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To apply to ANO, you must:
To determine if nursing is a good fit, we recommend working in healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or similar. You will need strong communication and critical thinking skills.
MSU Denver students and prospective students who are interested in the ANO program are encouraged to attend an information session.
Contact [email protected] with your questions.
Accreditation is important! Find out about MSU Denver’s nursing program accreditation.
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.
The first step for a prospective ANO applicant is to apply to MSU Denver as a student and declare their major as 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.
Courses may be either MSU Denver courses or equivalent courses from another institution and approved by MSU Denver’s transcript evaluation team.
NOTE: A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology, and Chemistry must include a lab component.
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 as long as they are not late start courses (i.e. fall semester courses must begin in August).
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 will take a holistic assessment to complete their application. More information about this assessment will be forthcoming and will apply to the July – September 2024 application cycle (for our January 2025 cohorts) and beyond.
Applications are scored on a 10-point scoring system using these breakdowns in three categories.
1. GPA in the eight nursing prerequisites:
2. Holistic Assessment – up to 4 points possible
3. Courses taken at MSU Denver:
We recommend that you calculate your application score to know where you stand on the 10-point scale. For questions, please email [email protected].
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.
A few days before the application opens, the application link will appear BELOW. The link will become live when the application period begins, and it will no longer work when the application closes. Late applications are not accepted.
Follow login instructions closely.
Applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA in the 8 nursing prerequisite courses.
Applicants are scored based on their GPA in the eight nursing prerequisite courses, their holistic assessment score, and number of credits taken at MSU Denver. The maximum application points per category:
The average GPA per year for ANO applicants offered admission are:
2021: GPA – 3.76
2022: GPA – 3.49
2023: GPA – 3.54
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.
In general, we admit 24 ANO 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.
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.
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 drug screen and a criminal background check.
The drug screen will test for controlled substances, including marijuana and marijuana derivatives. Re-testing is not allowed.
Here is more information about the criminal background check.
The offer of admission is rescinded if a student fails the drug test or background check.
Please refer to the previous question for information about 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.
Some items that admitted students must complete/provide are:
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. This estimate is for the nursing program only and does not include prerequisite courses.
The program receives no state funding so the cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Nursing program tuition does not qualify for Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF).
Please know that any student who already holds a bachelor’s degree does not qualify for the Federal Pell Grant but may qualify for federal education loans and work-study. For more information, please visit MSU Denver’s Financial Aid website.
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.
On the Resources for Nursing Students webpage, you will find information for:
and other resources available to you as a nursing student.
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.