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University of Colorado Denver

Denver , Colorado ,United States

Veteran and Military Health Care (MS)

Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) is an emerging healthcare specialty based on the unique attributes of the veteran and military service member population. Specific needs of this population include an understanding of veteran and military culture, family dynamics, the invisible and visible consequences of war, service-connected conditions, environmental exposures, diversity, resiliency, reintegration, and making changes in federal healthcare delivery systems. This program is a first of its kind in the nation and has been featured in US News and World Report as part of a constellation of initiatives to serve our veteran population. Veterans Care a Collaborative Focus at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

At the University of Colorado College of Nursing, we believe in helping those who care for our military and veterans. To that end, we offer a graduate certificate?, master's specialty and post-graduate certificate (second MS in Nursing) and DNP Leadership with a veteran and military healthcare specialization. Students can also pursue a combination master's and PhD with VMHC option or a PhD with a VMHC option. Students who earn their master's degree with VMHC emphasis can also continue on and earn their doctorate of nursing practice through the BS-DNP program.

Courses are online and are available as stand-alone courses to non-degree students in all professions, as well as current CU degree-seeking students. Each course is worth 3 graduate-level credits.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Finding a Job
The first and best place to look for student employment opportunities will be on Handshake, CU Denver's online job board. Not sure how to navigate the site? Stop in for our drop in hours during QuickTips and we can sit down together to work on a search strategy.

Types of Employment
Work-Study is a financial aid award that allows undergraduate and graduate students to work part-time to earn money to pay for educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient's course of study. Students earning work-study funds are paid bi-weekly. If awarded work-study, students may search open positions on the Handshake job board.

Students can be awarded Federal or Colorado Work Study. Not sure if you have Work-Study? It will be a specific line item in your financial aid award package located in your student portal.

Student Hourly
Student Hourly positions are on-campus positions funded by a university department’s budget. Work-study and/or financial aid is not required for this type of employment. All hourly students must be enrolled in some credit-earning capacity during the semester in which you are employed. Students may search open positions on the Handshake job board.

Regular Hourly
Regular Hourly positions are offered by businesses in the surrounding Denver community, and are not affiliated with the university. All students, regardless of enrollment or financial need, may apply for these positions through the Handshake job board.

PSW Opportunity

3 years PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Complete applications must include the following:
A completed application from the Graduate School office on the Downtown Denver Campus. Submit an application online: Domestic and International.
One copy of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and for any non-degree courses previously taken.
Three letters of recommendation, in which the recommender specifically addresses the candidate’s ability to pursue successfully the program chosen (forms for recommendation letters are available with the online application).
Evidence of a 3.0 grade point average in previous courses.
A one-page statement of purpose in which the applicant carefully describes reasons and motivation for pursuing the program chosen, and career aspirations upon completing the degree.
A critical writing sample of approximately 10 pages in length.
The Graduate Record Exam scores are optional. You may provide them if you wish, but they are no longer required.
You may meet the ELP requirement if you meet ANY of the options listed below. You are required to submit documentation to prove your fluency. 
You must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) in order to be considered for full admission. Some graduate applicants will be considered for conditional admission if they apply without adequate proof of ELP. 
English Language Proficiency Tests
Minimum Score Requirements
Note: The university minimum scores listed below apply to most graduates programs, with the exception of programs in the College of Nursing.  Check with your individual program to verify the minimum score required.
Overall Score 79 6.5 58
Reading 18 5.5 42
Listening 17 5.5 42
Speaking 20 5.5 42
Writing 17 5.5 42
Overall Score 105
Literacy 85
Conversation 85
Comprehension 85
Production 85
How to Submit Your Scores
Use the information below to submit your scores electronically:
TOEFL IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo