At University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus)

Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Nurse Residency program

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You’ve done it. You just dedicated years to learning how to fulfill your dream—becoming the best nurse possible. What’s next? How do you make that all-important transition from student to professional nurse?

Our nationally-accredited Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program is the transition that will make the critical difference in your career.

As a newly graduated RN in our Nurse Residency Program, you will receive the education and support necessary to develop the judgment, skill and knowledge you’ll need to become the highest caliber nurse. A lofty goal – yet a very achievable one – our Magnet status guarantees you will be mentored by the best, most highly educated nurses in Colorado and the country. This invaluable program will enable a clear career path into acute care nursing. In fact, many graduates of this esteemed program have gone on to become charge nurses, nurse educators, preceptors and more.

Enrollees in our program receive a year of post-baccalaureate education, comprised of:

  • 10-24 weeks of orientation & precepted experience on the clinical unit of hire
  • Paid specialty courses (part of your 36-hour work week) designed for your specific unit occurring throughout the year
  • Paid monthly Nurse Residency Seminars, providing additional curriculum and mentoring support

Our Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency is facilitated by UCHealth’s expert registered nurses with program goal emphasis on:

  • Transition from entry-level advanced beginner to competent professional nurse in the clinical environment
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Develop strategies to incorporate research-based and other evidence into practice
  • Develop clinical leadership skills at the point of patient care
  • Practice collaboratively as members of the inter-professional healthcare team
  • Formulate an individual career plan that promotes a life-long commitment to professional nursing

When you successfully complete the program, you can look forward to a second year of pursuing your nursing passion through continued employment at our nationally-recognized, Magnet status hospital.

2018 Program dates and milestones

July 2018 Cohort
August 2018 Cohort
October 2018 Cohort

Application information

To be considered, all parts of the metro Denver Nurse Residency application packet must be received online by the application deadline.

Applicant eligibility
Application requirements
Reminders & tips
Interviewing process
Nurse licensure

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The Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program at University of Colorado Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

UHC | AACN Nurse Residency Program CCNE Accredited
UCH’s Nurse Graduate Residency Program partners with University of Colorado’s College of Nursing