Nursing is a discipline focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, re-attaining and maintaining optimal health and functioning. Nurses acknowledge that the nursing profession is an essential part of the society from which it has grown. Nursing has developed an extensive body of knowledge and associated skills that require extensive study to master. There are a number of educational paths to becoming a professional nurse but all involve extensive study of nursing theory and practice and training in clinical skills.
In almost all countries, nursing practice is defined and governed by law. Entrance to the profession and nursing practice are regulated by national, state, or territorial boards of nursing.
The UCCS Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a rigorous program that prepares all students to practice professional nursing while providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities.

Career Possibilities:

Registered Nurses, or RNs, regardless of specialty or work setting, perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs can also specialize in one or more patient care specialties depending on interests and employer needs

Ambulatory Care Nurse
Critical Care Nurse
Emergency/Trauma Nurse
Holistic Nurse
Home Health Care Nurse
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse
Infusion Nurse
Long-term care Nurse
Medical-Surgical Nurse
Occupational Health Nurse
Perianesthesia Nurse
Perioperative Nurse
Psychiatric Nurse
Radiologic Nurse
Rehabilitation Nurse
Transplant Nurse
Developmental Disabilities Nurse
Diabetes Management Nurs


Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:

M.S.N. Nursing


About 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals.
Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs.
Registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations; job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough RNs.
Median annual earnings of registered nurses were $52,330 in May 2004.
Generally, all four advanced practice specialties—clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, midwives, and anesthetists—will be in high demand, particularly in medically underserved areas such as inner cities and rural areas.

UCCS Clubs:

Beth-El Student Nurses Association
Pre-Med Society

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