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

College of Nursing
 

Bachelor of Science Admissions

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 admissions.

​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

 

For the descriptions of the prerequisite courses click here.
 
Download and fill out the Prerequisite Form  to keep track of your progress (it is also used during the application submission).

 

Applicants without a bachelor's degree:

  • All 16 prerequisites listed above are required (must be completed within 10 years).
  • Are required to complete a total of 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits). Above is a list of approved prerequisite and elective coursework .
  • 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  • If your outstanding course(s) drops your overall GPA to below a 3.0, your offer of admission will be withdrawn.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.

 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • If your primary spoken language is not English, you will to need to submit TOEFL scores as part of the application process. 

  • If you are an international applicant to the College of Nursing you will need to submit TOEFL scores as part of the application process. 

  • The College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. Please be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that we receive the results. 

  • A total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), 220 on the computer-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the TSE, or 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the spoken portion is required. 

     

 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

      Colorado MAPS Requirements

      College of Nursing Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) for BS Program Applicants
       
      What are Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)?
       
      The MAPS specify the courses a student should take in high school in order to be eligible to earn a CU degree. Completing MAPS makes your application for admission stronger and increases your chances of admission. If you are admitted and have not completed all of the MAPS, you will still need to complete them before you can graduate from the university. Completing MAPS will provide you with strong preparation for success in college.
       
      The College of Nursing has a recommended, but not required, prerequisite in foreign language. If a student self-reports a deficiency in the MAPS foreign language requirement, then submission of a high school transcript to the college’s admission office will be required. College of Nursing admissions specialists will then review the self-reported MAPS foreign language requirement. In the rare instance that an applicant has completed all prerequisites but has not fulfilled the MAPS foreign language requirement at either the high school or college prerequisite level then the applicant will be advised to complete a foreign language course prior to admission to the College of Nursing. Should questions arise regarding MAPS requirements, please contact your College of Nursing admissions specialist at 303-721-1812.
       
       
      The following students are exempt from submitting high school transcripts.

      1) Transfer students who graduated from a U.S. high school before 1988.

      2) Transfer students who graduated from a non-U.S. high school.

      3) Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree (from a regionally accredited institution).

      4) Transfer students who graduated from a U.S. high school before spring 2008 and who have completed 24 semester credit hours or more at the time of the application.

      5) Transfer students who graduated from a U.S. high school spring 2008 or later and who have completed 30 semester credit hours or more at the time of application.

      College of Nursing MAPS Requirement for applicants not exempt (above).

      One unit of MAPS is equivalent to one year of a high school level course.

       

      COURSE                     NUMBER OF MAPS UNITS

      English                       4 units

      Mathematics                3 units (including 2 years algebra and 1 year geometry)

      Natural Sciences          3 units

      Social Sciences            2 units

      Foreign Language        2 units (all units within a single foreign language)

      Academic Electives       1 unit (1 year of academic electives)

      Total Units                15 units