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To apply to TNO, 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 TNO program are encouraged to:
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 student 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.
After acceptance and course transfers, students will complete any remaining university and nursing prerequisite courses. University requirements are also called General Studies requirements and consist of around 30-33 credits.
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.
Applicants may complete nursing prerequisite courses during the semester in which the application closes, so spring semester for August start and fall semester for January start. Fall semester courses cannot be late start courses (i.e. courses must start in August).
Please visit Nursing Major – Traditional Nursing Option in the academic catalog for more information.
Applicants who apply February 1 – April 1, 2024, for August 2024 start, must take the HESI A2 exam and score at least 75% combined on three sections: Math, Reading Comprehension, and Anatomy & Physiology to apply. (Applicants in future application cycles will take a different assessment.)
The HESI 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 combine each section’s best score 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.
For remote testing requests, please contact Russell Reynolds, Director of Testing Services, 303-615-1700, [email protected]. This option may incur an extra charge.
Some students may qualify for financial assistance with the HESI A2 exam fees. Please visit Professional Licensure Exam Program for more information.
Applications are scored on a 10-point scoring system using these breakdowns in three categories.
1. GPA in the eight nursing prerequisites:
2. HESI Admissions Assessment:
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 TNO application during the open application period.
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 and at least an 75% cumulative score on the HESI A2 (Admissions Assessment) 3 sections (Reading Comprehension, Math, and Anatomy & Physiology). See TNO App Requirements section for scoring.
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 TNO applicants offered admission are:
2021: GPA – 3.66, HESI – 91.6
2022: GPA – 3.49, HESI – 91.0
Jan 2023: GPA – 3.62, HESI – 91.8
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. This is the fall semester for spring start and the spring semester for fall start.
Students who take nursing prerequisite courses during the fall 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.
Students who take nursing prerequisite courses during the application semester will indicate these courses are in progress and must submit official transcripts ASAP for courses taken outside of MSU Denver.
A student may have up to two university general studies requirements remaining when starting the nursing program as long as neither requirement is written communication, oral communication, or math.
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, such as a CNA license, 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 expect to admit 22 students to start each August and 44 student to start each January.
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 for January start, and early June for August start. 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 or general studies 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.
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 TNO program will take only nursing courses for four consecutive semesters excluding summers.
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.
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 traditional nursing program at MSU Denver does a great job at giving you that foundation of knowledge you will need to start and build upon during your career as a nurse. Going through the program it was obvious that each and every professor is there to help support and guide you to becoming the best nurse that you can be, they’re there to provide both academic and professional support to help you get started in your career. This program is both challenging and rewarding, you’ll push yourself farther than you ever thought you could go, but at the end of it you’ll feel confident and proud to step onto the floor for the first time as a registered nurse.
Department of Nursing
Campus Box 72
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Email: [email protected]
West Classroom, Suite 247