Department of Nursing
Which Option is Right for You?
Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with four options.
Update on HESI testing availability: MSU Denver will offer limited and socially distanced HESI testing in Tivoli Room 347 in July and August of 2020. HESI proctoring is only available for current MSU Denver students or applicants. Appointment scheduling will begin on July 6; HESI scheduling is available via phone on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1pm and 5pm. If lines are full when calling please call back, we do not accept appointments via voice mail.
MSU Denver’s Office of Testing Services offers the Elsevier HESI A2 Nursing exam only for MSU Denver Nursing applicants. MSU Denver requires students to complete the Elsevier HESI A2 exam as part of the Nursing program application process. Students need only complete the Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Anatomy & Physiology sub-sections of the Elsevier HESI A2 exam.
Setting a HESI exam appointment with MSU Denver Testing Services:
HESI exam scheduling for Spring 2021 start will open on July 6, 2020. The final day to test will be August 31, 2020.
Set an exam appointment as far in advance as possible by contacting the MSU Denver Testing Services office at 303-615-1700. HESI scheduling via phone is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons beginning July 6. If a scheduler is not available please call back.
Students must have an Evolve account prior to reporting for their HESI appointment at the Testing Services office. Note that MSU Denver students do not need to purchase an exam directly from HESI; students may pay the $75.00 exam fee at the time of the exam. See this link to create your HESI account: https://hesiinet.elsevier.com
Traditional Nursing Option (TNO)
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Traditional Nursing Option (TNO) is completed in four semesters over a two year period. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO)
Designed for individuals with a non-nursing Bachelor’s Degree who wish to enter the nursing profession. Upon acceptance and completion of the program, graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are eligible to take the RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)
Designed for students who have graduated from an Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program, have a current unencumbered RN License in good standing and who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This program allows working RNs to complete their BSN at a pace that allows full employment.
Dual Enrollment (same curriculum as BRNCO)
The MSU Denver Dual Enrollment Pathway is intended for students pursuing an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) and looking to bridge it to their BSN.
Nursing Program Background Check and Drug Screening
The clinical sites used in the Metropolitan State University of Denver nursing program require background checks of all potential students who complete clinical experiences as part of their educational program. For more information concerning disqualifying offenses, please look at the MSU Denver Nursing Program Background Check Disqualifying Offenses.
Nursing Program Minimum Functional Abilities
The Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Nursing has identified essential functions of performance that are required to provide safe patient care, with or without reasonable accommodation. Please review the functional abilities that have been adopted by the nursing program for admission, progression, and graduation.
The transfer policy describes the process for a pre-licensure nursing student requesting to transfer from another nursing program into the nursing program (ANO or TNO) at Metropolitan State University of Denver.