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Nursing is a scientific discipline that integrates theory and evidence-based practice. But, it is also the art of providing compassionate care that is ethical and centered on the patient. Many consider it a calling.

If you have a baccalaureate degree in another field and feel a calling to pursue nursing, MSU Denver’s bachelor of science in Nursing Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) is a great choice. Completed in 17 months over four consecutive semesters, the Nursing ANO program is fast-paced and convenient.

In this accelerated B.S.N. program MSU Denver Nursing students attend classes, participate in simulation activities, practice in the skills lab, and have 765 hours of clinical experiences at various locations in metropolitan Denver. MSU Denver’s small classes will give you plenty of opportunity to develop working relationships with Nursing professors who embody the highest standards of practice.

As a graduate of the bachelor of science in the Nursing ANO program, you will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and begin your nursing career.

Program Options

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Nursing Option
This is a post-baccalaureate program for students who already have a bachelor's degree and want to earn a bachelor of science degree in Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Traditional Nursing Option
This program is targeted to students who are pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option
This program is for students who have earned an associate’s degree or completed a diploma nursing program.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The following courses offer a combined 765 hours of clinical experiences: Foundations of Professional Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing Care I and II, Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family, Child and Family Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Nursing Senior Experience.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, registered nurses in Colorado earned an annual mean salary of $77,460 in 2019Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Companies and agencies that employ nurses, in addition to hospitals, clinics and medical offices include:

  • Crisis intervention services
  • Laboratories
  • Ambulance services
  • Blood banks
  • Drug abuse and addiction services
  • Research centers
  • Colleges/universities
  • Public schools
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health care agencies
  • Social service agencies


Nursing positions that specialize in a specific area of care, such as oncology, maternity, cardiovascular health and other specialized fields, are available to those holding a B.S.N. There are also other types of positions available to B.S.N. graduates. (A postgraduate degree may be required.)

  • Nursing supervisor
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Mid-Wife, or Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Public health nurse
  • Transcultural nurse


The MSU Denver Nursing program consistently exceeds state and national pass rates on the national nursing licensure examination.

89 percent of 2020 MSU Denver ANO graduates who responded to a recent alumni survey reported being employed in the Nursing field.


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Jenny Allert

Assistant Professor Jenny Allert began her career in nursing more than 15 years ago, adding teaching to her skill set in 2012 as an OB clinical nursing instructor. She joined MSU Denver full-time in 2017. While teaching, she has continued to practice nursing as a staff nurse PRN in labor and delivery units at several hospitals.




Learn more about MSU Denver Nursing faculty.

Featured Alumni

“As a student with ambitions to earn an advanced degree in nursing, it was important for me to attend an ACEN-accredited university. MSU Denver’s nursing program is not only ACEN-accredited, it also consistently boasts one of the highest first-time NCLEX board exam pass rates in the state. I was able to pass my exam and earn my license just one month after graduation.”

Nicole Miller (MSU Denver ’14) is clinical nurse coordinator for radiology and manager of the Vascular Access Team at P/SL and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. 

“The accelerated program itself has allowed me to pursue my career with a solid foundation of evidence-based practices and clinical skills. All of the instructors are highly experienced and passionate about their specialties and most importantly, passionate about guiding others into this complex and uniquely challenging career. I recommend the accelerated program to anyone serious about starting their nursing career.”

Kelsie Furutani (MSU Denver ’14)

A degree in nursing benefitted my career by helping me transition to a new job.  I loved the education I received.  It was hands on and filled with applicable experiences and learning opportunities. 

Mariah Baty (MSU Denver ’20)

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver Nursing graduates are employed at most hospitals in the Denver area including University Hospital, SCL Health, Children’s, Denver Health, Centura Health and HealthOne. Other examples of facilities where Nursing graduates work are Western Oncology Hematology Associates, Denver Public Schools and Radiology Imaging Associates.

Nursing graduates have been accepted for post-graduate study at the University of Denver, CU Anschutz, University of Phoenix, CU Colorado Springs and Regis University, among others.

Sample Classes

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Examples of the courses that are required to earn a B.S.N. degree include:

Introduction to Gerontology Nursing 
Nursing Research 
Clinical Pharmacology 
Mental Health Nursing
Medical Surgical Nursing Care I and II
Community Health Nursing
Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 
Ethics and Professional Nursing Practice 
Child and Family Health Nursing 
Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice 
Senior Nursing Experience


Facilities and Resources

Located adjacent to downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus, MSU Denver offers convenient access to the city’s many health care facilities for your clinical nursing experiences.

Program Accreditation

The MSU Denver Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

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