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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Nursing Major - Traditional Nursing Option, B.S.N.

Department of Nursing  

College of Health and Human Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Traditional Nursing Option (TNO) is a program for students without a previous baccalaureate degree. This program concludes with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (B.S.N.) and provides the required supervised practice hours to fulfill the experiential requirements to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and earn the Registered Nurse (RN) license.


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

Applications are accepted multiple times throughout the year. Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available through the Department of Nursing. Please refer to the MSU Denver nursing program website for information about program-specific policies and procedures at:

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.  
  • Student must be accepted separately into the Nursing program. This is very competitive process. Contact the Department of Nursing with questions on this process.

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.  


* The listed courses are prerequisites for required prerequisite courses for the major and can also fulfill general studies requirements 

** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; 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.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Senior Experience: 5 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Prerequisite Courses 31-32 credits
Required Courses 58 credits
Senior Experience 5 credits
Unrestricted Electives 0-2 credits
Total for the Traditional Nursing Major, B.S. Minimum of 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.