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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Major - Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option, B.S.N.

Department of Nursing  

College of Health and Human Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): Online   

About the Program

The Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion (BRNCO) program concludes with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (B.S.N). This fully online program serves 1) RNs who wish to go back to school to get a Bachelor of Science degree, and 2) students currently enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing program and want to get a head start in a B.S.N. program.


The MSU Denver Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.


The mission of the department of Nursing is to provide a high quality, accessible, enriching interprofessional baccalaureate nursing education. Our learning community cultivates graduates who are prepared with the knowledge, skill, and competencies to advance professional nursing practice in a diverse, global and technological society. The goal of the nursing program is to prepare a diverse and inclusive generalist professional nurse who provides equitable care for patients in current and future healthcare delivery systems.

Application Deadline

Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available through the Department of Nursing.

Prior Learning Assessment

Thirty semester hours of lower-division nursing credit will be awarded for prior nursing education to qualifying students.

Student Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with patients and interprofessional health care teams to enhance patient outcomes
  • Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives and patient preference in providing patient care
  • Evaluate patient care environments for use of appropriate quality safety indicators
  • Apply leadership and management principles to manage resources and achieve optimal patient outcomes
  • Exhibit the knowledge, skills and attributes of a professional nurse

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
  • A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
  • A minor IS NOT required for this program.
  • Students must be accepted separately into the Nursing program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements  for degree completion.

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
  • Historical (3 credits)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences or social and behavioral sciences.

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  

Required Support Course: 3-4 credits

  • Introductory Statistics Course1 (To be approved by the Nursing Department.)


1 The Introductory Statistics course satisfies the General Studies - Quantitative Literacy requirement.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Support Course 3-4 credits
Major Requirements 57 credits
Senior Experience Course 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 20-27 credits
Total for the Nursing Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.