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Application Process

Application Process

The College offers three degree programs, a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN), an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) an a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN). 

Please click on the desired program name below for more detailed information.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Option

This program is for the student that has already met the prerequisite requirements for the BSN completion program and consists of seven quarters (21 months) of nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components built on a foundation of general education courses transferred in from other accredited institutions.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Option

This program option is for the registered nurse who desires to continue education in nursing at the Bachelor degree level. This option is delivered through distance education (online). The program option consists of both didactic and experiential learning assignments in specific courses and consists of nine quarters (27 months) of study.  

Associate Degree in Nursing Program

This program is for the student that has already met the prerequisite requirements for the ADN completion program and consists of six quarters (18 months) of nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components built on a foundation of general education courses transferred in from other accredited institutions. 

Master's Degree in Nursing Program

The MSN Degree Program is designed to prepare Baccalaureate Nursing graduates for post-licensure education. Graduates of the program will earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in nursing education and leadership. The MSN program consists of a total of 56 quarter credit hours, which can be completed in as little as 15-18 months. The curriculum design includes core courses that would allow students to pursue a post-graduate certificate.

Admissions Representative

Each applicant for admission is assigned an admissions representative who directs the applicant through the steps of the admissions process; provides information on curriculum, policies, procedures, and services; and assists the applicant in setting necessary appointments and interviews in person or by phone as appropriate.

Admissions Interview

Applicants, if accepted for an interview, should be prepared to discuss their career goals, applicable experience, and education background during the admissions interview. All ADN and BSN ground program applicants accepted for an interview must come to the campus for the interview. This in-person interview will be scheduled via email beginning six weeks after the application deadline for a cohort start. Students that need to take the entrance exam will be set up to come back within two weeks of the interview to complete the test. Accepted applicants who live out of state will interview on Tuesdays and take the exam the next morning on Wednesday. 

Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s fulfillment of these requirements, a review of the applicant’s previous educational records, and a review of the applicant’s medical work and volunteer experience. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the Denver College of Nursing receives all required documentation. All records received become the property of the Denver College of Nursing.

Application Review and Acceptance

Successful applicants will be accepted through a ranked point system by the Admissions Committee and will be notified of acceptance when all admissions requirements are met. If needed, all applicants must adhere to the current Denver College of Nursing wait list policy. Applicants who are not accepted will receive a full refund of any amounts paid with the exception of the non-refundable application fee. Enrollments may be accepted until the Orientation date; no enrollments are accepted after the Orientation date.

Notification Process for BSN Completion and ADN Program

All applicants will be notified via email approximately six weeks after the closing date of the application deadline. Applicants that are chosen to continue the application process must set up an appointment within ten days of being contacted by DCN with their assigned Admission Representative. Applicants that are chosen to continue the application process are not automatically accepted into the program. Applicants must meet all application requirements (successful passing score on entrance examination etc) before being accepted. Please make sure your email account will accept any email from a denvercollegeofnursing.edu address to ensure that you will receive your notifications. 

In state applicants that need to take the HESI A2 entrance exam will be loaned a study guide at their interview and will return within two weeks to take the exam. Out of state students that need to take the HESI A2 exam typically interview on a Tuesday and take the exam the next morning on Wednesday. Students that have already earned a prior Bachelor’s degree do not have to take the HESI A2 exam. 

For BSN Completion:    
Submit from November 15 through January 1 for the following July start   
Submit from February 15 through April 1 for the following October start   
Submit from May 15 through July 1 for the following January start   
Submit from August 15 through October 1 for the following April start 

For ADN:    
Submit from March 1 through June 1 for the following October start   
Submit from September 1 through December 1 for the following April start 

Note: Background checks and Immunization records DO NOT have to be included in the initial application package. Deadlines for these items will be discussed with an admission representative during the chosen applicants’ interview.