RN to MSN Programs in Colorado

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Colorado

There are 11 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Colorado in our online directory, with 7 programs being CCNE accredited, and 1 program being ACEN accredited. 64% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

Graduates of a Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) are eligible to apply for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license. Colorado requires that all licensed registered nurses graduate from an undergraduate program approved by The Colorado Board of Nursing. The Colorado Board of Nursing does not have an approved list of graduate programs.

The Colorado Board of Nursing requires that all APRN applicants first achieve national certification through an approved APRN licensure certification organization and exam. The Board approves APRNs for five different roles: Advanced Practice Nurse(APN), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist(CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or Nurse Practitioner (NP.) APRNs are also required to choose a population focus.

- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing

MSN programs in the state of Colorado are composed of theory courses and practical experience. Clinical hours vary per program but average around 630 hours. MSN curriculum includes courses on leadership, policy development, nursing research, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and ethics. Many universities have RN- MSN programs as well as RN BSN- MSN programs.

The Colorado Board of Nursing currently gives APRN licenses in the following categories: nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist.

MSN programs in Colorado generally focus on the above specialties. MSN programs in Colorado include classes related to specific population focuses. APRNs can also take pharmacology courses to apply for prescribing privileges.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Colorado

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
American Sentinel University
Aurora
  • M.S. Nursing, Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership
  • American Sentinel offers an Online MSN Nursing Leadership and Management Program for nurses preparing for a management or leader role. The MSN classes are 100% online and fit in any busy schedule.
  • M.S. Nursing, Nursing Education - School of Nursing
  • American Sentinel offers an Online Master's in Nursing Education Program prepares students to assume teaching roles in schools of nursing or in clinical settings. The program is CCNE accredited and can be completed online.
Aspen University
Denver
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - School of Nursing
  • The MSN degree from Aspen University provides students the knowledge and skills for careers in nursing education and administration. The program offers five areas of specialization including Forensic Nursing and Nursing Education.
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Department of Nursing
  • The Nursing program at Colorado Mesa University offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program focuses on skills to become nurse leaders and educators in healthcare systems or academic settings.
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Pueblo
ACEN
  • MS in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)  - School of Nursing
  • The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program at Colorado State University, Pueblo prepares students to work in acute of primary care of adult patients. The program is accredited by the ACEN.
Regis University
Denver
CCNE
  • Master of Science, Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Regis University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • M.S. in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • The Leadership in Health Care Systems program at Regis University graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is offered online or on campus.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 
  • The MSN program at University of Colorado Colorado Springs prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system.
University of Colorado Denver
Denver
NA
  • MS Nursing Leadership
  • The Nursing Leadership program at University of Colorado teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness of patients of all ages. The program is offers entirely online.
University of Phoenix-Colorado
Lone Tree
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administration
  • The Nurse Administration program at the University of Phoenix Colorado graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
  • The Nurse Education program at the University of Phoenix Colorado prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and completed entirely online.