Program overview

Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado offer a Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.

We value education and clinical excellence, providing a supportive residency for our BSN graduate nurses. Our nurse-to-patient ratios reflect a caring and quality framework to ensure best practices for patient safety and excellent care.

Nurses have an opportunity for career development through our active and extensive education and evidence-based practice research programs.

Designed with input from our graduate nurses, our one-year graduate nurse residency program is structured to provide the critical elements important for a successful transition into professional nursing practice.

2019 Program dates/deadlines

February 25, 2019
  • Application window opens Monday October 29, 2018
  • Application window closes Friday November 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. MST
  • Candidates for this program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start date. A Colorado RN license or multi-state eNLC compact RN license will be required by the start date.
July 29, 2019
  • Application window opens Monday April 8, 2019
  • Application window closes Friday April 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. MST
  • Candidates for this program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start date. A Colorado RN license or multi-state eNLC compact RN license will be required by the start date.
October 21, 2019
  • Application window opens Monday July 8, 2019
  • Application window closes Friday July 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. MST
  • Candidates for this program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start date. A Colorado RN license or multi-state eNLC compact RN license will be required by the start date.

Program highlights

  • Choice of entry into clinical areas, including emergency department, intensive care, specialty units, women and infants, medical, surgical, post-trauma, orthopedics and neurosciences.
  • Formal orientation program with guided clinical experiences by competent, trained preceptors.
  • Program and unit oversight by clinical nurse specialists/clinical nurse educators.
  • Essential classes for practice: telemetry, critical care and others by specialty.
  • A positive professional environment with opportunities for collaborative, collegial relations with all disciplines.
General information

As part of our Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program, you will receive a year of post-baccalaureate education, comprised of:

  • 12-24 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 program is facilitated by expert nurses with special emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Leadership abilities.
  • Written & verbal communication skills.
  • Research-based practice.
  • Patient safety.
  • Professional career development.

When you successfully complete the program, you can look forward to a second year of employment at our award-winning, Magnet-designated hospitals.

Because new graduate RNs are hired to work on specific inpatient units, you must list your top two choices on your application. Availability will change with each cohort. Flexibility in your preferences will be a plus in ensuring placement.

For a more detailed description of each unit, please see the “Nursing Unit Descriptions” link below.

Successful completion of the NCLEX and a current Colorado or multi-state eNLC compact RN license are required before the start date.

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

The Nurse Residency Program starts three times a year: February, July and October.

Applicant eligibility

Graduated from an ACEN or CCNE-accredited nursing baccalaureate program (BSN).

Graduated within the past 12 months from the program start date.

Must be seeking first nursing role since graduation.

For additional questions, please read through the FAQ tab.

Application requirements

Please apply online for the RN graduate position at https://careers.uchealth.org, or access the application through the link at the bottom of this page.

  1. The first step will be to upload the required supplemental document (see below for more information on the supplemental document). You will see a red box at the top of the first page of the application, where it allows you to upload a resume. This is where you will attach your supplemental document.
  2. Once you have uploaded your supplemental document, proceed with the application below. Ensure that required information, education, and work history are accurate and up-to-date. The email and phone number you list will be the primary means of communication for program updates.

Supplemental document (required):  This single PDF or MS Word document must be in the order described below and will be comprised of the following pages:

  • Page 1 – Supplemental Application (MS Word file). Please answer ALL the questions on the supplemental application.
  • Page 2 – Cover letter
  • Page 3 – Comprehensive resume
  • Page 4 – Letter of Recommendation
  • Page 5+ – Nursing school unofficial transcripts

**Please ensure that when the document is uploaded, it is in a printable format. Only apply if you truly have all pages of your document ready to upload. Incomplete applications will not be further considered**

Once your multi-step application document is verified to meet all of the above criteria by Human Resources, you will receive an electronic reference-check to the email associated with your applicant profile from a company called SkillSurvey. Please respond to this request at your earliest convenience.

Please email recruiter Julie Willis with any application complications: julie.willis@uchealth.org

Interviewing process

Applications will be reviewed after the deadline. A recruiter will contact selected applicants by email to schedule an interview. Applicants will not be contacted for an interview until after the application closing deadline.

All candidates selected for an interview are required to interview in-person with the selection team at their own expense. All candidates who apply will be notified by email once the positions have been filled. For additional questions, please read through the FAQ tab.

Offers

Offers are contingent and are not considered official until the following items are received:

  • Final, “official” transcripts from your school with BSN graduation date.
  • Current American Heart Association BLS card current through 60 days past the program start date Passing a post-offer, pre-employment health screen, drug screen, completion of criminal background check and successful completion of the NCLEX exam.
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX exam. Candidates are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to the program start date.
  • Colorado or multi-state eNLC compact RN license
Nurse licensure

Nurse Licensure

Colorado State Board of Nursing: 303-894-2430.

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 a Colorado or multi-state eNLC compact RN license. Offers have been withdrawn due to lack of licensure to practice in Colorado by the start date.

Frequently asked questions
Eligibility Questions
How can I tell if the program I graduated (or will graduate) from is an accredited nursing baccalaureate program?
UCHealth 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.
To determine if your program is accredited, please check on the CCNE or ACEN databases.
I graduated more than 12 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 within 12 months from the start date of the program to which you are applying. Even if you had not been working as a nurse, you must have graduated within 12 months of the program start date.

Occasionally and with committee approval, we are able to consider applicants who fall outside the 12-month window if they are able to provide documentation of:
  • Required military obligations
  • Personal, unforeseen, 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 an RN licensure
  • Travel or missionary work
  • Relocations
If you believe you may be eligible for a ‘hardship exception’, please follow these instructions:
1. Apply for the program following posted requirements and deadlines.
2. With your application, provide a written statement detailing your hardship.

3. 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 multi-state eNLC compact RN licensure. Offers have been withdrawn due to lack of licensure to practice in Colorado by the start date.

Application Questions
I applied for the last program. Do I need to resubmit my application?

You must go online and resubmit an online application for each program you would like to be considered for. Therefore, if you applied for the July program and are reapplying for the October program, you will need to apply online again.  We will only use the most current submissions.

Descriptions of nursing units

>> See Nursing Unit Descriptions for PVH and MCR