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FAQs: Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Eligibility Questions

How can I tell if the program I graduated (or will graduate) from is an 'accredited nursing baccalaureate program'?

University of Colorado Hospital requires all nurses to have graduated from a program accredited either by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.); formerly NLNAC. Most programs have both CCNE and ACEN accreditations. The minimum requirement is that the program has, at least, one of the two accreditations.

To determine if your program is accredited, please check on the CCNE or ACEN databases.



I obtained a BSN from an ADN-BSN or LPN-BSN program. Am I eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program?

No, unfortunately, only graduates from a traditional BSN program or from an accelerated BSN program are eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program. Associated Degrees in Nursing (ADN)-to-BSN programs and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)-to-BSN graduates are not eligible for the Residency Program. If you graduated from an accredited ADN-BSN or LPN-BSN program, you are eligible to apply for one of the Hospital's experienced nursing positions after one year of registered nursing experience.

Accelerated BSN graduates from accredited programs are eligible to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.

I will be graduating with a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) next year, but have already passed the NCLEX exam and obtained my RN license this year; am I eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program?

No, you would not be eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program if you have not graduated yet even if you have your RN license.

I graduated more than 6 months ago from the start date of the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program I would like to apply for. Am I eligible?

No, unfortunately, you must have graduated at least six months from the start date of the program you are applying to. This usually means you are eligible for the next two programs - for example, a May graduate would be eligible to apply for the July program and for the October program but not the following February program. Even if you had not been working as a nurse, you must have graduated within six months of the program start date.

Occasionally and with committee approval, we are able to consider applicants who fall outside the six month window if they are able to provide documentation of:

  • Required military obligations
  • Personal, un-forseen, medical emergencies

We are not able to consider applicants who are requesting a hardship exception because of:

  • Inability to find a job
  • Inability to obtain a RN licensure
  • Travel or missionary work
  • Relocation
  • Forseen personal and medical reasons

If you believe you may be eligible for a 'hardship exception', please follow these instructions:

  • Apply for the program that you are currently eligible for following posted requirements and deadlines. Example: If you graduated in December, you would submit your hardship for the February cohort. Hardships submitted after the cohort you are currently eligible for will not be further considered.
  • With your application, provide a written statement detailing your hardship.
  • After the application deadline, you will be notified if your hardship exception was approved via email. All decisions will be final.

I will graduate or I currently reside outside of Colorado. Am I eligible for the program?

Yes, out-of-state candidates are eligible for the program if they meet the other eligibility requirements. No preference is extended to Colorado candidates. A significant percentage of program participants are out-of-state Residents at the time of offer.

Out-of-state applicants are highly encouraged to apply for Colorado licensure at the time of their NCLEX. Applicants can sit for the NCLEX in any state. Applying for Colorado endorsements after being issued an out-of-state licensure will take an additional month after receiving your initial licensure. All offers are contingent on verification of Colorado (or NLC licensure). Offers have been withdrawn due to lack of licensure to practice in Colorado by the start date.

For more information or questions on the NCLEX, Colorado endorsement process, NLC licensure, or other licensure questions, please contact the Colorado Board of Nursing.

Application Questions

I applied for the last program. Do I need to re-submit my application?

You must go online and re-submit an online application for each program you would like to be considered for. We will only use the most current submissions.

My preceptor spends more time with me than my clinical instructor. Who should complete my clinical evaluation?

Your clinical evaluation must be completed by your most recent clinical instructor or preceptor.

You may ask other clinical instructors and preceptors to submit a clinical evaluation in addition to the one submitted by your most recent clinical instructor or preceptor.

My senior practicum (or capstone) just began (or has not begun) and my clinical instructor can not complete a clinical evaluation yet; what should I do?

If your senior practicum clinical instructor or preceptor has not had the opportunity to fully evaluate your clinical performance, please ask your most recent clinical instructor or preceptor to complete the clinical evaluation form. Please continue to include your current clinical instructor contact information at the bottom of the supplemental application.  

I have additional references and clinical evaluations I would like to include with my applications. Can I do this?

Yes, you may please submit these items with the rest of your online application. Additional references are not required.

I attached my application to my online profile and am worried it was not received. How can I confirm you received all of my application?

Unfortunately, we are not able to confirm the receipt of individual emails and attachments. On average, Human Resources receives over 400 applications for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program in addition to hundreds of non-Residency applications. Therefore, we are not able to confirm receipt of each email or attachment.

The applicant tracking system only allows for me to upload one document. How do I upload my resume, supplemental application, and unofficial transcripts?

Documents will need to either be scanned into an Adobe PDF file or scanned into a Microsoft Word document. There is a size limit of 2 MB on attachments. Please ensure that the document you upload is in a printable format and fits the 2 MB requirements. Specifically, if you choose to upload a Microsoft Word document, copying and pasting information may change the formatting of your original document.

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