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Nursing Program

Which Option is Right for You?

Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with three options.

Traditional Nursing Option (TNO)

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Traditional Nursing Option (TNO) is completed in four semesters over a two year period.  Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO)

Designed for individuals with a non-nursing Bachelor’s Degree who wish to enter the nursing profession. Upon acceptance and completion of the program, graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are eligible to take the RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).

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ANO Prerequisite Requirements 


Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO)

Designed for students who have graduated from an Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program, have a current unencumbered RN License in good standing and who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This program allows working RNs to complete their BSN at a pace that allows full employment.

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Nursing Program Background Check and Drug Screening

The clinical sites used in the Metropolitan State University of Denver nursing program require background checks of all potential students who complete clinical experiences as part of their educational program. For more information concerning disqualifying offenses, please look at the MSU Denver Nursing Program Background Check Disqualifying Offenses.

Transfer Policy

The transfer policy describes the process for a pre-licensure nursing student requesting to transfer from another nursing program into the nursing program (ANO or TNO) at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

MSU Denver Nursing Transfer Policy