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MSU Denver Rolls Out New Nursing Program

Contact: Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: February 18, 2014

(Denver) — To expand its established nursing degree pathways, Metropolitan State University of Denver announces the addition of a new traditional bachelor’s in nursing option (TNO) starting in Spring 2014. The Colorado State Board of Nursing approved MSU Denver for acceptance of 24 students this semester; a competitive selection process that took place last fall generated nearly 100 student applicants.

 This new nursing education option builds upon MSU Denver’s previously announced dual-enrollment offerings at Arapahoe Community College (ACC) and Front Range Community College (FRCC) that enable students to graduate in four years with a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). The program offers the flexibility for students to take classes at multiple locations throughout the Denver Metro area based on availability and need.

“We’ve structured our program with collaborative input from area hospitals and community colleges, so students have access to several options in terms of class location and educational tracks to secure a BSN degree,” said Linda Stroup, chair of the MSU Denver Department of Nursing. “With employers now showing a hiring preference for those with BSN nursing degrees, the demand for entrance into these programs is growing.”

Dual enrollment allows students to complete an associate’s degree in nursing and maximize application of credits towards a BSN. They will then have several options for taking BSN coursework taught by MSU Denver instructors on the Auraria campus, but also at the ACC and FRCC campuses. MSU Denver also offers select elective classes at its satellite campus locations in Greenwood Village and Northglenn.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine issued a report recommending that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees increase from 50 to 80 percent by 2020. Based on projected nursing retirements and current graduation rates from Colorado universities, there is work to be done to address that goal, Stroup noted.

MSU Denver has offered a baccalaureate registered nurse completion option (BRNCO) since 1974 for associate degree and diploma program holders and a 17-month post bachelor’s accelerated nursing option (ANO) since 2004 for students who have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

MSU Denver’s baccalaureate nursing program has received full reaccreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). MSU Denver’s student pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses has consistently exceeded national averages, posting a 93 percent pass rate in 2013 compared to the national average of 85 percent.

The nursing program complements MSU Denver’s existing health care programs in the Department of Health Professions, which also houses academic programs in gerontology, health care management, human nutrition and dietetics, integrative therapies and recreation professions. The first post-baccalaureate students graduated from MSU Denver’s medical laboratory science program in June 2013. The program was previously operated by the Colorado Health Foundation and is now managed by MSU Denver’s Extended Campus. 


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers.  With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work.  More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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