The News: Nursing

MSU Denver Nursing gets a booster shot

Publish Date: January 30, 2014

Two new degree options in the MSU Denver Nursing Department will boost its visibility and prestige. A new dual enrollment option lets community college nursing students seamlessly transfer to MSU Denver to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). And this January, MSU Denver admitted its first class of 24 into its own traditional four-year BSN program.

The new programs will complement the University’s existing RN-to-BSN completion program and the 17-month, post-baccalaureate accelerated nursing program options. MSU Denver boasts a 90 percent pass rate for its accelerated nursing program graduates taking the National Council Licensure Exam, well above the national pass rate of 82 percent. Last spring, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing made the exam much more difficult. That move resulted in a significant drop in pass rates for some nursing programs, both nationally and in Colorado, but MSU Denver graduates continue to perform well.

Another source of pride for the Nursing Department is its training simulator. High-tech synthetic patients called “manikins” replicate various medical situations such as trauma and childbirth. Students get hands-on experience with the sights, sounds and feel of treating patients at a level of realism that “closes the gap between theory and practice,” according to Simulation Lab Coordinator Shawn Anderson.