MS Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Option - 100% Online

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Bridging Your Practice for the Future - No Campus Visits Required

The graduate nursing program builds upon and expands the knowledge, values and skills of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. The College offers three options of advanced study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

  • Primary Care Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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

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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 or behavioral/mental health care settings such as family practice, internal medicine, senior clinics, mental health 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 46-48 credits at the graduate level
  • A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required in all required, elective or independent study courses
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years


  • Completion of an accredited (programmatic) baccalaureate degree in nursing program including prerequisite undergraduate coursework in:Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for cumulative undergraduate course work and BSN GPA of 3.3 or higher
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Nursing Research
    • Health Assessment
  • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
  • 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).

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

  • 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 click the hyperlink 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 by clicking the hyperlink. 

Apply Online

  • Spring term application deadline is August 15
  • Fall term application deadline is March 15
  • For more information, contact Diane Busch at or 719.255.4424.


  • The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 15 business days after the deadline.
  • The student is given email notification as to admission status.
  • Visit the Technical Requirements page for computer and software requirements.

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Last Updated: June 7, 2017
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