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TNO Application opens February 1
Our TNO application will be open February 1 at 8:00 am until April 1 at 5:00 pm Mountain Time. This application is for our TNO cohort starting fall semester (August). Late applications are not accepted.
Instructions and the application link are found here on our TNO website. The application link will be available 24/7 while the application is open.
** Applicants who qualify to apply to ANO may apply to TNO.
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
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 95.06 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 programs and resources
Want to become a nurse, or already an RN (or enrolled in an ADN program) and want to earn your Bachelor's degree?
Take a look at our simulation lab
Attend a virtual information session about our accelerated and traditional programs
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:
- Traditional Nursing Option
- application open Feb. 1 – Apr. 1, for August start
- application open Jul. 1 – Sept. 1, for January start
- Accelerated Nursing Option
- application open Jul. 1 – Sept. 1, for January start
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 “@msudenver.edu”), 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.
Daisy Award Winners
Mallory Brunel, MS, RN, MSU Denver Department of Nursing faculty, was awarded The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Faculty in December 2023.
Nomination and award details are found on the Daisy Award page for Mallory.
We congratulate Mallory on this award and are proud to call her our own.
Kaleb Bakel, BSN, was awarded The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Student in December 2023 by MSU Denver’s Department of Nursing.
The Daisy Award page for Kaleb includes more information and award details.
Congratulates to Kaleb 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!
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
1201 5th Street, WC 247
Denver, CO 80204
PO BOX 173362
Campus Box 72
Denver, CO 80217-3362