The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus and Fort Lewis College have formed a unique partnership for a four-year nursing degree. This program brings top medical education to the rural and Indigenous-focused FLC campus in Southwest Colorado.
The partnership introduces a new approach to healthcare, blending practical, culturally-aware patient care with modern medical trends such as telehealth, which is especially needed in the rural areas near Durango.
CU Nursing will welcome the first cohort of students in the Summer of 2025.
Admitted students will earn their bachelor of science degree from the highest-ranked Colorado nursing program.
Start with two years of courses at FLC, then apply to the CU Nursing program. Choose 'pre-nursing' for your major to ensure you meet CU Nursing's requirements.
Learn holistic healthcare that serves the diversity of the Four Corners region. Classes are in the updated Skyhawk Hall with state-of-the-art learning tools and simulations.
"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."
The FLC/CU Nursing program is for students at FLC or those who just graduated. If you're a current student, choose 'pre-nursing' to get the correct guidance. Recent grads should talk to CU Nursing about any extra needed courses.
Apply by September 15.
Find more application details on the CU Nursing website
Students currently enrolled at Fort Lewis College should reach out to the pre-nursing advising team to create a plan that will ensure completion of the CU Nursing prerequisite requirements for admission and enrollment. General guidance on admission includes:
The CU Nursing program is a cohort model with all students completing in two years. The curriculum engages students in clinical activities in the first semester and concludes in the final semester with a clinical immersion which engages the students in applying their full clinical and didactic training in a professional setting.
The CU Nursing sample curriculum plan is available online. The program is a full-time, on-campus program with limited online courses. As a cohort model, the credits required per semester cannot be altered.
Due to the rigor of the program, working is not recommended but understood. If working is necessary, it is encouraged to seek flexible part-time employment that can be arranged around class and clinical scheduling.
Your career path
This community-facing program will prepare you for a future career and address gaps in regional healthcare services:
Maggie LaRose, Director of Nursing