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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.
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%.