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CU College of Nursing - Nursing BS Program, Denver, Colorado

College of Nursing

How to Apply

BS Program Admissions

How to Apply

Thank you for considering applying to the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Please pay close attention to the directions before you begin the process. This will help to ensure that you submit all the required application materials, prevent unnecessary frustration, and make you a more competitive applicant. We recommend you check our website frequently for updates to the application process.

Note: Applications to the Traditional BS and the Accelerated BS (UCAN) are now being processed through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools. You can use NursingCAS to apply to the University of Colorado College of Nursing and other participating schools.

 ​Application Instructions

The online NursingCAS application includes the receipt and verification of all official college transcripts. This application will require the input of an extensive amount of information and verification of several documents. 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. 
To complete the application, follow the detailed directions available from NursingCAS carefully. You will need to have a student copy of your college transcripts from which you will be able to enter detailed course information into the NursingCAS application. You will also need to order all official transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS for verification. The mailing address for transcripts is provided in the NursingCAS instructions
Under Applicant Information, Additional Information and Parent and Family Information are optional. This data is not necessary to for the BS program application.
Personal Statement — Your personal statement should be approximately 500 words in length. (The system will allow 700 words, but please limit it to 500 words). Use the space provided to you on the NursingCAS application. Your statement should answer the following three questions:
(A) Describe your perceptions and attitude about nursing today. In your answer, identify current information about the field of nursing including the demands, expectations and career options.

(B) What do you believe are the demands of a nursing education and how have you prepared to make this significant change to your current situation?
(C) Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the University learning community in terms of diversity, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. 
UCAN APPLICANTS ONLY: In the Supporting Information section under Experiences, please enter information about previous/current healthcare experience (paid and volunteer), licenses and certifications (if applicable).  
References — References are not required for the BS program.
The application fee is charged by and paid to NursingCAS. You will need to have a credit card for payment. Please see the NursingCAS website for fee details.
It is important that you follow the application directions provided by NursingCAS and that you monitor the progress of your application, and receipt of documents through the NursingCAS website. Additionally, you will have access to customer service support. 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 Check your email frequently for messages from NursingCAS concerning your application or any required documents. Contact NursingCAS directly with questions about the completion of your application.
Test Scores— For International applicants, or those applicants whose primary spoken language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. For minimum score requirements, please go to the Language Requirement tab through this link​.
Questions regarding your application should be directed to NursingCAS. 

For general BS program information, please contact a student services advisor by calling 303-724-1812 or emailing
The online application along with directions for completion can be found at: NursingCAS. The application period for UCAN is March 1-June 1; the application period for the Traditional Pathway program is July 1-October 1

Application Deadlines 

The UCAN application through NursingCAS is open from April 1 until June 15.

The Traditional Pathways application through NursingCAS is open from August 1 until October 15.

Monitor the Status of Your Application

The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you. Please check your “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address to which you created your account.
Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see that your transcript(s) and payment have been received after you submit them. To check to see which Designations you have selected (e.g., programs you have applied to), click on the Designations option under the Quick Status menu. The GPA Calculations option under the Quick Status menu will display any GPA calculations NursingCAS has generated for you based on the coursework data you entered. Your application has been “verified” once your GPA calculations are complete.
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
​Interview Day is required for selected applicants. 

Interview Day for the Spring 2016 UCAN cohort will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015.
Interview Day for the Summer 2016 Traditional cohort will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015.