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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!

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B.S. in Nursing

Gain a 4 year bachelors degree in nursing at Fort Lewis College in partnership with CU Anschutz Nursing.

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4 years at FLC

All 4 years of the Nursing program are at the Fort Lewis College campus. We will deliver courses primarily in-person.

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A unique approach

We weave community-based, rural, and Indigenous perspectives into each course.

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.

Fort Lewis College pre-requisite courses

Students must complete prerequisite 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.

A minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA is required for the nursing admission process. This prerequisite GPA is created using the highest grade attempts reported on transcripts at the time of application.

Due to the competitive nature of our program, we strongly suggest a minimum overall Science GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

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 is determined using a holistic review process, which includes reviewing all required documents, an admission interview if selected, and participation in our spontaneous writing activity.

Students will apply to the program from February 2024 to September 2024 for the first nursing cohort to begin in June 2025.

Your career path

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


Maggie LaRose, Director of Nursing