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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Denver School of Nursing accredited?

Yes, Denver School of Nursing has both programmatic and institutional accreditation as outlined below.

Programmatic Accreditation

The baccalaureate nursing program and the associate nursing program of Denver School of Nursing are accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) 3343 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

Institutional Accreditation

Denver School of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org, (800) 621-7440. 

We have graduates from our BSN and ADN programs working at most major health care facilities in Colorado and many other states. Click here for a partial list of employers.

Is DSN authorized to award degrees? 

Absolutely, all DSN programs are approved and regulated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and we are authorized to grant both Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor Degree in Nursing by this body. Click here to see graduation pictures.What type of college is Denver School of Nursing?

Denver School of Nursing is a private institution of higher education dedicated exclusively to educating students for the diverse opportunities offered by careers in nursing and other medical fields. For more information on the school's history, please click on the Catalogs, Addenda and Related Information link on our Consumer Information page.

What is a typical schedule like?

On-Campus Programs - Each eleven week quarter the class schedule changes. Program class hours can be anytime Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 9 PM, Friday from 7 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Students must be available for clinical hours anytime 24/7. Between every eleven week quarter there is a two week break. Program start dates are throughout the year (link to program start dates).

Online Program (RN to BSN) – Online courses are scheduled two per term for 11-week terms.  For the purpose of participation and attendance, the academic week begins on Monday at 12:00am Mountain Time and ends Sunday at 11:59 pm Mountain Time. Attendance is monitored through class participation.  Program start dates are throughout the year (link to program start dates).

Online students are expected to participate in each of their scheduled classes through the week.  A student participates in class by doing the following:

  • Submitting a post to the discussion board;
  • Posting a paper, project, or other academic assignment; and/or
  • Completing a quiz, exam, mid-term, or final;
  • Make initial post to the weekly discussion by 11:59 PM Wednesday;
  • Respond to the posts of two peers by 11:59 PM MT Friday; and
  • Post any remaining weekly assignments as per instructions in the syllabus.

For 11 week courses that begin on a Monday, students must:

  • Post initial post to the weekly discussion by 11:59 PM Wednesday
  • Respond to the posts of two peers by 11:59 PM MT Friday

How many students are in a class?

On-Campus Programs - At Denver School of Nursing, all on-campus programs include traditional didactic classes in the classroom, classes in the learning skills lab, and clinical classes at appropriate health care facilities. At DSN you'll find that our class sizes are smaller than most universities. Classes are scheduled per starting cohort of students and students track through the program together in all didactic, lab and clinical classes for the length of their program. This allows students to form friendships, study groups, and groups that may carpool together. 

Online Program (RN to BSN) - Online class sizes in the RN to BSN program are limited to 25 students, and most classes will have 20 students or less.  Online programs do not include traditional lab or clinical experiences; however, experiential learning is included as an assignment in some courses.

Are Denver School of Nursing Programs approved?

Yes, all pre-licensure nursing programs at DSN are approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.  Approval allows graduates to apply to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN®) required for professional practice.

Denver School of Nursing, and its programs, are also approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Commission on Higher Education. This approval grants the college the authority to award Associate and Bachelor degrees.

 

Can a DSN graduate with a Colorado license work in another state?

Yes, each state has different requirements for the transferring or endorsement of licenses so you should contact the state’s Board of Nursing in the state you’re interested in to find out the specifics on the process in that state. We have graduates that are currently employed as Nurses in California, Texas, South Carolina, and New Mexico to name a few. There is also a new Nurse Compact that takes effect in July 2007 that allows licensed Nurses from one Compact state to work in any of the other listed states. Please see the Nurse Compact list for specific states.

Is DSN authorized to operate distance education programs (online programs) in my state?

DSN is authorized to enroll students from the specific states listed in the admissions application for distance education programs.  If an applicant’s state is not listed in the DSN admissions application, the college is not yet authorized to enroll students residing in that state.  DSN has been awarded National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) approval.  SARA approval grants the college the ability to offer distance education programs and courses in SARA member states (for more information, please see http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions).    As appropriate for its student population, DSN also seeks authorization in individual states that are not yet members of SARA.

The list of states in which DSN is authorized to offer distance education programs is updated regularly.  If you do not see your state listed by DSN at this time and have questions, please contact the Online Admissions Department.

What are DSN's NCLEX pass rates?

The historical NCLEX pass rates for DSN's programs are available on the Colorado State Board of Nursing’s website.

The latest available pass rates off of the December 31, 2016  NCSBN report are:
Year of 2016 BSN graduates: 90.82%
Year of 2016 ADN graduates: 91.84%

What are the pre-requisite requirements for DSN programs?

All pre-requisite requirements are listed per program under our Prerequisites links on each programs page.

Do the pre-requisite classes need to be complete before I turn in an application?

If students are in their final semester of prerequisite courses at another school and will have their pre-requisites completed by the time they start the program, then they are able to turn in an application for the next available cohort. 

Is there an alternate list for classes at DSN?

You can typically start within three to six months of your application, as DSN provides many start dates throughout the year; however in the cases that a cohort does fill up, an alternate list will be created. Contact the Admissions Department (or Online Admissions Representative for online programs) to find out the status of the start date in which you’re interested. 

Can I work while in school?

On-Campus Programs - We don’t recommend it. All of our nursing programs are considered full time day programs and students have found it’s very difficult to work full time while going to school. If students do work, it’s usually in a healthcare setting on a part-time basis. Students would need a very flexible employer because class and clinical schedules change every quarter.

Online Program (RN to BSN) – Yes, you may work while enrolled in an online program at DSN.  Denver School of Nursing offers a well-paced, fully online RN to BSN degree that is designed to meet the needs of the working RN.

Where do students go for their clinical?  How does this work in online programs?

On-Campus Programs - DSN works with clinical sponsors all over the Denver area. Click to see a sample list of where some of our students have enjoyed their clinical. Students are assigned to their clinical site by DSN. 

Online Program (RN to BSN) - Online programs do not include traditional clinical experiences; however, experiential learning is included as an assignment in some courses.  Experiential learning enables students to apply their learning in direct and indirect care activities that impact health outcomes for a variety of clients across the lifespan and across the continuum of care.  Experiential learning is satisfied in a variety of settings where healthcare is provided or influenced for individuals, groups, communities, and populations.  For the RN to BSN student, this may include experiential learning in his/her place of work or other healthcare facility where the student has arranged opportunities to apply concepts from his/her RN to BSN courses, reflect on this learning, and demonstrate competency.  Experiential learning provides the opportunity for students to integrate new practice-related knowledge and skills.  Competencies may also be demonstrated through virtual practice experiences.  

Does Denver School of Nursing have Federal Financial Aid?

Yes, Denver School of Nursing is an eligible school under the Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs. Tuition financing plans are tailored to the needs of each individual student. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. The Financial Aid Department assists students in the understanding of the application process and the eligibility requirements for various federal, state and/or private sources of student financial aid.

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Where is the DSN campus located?

The campus of Denver School of Nursing is conveniently located on the corner of Market and Nineteenth Streets in the exciting “Lodo” area of downtown Denver, Colorado. Students have access to dining and shopping during lunch hour at Denver’s 16th Street Mall just 3 blocks away. Parking is available on the street and in surrounding lots.

When and how do I apply to the programs?

Please see the Application Process page.

2014 Annual Security Report

Click here to go to the Consumer Information section where you can review the Campus Crime Report. 

DSN Completion / Placement Rate

Click here to review the Completion and Placement Rate information.

I’m a DSN graduate, how do I order my DSN transcript?

All students can request their Official Transcripts by downloading and submitting the Transcript Request Form located on the Registrar page

DBJ Studies

3,000

Studies estimate that Colorado will need 3,000 new nurses a year to make up for both the departing workforce and an increased patient load.
Source: Denver Business Journal

A Sense of Family

As our faculty motivate and help students develop into professional nurses, they treat students like family. Our faculty care. What we do at DSN truly matters.

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