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CU Nursing Fort Lewis College Collaborative

A nationwide example of how to address rural health disparities through the lens of preventative, Indigenous, and community-based health care.

We welcome the first cohort Fall of 2023!

The collaborative


The CU Nursing Fort Lewis College Collaborative is the first of its kind in Colorado and will provide innovative solutions to nursing shortages in rural areas, health inequities in diverse communities, and the nursing profession’s need for diversification.

The Nursing program will experiment with new approaches to rural nursing education, including designing simulation labs that incorporate indigenous healing, creating communities of practice that connect regional health practitioners, and bringing together telehealth with culturally responsive care.

Melissa Knight-Maloney, Professor of Health Science

"The Nursing Collaborative is an exciting opportunity to connect the Front Range to the Western Slope. Blending FLC’s commitment to student success and CU Anschutz’s expertise will make this program a nationwide example of how to address rural health disparities through the lens of preventative, Indigenous, and community-based health care."

  • How to apply
  • Fort Lewis College pre-requisite courses
  • CU Anschutz Nursing program
How to apply

Apply as a student to Fort Lewis College. The first cohort of students will start as FLC "pre nursing track" students in Fall 2023.

After completing their first year, students undergo a holistic admissions process to determine their eligibility for and acceptance into the CU Nursing program cohort.

Fort Lewis College pre-requisite courses

Students must complete 16 pre-requisite courses in the sciences and liberal arts core courses with a grade of C or better. Courses include Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, College Algebra, and Psychology.

  • All prerequisites listed below are required (must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline).
  • A grade of C or higher is required for each prerequisite (grades of C- or below are not accepted).
  • Students must complete 16 semester credits (11 quarter credits) the semester before beginning the program. Of these 16 semester credits (11 quarter credits), only one (1) course can be from Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, or Microbiology
CU Anschutz Nursing program

FLC & CU Anschutz will admit 24 students to the Nursing program each year, with the first cohort admitted in late 2024 to start Nursing classes in 2025.

Entrance to the program will be based on a holistic review to include the student's experience and interest in rural and community-based nursing practices, as well as their success in the required prerequisite courses.

Students will apply to the program in the Summer of 2024 after completing 30 credit hours.

Your career path

FLC students working in a laboratory

This community-facing program will prepare you for a future career and address gaps in regional healthcare services:


Maggie LaRose, Director of Nursing