Depending on the specialty option, the selection process can be competitive. For the advanced practice specialty options we receive about 6 applications for every student seat.1
The admissions process depends on the degree. Please visit the admissions page for your desired degree for information about the admissions process.2
For Doctor of Philosophy applicants
The GRE is only required for those applying without a previous master’s degree. However, if you have completed the GRE, please submit your exam scores.
For Master of Science and Master of Science-Doctor of Nursing Practice Applicants
The GRE and/or (12) credits of graduate level coursework at a 3.0 or higher is required for those applicants (to the MS, MS-DNP programs) who’s undergraduate nursing degree GPA is less than 3.0. The official GRE score and/or graduate coursework must be completed prior to the application deadline.3
Most students successfully complete the program (MS, MS-DNP, PGC, DNP) in 2 to 3 years, but it depends on your chosen specialty option and your life commitments. However, you will need to complete the programs within 5 years.
Please visit our website regarding completion timeframes for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program4
Depending on the specialty option, you may be able to work either part time or full time. If you are interested in an advanced practice specialty option, your ability to work may be limited due to the clinical component.5
The delivery format for our advanced practice specialties is hybrid. Several courses will be completed exclusively online, while others may require your presence on-campus during intensive dates. For those students who are applying from rural communities in Colorado, or from out of state, we do offer our specialty courses via ITV. This option is only available for students outside the 7-county metro area. There are three specialties offered 100% online, Veteran & Military Health Care, iLEAD and Health Care Informatics.6
Yes. All nurse practitioner specialty options have clinical requirements. If you are in the Denver metro area, we will arrange clinicals for you. If you are in a rural area, outside of the metro area or out of state, you are required to find your own clinical placements. Please note that clinical placements are Monday-Friday. We do not offer weekend clinical placements. Students must be flexible with their schedules to accommodate clinical placements. Student should move to Colorado to complete this portion of the program if they are unsuccessful finding an approved clinical placement to complete their program.
There are no clinical requirements for i-LEAD, Veteran & Military Health Care or Health Care Informatics programs, however each have practicum hours to complete.7
There are two required courses needed for admission: a research course and a statistics course. Both must be completed with a grade of C or better at regionally accredited institution.8
Yes. At the time of application, you will need to submit a copy of your RN license. Depending on the specialty option, once you are accepted, a Colorado RN license will be required for clinical purposes.9
Please visit our masters program admissions page for language requirements.10
Review the complete admissions information on the College of Nursing website. All applications are processed through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools.11
Please check the application deadline page. Please note that the application deadline through NursingCAS is based on Eastern Daylight Time. 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 deadline. Applications received by the published deadline will be given full consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.12
Please check the NursingCAS website for transcript requirements and details. Please note that transcripts sent to the College of Nursing will not be considered. The College of Nursing is not responsible for missing or lost transcripts.
Applicants can check the status of their application through their NursingCAS Application Portal.14
Master of Science, Master of Science-Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-Graduate Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice applicants
You will submit requests for references to be uploaded electronically on your behalf by your reference writers in the "Supporting Information" section of the NursingCAS application.
For Doctor of Philosophy applicants
Please visit the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Admissions webpage.15
If you are applying for fall term, you should receive an admission decision in April. If you are applying for spring term, you should receive your admission decision in September.16
An academic reference refers to someone (professor, instructor, advisor, mentor) who can speak to your academic readiness, preparation, and achievements. He or she does not need to be in the nursing field.17