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Nursing Options

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Is Accelerated Nursing the Right Option for You?

It is highly recommended that students obtain experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) before they apply to this program. This on-campus accelerated nursing program generally serves students who have maintained a high G.P.A while completing some or all of the required prerequisite courses and can transfer their credits to MSU Denver. Our Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) is a very competitive Bachelor of Science program. Students who pursue the Accelerated Nursing option must have a previous baccalaureate degree, successfully transfer or complete prerequisite courses, take the HESI exam, and demonstrate a 3.0 G.P.A. for prior and prerequisite course work. Students who pursue the Accelerated Nursing must first apply and be accepted to MSU Denver as Nursing (Undeclared).

Accelerated Nursing at MSU Denver

AACSB (Best Nursing Seal

2021 Best Nursing Schools in Colorado

MSU Denver Ranked #5
Registered Nursing ranked the top 10 nursing schools in Colorado by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates.” MSU Denver ranked 5th in Colorado with a score of 94.95

Expand Your Options

MSU Denver’s affordable, flexible, accelerated nursing degree is designed for you.

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ACEN Accredited

The MSU Denver Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

Prospective MSU Denver Students

Interested Accelerated Nursing Option students must apply and be accepted to MSU Denver as Nursing (Undeclared) before taking any other steps.

  1. Complete an online application and select the Nursing (Undeclared) major. All nursing students must begin their application as Nursing (Undeclared).
  2. Provide MSU Denver Admissions with official transcript(s) of BS or BA degree and all previous college level courses.
  3. Provide MSU Denver Admissions with AP scores.
  4. Once accepted to MSU as a Nursing (Undeclared) student, you can begin working on the Six Step ANO Application Process which includes completing a number of pre-requisite courses.

MSU Denver Nursing (Undeclared) applications are accepted all year. Eligible ANO applicants can apply to the ANO program between July 1st and September 1st by 5 p.m.

What could disqualify me from the ANO program?

Please see the MSU Denver Background Check Guidelines. In addition, a drug test will be done prior to admission to the ANO program.


Prospective ANO Applicants

Accelerated Nursing Sample

If you are not yet an MSU Denver Nursing (Undeclared) student, please review requirements for Nursing (Undeclared) admissions and gain acceptance as an MSU Denver as a Nursing (Undeclared) student before applying to the ANO program.

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) is a very competitive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Before applying to the ANO program, students must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, successfully complete prerequisite courses , take the HESI exam, and meet other criteria. A 3.0 minimum overall GPA and pre-requisite GPA is required to apply to the Nursing program.

Eligible ANO applicants are ranked based on ANO acceptance points. The top ranked 48 students will be offered conditional acceptance into the ANO program. Students who are accepted into the ANO program will take only nursing courses for seventeen months. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. (NCLEX-RN).

What could disqualify me from the ANO program?

Please see the MSU Denver Background Check Guidelines. In addition, a drug test will be done prior to admission to the ANO program.

Courses and Program Plan of Study

Courses and Program Plan

Take a look at the courses required within the Accelerated Nursing Option along with your path to graduation.

Pre-requisites and Transfer Courses

Pre-requisite MSU Denver Courses

It’s recommended ANO prerequisite courses have been completed within the prior 5-7 years. In some cases, additional courses may be needed prior to the required prerequisite courses.

Transfer Courses

It is the student’s responsibility to verify the equivalence of any transfer course brought into the University. If a course is not equivalent to the required prerequisite, students must submit a syllabus of the transfer course to the Nursing Department for approval. Do NOT assume courses are the same. Be proactive by getting courses pre-approved. Contact MSU Denver Transfer Services Office at 303∙556∙3991 for additional questions.

ANO Acceptance Points

Pre-requisites and equivalent transfer course grades will impact your acceptance into the ANO program. Please become familiar with the ANO Acceptance Points Calculations and monitor your grades accordingly.

17 Month Curriculum

The ANO program is an intensive 17 month program with a set curriculum that begins each Spring semester and ends after the following Spring semester is completed. The cohort completes a total of four back-to-back semesters without a summer break.


  • NURA 3020 – Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice; 6 credits
  • NURA 3150 – Introduction to Gerontology Nursing; 3 credits
  • NURA 3700 – Health Assessment; 3 credits
  • NURA 3410 – Clinical Pharmacology; 4 credits

Total Semester Credits; 16


  • NURA 3400 – Evidence-Based Practice Through Nursing Research; 3 credits
  • NURA 3500 – Mental Health Nursing; 5 credits
  • NURA 3810 – Medical Surgical Nursing Care I; 6 credits

Total Semester Credits; 14


  • NURA 4030 – Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family; 5 credits
  • NURA 4110 – Medical Surgical Nursing Care II; 6 credits
  • NURA 4150 – Ethics and Professional Nursing Practice; 3 credits
  • NURA 4300 – Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice; 3 credits

Total Semester Credits; 17


  • NUR 4000 – Community Health Nursing; 6 credits
  • NURA 4200 – Child and Family Health Nursing; 5 credits
  • NURA 4850 – Nursing Senior Experience; 5 credits

Total Semester Credits; 16

TOTAL: 123 credits

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.

Eligible ANO Applicants

If you have been accepted to MSU Denver as a Nursing (Undeclared) student and have completed the Six Steps ANO Application Process, then you are ready to apply to the ANO program. There is no charge for the MSU Nursing Program application.

  • The Application opens July 1st and closes on September 1st at 5:00 pm. Applications are not accepted after the deadline.
  • For the Accelerated Nursing Option, a cohort of 48 students are accepted from a pool of MSU Denver Nursing (Undeclared) students based on ANO/TNO Acceptance Points Calculations.

Please review the Six Step ANO Application Process to confirm you ready to apply to the ANO program.

Conditional Acceptance

If your application to the ANO program is accepted, that acceptance is conditional based on the following:

  • 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. There is no re-testing. If students fail the drug test or background check, their conditional acceptance is negated.
  • Admitted students must attend a required orientation with the Department of Nursing before beginning nursing courses.
  • Admitted students must provide immunization records and a CPR certification.
  • Candidates must be able to meet the rigorous physical, mental, emotional, and academic standards required to become a professional nurse.
  • Candidates will need a computer that meets the Nursing Department’s minimum requirements.

The admission process does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability or veteran status.

What could disqualify me from the ANO program?

Please see the MSU Denver Background Check Guidelines. In addition, a drug test will be done prior to admission to the ANO program.


Department of Nursing

Contact the Department of Nursing

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 303-615-1600


West Classroom

Suite 247

Mailing Address:

Department of Nursing

Campus Box 72

P.O. Box 173362

Denver, CO 80217-3362