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Nursing School Admissions

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Option

This program is for the student that has already met the prerequisite requirements for the BSN completion program and consists of seven quarters (21 months) of nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components built on a foundation of general education courses transferred in from other accredited institutions.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Option

This program option is for the registered nurse who desires to continue education in nursing at the Bachelor degree level. This option is delivered through distance education (online). The program option consists of both didactic and experiential learning assignments in specific courses and consists of nine quarters (27 months) of study.  

Associate Degree in Nursing Program

This program is for the student that has already met the prerequisite requirements for the ADN completion program and consists of six quarters (18 months) of nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components built on a foundation of general education courses transferred in from other accredited institutions.

 

General Admission Requirements

The applicant must be a high school graduate or possess the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma. The applicant must provide documentation of graduation from high school or college in the form of a valid high school diploma or higher earned degree, transcript, or other acceptable documentation which confirms that the applicant meets or exceeds the academic achievement equivalent to a high school diploma in the USA. It is expected that all official documentation be in place before the start of the program. Any exceptions must be cleared by the admissions committee. All documents from foreign countries must also be translated into English and evaluated to be equivalent or higher than a USA high school diploma.

Unless otherwise noted, all applicants for admission must be high school graduates or hold a GED. For more information on obtaining a GED, please go to www.acenet.edu and select GED Testing Services or contact the local Board of Education or our Admissions Office.

Application Requirements

Candidates for all programs must:

  • The applicant must be 18 years of age or older at the time he/she starts his/her program of study
  • The applicant must complete an application
  • The applicant must interview with an admissions representative and/or other administrative staff (online students conduct interviews by phone)
  • Applicants must pay the application fee and complete all tuition payment requirements
  • Accepted applicants must agree to and sign the Enrollment Agreement

Specific information and details are provided by the Admissions Representative.

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Health Requirements

Pre-licensure (on-ground) students are required to continue and maintain annual updates of immunizations, health insurance, CPR Certification, and to immediately inform the college if there are items that might show on a background check that could create a barrier to clinical practice experience placement or licensure. Please refer to the section below on clinical requirements.

Post-licensure (online) students are required to provide proof of current immunizations, certifications, or health coverage to DSN if needed for experiential learning assignments.

Transfer Credits

Credit (Denver School of Nursing) Transfer to Another Institution – Credits earned at Denver School of Nursing are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving institution. Denver School of Nursing does not guarantee that its credits will transfer to any other institution.

Credit Transfer to Denver School of Nursing – Denver School of Nursing generally does not accept nursing courses from another nursing program, unless the transfer is related to the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. Requests for transfer will be reviewed by the Dean of Nursing Education Programs or his/her designee on a course by course basis. Any nursing courses approved for transfer must have been completed within three (3) years of application at a Board of Nursing approved program (note: this particular requirement does not impact the RN to BSN program). Denver School of Nursing accepts transfer credits if the credits meet the following requirements:

  • Previous institution was either accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or the college determines that the postsecondary institution has equivalent accreditation standing as a foreign institution
  • The content of the course is similar in scope
  • The unit of credit is comparable
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better was attained
  • All Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Microbiology courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of enrollment

Transfer credits are recorded as hours earned toward the program without counting toward a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). General Education credits are transferred if they meet “general education” standards as defined by Denver School of Nursing. No transfer credits will be accepted after the first quarter. Denver School of Nursing does not guarantee the transferability of its credits to any other educational institution. All questions about the transferability of credits should be directed to the receiving institution.

A minimum of 75% of the pre-licensure DSN program courses must be taken at Denver School of Nursing in order to earn a degree from this institution. A minimum of 63 credits in the RN to BSN program option must be earned at Denver School of Nursing.

Competence from Prior Education

Applicants who wish to transfer in nursing courses with clinical or laboratory components, including Pharmacology, may be required to demonstrate clinical competency in the skills lab prior to the acceptance of these courses. Discuss the specific requirements with an admissions representative.

Requirements Relevant to All Programs

Applicants who have completed courses that are different from, but are the equivalent to, those required for admission, should submit official transcripts and course descriptions for review by the Dean of Nursing Education Programs or designee.

Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Denver School of Nursing accepts Advanced Placement (AP) credit only when it appears on a college transcript as “Transfer Credit Applied”. Students who have performed satisfactorily in special college-level courses while in high school, and who have passed appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) examinations conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board may have official scores submitted directly to the Office of Admissions for consideration for college credit. This office, in consultation with the appropriate department chair, determines the amount and nature of the credit and/or advanced placement granted. Students should contact www.collegeboard.com or 888-225-5427 to request official AP scores; the code for Denver School of Nursing is 041483.

Documentation may be requested that verifies credit has been applied. Score must be “three or higher” to receive credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students who have achieved required credit-granting scores on College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams can earn university credit. CLEP examination credit is not given where it duplicates credit previously earned by the student at the university or accepted by the University for Work done elsewhere. To obtain credit or placement for subject exams, a student must receive a score of 50 (Computer Based Testing [CBT] scale) or higher. To obtain credit for College Composition, a student must receive a standard score of 610 (1978 scale), 500 (1986 scale), or 50 (CBT scale). This is a scaled score, equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course.

Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES)

Credits may be awarded to current and former members of the armed forces upon submitting documents received from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Department of Defense. Additional credit may be awarded to veterans of military service who have attended military service schools. This credit is evaluated by the Office of Admissions according to suggested guidelines by the American Council of Education.

Clock Hour/Credit Hour Distribution

Denver School of Nursing operates on a quarter system and awards credits for their courses. Students who have attended a college or university where semester credits were granted may transfer course credits to DSN (note: Denver School of Nursing does not transfer in nursing courses in its LPN to ADN or RN to BSN program options). To convert semester to quarter credits, multiply the semester credits by 1.5. For example, a student who has earned 30 semester credits at an institution on a semester calendar could earn up to 45 quarter credits at DSN.

Denver School of Nursing uses the following clock hour to quarter credit hour conversions:

Ten (10) lecture hours = one (1) quarter credit hour
Twenty (20) lab hours = one (1) quarter credit hour
Thirty (30) externship/clinical hours = one (1) quarter credit hour

In courses delivered as a directed study Denver School of Nursing uses the following clock hour to quarter credit hour conversions:

Five (5) lecture hours = one (1) quarter credit hour
Ten (10) lab hours = one (1) quarter credit hour
Thirty (30) externship/clinical hours = one (1) quarter credit hour

I’m so proud that in less than 12 years, DSN has accomplished more in every category that measures a schools success, than most schools would have in 25 years.

Jeff Johnson

Director of Admissions, Denver School of Nursing
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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

Heather Leck

I felt that I was ready to get into the program, focus on it solely, and get out to be a nurse - a good nurse as soon as possible.

Heather Leck

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