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Veteran and Military Health Care

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Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) is a health care specialty based on the​ unique attributes of the veteran and military service member population. Specific needs of this population include the veteran and military health care delivery systems, maintaining a ready force, care during military operations, invisible and visible consequences of war, veteran and military culture, and veteran and military family dynamics.

At the University of Colorado College of Nursing, we believe in helping those who care for our military and veterans. To that end, we now offer a graduate certificate, master's specialty and post-graduate certificate (second MS in Nursing) with a veteran and military health care specialization. Students can also pursue a combination master's and PhD with VMHC option, or a PhD with a VMHC options. Students who earn their master's degree with VMHC emphasis can also continue on and earn their doctorate of nursing practice through the BS-DNP program.

Courses are online and designed to be non-sequential and are available as stand-alone courses to nond​egree students and current CU de​gree students. Each course is worth 3 graduate-level credits.

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  NURS 6015: Women & War

  NURS 6017: On the Home Front: Supporting Veteran and Military Families

  NURS 6018: Home from the Battlefront: Psychological Health Care for Veterans and Service Members

  NURS 6019: Wounds of War: Military and Veteran Disability Evaluation

  NURS 6023: Veteran and Military Health Care Systems

  NURS 6024: Caring for Veterans: Aging, Chronicity, & End of Life Care


VMHC Frequently Asked Questions

What is the VMHC Specialty?
What are the expected specialty outcomes?
Are the VMHC courses available online?
Who is eligible to apply for the Veteran and Military Health Care Masters of Science specialties?
Who is eligible to apply for the Veteran and Military Health Care PhD Emphasis?​
If I have already completed the VMHC Graduate Certificate, can I transfer my credits?
Can I transfer VMHC credits from my Master’s degree to count for a PhD concentration?
How do I enroll?
Can I start taking VMHC courses before I am accepted into the Master's or PhD programs?


Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be prepared to incorporate pertinent knowledge, values and abilities for direct and indirect provider roles to:

  • Implement caring and competent nursing practice with veteran and military individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness and healing.
  • Integrate the ethical use of technology and information systems to augment the human capacity for health, facilitate decision-making, support collaboration and foster communication.
  • Promote health of local to global communities through promoting safe environments and safe and effective health care addressing the interaction among veteran and military service members, communities and their environmental contexts.
  • Manage care to achieve quality, cost-effective and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for veteran and military service members, families and populations.
  • Engage in leadership to promote social justice related to access, quality and socio-cultural acceptability of health care through relationship-centered caring, advocacy and empowerment.
  • Negotiate and adapt the delivery and management of health care and health care systems for veteran and military populations and environments.
  • Practice relationship-centered caring through self-awareness, by developing and maintaining respectful relationships, communicating effectively, and integrating the influence of the human experience of health, illness and healing.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  • Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing, health care and reflective caring practice.
  • Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state of the art health care practice and to facilitate the education of future practitioners, paraprofessionals and healthy communities.