Colorado Master's Degree in Nursing

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Colorado MSN Programs

Many students enroll in master's degree programs so that they can get a job as a manager or as a research participant. Those jobs require more training than standard nursing positions, and they are not available for everyone. Employers look for people who have graduated from an accredited MSN program to lead their teams. Anyone who is interested in this type of job may want to consider an MSN program.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Nurses in Colorado have the choice to get their MSN degree in a traditional setting or to enroll in an online MSN course. There are advantages and disadvantages for both types of programs, so the choice comes down to the preferences of each individual student.

Some students prefer the personal interaction that comes with a traditional classroom setting. This allows them to work closely with other students and stay on a set schedule. Traditional MSN programs are not the perfect for all students, however. Students who do not live near a school that offers an MSN program and students who work full-time often prefer to enroll in online classes.

Online MSN programs offer students the ability to do work when it is best for them and to work from home without having to spend any of their time commuting to class. These programs are ideal for students who are already working as nurses.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for each program are different, but most schools have requirements that are similar to one another. Typical admission requirements include:

  • Having graduated from an accredited nursing program with at least a 3.0 GPA on his or her official nursing transcripts
  • Proving that he or she is a legal resident of the United States
  • Submitting a resume
  • Submitting an application and application fee
  • Having a BSN degree


MSN programs all cost different amounts to attend. The amount a student has to pay is based on which school and specialization he or she chooses. At the University of Phoenix, the MSN program costs between $20,065 and $28,840. Getting an MSN degree from West Coast University can cost a student between $28,297 and $41,570.

Graduates of MSN programs often become registered nurses and nursing teachers. These nurses often get paid more than nurses without MSN degrees because of their higher level of expertise.

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1560 Broadway, Suite 880
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2430
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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Colorado

Mesa State College
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
University of Phoenix
10004 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Colorado MSN Degree Prerequisites

Colorado nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Colorado Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Colorado, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Colorado and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Colorado RN to MSN programs

Those holding Colorado RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Colorado MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Colorado, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Colorado Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Colorado grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Colorado, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Colorado.

Colorado MSN Degree Resources

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