MSN Admission Requirements

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Admission to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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 the first course that is available for a new student in the MSN nursing program. The MSN programs only have one start date a year (Fall Block 1). Students must start with NUR-501 and take a specific course sequence.

Admission Requirements for the MSN Program

  • 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 RN license.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 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 online admission interview.
  • Complete and successfully pass the following documents through CastleBranch. In the upper right corner, enter package code OB74 (first two alpha, second two numeric). Fees apply and are the responsibility of the student.
    • Criminal Background Check. The background check must be completed and passed no later than four weeks after provisional admittance has been extended. Be sure to review the list of disqualifying offenses. Fees apply and are the responsibility of the student.
    • Drug Screen. The drug screen must be completed and passed no later than four weeks after provisional admittance has been extended. A failed drug screen will result in non-admittance into the program.
    • Authorization and Release From (PDF)
    • Student Physical Exam Form (PDF)
    • Other required documents

To submit application-related materials that were not already submitted through the online application, email them to or mail to:

Colorado Christian University
Attn: Service Central – CAGS Transcripts
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228

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, will be evaluated for equivalency on a case-by-case basis, and must fulfill the CCU degree requirements for the MSN. Specific courses which will not be accepted for transfer into the MSN program include specialty track 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 Professions.

State Exclusions for Online Students

Colorado Christian University is required by the U.S. Department of Education to be in compliance with state laws regarding where we can offer distance and/or online education. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with some exceptions for specific academic programs.

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