Skip to main content

Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)

Students may transfer up to 80 credit hours into the BRNCO program from a 2-year institution!


Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)is designed for students who have graduated from an associate degree or diploma nursing program and wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Students must have a current unencumbered Colorado RN License prior to beginning the first nursing course.  Students may begin BRNCO courses in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters*.  Students can choose between full-time or part-time completion options. *Please note, availability of start date dependent on sufficient enrollment.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of an associate degree or diploma program in nursing.
  • Current unencumbered Colorado license to practice as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Accepted students must provide a copy of a current Colorado RN license by the start of the first semester.
  • Effective fall 2015, students will be required to successfully complete statistics prior to beginning the nursing program.  (Note:  Math 1210 meets both the statistics and the quantitative literature requirement).
  • Effective fall 2015:  All applicants must have 6 credits of written communication, 3 credits oral communication and the 3 credits of quantitative literacy general studies requirements completed prior to beginning the nursing program.  (Please refer to the University catalog for courses that meet these requirements).
  • Applicants applying for the full-time option must have no more than 6 credits of non-nursing courses required to complete the BSN degree remaining at the start of the nursing program.  Applicants who will have more than 6 credits of non-nursing courses to complete at the start of the nursing program must apply as part-time students.  Non-nursing courses include courses outside of the BRNCO curriculum such as general studies, electives, statistics, and a multicultural course required to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines: Applications for the BRNCO program will be accepted on a rolling basis the semester before the student would like to begin.  Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Students should also be aware of University application deadlines.  

Admission Process

  • Apply for admission to the University through the Office of Admissions and Records at:, telephone: 303∙556∙3058.
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges attended directly to:  Metropolitan State University of Denver, Office of Admissions and Records, Campus Box 16, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362.  Once you've been accepted to MSU Denver as a degree-seeking student and Transfer Services has received your official transcript, they will e-mail and mail you an official transfer credit evaluation within 7 to 10 days.  If you don't receive one within this time frame, please contact the Transfer Services Office at 303-556-3774.
  • Complete the BRNCO application.
  • Optional advising appointment to review General Studies course requirements:  Contact Christine Gallager, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, 303-352-7371.  Bring a copy of your transcript evaluation to the advising appointment.  Please direct transcript evaluation questions to the Transfer Services Office at 303-556-3774. 
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session with the Department of Nursing before beginning nursing courses.

Requirements for Graduation

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours which includes 40 credits of upper division coursework. 
  • All university requirements for General Studies, Multicultural Course, Global Diversity, and Senior Experience.
  • One of the following statistics courses:  MTH 1210 or PSY 2310.
  • All required nursing courses in the BRNCO curriculum.
  • Elective credits as needed to meet 120 credits for graduation.

Other Information

  • Due to the rigorous demands of this program, students are urged to carefully consider home and work obligations when establishing their academic workload.
  • In addition to academic requirements, MSU Denver Department of Nursing requires other information for students offered admission including immunization records, CPR certification, drug screening, and criminal background checks.
  • Applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to admission.  The drug screen will test for controlled substances, including marijuana and marijuana derivatives.  Re-testing is not allowed.
  • Students may transfer up to 80 credit hours into the BRNCO program from a 2-year institution.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition and fees are published in the course schedule every semester and can be obtained by visiting   Approximate total tuition and fee costs for part-time nursing courses are $10,201 ($284 per credit hour).  Full-time nursing course tuition is approximately $9630 ($267 per credit hour).

Class Schedule*:

BRNCO Curriculum Progression Plan

BRNCO offered on the Auraria Campus

  • Full-time or part-time options available online through the Auraria Campus.  Courses are offered in online and hybrid formats.  Community Health and Senior Experience Courses include 90 hours each of clinical/project work.

BRNCO offered at Front Range Community College (FRCC)

  • Admission is once a year in the fall. 
  • Part-time option offered with classes held on-site at FRCC on Wednesdays.  Courses in the final two semesters will be offered in hybrid format to accommodate clinical schedules.  Clinical days for Community Health Nursing and Senior Experience may vary.

* Admission is contingent on sufficient BRNCO course enrollment.


Edit this page