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Preparing for a Career in Nursing

There are many levels of nursing careers. You may choose an associate degree program, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) (either one of these degrees will allow you to sit for the board exam to become a registered nurse (RN). The trend is away from the first and toward the latter. A BSN is usually required for working in any community health agency or to move up in a hospital nursing hierarchy. BSN degrees are usually not required for staff nurse positions in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you wish to specialize in a particular area of nursing (e.g., nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse education), you will need to obtain a Master's degree beyond the BSN degree. These degrees are offered in programs at the University of Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado, Regis University, and Bethel (a private school in Colorado Springs). BSN programs are also offered by these institutions. Colorado University also offers a Ph.D. in nursing, and a nursing doctorate (N.D.)

Although Fort Lewis College does not offer a pre-nursing program, many of the courses required for a BSN can be taken here. There is some variation in what the different schools look at for transfer credits, and transfer hours are approved by the school you transfer to, not by Fort Lewis. Below you will find specific information about courses required at the University of Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Southern Colorado, as well as addresses and phone numbers for these institutions.

The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, will accept transfer students from Fort Lewis who have completed 60 credits minimum and have taken the following courses (and their prerequisites):

Anthro 210
Chem 150, 151
Psych 157
Bio 121
Chem 303
Psych 254
Bio 331
Soc 100
Bio 321
Math 201

You may obtain additional information about the CU program from:

The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
School of Nursing, C288
4200 E. Ninth Avenue
Denver, CO 80262
(303) 270-5592

The University of Northern Colorado accepts transfer students into their BSN program if students have completed the following coursework elsewhere:

Chem 150, 151
General Biology
Statistics for Sciences
Anatomy and Physiology
Growth and Development
A Research Paper

UNC will decide ultimately on what they will accept for transfer credit. They base their admissions primarily on GPA (minimum GPA for acceptance in 1993 was 3.55) but also consider rural background, ethnic background, reference letters, and a personal essay. Preference for admission is given to UNC students. More information about the program can be obtained from:

The University of Northern Colorado
School of Nursing
Greeley, CO 80639
(303) 351-1890

Fort Lewis College has a transfer agreement with the nursing program at the University of Southern Colorado. In 1993, USC had 150 applicants and accepted 38 for their BSN program. They only look at GPA, and the minimum GPA for acceptance in 1993 was 3.20. Absolute prerequisites for admission to the USC program are:

8 hours of chemistry with lab
4 hours of organic/biochemistry with lab
8 hours of anatomy and physiology lab
Microbiology and lab
General Psychology
Human Development
High School Algebra
A "multicultural class" (like our non-western classes)

For more information about the USC program, contact:

Nursing Program
Office of Admissions
University of Southern Colorado

Pueblo, CO 81001-4901
(719) 549-2401


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