Programs offered at the Montrose Campus

The Montrose Campus has been serving students in the Montrose and surrounding region since 1991. The Campus provides courses leading to the completion of selected associate of art (AA) degrees, bachelor of art (BA) degree completion tracks, general education classes, and selected upper division and graduate-level classes.

To view all programs available through Colorado Mesa University visit the 2018-2019 Academic Programs page.

Business

CMU Montrose offers associate degrees in business administration and applied business.   Depending on whether you want to run your own business, expand your skills, or be more competitive in the job market, our advising staff can help you select the degree program that is right for you.  Classes are offered in the evening for working students and are available online as well.  If you decide to set your academic sights higher, both degrees are a springboard to transition into CMU bachelor’s degree programs in business administration or applied business. 

Associate Degree in Applied Business  (Front-Line Supervision Program)

The applied business program teaches students essential business skills for the workplace, particularly how to be an effective front-line supervisor. This program is suited for students interested in running their own business or being hired or promoted by employers.

Courses teach skills related to employee supervision, customer service, marketing, budgeting, human resources, office software tools (e.g., Excel, Outlook, Word), and problem solving. 

Students in this program have the flexibility of taking courses on-line or in-person.   Students may choose to complete the certificate in applied business before completing the associate degree.

For more information about the applied business program visit:

https://www.coloradomesa.edu/wccc/programs/office-administration.html

For detailed information about the coursework for this program visit:

https://www.coloradomesa.edu/academic-program-sheets/documents/1819/aas-appliedbus-frontlinesuper-1819.pdf

Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Business Administration

While similar to the applied business program, the business administration program places greater emphasis on students receiving a liberal arts education and learning theories and concepts related to business. 

Students take courses in history, humanities, natural sciences and other topics that broaden their knowledge about the world and strengthen their ability to think critically and communicate effectively both in writing and orally.

Coursework in business includes economics, business law, business communications, information technology, and accounting.

For detailed information about the coursework for this program, visit:

https://www.coloradomesa.edu/academic-program-sheets/documents/1819/aa-businessadministration-1819.pdf

Education

CMU Montrose offers degree programs in early childhood education and elementary education.  Each of the degree programs can be completed entirely at the Montrose campus.  The programs include a combination of courses taught using on-site faculty, taught in CMU Grand Junction and transmitted in real-time to the Montrose campus via a simultaneous two-way video and audio transmission and online courses.

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Emphasis: Early Childhood Education

This program is for students seeking careers in caring for young children from birth to age eight.  Graduates find employment in large and small child care centers, open their own home care centers, work in school settings, or use their associate degree to continue in a bachelor's degree program in Elementary Education licensure.

With the increasing demand for quality early education, many employers require their staff to demonstrate a level of expertise provided by this Associate of Arts degree.  The program meets state requirements for early childhood teacher certification and qualifies students to be a group leader and director as defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services

Faculty offer one-on-one guidance for course selection, field placements, student teaching and employment.  Students complete their degree with a student teaching experience providing them an opportunity to teach in a preschool classroom for a semester. 

For more details on the program details visit:

Early Childhood Education Program

BA, Liberal Arts, with Elementary Education licensure: Graduates of this program are eligible to become licensed as an Elementary Education (grades K-6) educator in the State of Colorado. Colorado Mesa University is actively seeking applicants for the next cycle of Elementary Education licensure sequence beginning in Fall of 2014. A new cohort begins every two years. For course scheduling, please meet with an advisor.

The program is presently available through the Montrose Campus using on-site faculty, video-conferencing technology, and online courses. The first half of the degree program consists of 60 credit hours of coursework in a variety of disciplines. In the junior year (second half) of the program, students begin the Elementary Education licensure sequence. The Elementary Education licensure sequence is designed to allow participants to work part-time during the daytime, and attend classes in the afternoons and evenings. The typical weekly schedule includes two to three days of classes beginning in the late afternoon and evening. As real experience with schools and students are an integral part of this program, participants will be required to spend 40 or more hours in schools each semester, in addition to the college classes. Since the final two semesters (pre-internship and internship) of the program require a considerable amount of time in the schools, working a job outside of the program will be difficult.

Center for Teacher Education

Montrose Campus medical office students

Nursing

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program in Nursing at CMU Montrose

This is a new academic program at the Montrose campus.  The program will commence fall 2018.  As many as 20 students will be enrolled in the program every other year.  Students will complete all of their required coursework and lab and clinical experiences in Montrose.

Compared to certificate nursing programs, the associate degree program offers a broader range of job opportunities, potential for higher compensation and greater job security. The program prepares students to be a direct caregiver in hospitals, ambulatory clinical care settings, physicians’ offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities.

The associate degree program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time course work following completion of prerequisite courses. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RN).

Graduates of the program interested in advancing their education can apply for CMU’s RN-BSN online program and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

Detailed information about the course work for the associate degree program and how to apply for admission is available on the CMU Health Sciences website at coloradomesa.edu/health-sciences

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, LPN-BSN Option: The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The four-year program provides educational experiences to prepare a professional nurse generalist to practice in a variety of health care settings.

The program integrates nursing theory, practice and science with a broad liberal arts education.  The program has been developed to prepare a highly competent professional with the education necessary to meet the increasing need for quality health care in society today and provides students with the foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Graduates of this program have maintained a 90-100% pass rate on the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is the examination a nurse must pass to obtain a registration license to practice.  Graduates of the BSN program are employed nationally in a multitude of fields.  Students have taken positions in branches of nursing including: cardiac rehabilitation, critical care, emergency, geriatric, global, home-based care, neonatal, pediatrics, public health, obstetrics, orthopedics, surgical and women's health.

For more information on this major, go to: Nursing Education Career Ladder

Department of Health Sciences

Contact CMU Montrose at 970.249.7009 if you have any questions.

Sport Management

Gold's Gym--Montrose Campus partner

Associate of Science, Liberal Arts, Sports Management Emphasis: The Associate of Science (AS) Liberal Arts in sports management is designed for students who may consider furthering their education in the areas of sport management, business, athletic training, and kinesiology. The program includes all general education courses. The AS in sports management is useful in giving students an overview of the discipline of sport management and how it applies to the business of sport in all of its many facets. Western Colorado's active lifestyle provides the student with a variety of opportunities for internships and entry-level employment in commercial or public recreation and sport organizations. Graduates of this program may obtain entry-level positions in sport management or continue to pursue their bachelor-level education to obtain eventual higher level positions in sport management, business, or kinesiology related positions.

The program is presently available through the Montrose Campus using on-site faculty, and online courses.

Department of Kinesiology

Liberal Arts, Humanities

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, emphasis Humanities: The associate of arts degree (AA) works in two ways: 1) it can function as a terminal degree; 2) it can function as a pathway into a baccalaureate degree in the humanities. The degree program meets the requirements of the Colorado Statewide General Education Core. A student who is granted this degree can transfer to any institution in Colorado and graduate in a baccalaureate degree program by taking no more than 60 hours from that institution. The same applies for students who decide to move from the AA program into any CMU BA program.

Students can build a course of study that focuses on their area of interest in the following disciplines: Writing - Creative or Technical, Fine and Performing Arts, Foreign Languages, Literature, Mass Communication, Philosophy and/or Speech.

Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Professor and Geologist Laurie Brandt having some hands-on learning

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, emphasis Social Sciences: The associate of arts degree (AA) works in two ways: 1) it can function as a terminal degree; 2) it can function as a pathway into a baccalaureate degree in the humanities. The degree program meets the requirements of the Colorado Statewide General Education Core. A student who is granted this degree can transfer to any institution in Colorado and graduate in a baccalaureate degree program by taking no more than 60 hours from that institution. The same applies for students who decide to move from the AA program into any CMU BA program.

The Social Science emphasis provides students with the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the various disciplines which traditionally constitute the Social Sciences: History, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology and Geography. The Social Science program provides an excellent and broad preparation for many different career goals including social science education, graduate school in several disciplines, law and public service.