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

College of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Traditional Pathway Program Info

Bachelor's Program Info

Earning your bachelor of science (BS) degree in the field of nursing is the first step to advancing your career, opening the door to allow you more versatile career opportunities and nursing leadership positions. It is the initial step toward seeking a higher degree to expand your horizons within the nursing field.  Your educational background, learning style, and life circumstances determine which option will work best for you. If you are undecided, we encourage that you attend an information session or meeting with an admission specialist to help you determine your best option.​​​​

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Traditional Pathway

The traditional pathway is a full-time bachelor of science option, great whether you have earned a degree in the past or not. The traditional pathway is a 24-month program that includes class room, clinical simulation, and clinical practice in the curriculum. This program is offered at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora as well as the CU South Denver location in Parker. 

Students interested in this option apply between August 1 and October 15 through NursingCAS. Once admitted, students begin their program the following summer semester.

The pace of the traditional pathway facilitates integration of learning and acknowledges that students balance a number of responsibilities while completing their nursing education.

Traditional Program of Study for students admitted to Anschutz Medical Campus and the CU South Denver location. 

Expected Program Outcomes 

  1. Person-Centered Care:  Provides quality, safe and ethical care that is person-centered, rooted in partnership, and is mutually beneficial for individuals and families in all care settings across the life span.
  2. Evidence-Based Practice: Integrates clinical practice evidence to improve the health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
  3. Safety:  Promotes safe health care environments, systems and initiatives to minimize risk of harm to individuals, families, communities, and providers.
  4. Teamwork and Collaboration: Promotes respectful communication and working relationships among intra-and inter-professional teams to deliver evidence-based, safe, quality, and person-centered care
  5. Informatics: Uses patient care technologies and clinical information systems to facilitate decision-making necessary for delivery of evidence-based, safe, quality, and person-centered care
  6. Quality: Engages in quality improvement through leadership skills, clinical reasoning, and use of evidence
  7. Leadership: As a transformational nurse clinician, will model professional communication, responsibility and accountability to promote self-awareness, life-long learning, and civic professionalism in the health care environment and other complex systems


A bachelor of science (BS) degree in nursing provides a wide variety of career choices. Upon successful completion of the BS nursing program and the national licensure examination (NCLEX), baccalaureate prepared nurses are able to choose from a wide variety of practice settings.
Additionally, unlike graduates prepared with an associate degree in nursing, bachelor's prepared nurses are able to pursue advanced degrees in nursing including careers as an adult or pediatric nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife or certified nurse anesthetist. Doctorate level education is also possible for bachelors prepared nurses who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP (doctorate in nursing practice).
Examples of potential practice areas for a bachelor of science graduate include:
  • providing patient care in the hospital settings (the most popular choice of nursing graduates)
  • caring for patients in community based settings
  • providing nursing leadership through nursing management positions
  • pursuing a nursing career at Magnet designated hospital facilities
  • providing nursing care to individuals, families and communities internationally
  • working in clinical research by coordinating human subject studies
  • helping shape future nursing clinicians through teaching opportunities
For more information on the wide variety of career options available to BS in nursing graduates, please visit the Johnson and Johnson Discovering Nursing website .

Clinical Experience

One component of the Bachelor of Science program is clinical experiences. As a student, you will complete credit hours in a clinical setting under the supervision of a nursing professional. This is an integral part of our mission as a college to provide you with comprehensive nursing education. You will have a wide variety of clinical settings and nursing environments in which to complete your clinical hours. The student clinical education section provides instructions for signing up and more information on the clinical experience.

There are very specific requirements concerning immunizations, background checks, etc. that you will need to follow. For more information about what is required before participating in any clinical experience, please review all of the clinical experience requirements.


In addition to providing state-of-the-art technology both inside and outside the classroom, the University of Colorado College of Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top nursing programs. The faculty at the College of Nursing is dedicated to educating graduates using evidence based best practices in all areas of nursing.
Our distinguished faculty have made significant contributions to a wide variety of areas in nursing, including school-based health care, nursing informatics, setting standards in pain management, rural health as well as pediatric nursing. As we look to the future, we continue to expand our areas of influence including public health, health care of children and chronic illness care. Our clinical faculty practice in many settings, providing a wide variety of specialty care and working with varying populations. An education at the University of Colorado provides opportunities to be educated by some of the nation’s leading nursing clinicians and nurse science researchers.
For more information about our renowned faculty and their research interests, visit and review the College of Nursing faculty pages and bios.
​For a full list of bachelor of science FAQs, please visit the following link: BS FAQs