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

College of Nursing
 

Bachelor of Science Admissions

Admissions Requirements


BS Admissions 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.

​Prerequisites Courses ​

The following courses need to be satisfied for prerequisite fulfillment:
  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology
  3. Microbiology
  4. Statistics
  5. General Chemistry
  6. Science
  7. College Algebra
  8. General Sociology
  9. General Psychology
  10. Developmental Psychology
  11. Cultural Anthropology or Multicultural Studies
  12. English Composition II
  13. Creative Arts
  14. Nutrition
  15. Two from: Foreign Language, History, Microeconomics, Philosophy or Political Science (courses must be from two different content areas)

 

For the descriptions of the prerequisite courses click here.
 
Download and fill out the Prerequisite Form  to keep track of your progress.

 

Applicants without a bachelor's degree:

  • All prerequisites listed above are required (must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline).
  • Are required to complete a total of 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You may take a maximum of 16 semester credits (11 quarter credits), the semester before you start the program. Of these 16 semester credits (11 quarter credits), only one (1) course can be from Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, or Microbiology.
  • If your outstanding course(s) drops your overall GPA to below a 3.0, your offer of admission will be withdrawn. 

Applicants with a bachelor's degree:

  • Degrees have no expiration dates, but need to be posted on your transcripts the semester before you start the program.
  • Bachelor's degrees awarded by an international institution must be equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree. This will be indicated on your WES evaluation.
  • The science prerequisites* listed below are the only prerequisites required (all must be completed within 10 years):
    • Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I)
    • Physiology (or Anatomy & Physiology II)
    • Microbiology
    • General chemistry
    • Statistics
  • Only two of the following prerequisites may be taken the semester before you begin the program: statistics and one (1) course from anatomy, chemistry, physiology, or microbiology.
  • If your outstanding course work drops your overall GPA to below a 3.00, your offer of admission will be withdrawn.

 

​Elective Courses

For an application without a bachelor's degree, prerequisites alone often do not total 60 semester (or 90 quarter) credit hours. Some electives may be necessary. Elective credit hours may be selected from most major academic disciplines. Examples of exceptions are commercial or vocational courses, doctrinal courses in religion, and physical education activity courses.

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 http://internationaladmissions.ucdenver.edu
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.

 The minimum cumulative GPA required for eligibility is 3.00.

  • The cumulative GPA includes ALL college course work that has been completed up to the application deadline. 

  • Included in the GPA calculation is study abroad coursework through a regionally accredited U.S. institution or through an international institution.

  • Included in the GPA is coursework completed at an international institution.
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.
  • The credit is for courses appropriate to the degree sought at this institution.
  • It is not vocational-technical course work.
  • It is not remedial course work.
AP Credit
Only specific prerequisites and electives 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.
  • To ensure that your official score report is received by the College of Nursing, please use the school code: 0968.
CLEP Credit
Only specific prerequisites and electives can be met using CLEP credit; click here to view the CLEP Credit Transfer Guide.
  • The minimum score shown is required to transfer the CLEP 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.
  • To ensure that your official score report is received by the College of Nursing, please use the school code: 5281.
Pass/Fail Credit
  • Prerequisite courses taken for pass/fail credit will not be accepted.
  • No more than 6 semester credit hours of pass credit will be considered for the elective course work required to complete the 60 semester credit hours.
  • 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 is also required
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/CLEP Credits 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