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About This Program

If you are an RN with an associate degree in Nursing who wants to expand your options for graduate studies and job promotions, MSU Denver’s affordable bachelor of science in Nursing program with the Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO) is designed for you.

MSU Denver’s curriculum will challenge you academically and our Nursing professors, who embody the highest standards of practice, are invested in your success. They will mentor you, sharing their expertise in a range of specialties and clinical experiences such as mental health, obstetrics, pediatrics, hospice, long-term care and medical/surgical nursing.

You can complete the Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option program either as a full-time or part-time student, which allows you to work while earning your bachelor of Nursing degree.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option Class

If necessary, you can complete the Nursing BRNCO curriculum online, and the required 180 hours of clinical experiences in the Community Health Nursing and Nursing Senior Experience courses can be done in your community so that you do not need to come to MSU Denver’s campus.

If you are pursuing an associate’s degree in Nursing at any one of seven participating community colleges, MSU Denver’s Dual Enrollment Pathway program allows you to earn some credits toward a B.S.N. while still completing your prerequisites and associate’s Nursing courses.

Facilities and Resources

For those studying on campus, MSU Denver is located adjacent to downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus, with convenient access to the city’s many health care facilities for your clinical nursing experiences.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option Careers Collage: veggies, blood sample, stethoscope, graduation

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

As a nurse, you’ll have many employment options beyond those offered in clinics, medical offices and hospitals including:

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

As a B.S.N. graduate, you’ll also have numerous options for working in specialized care, such as cardiovascular health, maternity and oncology. Other options, some which may require a postgraduate degree, include:

  • Educational programs administrator
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Public health nurse
  • Nursing supervisor
  • Physical therapist
  • Anesthetist
  • Dietician
  • Transcultural nurse

Featured Faculty

Mary Alice SawayaMary Alice Sawaya

Professor Mary Alice Sawaya is a first-generation college graduate who holds a B.S.N., M.S.N. and a Ph.D. in Nursing Education. Her research interests include effective teaching strategies and program evaluation.


Deborah MathiasDeborah Mathias

Assistant Professor Deborah Mathias has been a staff RN and an RN case manager as well as a manager of compliance, quality assurance and education. She holds an M.S.N. and a D.N.P. With a personal dedication to hospice, she currently is serving as a part-time hospice nurse and plans to research the use of cannabis in palliative care.


100 percent of BRNCO graduates who responded to a 2019 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 Denver Health, Children’s, Centura Health, University Hospital, SCL Health and HealthOne. Nursing graduates work at Denver Public Schools, Western Oncology Hematology Associates, Radiology Imaging Associates and other employers.

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


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