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APPLICATION DEADLINE  March 15 for Fall | August 15 for Spring


The graduate nursing program builds upon and expands the knowledge, values and skills of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. The College offers two options of advanced study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree as well as an online Nursing Education Certificate.

In addition to specialty courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles in adult/gero health or family health, the student gains experience with research, health care policy, nursing theory, clinical problem solving/critical thinking and creativity.


Upon completion of the MSN program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Foster change in health care delivery systems through translation of evidence in practice
  • Assume leadership in fostering collaborative interprofofessional care teams to integrate care service across the health care system
  • Participate in lifelong learning to promote excellence and to design innovative models of nursing practice

The Masters in Nursing Education prepares the student as a nurse educator to teach in Baccalaureate and Associate Degree nursing programs and in various clinical settings. Students will learn about curricular development, program planning and evaluation, learning strategies, and develop skills in different teaching methodologies


  1. Organize and plan appropriate learning experiences
  2. Develop learning objectives and curriculum based on course and program outcomes
  3. Design instructional strategies to help facilitate learning and achieve course objectives
  4. Incorporate technology into curriculum and teaching strategies  
  5. Utilize appropriate evaluation methods to assess learning and program outcomes  
  6. Apply best practices in nursing education  
  7. Engage in self-assessment and development of the nurse educator role  
  8. Demonstrate cultural competence in all educational settings


MSN Core Courses
NURS 6100 Philosophical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 6110 Advanced Nursing Practice and Health Care Policy 3
NURS 6120 Nursing Research 3
NURS 6280 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NURS 6730 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 6740 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 7020 Applied Clinical Research (3) AND Comprehensive Exam OR NURS7000 Thesis 3-5

Nursing Education Specialty Courses
NURS 6180 Technology for Teaching 3
NURS 6190 Measurement and Evaluation 3
NURS 6200 Curriculum Development 3
NURS 6210 Transformational Teaching Strategies 3
NURS 6225 Roles of the Nurse Educator 3
NURS 7720 Education Practicum 5

Nursing Education Credits = 41 (includes 225 clock hours of practicum)

MSN Education Degree Plan


  • Completion of a minimum of 41-47 credits at the graduate level
  • A grade of "B" or better in all nursing courses
  • Successful completion of a Comprehensive Exam or Thesis
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years


  • Completion of an accredited (programatic) baccalaureate degree in nursing program including prerequisite undergraduate courses:
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Nursing Research
    • Health Assessment
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate course work and a BSN GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license from the state where you practice during practicum rotations
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English
  • Submission of all application materials by posted deadlines

NOTE: Prospective graduate students must possess skills in computer technology (e-mail including attachments, word processing i.e., MS Word, presentation software i.e., MS PowerPoint).

The Nursing Education certificate is a 12 credit online graduate certificate that can be completed in as little as 2 semesters.   

4 courses (12 credits) required:   

NURS 6225 Roles of the Nurse Educator
NURS 6210 Transformational Teaching Strategies
NURS 6200 Curriculum Development
NURS 6190 Measurement and Evaluation      

Optional courses:   
NURS 6180 Technology for Teaching
NURS 7720 Education Practicum*  

*Practicum hours in nursing education are highly recommended for Nursing Education Certificate students with no previous teaching experience. Practicum experiences can be arranged in the area where the student lives in classroom, clinical, and/or online settings.            

If you have any questions, please contact the Nursing Education Option Coordinator, Dr. Kerry Peterson: kpeters2@uccs.edu

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Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting students from these states:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Michigan
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • South Dakota
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Wyoming

Admitted Students: You have been admitted to our program as a resident of the particular state in which you resided at the time of application. If you plan to move to a different state while in our program, or do any practicum hours in a different state, it is your responsibility to check our List of Approved States to make sure that you may continue in our program after moving to that state.

Apply via NursingCas

  • NOTE: the  Spring admission deadline has been extended from August 15th to September 15th
  • by March 15th for Fall admission

For any questions not answered here, call 719.255.4424.


  • The Admission Committee will review and process all complete applications 15 business days after the application deadline. 
  • The student is given written notification as to admission status via postal mail, sent out 15 buisiness days after committee decisions.
  • Visit the Online Information page for computer and software requirements

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