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The science of nursing is an evolving discipline derived from evidence-based practice. But, equally important, is the art of nursing: ethical, person-centered, compassionate care.

MSU Denver offers an affordable bachelor of science degree in Nursing with a Traditional Nursing Option (TNO). This degree entails completing general studies requirements and prerequisites as a freshman and sophomore, followed by fulfilling the requirements for the B.S.N. degree during your junior and senior years. You must complete the first two years of coursework before applying for the Traditional Nursing Option program.

MSU Denver Nursing students take classes and skills labs as well as participate in 765 hours of clinical experiences at locations in metropolitan Denver. Our class sizes are small and you will develop close working relationships with MSU Denver professors who represent the highest standards of nursing care.

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

86 percent of 2019 MSU Denver TNO graduates who responded to a recent alumni survey reported being employed in the Nursing field.

Program Options

This program is targeted to students who are pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

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

MSU Denver also offers advanced Specialty Courses for experienced RNs.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

You’ll receive hours of extensive, clinical experience in medical surgical nursing care, mental health nursing, nursing care of the childbearing family and community health nursing, among other areas of nursing expertise.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

four images: blood banks, nursing homes, universities, clinicsRegistered nurses in Colorado earned a mean annual salary of $77,460 in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. And the nursing field experienced a 16 percent growth rate nationally, much faster than the average rate. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

In addition to hospitals, clinics and medical offices, companies and agencies that employ nurses include:

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

Nursing positions that specialize in a specific area of care, such as trauma, neonatal, pulmonary and other expertise are available to those holding a B.S.N as well as other related positions. (Nursing specialists and certain other positions may require a postgraduate degree.)

  • Nursing supervisor
  • Anesthetist
  • Educational programs administrator
  • Dietician
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Physical therapist
  • Public health nurse
  • Transcultural nurse


The MSU Denver Nursing Program consistently has a higher pass rate on the national licensure examination than both the national and state averages. In 2019, MSU Denver's Traditional Nursing Option program had a 100% pass rate as reported by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.



Emily Brower_NursingEmily Brower

Associate Professor Emily Brower has been a registered nurse since 2007, working on a medical/surgical floor, then in the emergency department. She started teaching in 2015 and is particularly interested in emergency nursing, medical/surgical nursing and health assessment. Her current research interest is in increasing diversity in nursing education.





Learn more about MSU Denver Nursing faculty.

Featured Alumni

“The traditional nursing program at MSU Denver does a great job at giving you that foundation of knowledge you will need to start and build upon during your career as a nurse. Going through the program it was obvious that each and every professor is there to help support and guide you to becoming the best nurse that you can be, they’re there to provide both academic and professional support to help you get started in your career. This program is both challenging and rewarding, you’ll push yourself farther than you ever thought you could go, but at the end of it you’ll feel confident and proud to step onto the floor for the first time as a Registered Nurse.”? 

Austin Whitley (MSU Denver ’20) 

“I recommend the BSN program from MSU Denver because not only is it the most affordable BSN program in metro Denver, but when you graduate, you are more than well-prepared for both the NCLEX and life as a new graduate nurse.”

Yolanda Beaudoin-Hernandez (MSU Denver ’13)

“MSU Denver was very challenging, but the professors and staff were pivotal in my success. Their connections to the most prominent hospitals for my nursing clinicals were very important in shaping the experiences I had as a nursing student. It gave me the confidence I needed to obtain the critical care position I earned one month after graduation.”

Julie Costa (MSU Denver ’11)

Alumni at Work

Denver Health, University Hospital, Children’s and SCL Health are among the Denver-area hospitals that employ MSU Denver Nursing graduates. Examples of other major employers include Denver Public Schools, Radiology Imaging Associates and Western Oncology Hematology Associates.

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

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver’s location on the Auraria Campus adjacent to downtown Denver provides easy access to the city’s many health care facilities for your required clinical 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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