I'm new to this website. I am currently a exercise science major with a biology minor Metro State in Denver and I am looking into applying for an accelerated nursing program at CU Anschutz because their program is 12 months long and it's faster than other four year universities. Other than Regis. Plus their tuition is cheaper than Regis and Denver School of Nursing. For those that are CU alumni was it competitive to get into their accelerated program? Do you recommend for me to apply other schools as well in order to see where I get accepted into?
I completed this program. It is probably one of the most competitive nursing programs in Colorado to get admitted to, I think we had between 600-1000 applications for 80-some spots, so about a 10-20% acceptance rate. However, if you have a decent GPA, high scores in prerequisites, and healthcare experience you have a decent chance of being accepted. Regis and DCN have good programs as well, but like you said they are much more expensive. I know they are both easier to get into as well (based on acceptance rates) - likely because they both have multiple start dates per year and larger cohorts as I understand. Hope this information helps you - good luck!
I feel like a lot of people want to go to CU because the tuition is much cheaper than going to Regis or DSN. Those two asks students to pay the tuition up front before they start the program. I wish the programs weren't so competitive to get accepted into while there are nursing shortages.
Yeah, the cheaper tuition is certainly a big draw. However, CU does also have a traditional program which takes 2 years (same amount of time as DCN) and it is less competitive, has 2 start dates, and accepts a greater number of students in the fall term compared to the UCAN program. There are also other programs in Colorado including UNC -which is a good program but also competitive - and a number of programs through community colleges. Yes there is a nursing shortage, but that shortage is mostly in rural areas or is a deficit of experienced nurses, so saturating the market with new grads by lowering the standards to be accepted into nursing programs is not the best answer to this problem. Sorry for the mini rant - but all in all I would say keep your options open, look into multiple programs, and a 12 month program vs. a 24 month program is not going to make a huge difference in the long run.
I went to UNC for the fall semester back in 2014. Their traditional and accelerated are both really competitive to get into besides their RN to BSN and MSN program. UNC takes 80 students fall and spring semester. How many students does CU take for their traditional program? Do you know??
I think about 150 for one of the semesters and maybe 70 for the other. Not totally sure though, if you go to the CU college of nursing website you should be able to find the email address of an admissions counselor who you could ask for a definitive answer - you can do this at any school and they are typically happy to share this kind of info plus info like average GPA of admitted students etc. if you are interested in learning more about specific programs.
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However, CU does also have a traditional program which takes 2 years (same amount of time as DCN) and it is less competitive, has 2 start dates, and accepts a greater number of students in the fall term compared to the UCAN program.
The traditional program actually only has one start date - June of each year.
Perhaps you're thinking of the RN-BSN bridge program? That has both Fall and Spring start dates.
Oh looks like rdig is correct! Maybe I was thinking RN-BSN, I apologize I really thought they had 2 start dates!
Metro state has an accelerated nursing program and as a student there already you could have probably applied to their traditional nursing program. Csu Pueblo has an accelerated program as does uccs. Also Unc has an accelerated program which is about 20 months. Regis has two start dates for their accelerated program; one cohort they take 36 and the other about 90
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