2017-2018 Catalog 
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2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, MSN

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Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a program of advanced study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree, building upon and expanding the knowledge, values and skills of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. In addition to taking courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles, the student gains experience with research, health care policy, nursing theory, clinical problem solving/critical thinking, and creativity. Students choose an NP in adult/gero, family, or psychiatric mental health. The MSN has three distinct bodies of knowledge: graduate core, advanced practice core, and specialty courses related to the selected clinical specialty. All graduate courses are offered online. A post-masters certificate option is available upon approval.

MSN Application and Admission

MSN Admission Criteria

  • GPA of 2.75 or better in all previous undergraduate coursework and GPA of 3.3 or better for the BSN Degree
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution with program accreditation (ACEN or CCNE)
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses include: Statistics, Nursing Research & Health Assessment
  • Current resume or vita
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the state where clinical practice will take place
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if native language is not English
  • Computer technology skills
  • Completion of all required application materials by posted deadlines

State Authorization

Notice to Admitted Students: Students are admitted to our program as a resident of the particular state in which they resided at the time of application. If the student plans to move to a different state while in our program or do any practicum hours in a different state, it is their responsibility to check our List of Approved States to make sure that they may continue in our program after moving to that state. No coursework or clinical/practicum hours can be done in any states except those on the authorization list. This includes military and travel nurses.

For more information, visit the UCCS State Authorization website

Disclosure: Professional licensure requirements vary by profession and by state. The University of Colorado has not determined whether a course, program, certificate, or degree meets requirements for professional licensure outside of Colorado. Prior to enrolling, online and distance students are strongly advised to check with the appropriate licensing board in their current or intended state of residence to ensure the online course, program, certificate, or degree will meet that state’s requirements. Contact information for your state’s Board of Nursing is available at their website.

Graduate Academic Policies


All admitted students are provided a standardized degree plan of study. Students are assigned an advisor to assist in any academic issues. All changes to academic degree plan of study must be approved by the academic advisor.

MSN Degree Requirements

  • 46-47 graduate level credits
  • 3.0 or better GPA must be maintained
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years

Online Options

All courses in the graduate program are offered online. For further information contact the Department at (719) 255-4424.

MSN Degree Curriculum

Credits: 13-14

Credits: 9

MSN—Nurse Practitioner Option Specialty Courses

Nurse Practitioner Students select from the following options:

Total Credits: 47

Total Credits: 47

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 6800 Mental Health Assessment/Intevention Across LIfespan
  • NURS 6801 Adult Psychiatric Diag/Mngmt for PMHNP
  • NURS 6802 Geriatric Psychiatric Diag/Mngmt for PMHNP
  • NURS 6803 Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Diag/Mngmt for PMHNP

Total Credits: 48

Course Requirements for Prescriptive Authority

Specific courses may differ for the selected specialty but must include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Assessment, and Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. State requirements differ in various state jurisdictions; currency of coursework and practice hours as an APN may be required.


Courses related to the selected clinical specialty provide the student an opportunity to use empirical, ethical, esthetic, personal, and socio-political knowledge in the clinical setting specific to the student’s chosen advanced practice role.

Post Master’s Degree Certificates in Nursing

Students with master’s degrees in nursing may apply for these certificate programs: adult/geri, family, or psychiatric mental health. Please request information from the College.

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