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.