University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus Partnership

Undergraduate nursing program

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Earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing through our partnership with the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus. Beginning in Fall 2023, this Durango-based four-year program is the first of its kind in Colorado.

The experience includes STEM-focused general education courses and nursing courses uniquely aligned to rural, Indigenous healthcare perspectives.

You’ll learn hands-on, culturally sensitive, patient-centered healthcare with the latest trends in medicine—an immediate need in rural communities in the Southwest.

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Why a nursing degree with a rural focus is important

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 46% of employers require a bachelor’s degree for new nursing hires. 88% strongly prefer baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

Historically, the lack of training facilities and teaching personnel has led to nursing shortages, especially in rural areas. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Colorado had the fourth-lowest concentration of nursing professionals by state in the U.S. in 2020.

In 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office studied employment data from Indian Health Service and found there are not enough healthcare providers in the IHS service area for quality and timely healthcare to Indigenous people. The average vacancy rate for physicians, nurses, and other care providers was 25%.

Fast facts

  • This is a traditional four-year nursing program for students interested in a nursing practice focused on a rural, community, and Indigenous lens.
  • You will complete your degree on FLC's Durango campus.
  • Courses will be primarily in-person with some hybrid options.
  • Your final degree will list a B.S.N degree from CU College of Nursing and reference the FLC Rural & Indigenous Health Program.
  • FLC and CU commit to the Native American Tuition waiver covering tuition costs for the first two years. Scholarships and other funding will replace the waiver as a CU nursing student in your junior year.

Admission & coursework

  • You will experience a holistic admission process that will focus on your interview and course performance.
  • The first cohort of 24 students will start as FLC students in Fall 2023. 24 new students will be admitted each fall.
  • Students will be admitted to the FLC's “pre-nursing track,” take general courses for the first two years and apply for admission to the CU College of Nursing program for the last two years.
  • This program is not available for transfer students.