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2009-2010 College Catalog 
2009-2010 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The mission of the Nursing Department is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The Nursing Department offers a baccalaureate degree program with two tracks leading to a major in nursing, the Accelerated Nursing Program (ACNP) and the Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Program (BRNCP).

The Accelerated Nursing Program and the Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Program are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway–33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 (212-363- 5555 ext. 153). For more information, call the Department of Nursing at 303-556-4691 or go to Administration Building, Suite 220. Visit our web site at

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree program in nursing, students should be able to:

  • Value the essential worth and dignity of diverse individuals , families, groups and communities within their environment.
  • Demonstrate integrity , caring, flexibility , and self-confidence.
  • Practice in an ethical, legal, safe and socially responsible manner in the roles of provider of care, manager of care, member of the profession, teacher, and advocate.
  • Use evidence-based practice to create solutions within the evolving profession of nursing.
  • Apply principles of leadership and management in the diverse, multidisciplinary health care environment.
  • Use a variety of communication skills, technologies, and strategies appropriately to influence health.
  • Communicate effectively with the health care team members .
  • Be professionally and politically active .
  • Work collaboratively to advance the profession of nursing.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through the use of the nursing process.
  • Identify global social and health–care trends to influence the future of nursing.
  • Use legitimate sources of evidence as a basis for current nursing practice.

Accelerated Nursing Program (ACNP)

The ACNP is a second degree program for students with a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree. The program is offered in 6-week modules over a 13-month period.

The purposes of the ACNP are to:

  • Provide nursing students who have a prior non-nursing baccalaureate degree with a broad educational base to provide safe nursing care and advance the health of diverse communities through nursing
  • Prepare competent clinicians to meet the future health care needs of society
  • Influence the areas in which registered nurses practice
  • Promote open-mindedness and receptivity to change, growth and diversity
  • Encourage critical thinking, evidence-based practice, examination of controversy, research, intuitive knowledge, and other ways of knowing
  • Provide preparation for taking the national licensing examination (NCLEX)
  • Provide preparation for graduate education in nursing
  • Stimulate continuous personal and professional growth and development.

Students who wish to enter the ACNP must apply to the College and to the program. Information on admissions requirements and the application process available through the Department of Nursing, in the Administration Building, Suite 220, 303-556-4391, or on line at:

Admission Requirements


  • Non-nursing baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Acceptance at Metro State through the Office of Admissions
  • Metro State transcript evaluation
  • Completion of Metro State approved prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)
    • Microbiology (with lab)
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Human Nutrition
    • Multicultural course
  • Strong science grades; recent courses
  • Drug screening and criminal background check

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