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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

New BS Curriculum

Changes coming June 2012

Clinical education at the College of Nursing

Why change?

The upcoming changes in the BS curriculum are inspired by several recent, significant calls for reform in nursing education, including the: 

  • Institute of Medicine's report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Preparing for the Professions, "Educating Nurses? A Call for Radical Transformation," and the
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Profession Nursing Practice, the standards for achieving high quality student learning.

Experience the change, influenced by our clinical education partners who invested their expertise to develop a relevant, rigorous nursing program. 

Experience the change, facilitated by renown faculty, outstanding in their focused areas of research, education, clinical care and service.

You are nursing's future, and we welcome you to begin your professional nursing journey with the baccalaureate education at the CU College of Nursing!

What's changing?

The CU College of Nursing is a recognized leader in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). The new curriculum is built on knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with essential competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, quality, safety, evidence-based practice and nursing informatics.

You will engage in highly interactive teaching and learning experiences designed to increase your ability to think critically and apply your understanding of nursing concepts. This learning regimen will take you beyond the traditional classroom by integrating classroom concepts with clinical experience, state-of-the-art simulated patient care experiences, seminars with patient mentors, and interprofessional education with students in other professional disciplines.

You will be actively engaged in the learning, integrating more clinical care experiences earlier in the educational process so you can immediately apply what you’ve learned. You’ll use this learn/apply model throughout your program of study to enhance your decision making skills.

Beginning in June 2012, traditional students will be admitted one time per year in the summer (June); accelerated students will be admitted twice per year (January and June).

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum Vision Statement:

To prepare transformational nurse clinicians who collaboratively promote excellence in patient safety and quality health care through inquiry, reflection, and accountability.

Program Outcome Competencies

1. Person Centered Care
2. Evidence Based Practice
3. Safety
4. Teamwork and Collaboration
5. Informatics
6. Quality
7. Leadership

What's not changing?

  • Admission criteria.
  • Total number of credits in the BS in nursing program (126).
  • Both traditional and accelerated programs of study will continue to be offered. Check this page for updates for information regarding application and program start dates.