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    Colorado Mesa University (CMU) offers Practical Nursing certificates, undergraduate BSN, graduate MSN, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.

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    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited ACEN Accredited
    • Location Grand Junction, Colorado
    • Programs BSN, LPN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, LPN-to-BSN, MSN-to-DNP, NP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Colorado Mesa University was founded in 1925 and is a public institution.

    Academic Nursing Programs

    Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN)

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    LPN to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN-BSN)

    Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP: FNP)

    Undergraduate


    Practical Nursing (PN)

    The Practical Nursing program is designed for the student to become an LPN. LPNs provide care in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, long-term care facilities and clinics. After completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the State Board examination (NCLEX) for LPN Licensure.

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    The BSN is 4 semesters in length, not including the prerequisite courses required before the application into the program; accepts 38 students, twice a year.

    Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

    1. Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam - allowed to take ONE time
    2. Personal interviews for selected candidates
    3. Successful completion of a criminal background investigation

    Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN-BSN)

    Applicant Eligibility (not all inclusive)

    1. Complete general education/prerequisite courses OR will have completed all general education/ prerequisite courses by the end of the semester in which the application is submitted
    2. Graduate of a state approved Practical Nursing program
    3. Current LPN license in good standing
    4. IV certification
    5. Positive prior criminal history - candidate must contact the state licensing board to determine if prior history will affect eligibility to be licensed as RN upon graduation

    Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Online

    Nurses who already hold an RN can become BSN prepared nurses via online education.

    Applicants must meet the following requirements for RN to BSN admission (not all inclusive):

    • Minimum GPA 2.5
    • Graduated from a school regionally accredited
    • Complete associate degree or diploma program in nursing accredited by the CCNE or ACEN
    • Complete prerequisites prior to starting the program
    • Active, unrestricted US RN license

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    The MSN program is for students who hold a BSN degree and would like to take their practice to a graduate level. The program is a hybrid program, allowing flexibility to work. The program consists of a capstone project as part of the course study. At the completion of the program, each MSN student must complete and pass an oral comprehensive examination.

    General Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • BSN from regionally accredited and discipline specific (CCNE or ACEN) college or university
    • Current, unrestricted RN license
    • GPA 3.0 or better in nursing coursework earned toward BSN
    • GPA 3.0 or better for prior graduate work
    • Three letters of professional and academic recommendation
    • 2,500-word essay demonstrating scholarly writing, critical thinking, depth of analysis and common knowledge of nursing current events
    • Interview, if required, with members of the Graduate Admission Committee

    Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is for nurses seeking the opportunity to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The program is 27 credit hours in length.

    General Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • BSN from regionally accredited and discipline specific (CCNE or ACEN) college or university
    • Current, unrestricted RN license
    • GPA 3.0 or better in nursing coursework earned toward a BSN
    • GPA 3.0 or better for prior graduate work
    • Three letters of professional and academic recommendation
    • 2,500 word-count essay demonstrating scholarly writing, critical thinking, depth of analysis and common knowledge of nursing current events
    • Interview, if required, with members of the Graduate Admission Committee
    Frequently Asked Questions

    "Is a DNP capstone project required?"

    Students who graduate from the DNP program take part in a capstone  project. This scholarly project lays out the foundation for the student's doctoral work. The focus is to improve patient outcomes through evidence-based practice.

    "How many students are accepted into the DNP program each year?"

    There are 15 students accepted every year.

    "Is the GRE required to apply to the DNP program?"

    Students who have less than a 3.0 GPA are required to take the GRE.

    NCLEX Pass Rates

    • LPN to BSN - 90.48% (2018)
    • Practical Nursing (LPN) - 95.08% (2019)
    • Traditional BSN - 84.21% (2018)

    Accreditation and Approval

    Colorado Mesa University (CMU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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

    The BSN program is approved by the State Board of Nursing of Colorado and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    The PN Technical Certificate is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #25 in Regional Colleges West
    • #6 in Top Public Schools
    • #264-#346 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
    • #132-#170 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #199-252 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #143-182 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

    NICHE (2019)

    • Most Conservative Colleges in America #180
    • Best College Campuses in America #266
    • Best College Dorms in America #295
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #709
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #711
    • Most Conservative Colleges in Colorado #3
    • Best College Dorms in Colorado #6
    • Best College Campuses in Colorado #7
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Colorado #13
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Colorado #13

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