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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.

  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult/Gero)
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ( Family)

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 interprofessional  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

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 graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required in all graduate 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 BSN GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • 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).


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 7024 Research Analysis and Application (4) 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)


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. For more information, see http://www.cu.edu/state-authorization/professional-licensure

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: https://ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

Apply Online

  • Spring term application deadline is August 15
  • Fall term application deadline is March 15

For more information, contact Diane Busch at dbusch@uccs.edu or 719.255.4424. 


  • The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 15 business days after the deadline.
  • The student is given written notification as to admission status via United Spates Postal Service sent out 15 business days after committee decisions.
  • Visit the Online Information page for computer and software requirements.

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A Nurse Educator Certificate option is also available at the Graduate and Post-Masters level.  Information on that certificate can be found here:  Nurse Educator Certificate

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