Nursing Application

The nursing application for our Traditional Nursing Option (TNO) and Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) is open July 1 until September 1 at 5:00 pm MT. More information including the application link is found on our TNO (Traditional) and ANO (Accelerated) pages.

Nursing office to be virtual during construction

The Department of Nursing offices located in West Classroom Suite 247 are temporarily closed due to construction and are expected to reopen on August 12. In the interim, please call 303-615-1600 to reach someone from our office. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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MSU Denver nursing students give Covid vaccinations as part of their clinical rotation at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver.

Our country's nursing shortage...

... and how MSU Denver is working to fill the gaps.

In the early days of the pandemic, we heard repeatedly about hospitals hitting capacities. Medical staffs were slammed, with no relief in sight. Today, we’re seeing medical facilities hit their capacity limits again, only the cause isn’t overwhelming Covid cases. There simply aren’t enough nurses. Read more about this shortage and what MSU Denver is doing about it.

2023 Best Nursing Schools in Colorado

Top Ranked Nursing School in Colorado

Top Ranked Nursing School in Colorado

MSU Denver Ranked #5

Registered Nursing ranked the top 10 nursing schools in Colorado by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates.” The nursing program at MSU Denver ranked 5th in Colorado with an average score of 95.16 for first time NCLEX-RN test-takers.


MSU Denver’s nursing program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Nursing Program Outcomes May 2024

Attend a virtual information session about our accelerated and traditional programs

6:00 pm MT

July 16, 2024 Tuesday

Click here to join

6:00 pm MT

August 15, 2024 Thursday

Click here to join

6:00 pm MT

Sept 9, 2024 Monday

Click here to join

6:00 pm MT

Oct 1, 2024 Tuesday

Click here to join

Sessions are held on MS Teams, but you don’t need to have the Teams app to join the info session, you can join on your browser! Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge both work.

How to apply to TNO, ANO, or RN-BSN program

Applications for TNO or ANO are open and accessible during a two-month period only for each new cohort. More information is available through these links:

IMPORTANT: An MSU Denver Network ID is required to apply to any of our nursing options. Your Network ID is the first part of your MSU Denver email address (the part before “”), and your password is the same as your password for your MSU Denver email.

You must apply to MSU Denver and be accepted as a student to receive an MSU Denver email address.

Military early admissions

We offer one early admission spot in each TNO and ANO cohort specifically for an ROTC or equivalent military program applicant. Visit our Nursing Early Admissions for Military webpage for more information and qualifications.

Early admissions for international students

For an applicant who has been identified as an international student by MSU Denver’s Admissions Office, MSU Denver’s Department of Nursing offers one early admission spot in each TNO and ANO cohort specifically for you. Visit our Nursing Early Admissions for International Students webpage for more information and qualifications.

The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award® was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes to honor extraordinary nursing faculty and students.

  • Want to say Thank You to Your Simulation, Lab, Clinical, or Course Nursing Instructor?
  • Would you like to recognize an Extraordinary Nursing Student?


We want you to share your story!

  • Tell us how your nursing instructor exemplifies the attributes of an exemplary educator, outstanding role model, and inspirational influence on their nursing students.
  • Talk about a nursing student who exemplifies exceptional compassion, advocacy, or leadership.


What is the Daisy Award?

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary nursing faculty and students, honoring nursing internationally, in memory of J. Patrick Barnes

Daisy Award Winners

Diane Ream Daisy Award for outstanding faculty 5-2024

Diane Ream, DNP, RN, MSU Denver Department of Nursing faculty, was awarded The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Faculty in May 2024.

Nomination and award details are found at Daisy Award page for Dr. Diane Ream.

We congratulate Diane on this award and are proud to call her our own.


Lluvia Saldivar, nursing student

Lluvia Saldivar was awarded The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Student in May 2024 by MSU Denver’s Department of Nursing.

Nomination and award details are found at Daisy Award page for Lluvia Saldivar.

Congratulates to Lluvia on this award!

Student Nurses Association

Nursing and Pre-Nursing students are invited join!

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) at MSU Denver supports the professional development of nursing students through teamwork, collaboration, educational experiences, and meaningful community outreach.

Benefits of SNA membership include: Magnet hospitals prefer volunteer/service on resume, community engagement​, networking, events, merch​, national SNA perks, learn new things and have a voice​!

Members must complete the following requirements:

  • Attend 50% of the meetings (one is held each month)
  • Volunteer 8 hours each fall and spring semester (ANO: 4 hours in summer also required)*

*Donations to semester drives and attending meetings count toward volunteer hours

TO JOIN: Using the link below, search for Student Nurses Association under the Organizations tab. It’s free!

Beautiful City of Denver skyline view, taken while standing in front of St. Cajetan's Church.

Meet our faculty and staff

MSU Denver’s Department of Nursing Faculty and Staff are dedicated to student success. Our well-seasoned faculty have many years’ experience teaching and training student nurses. Additionally, most full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees. Our staff focus on ensuring the best experience possible for each student before, during and after the program.

Department of Nursing

Contact Information



West Classroom
Suite 247

Shipping address:
1201 5th Street, WC 247
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing address:
PO BOX 173362
Campus Box 72
Denver, CO 80217-3362