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 verified 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 your 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 application.
Under Applicant Information, Additional Information and Parent and Family Information are optional. This data is not necessary 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 respond to the following three prompts:
(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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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. Effective June 20, 2016, all applicants will be required to pay a $50.00 supplemental application fee to the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Detailed information will be forwarded to applicants once an application has been submitted.
Test Scores - HESI/TEAS scores are not required for our BS programs.
References - For the 2016 UCAN application cycle (for the spring 2017 cohort), we are recommending that applicants submit three letters of reference. At least one of these should be an academic reference. References are submitted as part of the NursingCAS application process (more details will be included in the application). Please note: Beginning in 2017 (for the 2018 UCAN cohort), references will be required for the UCAN application. References are not currently required for the Traditional Pathway program.
Healthcare Experience - Healthcare experience is a requirement for the UCAN program. In the Supporting Information section under Experiences, please enter information about previous/current healthcare experience (paid and volunteer), licenses and certifications (if applicable). Although healthcare experience is not required for the Traditional Pathway program, it is strongly recommended. Traditional applicants are encouraged to include information about healthcare experience in the Supporting Information application section, as outlined above. Additionally, all students (regardless of program) will be required to upload a CV/Resume as part of the application process.
- Excellent oral and written
English communication skills are necessary prerequisites for admission to the
University of Colorado College of Nursing. Communication requirements are
outlined in the Technical Standards for Admission, Progression, and Graduation
section of our Student
Handbook (pages 51-58). Applicants for our BS programs will be contacted if a language proficiency exam is necessary during
the application process.
If a language exam is required,
students must select one of the following three testing options to demonstrate
1. English Language
Proficiency assessment through the University of Colorado Denver ESL
The ESL Academy is an academic intensive English program that specializes
in preparing international students for the rigors of higher education. The
assessments offered include a computer-based reading and listening test;
an academic essay written in-person; and an in-depth interview. The staff
and Specialists of the ESL Academy will score the assessments and provide
a written diagnostic report to the College of Nursing. The assessments and
scores will be kept confidential and they will not be shared with any
other party, except the College of Nursing, without your expressed written
2. Test of English as a Foreign Language
minimum score requirements on the iBT exam are: total score of 83
(speaking score of 26).
English Language Testing System (IELTS); minimum
score requirements are: total score of 6.5 (speaking score of 8).
Questions regarding your application should be directed to NursingCAS.
The online application, along with directions for completion, may be found at: NursingCAS
. The application period for UCAN is March 1-June 1
; the application period for the Traditional Pathway program will be June 20-October 7, 2016 for the Summer 2017 cohort
. Applications close at 11:59p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Note to Traditional Pathway program applicants: NursingCAS will be undergoing a system upgrade from August 15-August 25, 2016 (and students will not have access to their applications during this time). If you have the ability to submit your application by
August 15, 2016, and all transcripts are received by NursingCAS by August 19, 2016, then
please apply during this timeframe. If you are unable to complete these tasks
during this timeframe, please wait to submit your application until after
August 25, 2016. If you choose to submit your application by August 15, 2016, but transcripts are not
received by NursingCAS by August 19, 2016, you will need to resubmit your application
with the upgraded version and pay a second application fee. If you have any
questions about this upgrade, contact NursingCAS directly at (617) 612-2880.