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Our on-campus Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) is a very competitive Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree. Students must complete nursing prerequisite courses and meet other application requirements to apply.
To determine if nursing is a good fit, we recommend that students obtain experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or similar.
MSU Denver students and prospective students who are interested in the ANO program are encouraged to:
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IMPORTANT: Students who take courses at MSU Denver can earn more points on their nursing application. For more information, please refer to the Application FAQs section below.
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The first step for a prospective ANO applicant is to apply to MSU Denver as a student and declare their major as UNN, Undeclared Nursing Interest.
During this process, students will be asked to transfer previous college coursework to MSU Denver. This may include prior learning credits such as AP scores. Students may check whether previous courses will automatically transfer by using our Transfer Toolbox.
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree will have their General Studies requirements met by their previous bachelor’s degree. This is completed automatically when official transcripts are submitted to MSU Denver and evaluated by our transcript evaluation team.
Applicants must achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA in the eight (8) nursing prerequisite courses listed below, either at MSU Denver or equivalent courses at another institution and approved by MSU Denver’s transcript evaluation team. Some courses have their own prerequisites.
We recommend that prerequisite courses be completed within 5-7 years of applying.
Final courses may be completed during the fall semester before the January start.
An applicant who holds a previous bachelor’s degree may still need to complete a Multicultural/Ethic Studies & Social Justice course to fulfill graduation requirements.
Please visit Nursing Major – Accelerated Nursing Option in the academic catalog for more information.
Applicants must take the HESI A2 exam and score at least 80% combined on three sections: Math, Reading Comprehension, and Anatomy & Physiology.
This assessment may be taken up to two times per application period and scores remain valid for 24 months.
Applicants may upload up to two HESI score sheets for consideration on their application. We will use the best score per section to calculate an applicant’s overall score. HESI score sheet(s) must be attached to the nursing application.
Please visit MSU Denver Testing Center – HESI Testing for more information.
Applications are scored on a 10-point scoring system using these breakdowns.
GPA in the eight nursing prerequisites:
HESI average score in the three required areas:
Courses taken at MSU Denver:
To be sure you complete or transfer the correct courses, please schedule an appointment with our pre-nursing advisor.
There is no charge to apply to the MSU Denver nursing program.
The admission process does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Applicants must submit an ANO application during the open application period. The application opens July 1 at 8:00 am and closes September 1 at 5:00 pm MT. Late applications are not accepted. The application link will be available when the application is open.
Follow login instructions closely.
Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the 8 nursing prerequisite courses and at least an 80% cumulative score on the HESI A2 (Admissions Assessment) 3 sections: Reading Comprehension, Math, and Anatomy & Physiology.
Applicants are scored based on their GPA in the eight nursing prerequisite courses, their HESI A2 scores, and number of credits taken at MSU Denver. The maximum application points per category:
The average GPA and HESI scores per year for ANO applicants offered admission are:
2021: GPA – 3.76, HESI – 94.1
2022: GPA – 3.49, HESI – 92.1
2023: GPA – 3.54, HESI – 89.6
Students who have completed courses at MSU Denver have an advantage through application scoring:
12 – 23 credits taken at MSU Denver = 1 point
24 + credits taken at MSU Denver = 2 points
Applicants may take any remaining nursing prerequisite courses during the application semester, which is the fall semester for spring start.
Students who take courses during the application semester must submit mid-term grade(s) to be used in application score calculation. Instructions will be emailed to students during the fall semester. Students offered admission based on these grades must retain or improve grade(s) to retain admittance position.
When a student repeats a prerequisite course and both attempts are within the last 9 semesters from the application cycle, then grades from both attempts will be averaged together to determine the course grade for application scoring.
No, interviews are not currently part of the admission process.
We do not consider work experience or licenses as part of the admissions process.
No materials may be added to an application after the application deadline. Official transcripts for any courses taken outside MSU Denver may be evaluated after the deadline but should be submitted to MSU Denver by the deadline.
We admit 30 students each application cycle.
Students who have graduated from an institution outside of the U.S. may apply for our nursing program. Please reference the MSU Denver guidelines for admission of International Students and/or the transfer of foreign credentials.
Provisional acceptance offers generally go out early November. Those accepted will receive information on next steps in preparation to start the program.
There is not a waitlist. However, a ranked alternate list will be followed for those not initially offered admissions. In the event that a student declines acceptance, the next student on the alternate list will be offered admission.
Here are some resources to evaluation your options and you will want to connect with our pre-nursing advisor for guidance as to how you should proceed.
All offers of admission are conditional and contingent on successful completion of program onboarding.
If offered admission into the program, applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to admission. The drug screen will test for controlled substances, including marijuana and marijuana derivatives. Re-testing is not allowed.
The offer of admission is rescinded if a student fails the drug test or background check.
If the investigation reveals information that could be relevant to the application, the designated individual responsible for background checks may request additional information from the applicant. The offense shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students who have successfully completed the terms of a deferred adjudication agreement will not be disqualified.
If any applicant feels the criminal background check is inaccurate, they may appeal the decision and request a review. It is the applicant’s burden to produce substantial evidence that proves the crimes charged are incorrect.
Admitted students must attend and complete required orientations with the Department of Nursing before beginning nursing courses. Required orientations include an in-person session and online modules.
Admitted students must complete/provide:
Required immunizations included:
Additional immunizations may be added as required by our clinical partners.
Students may be denied clinical placement or progression in the program if items are not kept current at all times.
The estimated cost is approximately $40,000 which includes tuition, MSU Denver student fees, and uniforms. Additional costs for supplies, health insurance and other items will also be required. Please note that all costs are subject to change. The program receives no state funding so the cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
Please visit MSU Denver’s Financial Aid webpage for information and instructions regarding financial aid. Also watch the Nursing Resources webpage for scholarship opportunities specific to nursing students.
Working full-time is not recommended. The nursing program is very time intensive and requires students to make nursing school their main priority. Students will be involved in classes, skills labs, and clinical placements, and need to be available throughout the week and perhaps some weekends.
Students who do need to work should have a flexible part-time job.
Each student must secure Professional Nurses Malpractice/Liability Insurance before starting their first semester in the nursing program. The policy must say “student nurse” and the policy must have $1,000,000/$6,000,000 limits of liability.
Should you need to purchase a new policy, use a start date of the first day of the semester in which you will be starting your nursing courses. Prices may vary depending on the type of health care licenses a student holds. Please make sure when purchasing insurance to disclose all licenses held.
No. If you decline your offer of admission, you will need to re-apply to the program.
Candidates must be able to meet the rigorous physical, mental, emotional, and academic standards required to become a professional nurse.
Students accepted into the ANO program will take only nursing courses for 17 months, or rather four consecutive semesters including summer semester.
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. (NCLEX-RN).
Students will need a computer while in the nursing program. Any new Windows or Mac computer purchased within the last 3-4 years will work.
There are 765 clinical hours throughout the nursing curriculum.
Clinical experiences are offered mainly throughout the Denver metro area. However, occasionally students may be as far north as Greeley or south to Colorado Springs. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites. It is important to have personal, reliable transportation while in the program. Students will attend clinicals in a variety of settings which may include hospitals, long-term care, out-patient facilities, schools, etc.
Clinical schedules will vary throughout the program. Typically, students are assigned two twelve-hour shifts per week. The majority of clinical shifts are 7am-7pm; however, clinical times may vary and can include weekend and night shifts. Students will also be attending class and required labs during the week.
MSU Denver requires that students have earned at least 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.
A previously earned bachelor’s degree meets MSU Denver’s General Studies requirements; the Multicultural/Ethic Studies & Social Justice requirement must be met by a previous course or taken at MSU Denver.
The Nursing Program does not require a minor.
The MSU Denver Nursing Program consistently has a higher pass rate on the national licensure examination than both the national and state averages. Program Outcomes can be found on our main nursing webpage. Pass rates for all Colorado nursing programs can be found through the Colorado State Board of Nursing website.
See the Colorado State Board of Nursing website for further information about retesting.
Yes, but each state has their own licensure rules. Please visit our Professional Licensure Disclosures page to learn about requirements in other states.
The ANO program attracts future nurses who are diverse, hardworking, down to earth, and want to make a positive difference in their communities. I am developing a thorough medical knowledge base in the classroom which I directly use in community and hospital clinical settings. MSU Denver's excellent nursing professors and NCLEX pass rates give me the confidence that I am developing the skills and values to be a great nurse. I am proud to be a MSU Denver Nursing Roadrunner!
A degree in nursing benefitted my career by helping me transition to a new job. I loved the education I received. It was hands on and filled with applicable experiences and learning opportunities.
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Denver, CO 80217-3362
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