Colorado Christian University (CCU)

Colorado Christian University (CCU) offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs including programs for Nurse Educators and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS). Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
  • Location Lakewood, Colorado
  • Programs BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, CNS, Other
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Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, non-profit, interdenominational Christian college founded in 1914.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure

This program requires 60 credits of pre-nursing coursework. It is a blended format requiring some in classroom learning and some online learning in a year-round, 24-month format.

The core nursing classes are between 5 and 10 weeks in length and taken one at a time. It is an online or face-to-face blended format. Classroom learning is usually 2-3 days a week and clinical days and times will vary throughout the program including day, evening or night shift. Classes are held (for face-to-face learning) in the Lakewood and Grand Junction centers. Graduates are eligible to take the registered nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) and seek state RN licensure.

Please read the State Exclusions for Online Students.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • 18 science prerequisite credit hours at the time of application for nursing admission
  • Grade of 'C; or higher in all prerequisite courses
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of ≥2.5
  • Minimum biological science GPA of ≥2.5
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) score of ≥64% and a science score of ≥53%
  • Drug screen
  • Background check
  • Student physical exam


This program is solely online. The nursing format makes it flexible for RNs to work and complete their coursework without traveling to classes. Students usually complete one course at a time in five-week blocks via online.

Please read the State Exclusions for Online Students,

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Active, unencumbered RN license in the U.S.
  • Proof of current employment as a nurse
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Current CPR card (American Heart Association's Healthcare Provider with AED)
  • Documentation of OSHA and HIPAA training


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

This 39-credit program offers students two areas of emphasis: Clinical Care Management in Adult/Geriatrics and Nursing Education. The MSN program is available online and may be completed in just over two years of full-time study.

Please read the State Exclusions for Online Students.

Clinical Care Management (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

This specialty focuses on nurses working in diverse settings as a clinician, consultant, and coordinator of health care for adult and geriatric populations, emphasizing clinical prevention and improved health outcomes for patients with acute and chronic diseases. The program emphasizes the core foundations of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult and Geriatrics, which is an advanced practice nurse (APRN) specialty role. Included are Christian principles as a moral leader and change agent for various adult populations. The clinical practicum compiles a total of 500 clinical hours.

Nursing Education

The program is unique from other programs in that it emphasizes faith and learning while integrating holistic teaching methods and Christian principles. The clinical practicum is over four courses for a total of 245 clinical hours.

Admission to the MSN program is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated on previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate level work in a Christ-Centered community of nurse leaders is required.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Current resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • BSN from regionally accredited higher education institution
  • BSN nursing program accreditation from either CCNE or ACEN
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must be present on one of the transcripts
  • Admission interview
  • Criminal background check


CCU's RN to MSN degree option allows students to earn both the BSN and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, saving the student time and money. After being accepted into the MSN program, students can apply up to three graduate-level courses (9 credit hours) from the RN-BSN toward the MSN program, providing a head start in the online MSN program.


The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredited Colorado Christian University.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN and MSN programs.


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #96-#127 in Regional Universities West
  • #210 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #7 of 725
  • Best College Dorms in America #10 of 1,370
  • Best Online Colleges in America #24 of 153
  • Best College Campuses in America #89 of 1,408
  • Best Christian Colleges in America #146 of 356
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #215 of 1,542
  • Best Small Colleges in America #346 of 997
  • Top Private Universities in America #449 of 975
  • Best College Locations in America #475 of 1,553
  • Best Colleges in America #736 of 1,647
  • Best Value Colleges in America #974 of 1,590
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #1,278 of 1,592
  • Best College Dorms in Colorado #1 of 17
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Colorado #1 of 9
  • Best College Campuses in Colorado #3 of 17
  • Best Small Colleges in Colorado #3 of 12
  • Top Private Universities in Colorado #4 of 8
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Colorado #5 of 24
  • Best Colleges in Colorado #8 of 24
  • Best Value Colleges in Colorado #11 of 23
  • Best College Locations in Colorado #12 of 24
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Colorado #23 of 24
  • Best Colleges in Denver Area #6 of 12
  • Best Value Colleges in Denver Area #7 of 11 listed CCU in the "70 Best Christian Colleges & Universities" (2019). listed CCU in their Best Colleges in Colorado for 2018.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) ranked CCU in the top 2% of colleges nationwide.

College Factual ranked CCU #15 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado.

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