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About This Program

Nursing is a scientific discipline that integrates theory and evidence-based practice. But, it is also the art of providing compassionate care that is ethical and centered on the patient. Many consider it a calling.

If you have a baccalaureate degree in another field and feel a calling to pursue nursing, MSU Denver’s bachelor of science in Nursing Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) is a great choice. Completed in 17 months over four consecutive semesters, the Nursing ANO program is fast-paced and convenient.

In this accelerated B.S.N. program MSU Denver Nursing students attend classes, participate in simulation activities, practice in the skills lab, and have 765 hours of clinical experiences at various locations in metropolitan Denver. MSU Denver’s small classes will give you plenty of opportunity to develop working relationships with Nursing professors who embody the highest standards of practice.

As a graduate of the bachelor of science in the Nursing ANO program, you will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and begin your nursing career.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

Accelerated Nursing Sample

The following courses offer a combined 765 hours of clinical experiences: Foundations of Professional Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing Care I and II, Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family, Child and Family Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Nursing Senior Experience.

Facilities and Resources

Located adjacent to downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus, MSU Denver offers convenient access to the city’s many health care facilities for your clinical nursing experiences.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Accelerated Nursing Career Collage: Stethoscope, group of nurses, vegetables, testing on a mannequin

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, registered nurses in Colorado earned an annual mean salary of $77,460 in 2019Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Companies and agencies that employ nurses, in addition to hospitals, clinics and medical offices include:

  • Crisis intervention services
  • Laboratories
  • Ambulance services
  • Blood banks
  • Drug abuse and addiction services
  • Research centers
  • Colleges/universities
  • Public schools
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health care agencies
  • Social service agencies


Nursing positions that specialize in a specific area of care, such as oncology, maternity, cardiovascular health and other specialized fields, are available to those holding a B.S.N. There are also other types of positions available to B.S.N. graduates. (A postgraduate degree may be required.)

  • Nursing supervisor
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Mid-Wife, or Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Public health nurse
  • Transcultural nurse

Featured Faculty

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Assistant Professor Jenny Allert began her career in nursing more than 15 years ago, adding teaching to her skill set in 2012 as an OB clinical nursing instructor. She joined MSU Denver full-time in 2017. While teaching, she has continued to practice nursing as a staff nurse PRN in labor and delivery units at several hospitals.


The MSU Denver Nursing program consistently exceeds state and national pass rates on the national nursing licensure examination. 89 percent of 2020 MSU Denver ANO graduates who responded to a recent alumni survey reported being employed in the Nursing field.

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver Nursing graduates are employed at most hospitals in the Denver area including University Hospital, SCL Health, Children’s, Denver Health, Centura Health and HealthOne. Other examples of facilities where Nursing graduates work are Western Oncology Hematology Associates, Denver Public Schools and Radiology Imaging Associates.

Nursing graduates have been accepted for post-graduate study at the University of Denver, CU Anschutz, University of Phoenix, CU Colorado Springs and Regis University, among others.


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

Department of Nursing

Contact the Department of Nursing

Phone: 303-615-1600

Fax: 720-778-5685


West Classroom

Suite 247

Mailing Address:

Department of Nursing

Campus Box 72

P.O. Box 173362

Denver, CO 80217-3362