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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

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The University of Colorado College of Nursing enrolls more than 950 undergraduate and graduate students.

The college was founded in 1898, and the bachelor’s program was established in 1920, one of the first west of the Mississippi. The master's program began in 1950. The college instituted the first nurse practitioner and school nurse programs in the United States in 1965. The college has one of the oldest (established 1978) research doctoral programs in the West, and in 2005, the College of Nursing became one of the first seven schools in the nation to introduce the new doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program.

In the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Rankings of Top Nursing Programs, the College of Nursing ranked:
  • 23rd - Top Schools - Master's in Nursing

  • 6th - Informatics Specialty Option

  • 8th - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care (PNP) Specialty Option

  • 21st - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Read about these and all of CU's rankings Here: CU Graduate Programs Among Best In Nation​.

You can learn more about the College of Nursing's Rankings on the U.S. News and World Report website.

Several programs are involved with Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and provide in-state tuition for students from qualified states.

Nursing students are working toward the following degrees: bachelor of science, master of science, doctor of nursing practice or doctor of philosophy. Continuing education post-master's certificate programs and postdoctoral studies are also available.

Master’s specialties include adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, health care informatics, nurse midwifery, nursing leadership and health care systems, pediatric nurse practitioner and women's health care nurse practitioner.

The college has a 30-year history of distance education, especially serving citizens of Colorado, and many courses may be taken online. The RN to BS and two master’s options can be completed totally online.

The college features active faculty practices at more than 12 primary care, case management, consultative and nurse midwifery sites.

The College of Nursing has three endowed chairs and three endowed professorships. Eighteen faculty are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, and 10 are fellows in specialty and practical societies.

Two national centers are housed within the school: The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and the National Center for Children, Families and Communities.

In 2013, the CU College of Nursing celebrated 115 years of contributions in nursing education, practice and research.

For years, the college was located on the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center campus at 9th Avenue and Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The college moved to the new University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., in December 2007.