Colorado Christian University
MSN Admission Requirements

MSN Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSN Program

Admission to the online master's in nursing program at Colorado Christian University 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.

Application deadlines

The completed application deadline is one month prior to the beginning of a course that is available for a new student in the MSN nursing program. There are multiple start dates annually. Students are encouraged to begin their study with NUR501 which is offered block one each semester. However, during the first year of the curriculum, courses are not sequential and therefore students can enter at any time. Once entering the clinical emphasis, courses need to be taken in sequence.

Admission requirements

  • Complete the graduate admission application online.
  • Submit current resume, Curriculum Vitae, or portfolio with a resume through the online application process.
  • Possess a BSN from a regionally accredited higher education institution. The college or university must have national nursing program accreditation from either CCNE or ACEN.
  • Possess an active and unencumbered BSN license.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Some students who qualify for admission may be admitted conditionally. At the end of the student’s first semester, the student's academic progress will be reevaluated to determine their academic standing.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Documentation of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must be present on one of the transcripts.
  • Participate in an admission interview.
  • Complete a criminal background through CastleBranch. In the upper right corner, enter package code OB74 (first two alpha, second two numeric) for the MSN program criminal background check. See Disqualifying Offenses.

Submit admission-related materials

Submit proof of identity, all official college transcript, and other admission documents to AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu or mail to:

Colorado Christian University
CAGS Service Central
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

Transfer of courses

In accordance with CCU’s Graduate Residency Policy, students transferring from a regionally accredited institution may transfer up to nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited master’s program toward the master's degree in nursing, and must complete the remaining hours at CCU. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU degree requirements for the MSN. Specific courses which will not be accepted for transfer into the MSN program include specialty emphasis courses.

Time limitation

All coursework applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a five -year period from the date of enrollment. If a student is not complete after a five-year period, he/she will be required to petition for an exception to the academic policy. Continuing study is not guaranteed and must be approved by the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences.


State Exclusions for Online Students

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensing or Education Theory courses (Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Baccalaureate) to online students who reside in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer RN-BSN Nursing courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.

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