Apply to the Program

Steps to Successful Enrollment

Step 1. Attend an Information Session

Interested in the integrated nursing pathway? Join us at a general information session on the Auraria Campus (see list below for locations) and learn about the program, prerequisites and admissions process.

  • These are drop-in sessions and there is no need to RSVP.
  • Occasionally, information sessions need to be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs, a notification will be posted as soon as it is available.
  • If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please make an appointment for an individual meeting with Kathy Welsch, program coordinator.
  • Don't forget: Students in these categories (RN, LPN, RPT, prior bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree) are not eligible and are encouraged to apply directly to other BSN accredited schools, accelerated or second-degree programs. Please contact Kathy Welsch with questions about this.

2020 General Information Sessions


Monday, April 13, 2020   CANCELED  
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3 - 4:00 p.m. Confluence Building, Room 213

Step 2. Enroll in CCD

If you have not done so already, you must enroll in CCD before you can apply to the integrated nursing pathway program.

You must have official transcripts from all previous educational experiences outside of high school (colleges, universities, etc.) sent to the Office of Registration & Records before applying to the INP program (see Step 5). Please note: This program is intended for Colorado residents who complete the majority of their prerequisites in the Colorado Community College System.

Step 3. Prerequisites

Students accepted into the INP program will have the option to choose the Associate of General Studies Degree (A.G.S.) or the Associate of Science degree (A.S.). Those choosing the A.S. degree must take one Oral Communication class, COM 115, 125 or 220. Students who do not take one of these classes will receive an A.G.S. degree.

You must complete all nine required prerequisites courses by the end of the spring semester in the year you are applying to the program.

BIO 111 General College Biology 5
ENG 121 English Composition I 3
MAT 121 College Algebra 4
MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics 3
CHE 101 Introduction to Chemistry 5
PSY 101 General Psychology I 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I 3
HWE 100 Human Nutrition 3
ART/HUM Arts/Humanities (1 class)* 3
  Total Credits 32

*If taking an art class, it must be a non-performance class. Philosophy courses do not meet this prerequisite requirement.

About the Prerequisites

  • The integrated nursing pathway program’s prerequisites are different than other baccalaureate and associate degree programs.
  • Please do not take Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, English Composition 2 and Human Growth and Development courses until you have been admitted to the INP program.
  • Students may take most prerequisites in any order.
  • Please note: CU College of Nursing will only accept AP credit for the following prerequisite classes: Statistics, Psychology, and History. AP Calculus will count as College Algebra but not Calculus. CU College of Nursing will only take CLEP scores for Algebra (College Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus all will count as College Algebra), Psychology, Sociology and English Composition 1. CCD will transfer in credit for all AP, IB and CLEP credits, but CU College of Nursing will only accept the above scores/classes for INP prerequisites. If you took AP Biology or Algebra, you will still need to take these classes to fulfill the INP prerequisites. AP scores need to be 4 or 5 on the exam. CLEP scores need to be 54 or higher to be able to accept as credit.
Points to Consider
  • Take Algebra before Biology.
  • We strongly encourage you to take the science classes with labs in the classroom.
  • Give careful consideration to taking intense or heavy credit hour classes, such as the sciences, in the summer semester; these classes are shorter and taught in a compressed format.
  • Minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA or higher is required. This GPA includes the highest grade attempts for courses included on transcripts at the time of application. Suggested cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on all previous course attempts.
  • Prerequisites that were completed more than 10 years ago are not accepted.

As you near completion of the prerequisite courses listed above, please contact Kathy Welsch, the program coordinator, for an appointment.

Step 4. Complete an Application

We will be using the NursingCAS website for the INP program application.

  • The application begins January 1st and ends March 31st of each year.
  • The deadline for all application materials to be received by NursingCAS is March 31st each year, for a fall start date in the year of application.
  • To apply, you must have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher and you must have completed all 9 of the initial prerequisites for the program by the end of the spring semester in the year in which you are applying.

For help with the application, please download and view these instructions.

Make sure that you apply to the University of Colorado (not the University of Colorado - Denver). Then scroll down and find the Integrated Nursing Pathway. There is an application fee of $50. You will also need to send a copy of all college transcripts to NursingCAS, as well as CCD. 

Nursing CAS | Please be sure to follow the instructions on this site very carefully. Please read the frequently asked questions section on this website before contacting the INP program coordinator.


You will need to submit a resume and you must submit two references (names and email addresses for contacting by NursingCAS, one of which needs to be an academic reference. You also need to request a letter of reference from each of your references which they will upload into the email that they receive from NursingCAS.  You will also need to submit a 500-word essay written in your own words, which addresses all three of the following prompts: 1) Describe your perceptions and attitude about nursing today. In your answer, identify current information about the field of nursing, including the commitments, expectations and career options; 2) What do you believe are the demands of a nursing education and how have you prepared to make this significant change to your current situation; 3) Describe an experience or encounter that illustrates what you would bring to the INP program in terms of diversity and inclusion.

TOEFL and IELTS scores must be sent to CU College of Nursing when you register for these tests. AP and CLEP scores only need to be sent to CCD and CU if they are not listed on a college transcript.

Step 5. Submit Admission Documents


You must have official transcripts from all previous collegiate or other post-high school educational experiences such as trade schools, cosmetology schools, etc. sent to CCD for review, even if the classes are over 10-years old. The deadline for your materials to be received by the admissions department is March 31st. Allow for six to eight (6-8) weeks for documents to be processed. You will also need to send a copy of your transcripts to NursingCAS as part of the application process.

Send transcripts to:

Community College of Denver
Office of Registration & Records
Campus Box 201
P.O. Box 173363
Denver, CO 80217-3363

Language Proficiency Requirement

Excellent oral and written English communication skills are necessary prerequisites for admission to the University of Colorado (CU) College of Nursing. Applicants for the integrated nursing pathway program will be contacted during the application process if proof of language proficiency is required. The deadline to submit passing scores to the CU College of Nursing is the end of the first full week in April each year.

If your primary language is not English, or if you are an International Student, you will need to demonstrate required English language proficiency by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
  • You have obtained a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with a speaking score of 26.  TOEFL code number for the University of Colorado is 3377. Be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that CU will receive the results.
  • You have obtained a total score of 6.5 (speaking score of 8 or higher) on the IELTS exam. IELTS code 4875 for the University of Colorado. For more information visit:
  • You have graduated from the University of Colorado-Denver's ESL Academy.
  • You have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
  • You have earned a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or you have completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master's program at an accredited institution in the U.S.

Step 6. Meetings with the INP Program Coordinator

If unable to come to one of the Information sessions, you may make an appointment to meet with Kathy Welsch, program coordinator.