University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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The University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) is a public university and part of the Colorado state university system. For the Fall 2017 school year, the university served over 12,000 students, with a 16:1 student to faculty ratio. It was founded in 1965 with a focus on business and engineering courses. In 1997, the Beth-El College of Nursing merged with UCCS, increasing the number of degrees offered. The university is committed to helping people pursue their dreams, offering financial aid packages to over 66% of students. UCCS is also ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the West.

The UCCS nursing program is offered through the Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences nursing department. This department is about a half mile east of the main campus and offers several nursing degrees, including traditional BSN and MSN programs. The undergraduate majors include the traditional program, along with an accelerated BSN program and RN to BSN program. The RN to BSN offers dual online enrollment. The on-campus nursing programs combine education, research, and service by allowing students to work in real clinical settings and simulation labs. Graduate programs include an MSN program with specialty tracks for Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gero, and Psych/Mental Health and are only offered online.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students12,932
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a graduate nursing program offering two options of advanced study for Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education.

The specialty courses are designed to apply theories and evidence based practice for advanced healthcare. The curriculum prepares students to use technological innovation and provide leadership within the clinical and organizational settings. Students in both options are required to complete 38-47 graduate credits to complete a thesis project or a comprehensive tracks within a period of six years.  

The Master in Nursing Education is particularly intended to prepare nurse educators to teach at the bachelor and associate degree levels in a range of academic settings.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited program
  2. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average for all undergraduate coursework
  3. Resume
  4. Successfully complete undergraduate pre-requisite courses
  5. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state where applicant expects to complete practical requirements

The deadline for application online for admission in the spring semester is the 15th of September and admission for admission in the fall semester is the 15th of June.


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 31 169
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 3 44
Post-master's certificate 0 5
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 10
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1250
ACT21 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Considered but not required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
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 $50
Graduates $60

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$287/credit
In State Students$287/credit
Out of State Students$753/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$533/credit
In State Students$533/credit
Out of State Students$1,121/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 $12,915 $12,915 $33,885
ADN 70 $20,090 $20,090 $52,710
BSN 125 $35,875 $35,875 $94,125
FNP 50 $26,650 $26,650 $56,050
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, 80% of University of Colorado Colorado Springs's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 30% $4,113
Other Federal Grant 9% $598
State Grant & Scholarships 10% $3,539
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 53% $3,715
Federal Student Loans 46% $5,166
Private Loans 5% $13,105


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$12,440
$30,001 to $48,000$13,045
$48,001 to $75,000$16,048
$75,001 to $110,000$19,209
Over $110,000$19,498

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Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
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.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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