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Graduate Degrees with a major in Nursing MS and DNP

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science (MS) degree with a major in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The following Nursing emphases options Adult/ Gerontology Acute Care (AGACNP), Adult/ Gerontology Acute Care/ Family (AGACNP/FNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) or Nurse Educator.

Emphasis Areas

For more information about the program academic policies and clinical requirements, please read the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook.

Graduate programs are delivered using a hybrid format (on/off campus and on-line). In order to register for graduate nursing courses students must have unconditional acceptance into the nursing program and follow the degree plan, or register by permission of the graduate nursing program coordinator.

Program Outcomes and Expected Student Learning Outcomes


    Program Outcomes

    1. Eighty Percent of graduates will:

    • Complete the program within one and one half times the length of the program.
    • Express satisfaction with the program.
    • Pass national certification exam the first time.
    • Be employed in role related professional practice within one year.

    2. Eighty percent of employers will express satisfaction with graduates' job performance.

    Student Achievement Data

    First Time Pass Rates for ANCC, AANPCB and AACCN:
    (Click Nurse Practitioner Tab)

    Students Completing the Program:

    • Nurse Practitioner Programs: 82%
    • Nurse Educator Program: 80%

    Graduates Obtaining Jobs: 100%

    *Data are for students that completed the program during the 2015-2016 academic year.


    Masters of Sciense Major in Nursing Expected Student Learning Outcomes

    • Integrate Evidence-Based practice, ethical decision making and technology into advanced nursing practice.
    • Utilize interprofessional collaboration to provide safe.
    • Explore quality improvement initiatives that affect delivery of advanced nursing practice and health care services.

    Expected Student Learning Outcomes for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

    At the completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Integrate evidence-based practice, ethical decision making and technology into advanced nursing practice
    2. Conduct scholarly inquiry to influence health outcomes of individuals, aggregates and populations
    3. Organize interprofessional collaboration to provide safe, quality patient-centered care.
    4. Assume a leadership role in transforming health care systems, policies and standards of care

Graduate Application

There are two (2) steps that must be completed for acceptance into the CSU-Pueblo Graduate Nursing Program. It is essential that each applicant understands that acceptance to the University does not imply acceptance into the Nursing program, nor does acceptance to the Nursing Program imply acceptance to the University. The student must be accepted to both the University and to the School of Nursing independently to be eligible for the Nursing Program. Once both processes are completed the CSU-Pueblo School of Nursing will notify the student by postal mail.

Applications are due each year by April 15th. Programs start each fall semester.

If you have additional questions related to the Graduate Nursing Program before or after you apply, please contact the Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator, Dr. Susan Belport at 719.549.2459 or submit an email to:


    Step 1: Graduate Nursing Application

    Complete the Application for Graduate Admission for acceptance to the University. This application must be accompanied by ALL official transcripts from all colleges and universities which the student has attended. The student can either apply online or download the Application for Graduate Admission by using the link provided: CSU-Pueblo Online Graduate Application.

    Send Official Transcripts to:

    Colorado State University-Pueblo
    Registrar's Office
    2200 Bonforte Boulevard
    Pueblo, CO 81001

    The Office of Admissions postpones university admission notification until acceptance into the Graduate Nursing Program. If the student has additional questions regarding their University Application specifically, please contact the Registrar's Office at 719.549.2462.


    Step 2: School of Nursing Application Documents

    The following items must be completed via Castlebranch instructions as listed in the document provided below:

    School of Nursing Application Documents


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Doctor of Nursing Practice deemed eligible for Candidacy from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Master’s Program Accredited through 2019 by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN 
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Atlanta, GA 30326 
Phone: 404.975.5000

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