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
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.