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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
Professional Development

Professional Development and Extended Studies

Providing a Foundation for Academic and Professional Fulfillment

The Office of Professional Development and Extended Studies at the College of Nursing is an extended campus site offering a broad range of programs to meet the needs of current nursing students, new graduates, practicing nurses and advanced practice nurses, regionally and nationally. With over 30 years of experience in offering distance education, we offer many of our courses in a completely online format, and we are proud to now offer two online-only degrees.

Professional Development offers graduate-level nursing courses for academic credit through a variety of formats, including the Internet, intensive conferences and the traditional classroom. Students can work on a degree or improve their professional skills before they are formerly admitted by taking courses as nondegree students from the highly ranked, and CCNE accredited, programs of the CU College of Nursing. Or they can attempt a graduate-level certificate in as little as two semesters or at their own pace.

Our Continuing Education Program is a provider of continuing nursing education, approved by the Colorado Nurses Association, which is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditations. We offer didactic and hands-on programs targeted, but not limited, to nurses for contact-hour credit on a range of topics including motivational interviewing and limited obstetrical ultrasound workshops.

Learn more about taking classes as a non-degree student  

Nondegree Students

Each semester many CU Nursing courses are available to nondegree students in a variety of formats including the Internet, intensive conferences, and the traditional classroom. Learn more about taking classes without being admitted to a degree program.

Learn more about earning a graduate certificate  

Graduate Certificate Programs

Take advantage of our faculty expertise and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to break into a new focus in your spare time. Learn more about earning a specialty in as little as a year with one of our graduate certificates.

Learn more about NEXus-Wiche courses  

Nursing Education eXchange (NEXus)

Through the NEXus program, doctoral students can supplement their options with courses from over 12 different institutions. Search our database to find courses that fit your needs and your schedule while taking advantage of nursing expertise from around the nation.

Continuing Education Programs  

Continuing Nursing Education Programs

Learn about our high quality continuing education programs targeted to nurses, particularly those in advance practice roles, and how you can earn CNEs. Our annual offerings include motivational interviewing and obstetrical ultrasound workshops as well as specialty conferences.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Professional Development and Extended Studies programs? Look through our frequently asked questions and find the answers.


Contact Professional Development

Contact our dedicated staff here. Questions, comments and constructive criticisms are encouraged!