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Veteran and Military Health Care


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Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) is a health care specialty based on the​ unique attributes of the veteran and military service member population. Specific needs of this population include the veteran and military health care delivery systems, maintaining a ready force, care during military operations, invisible and visible consequences of war, veteran and military culture, and veteran and military family dynamics.

At the University of Colorado College of Nursing, we believe in helping those who care for our military and veterans. To that end, we now offer a graduate certificate, master's specialty and post-graduate certificate (second MS in Nursing) with a veteran and military health care specialization. Students can also pursue a combination master's and PhD with VMHC option, or a PhD with a VMHC options. Students who earn their master's degree with VMHC emphasis can also continue on and earn their doctorate of nursing practice through the BS-DNP program.

Courses are online and designed to be non-sequential and are available as stand-alone courses to nond​egree students and current CU de​gree students. Each course is worth 3 graduate-level credits.

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Courses

  NURS 6015: Women & War

  NURS 6017: On the Home Front: Supporting Veteran and Military Families

  NURS 6018: Home from the Battlefront: Psychological Health Care for Veterans and Service Members

  NURS 6019: Wounds of War: Military and Veteran Disability Evaluation

  NURS 6023: Veteran and Military Health Care Systems

  NURS 6024: Caring for Veterans: Aging, Chronicity, & End of Life Care

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the VMHC Specialty?

Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) is a health care specialty based on the unique attributes of the veteran and military service member population. Specific needs include health care delivery systems, maintaining a ready force, care during military operations, invisible and visible consequences of war, and veteran and military culture and family dynamics. Veteran culture is complex and unique to each veteran. Military culture and battle-mind training of the soldier/sailor, and their experiences transitioning back to the civilian world, impacts their lives, the lives of those closest to them, and their health and well-being. Having an in-depth knowledge and understanding of these cultural influences on the soldier/sailor or veteran will enable the health care professional to be more successful in providing patient/family-centered care for these individuals. An important aspect of this curriculum is to expose the learner to the nuances of military and veteran culture to expand the knowledge and understanding of the special needs of the soldier/sailor or veteran in providing care and assisting them in managing their own health and wellness. The VMHC programs feature faculty from the Veterans Administration, Military Health System, and Military communities.​

What are the expected specialty outcomes?
  • Promote health of local to global communities through promotion of safe and effective environments and health care by addressing the interaction among veterans, service members, communities, and their environmental contexts.
  • Manage care to achieve quality, cost-effective, and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for veteran and military individuals, families, and populations.
  • Utilize evidence-based and theory-guided best practices in veteran and military health care, emphasizing integration of diverse health care systems for delivering seamless care.
  • Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state-of-the-art practice and to facilitate the health of veteran and military individuals, families, and communities.
Are the VMHC courses available online?

Yes! All courses that make up the Veteran and Military Health Care core are delivered completely online.

Who is eligible to apply for the Veteran and Military Health Care Masters of Science specialties?

All professionals who work with the veteran and military population, and who hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree.​

Who is eligible to apply for the Veteran and Military Health Care PhD Emphasis?​

Those who are admited into the Health Care Systems, Biobehavioral, or Caring Science PhD pathways​ are eligibile for a VMHC emphasis.​

If I have already completed the VMHC Graduate Certificate, can I transfer my credits?

Yes. 12 credits from the VMHC Graduate Certificate may be transferred toward a Master’s of Science with VMHC specialty.​​

Can I transfer VMHC credits from my Master’s degree to count for a PhD concentration?

Yes. 9 credit hours may be transferred into the PhD program.

How do I enroll?

The VHMC Masters Specialty options are open to those who have completed their BS in Nursing. The courses are offered through the Graduate School at the College of Nursing. Formal admission to the College of Nursing is required. To learn how to apply to the College of Nursing Graduate Program, click on the ‘Admissions’ link in the left sidebar at nursing.ucdenver.edu/MS. Once accepted into the program, you will be able to declare a VMHC specialty.

View the application deadlines.

Can I start taking VMHC courses before I am accepted into the Master's or PhD programs?

Yes. VMHC courses can be taken on an individual basis through the CU Continuing Education and Professional Development department and transferred later.