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
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
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
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:
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,
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.
have graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium
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.