Colorado State University-Pueblo

Pueblo, CO 81001
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Colorado State University-Pueblo is a public university in Pueblo and part of the Colorado State University system. The university started as a three-room junior college inside the Pueblo County Courthouse with just 63 students. It now serves over 5,000 students each semester and offers 29 undergrad degree programs. The main campus sits on 275-acres in northern Pueblo and includes several recently-renovated buildings, including the Occhiato Student Center. Most of the 18 buildings feature a Modern Aztec architectural style that was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, earning the school a national award.

The first nursing program at Colorado State University-Pueblo was established in 1964 and became the School of Nursing in 2017. All programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The BSN options include a traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN program. All BSN programs include real-life clinical experience at local healthcare facilities. The MSN program includes courses for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, AGACNP/FNP, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The MSN program is offered through in-classroom learning and online learning. 100% of graduates of the 2015 to 2016 school year that completed the MSN program obtained jobs after graduation.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students6,639
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate63%

Nursing Programs

The Colorado State University at Pueblo Department of Nursing Master of Science focuses on the Nurse Educator specialty track as well as offering specialties in advanced practice.

The program is designed to prepare students to practice on nursing faculties in colleges, hospital based nursing schools, universities etc. The program also currently offers nursing emphasis areas in Adult/Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as the Adult/Geriatric Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner.

The different graduate specialties develop core theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for practice at the graduate level. The various tracks in the program include foundational courses in nursing theory, health policy, nursing research, ethical practice and healthcare systems financing.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Application
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate level coursework
  4. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  5. Official scores for all standardized admission exams (as required)
  6. Current, valid unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse 

The particular tracks may have specific requirements in terms of nursing prerequisite courses taken at the undergraduate level and may require students to show proof taking these courses or equivalent credit.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 15 82
Master's degree 3 28
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 100%

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Community College of Denver
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Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Red Rocks Community College
102 miles away
Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus
130 miles away
University of Northern Colorado
145 miles away

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1951 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
03/01/2006 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1980 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT930 to 1130
ACT18 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$257/credit
In State Students$257/credit
Out of State Students$772/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$296/credit
In State Students$296/credit
Out of State Students$880/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $11,565 $11,565 $34,740
ADN 70 $17,990 $17,990 $54,040
BSN 125 $32,125 $32,125 $96,500
FNP 50 $14,800 $14,800 $44,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Colorado State University-Pueblo's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 49% $4,411
Other Federal Grant 17% $870
State Grant & Scholarships 42% $2,359
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 71% $4,203
Federal Student Loans 66% $5,764
Private Loans 6% $9,640


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$12,823
$30,001 to $48,000$13,316
$48,001 to $75,000$15,921
$75,001 to $110,000$18,509
Over $110,000$19,612

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Colorado state board of nursing.
Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd
Pueblo, CO 81001

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