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Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)

Students may transfer up to 80 credit hours into the BRNCO program from a 2-year institution!

The BRNCO program has an updated curriculum.  Get all the program information you need here!

The information below pertains to the program prior to Fall 2021:

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)is designed for students who have graduated from an associate degree or diploma nursing program and wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Students must have a current unencumbered RN License prior to beginning the first nursing course.  Students may begin BRNCO courses in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters*.  Students can choose between full-time or part-time completion options. *Please note, availability of start date dependent on sufficient enrollment.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of an associate degree or diploma program in nursing.
  • Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the student's state of residence. **
  • Accepted students must provide a copy of a current RN license by the start of the first semester.
  • All applicants must have 6 credits of written communication, 3 credits of oral communication and 3 credits of quantitative literacy general studies requirements completed prior to beginning the nursing program. In addition, students must successfully complete an approved introductory statistics course prior to beginning the program.  Math 1210 meets both the statistics and the quantitative literacy requirement.  (Please refer to the University catalog for courses that meet these requirements).
  • Students applying for the full-time option must have no more than 6 remaining credits of non-nursing courses to complete for the BSN degree at the start of the nursing program. Applicants who will have more than 6 credits of non-nursing courses to complete at the start of the nursing program must apply as part-time students.  Non-nursing courses include courses outside of the BRNCO curriculum such as general studies, electives, and a multicultural course. 

**Out-of-state students should be aware of restrictions that may exist for MSU Denver to provide education to them.  In addition, MSU Denver must be authorized by the State Board of Nursing in the student’s state of residence in order to provide instruction.  Out-of-state students should also familiarize themselves with MSU Denver’s tuition rate for their residency.  For more information please contact us, visit, and contact your State Board of Nursing. 

Application Deadlines: 

The priority application deadlines for the BRNCO are: December 1st (Spring Start), May 1st (Summer Start), and August 1st (Fall Start).  Applications received after the deadline will be accepted on a space-available basis.  Students should also be aware of MSU Denver Admissions Application Deadlines.

Admission Process

  • Apply for admission to the University through the Office of Admissions and Records at:, telephone: 303?556?3058.
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges attended directly to:  Metropolitan State University of Denver, Office of Admissions and Records, Campus Box 16, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362.  Once you've been accepted to MSU Denver as a degree-seeking student and Transfer Services has received your official transcript, they will e-mail and mail you an official transfer credit evaluation within 14 business days.  If you don't receive one within this time frame, please contact the Transfer Services Office at 303-556-3991.
  • Complete the BRNCO application.
  • Please direct transcript evaluation questions to the Transfer Services Office at 303-556-3774. 
  • Complete required paperwork, background check, drug screen, and a mandatory online orientation with the Department of Nursing before beginning nursing courses. Information will be provided. 

Requirements for Graduation

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours, which includes 40 credits of upper division coursework. 
  • All university requirements for General Studies, Multicultural Course, Global Diversity, and Senior Experience.
  • One of the following statistics courses:  MTH 1210 or PSY 2310.
  • All required nursing courses in the BRNCO curriculum.

Other Information

  • Due to the rigorous demands of this program, students are urged to carefully consider home and work obligations when establishing their academic workload.
  • In addition to academic requirements, The MSU Denver Department of Nursing requires applicants to successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to admission. The drug screen will test for controlled substances, including marijuana and marijuana derivatives.  Re-testing is not allowed.  Students may need to meet additional requirements for the department including immunization records and CPR certification.  Students are responsible for the cost of all additional requirements mentioned above. 
  • Students may transfer up to 80 credit hours into the BRNCO program from a 2-year institution.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition and fees are published in the course schedule every semester and can be obtained by visiting the Office of the Bursar. Approximate total tuition and fee costs (for in-state, online students utilizing the COF stipend) for the 36 credit BRNCO curriculum is $12,100 (full time) and $12,900 (part time). This information is subject to change and can be influenced by student residency status, student course information, or university changes. For more information please contact the Bursar’s office. 

BRNCO Offered All Online

  • Full-time or part-time options available online through the Auraria Campus. Courses are offered online.  Community Health and Senior Experience Courses are 90 hours each of clinical/project work.

BRNCO Curriculum (prior to Fall 2021)


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