate School Policy for transfer credit.
The Associate Dean of Academic Programs may provide an exception for this policy.
The request to transfer credits will be reviewed upon admission and must have been completed within seven years upon application for graduation. Transfer credits for Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment must be no more than two years old at the time of admission to the MS program.
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