University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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.



Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate69%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated BSN
  3. RN to BSN
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP)
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner
  6. Masters degrees (MSN)

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 150
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 35
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - professional practice 5

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado State University-Pueblo
42.01 miles away
Pueblo Community College
44.34 miles away
Academy of Medical and Health Science Inc.
45.52 miles away
Metropolitan State University of Denver
59.64 miles away
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
59.87 miles away
Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus
87.84 miles away
University of Northern Colorado
104.42 miles away
Adams State University
113.97 miles away
Colorado Mountain College
142.31 miles away
University of Wyoming
171.93 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading470 to 600
SAT: Math470 to 590
ACT Composite20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$12,047
30k to 48k$12,548
48k to 75k$16,912
75k to 110k$19,949
Over 110k$20,393
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $276.00 $723.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $513.00 $1,077.00

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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
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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