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CU College of Nursing Accreditation


The College of Nursing offers programs leading to the bachelor of science (BS), master of science (MS), doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees.

  • All College of Nursing degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Colorado College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  • The nurse-midwifery specialty in the MS program is further accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).
  • PhD programs are not reviewed by nursing accrediting bodies; however, the PhD program is regularly reviewed by the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School. The graduate school and the university are both accredited by the National Higher Learning Commission.

ACME to Conduct Accreditation Visit for MS, BS-DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate Programs, Nurse-Midwifery Specialty, at the University of Colorado College of Nursing

In Spring 2019, the University of Colorado College of Nursing will seek continuing national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) for its academic programs with the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty: Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree program, BS-DNP program, and Post-Graduate Certificate program. ACME, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, will perform an on-site evaluation of our programs on April 2-4, 2019. As a member of the School’s constituency and community of interest, we invite you to submit comments to ACME at the address provided below.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to comment upon the programs’ achievements related to accreditation standards. ACME evaluates the effectiveness and quality of nursing programs based on standards related to the following areas:

  1. Organization and Administration
  2. Faculty and Faculty Organization
  3. Students
  4. Curriculum and Student Learning
  5. Resources
  6. Assessment and Outcomes

You can find additional information related to the standards for accreditation on the following website: midwife.org/acme.

Comments on the CU program and/or other academic parameters may be submitted either by U.S. Mail or email. Addresses for both are as follows:

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 485-1802

All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME Executive Director, hmaurer@acnm.org.

You can find details of comment submission at midwife.org/Announcements. All comments must be received by ACME on or before March 20th, 2019.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Denise Smith, PhD, CNM, Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Director: denise.smith@ucdenver.edu

Many thanks for your continued support of our programs and in educating the next generation of Nurse-Midwives.

Denise C. Smith, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Specialty Director, Nurse-Midwifery