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APPLICATION DEADLINE  June 15 for Fall | September 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.

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:

  • Apply theories and scientific evidence to provide holistic care to the individual
  • Provide leadership within clinical and organizational settings to provide high quality, safe, patient care
  • Apply clinical reasoning to promote health and prevent disease for the individual, family, and community
  • Critically appraise and apply current evidence in a clinical setting to ensure quality patient outcomes
  • Use technology in the clinical setting to enhance safe and effective patient care
  • Evaluate emerging trends, policy issues, and programmatic problems to improve health care delivery
  • Use therapeutic, patient-centered, communication in the delivery of health care
  • Collaborate in inter/intra-professional care teams
  • Provide patient-centered, culturally competent healthcare to diverse patient populations
  • Use an ethical framework for clinical practice and clinical expertise to care for patients

This program will prepare you to work in primary health care settings such as family practice, internal medicine, senior clinics, and college health. This program is not intended to prepare you for emergency room or urgent care settings as these are best suited to preparation via an acute care nurse practitioner program.


  • Completion of a minimum of 38-47 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 3.0 for all undergraduate course work
  • 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 required 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).

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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 (0)

NURS 7000 Thesis (5)
21 OR 23

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Focus

Adult/Gero NP Family NP
NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions 6 NURS 6900 Primary Care of Pediatric Patients 5
NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions 6 NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions 6
NURS 6930 Foundational Principles of Care of Older Adults 2 NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions 6
NURS 6940 Geriatric Clinical Syndromes 4 NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum 8
NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum 8

Adult/Gero NP = 47 Total Credits (includes 630 contact hours) | Family NP = 46 Total Credits(includes 630 contact hours)


  1. Apply online
    1. By September 15 for Spring admission
    2. By June 15 for Fall admission
  2. Send other materials to:

    Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    ATTN: Graduate Nursing

    For more information, contact Diane Busch at or 719.255.4424.


  • The Admission Committee will review the application after all Graduate Admission Requirements and fees have been received within 30  days after the application deadline. No incomplete application packet is considered.
  • The student is given written notification as to admission status via United Spates Postal Service sent out 15 buisiness days after committee decisions.
  • Visit the Online Information page for computer and software requirements

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Last Updated: September 10, 2013