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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

FAQs

Bachelor's Programs


Have a question about the College of Nursing undergraduate program - traditional and accelerated (UCAN) pathways? Review our frequently asked questions below to find the answer.

General Questions 

1. Why should I earn my BS in nursing degree?
2. Why should I consider a nursing program at the Anschutz Medical Campus?
3. What program options are there?

Tuition/Cost Questions

4. How much does it cost?
5. How do I establish residency to receive in-state tuition?
6. Can I receive financial assistance?

Admission Questions 

7. How competitive is the admission process?
8. What is considered in the admission’s process?
9. What are the prerequisites?
10. Is there a time limit for prerequisites?
11. How do I know if my prerequisites will transfer?
12. What is the minimum GPA?
13. What are the requirements like for the essay?
14. Is there an interview?
15. Is there a waitlist?
16. Do you have TOEFL and/or TSE (TES of Spoken English) requirements?

Application Questions 

17. How do I apply?
18. When do I apply for the program?
19. Where do I send my transcripts?
20. Do I need references?
21. I am having trouble with the application, what should I do?
22. When will I receive my admissions decision?

 

1. Why should I earn my BS in nursing degree?
The bachelor of science degree provides the opportunity for students to become registered nurses and advance their careers in nursing and nursing leadership. Return to top

2. Why should I consider a nursing program at the Anschutz Medical Campus?
The College of Nursing, founded in 1898, created the country’s first school nurse programs and the first nurse practitioner programs in the world. Faculty in the advanced practice specialty options maintain clinical practices and are certified in their areas. The college touts the use of innovative multi-disciplinary curriculum, numerous national rankings, and real-world experience through multiple clinical placements. In addition, the program employs teaching and clinical instruction supplemented by simulation technology. Return to top

3. What program plan options are available to students applying to a BS in nursing program?
Applicants without a previous bachelor’s degree may apply for the traditional option, which is 24 months in length. Students must have 60 semester hours of transferable coursework completed or in progress, including specific courses from 16 prerequisite areas. Please see the program's requirements for specifics.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree may apply for the traditional option (24 months) or accelerated option (12 months).

Applicants with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) – see the nursing web site and contact an admissions specialist at 303-724-1812 for further information. Admissions requirements to this program are unique and different from requirements to the regular bachelor of science in nursing program.
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4. How much does it cost?
The program will cost approximately $32, 000 for in-state residents. A current schedule of tuition and fees is available on the Bursar's Office tuition web page. Return to top

5. How do I establish residency to receive in-state tuition?
Students must live in Colorado for one year to receive in-state tuition. Please see the Registrar’s page for more information. Return to top

6. Can I receive financial assistance?
Yes. Numerous scholarships are awarded to new and continuing students by the College of Nursing and outside organizations. You will want to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Contact the Financial Aid Office on the Anschutz Medical Campus at 303.724.8039 located in Education 2 North, 3rd Floor. Return to top

7. How competitive is the admission process?
The selection process is very competitive. Every applicant is different. On average, we have a 25% acceptance rate. Return to top

8. What is considered in the admission process?
Evaluation committees make decisions based on the following: the cumulative college grade point average (should be at least 3.0) for all attempted undergraduate college work, the GPA for specified prerequisites, the essay which consists of three questions, and an interview. Return to top

9. What are the prerequisites?
Please visit our web page to view a detailed list of prerequisites.
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10. Is there a time limit for prerequisites?
Courses over 10 years old are not transferrable. Electives are exempt from this rule. Return to top

11. How do I know if my prerequisites will transfer?
You will find most Colorado schools with preapproved course numbers for most courses on our website under Transfer Guides. Those with no course numbers have many choices. If your school is not listed under the Transfer guides, please review the course content requirement under pre-requisite courses on our website. Return to top

12. What is the minimum GPA?
The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0 for applicants. Return to top

13. What are the requirements like for the essay?
You will need to write a one page, three-part essay, single spaced, 12 pt. font. To view the questions, please visit our How to Apply page; click on the Essay tab. Return to top

14. Is there an interview?
Yes, please review the application deadline page for more information about tentative interview dates and times. Return to top

15. Is there a wait list for the program?
We do not use a wait list for our admissions process. If you are not offered admission and are interested in being considered for another application cycle, you will need to reapply. Transcripts are maintained on file for one year. Return to top

16. Do you have TOEFL and/or TSE (Test of Spoken English) requirements?
If your primary spoken language is not English, you will need to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as part of the application process. Return to top

17. How do I apply?
Review the complete admissions information on the College of Nursing website. Applications to the Traditional BS and the Accelerated BS (UCAN) are processed through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools. Return to top

18. When do I apply for the program?
Please check the application deadline page. We strongly suggest that you begin and submit your application as early as possible: at least four to six weeks before the published deadline so that all of your documents can be verified by NursingCAS by the published deadline. Applications received by the published deadline will be given full consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Return to top

19. Where do I send my transcripts?
Please check the NursingCAS website for transcript requirements and details. Transcripts sent to the College of Nursing will not be considered. The College of Nursing is not responsible for missing or lost transcripts. Return to top

20. Do I need references?
No, references are not needed/considered for the application. Return to top

21. I am having trouble with the application, what should I do?
For questions related to the online application, please contact NursingCAS support by phone at 617-612-2880, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time or by email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org. Return to top

22. When will I receive my admission decision?
Admission decisions will be emailed and sent via postal mail. Most decisions are made two months after the application deadline date. Return to top

23. Where can I get more information about the nursing programs?
Attend an Information Session. At the information session, you will be able to meet with faculty and current students, tour the campus and ask admission and financial aid questions. You may also email a student affairs specialist who can answer questions. Return to top