Top School for a Nursing Degree - Colorado Springs, CO

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate degree paths for students interested in nursing. Available degrees include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP).

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University of Colorado

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a public, 4-year institution serving 8,893 undergraduate and 1,721 graduate students, as of Fall 2010. Students have a wide range of degree programs to choose from, 60 in all, including 36 bachelor's degree programs. In 2010 rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranked UCCS seventh in its top public schools list and 32nd in western universities.

The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers nursing degrees at all levels. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked the college 99th in nursing schools. In the same list, the college was named one of the best health schools. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing accredits nursing programs at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Nursing Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level nursing careers. At the start of the second year, students who have completed all prerequisite classes in their first year apply for placement in the clinical program, where they gain practical experience in nursing. It may take more than four years to complete this degree, due to limited space for the required clinical training. Starting in the second year, students learn about nutrition, nursing research and management and the needs of specific populations, such as pediatrics and women of childbearing age. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field can complete an accelerated BSN option in 16 months.

Registered Nurse to BSN

This program is designed for licensed registered nurses (RNs) to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program includes 32 credits in online health sciences or nursing classes, like health assessment, community health and an 80-hour clinical capstone. Nurses who graduated more than three years prior to enrollment into the RN to BSN program must have 1,000 hours clinical experience or complete the RN refresher course, which is also offered by the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Master of Science in Nursing

Students must complete 40-52 graduate level credits in classes that deal with subjects like the philosophy and theory behind caring for others and work in nursing. Other required courses allow students to apply their knowledge of nursing in terms of regulations, ethics and legality. Within the MSN curriculum, students can specialize in a nurse practitioner option focusing on adults or family care, or clinical nurse specialist. All courses for the Master of Science in Nursing are available online.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice is meant for clinical nursing specialists or nurse practitioners who have obtained master's degrees. Students must complete courses in nursing theory, healthcare policy and advance practice nursing prior to enrollment, and later complete courses in population-based healthcare, organizational leadership and advanced healthcare policy. A 3-semester clinical residency is required of all DNP students. Students must take three courses in geriatric nursing or holistic nursing.

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