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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Bachelor of Science Admissions

Admissions Requirements

UCAN Requirements

Admission to the College of Nursing Bachelor of Science program is highly competitive. In order to keep the selection process fair, admission requirements are definitive and applied to each application in the same manner. Review the admission requirements carefully and determine your eligibility using the self-service tools prior to applying. Please keep in mind that applications are not reviewed until the application file is complete. Your application file must be complete by the admission application deadline to be considered for admission.


1. An earned baccalaureate degree:
    If you have a bachelor's degree in progress, the degree must be received before the program starts. Bachelor's degrees awarded by an international institution must be equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree. For evaluation of internationally awarded degrees, request the official transcripts to be sent directly to the College of Nursing. Degrees have no expiration dates.
2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0:
    The grade point average of ALL post-secondary coursework needs to be 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale in order to be considered for admission.
3. Completion of Prerequisites Courses: ​
    The courses listed below are the only prerequisites required for UCAN; all courses must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline. These prerequisite courses must be completed before the application deadline.
  1. Human Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I)
  2. Human Physiology (or Anatomy & Physiology II)
  3. Microbiology
  4. General Chemistry
  5. Statistics
    For the description of the prerequisite courses click here. Download and fill out the Prerequisite Form to keep track of your progress.
4. Language Requirement.
    Refer to the Language Requirement tab for more information.
5. Previous health care experience:
    Direct patient care is preferred. Experience may be paid or completed through volunteer activities. Please refer to the How to Apply page for information on documenting this experience in NursingCAS. 

Due to the clinical nature of the nursing profession, all students must meet the following communication standards, as outlined in the Technical Standards of our Student Handbook​:

1. A student must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in English with clients, teachers and all members of the health care team. Written and oral communication must use standard, professional medical terminology.

2. He/she must communicate with clients clearly and effectively in English to elicit information regarding history, emotional status and activity, and to perceive nonverbal communications.

3. Communication includes speech, hearing, reading, writing and computer literacy.

4. A student must be able to clearly and effectively report in English to members of the health care team. Additionally, students must be able to relay appropriate information to clients, as well as teach, explain, direct and counsel a wide variety of individuals.

5. In some instances the student will be required to provide clear, direct communication in English during highly stressful, crisis situations. These skills necessitate a strong command of the English language and prompt, timely interpretation of pertinent patient data.

6. Students must be able to communicate online in a timely, professional manner, e.g., enter an electronic medical record immediately after the patient visit. 

If your primary language is not English, or if you are an International Student, you will need to demonstrate required English language proficiency by meeting one of the following criteria:
1.     You are a citizen of a country whose official language is English including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
2.     You have obtained a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the spoken English section. For other minimum subscores see
The College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. Be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that we will receive the results
3.     You have obtained a total score of 6.5 on IELTS with a minimum speaking subscore of 8. Official IELTS scores must be sent directly to the ​College of Nursing
4.     You have graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
5.     You have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
6.     You have earned a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or you have successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the U.S.

Transfer Requirements

All of your prerequisite classes will be considered transfer credit. This college level credit may be accepted by the University of Colorado if:
  • It has been earned at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A grade of C (not C-) or better has been attained.
  • It is not vocational-technical course work.
  • It is not remedial course work.

AP Credit

Only Statistics and General Chemistry prerequisites can be met using AP credit; click here to view the AP Credit Transfer Guide.
  • The minimum score shown is required to transfer the AP credit to meet prerequisites and electives.
  • The official transcript (score report) from the College Board is required to show the score(s) earned. This document needs to be sent directly to the College of Nursing at the mailing address below.

CLEP Credit

CLEP credits will not be considered for UCAN applicants.

Pass/Fail Credit

Prerequisite courses taken for pass/fail credit will not be accepted. The grade of P will be accepted provided it is equivalent to C (not C-) or better and is so indicated on the transcript.

Study Abroad Course Work

Transcripts for study abroad course work from a non-U.S. institution are required. A course-by-course evaluation will performed by the College of Nursing through the Office of International Affairs. Applicant need to request official transcripts to be sent directly to the College of Nursing.

Correspondence and Extension

A maximum of 30 semester hours of correspondence and extension credit may count toward the degree.
  • Correspondence and extension credit must meet the guidelines for transfer of college level credit and are subject to review. Please call 303-724-1812 to speak with an admission specialist for more details.

International Credit (Including Study Abroad Course Work)

If you attended a college or university outside of the U.S., the College of Nursing requires official transcripts mailed from the issuing institutions to the College of Nursing using the address below. Transcripts in sealed envelopes submitted by anyone other than the issuing institution will not be accepted as official. The College of Nursing will perform a course-by-course evaluation of international transcripts though the Office of International Affairs. It is strongly recommended that the international transcripts be ordered several months before the application deadline.
All required transcripts and/or AP must be received by the application deadlines.

Mailing address

College of Nursing

Office of Student Affairs & Diversity

13120 E 19th Ave, C288-6

Aurora, CO 80045