Denver School of Nursing

The Colorado State Board of Nursing has approved the programs of Denver School of Nursing. This approval allows graduates the eligibility to take the licensing exams that are required for their professional goals. Denver School of Nursing is also approved and regulated by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education. (CCHE)

The school is seeking institutional accreditation with an agency acceptable to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado State Board of Nursing. During this process, pursuant to the Colorado Commission of Higher Education authorization, the school will award baccalaureate degrees (BSN) to the graduates of its Upper Division Baccalaureate program, and associate degrees (ADN) to graduates of its Associate Degree in Nursing program and LPN to Associate Degree in Nursing program.

The Denver School of Nursing Board of Trustees has adopted statements of vision, mission, values, goals and philosophy to guide the operation of the institution.


The vision of Denver School of Nursing is to be recognized as an excellent school of choice for individuals seeking higher education leading to careers in nursing and other medical fields.


Denver School of Nursing is a private institution of higher education dedicated exclusively to educating students for the diverse opportunities offered by careers in nursing and other medical fields.


Denver School of Nursing serves students, the nursing profession, health care organizations, clients receiving care, and the increasing needs of society for qualified nurses by offering programs for students who seek careers in nursing and other medical fields.

Denver School of Nursing devotes all of its resources to maintaining quality nursing programs in an environment that focuses on clinical competence across all scopes of practice, and that help develop the technical and thinking skills needed to foster successful careers and a lifetime of continued professional learning.

The programs offered build on foundations of general education common to nursing education, and all of our programs meet or exceed common standards for nursing education programs in Colorado.

The programs explore a differentiated practice model that teaches students to maximize their own role development, to seek the opportunity to learn and collaborate effectively with other nurses of differing educational preparations.

The programs integrate holistic health care values with traditional health care values so students can explore the understanding of whole body wellness in client care. Programs are offered to adult students from the economically and ethnically diverse regional community served.


The philosophy of Denver School of Nursing flows from the mission of the school and supports the concepts of clinical competence, excellence in education, holistic care, professionalism, evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.

The philosophy incorporates the conceptual framework that was developed by faculty to provide direction for the selection and organization of learning experiences to achieve program outcomes. The conceptual framework serves to unite these four constructs:


Nursing is an art and science that identifies, mobilizes and develops strengths of the client through acquired skill, professionalism, knowledge and competence supported by evidence-based practice

Person is a unique, physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and holistic being or community with value, dignity and worth possessing the capacity for growth, change and choices for which they bear responsibility.


Environment is the dynamic subtotal of internal and external elements which impact an individuals perception of and adaptation to the community in which they exist.


Wellness is defined as the individuals perception of his/her quality of life throughout the lifespan and his/her ability to adapt to restrictions of environment, disease or disability.