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The RN to BSN Completion option is for RNs wanting to advance their degree to the BSN level enhancing their knowledge and expanding career opportunities. Offered online or on-campus in a format that allows you to continue to balance work and personal responsibilities with school.
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RN to BSN

Degree Overview

Adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to your credentials could help push your nursing career further ahead. Regis University can help put you on your way to a richer, fuller experience in a short amount of time with the RN to BSN program.

We’re giving credit where credit is due! The Loretto Heights School of Nursing has approved a credit transfer policy aimed to ensure RNs with an associate’s degree are given the maximum amount of credit possible. Here’s how it works - if you graduated from a regionally accredited institution, completed an ADN program requiring a minimum of 72 semester hours and have a current license, you’re eligible for a lump sum transfer of at least 72 semester hours with our block transfer policy. If your ADN program consisted of more than 72 semester hours, additional credit may be awarded. This equates to fewer non-nursing courses, saving you even more time and money!

Various core studies courses are not included in the block transfer policy. These courses include: three semester hours (SH) of philosophy; six SH of religious studies; three SH of statistics; six SH of upper division electives; and a minimum of eight SH of lower division electives. If you’ve already completed any of these courses, we’ll review for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis.

Applicants with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a non-regionally accredited school, from programs that required less than 72 semester hours, and from diploma RN programs will be awarded 33 hours for RN licensure as guided by the Colorado Articulation Model. All previously completed non-nursing courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Now is the time to advance your education, enhance your career and improve patient outcomes. Now is the time to earn your BSN.

DEGREE

Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) expanding leadership and promotion opportunities.

ONLINE OPTION

Flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete weekly assignments. Each class lasts eight weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

CAMPUS BLENDED OPTION

Our campus based program blends classroom and online courses, which allows you great convenience, but also personal contact and guidance. Students typically alternate each week spending one week in class, and the next online. Classes meet one evening every-other-week from 5:00PM – 9:00PM, and online content can be completed at anytime that is convenient during the alternate week. The eight-week terms allow you to progress quickly toward your BSN while continuing to work.  

START DATES

Spring (January), Summer (May), Fall (August)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Regis University's RN to BSN Completion program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program. Course size is limited, so it is best to submit applications sooner than later.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM

The required RN to BSN curriculum can be completed in approximately 12 - 24 months, depending on the pace at which you choose to take courses.

NEXT STEP

Call (303.458.4344) or email your admission counselor directly with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program at Regis University. The total degree requires 128 semester hours which includes all core studies requirements, 33 semester hours awarded in accordance with the provisions of the Colorado Articulation Model and RN licensure, and the 30 semester hours of upper division nursing coursework completed during the program at Regis University.

Core Studies Requirements
English Composition 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication 6 semester hours
Economics/Business 3 semester hours
General Psychology 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Philosophy 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Statistics 3 semester hours
Microbiology 4 semester hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 semester hours
General Electives 14 semester hours
Upper Division Elective 6 semester hours

Core studies requirements listed above may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Advanced Placement, CLEP and Dantes tests are accepted for core study course work. Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology must be completed prior to starting the program. All other core study requirements can be completed simultaneously with the major requirements. 

Let us evaluate your prior college transcripts to determine which requirements you have fulfilled per your prior coursework, including your RN studies.

Major Requirements
HCE 430R   Applied Ethics in Health Care (3 semester hours)
NR 444R Professional Role Development (3 semester hours)
NR 448R Updates in Illness and Disease Management (3 semester hours)
NR 452R Contemporary Topics in Health Care (3 semester hours)
NR 455R Health Promotion Concepts (3 semester hours)
NR 460R Evidence Based Practice in Nursing (3 semester hours)
NR 466R Community Health Nursing Practicum (3 semester hours)
NR 478R Community Health Nursing Practicum (3 semester hours)
NR 480R The Nurse Leader-Manager (3 semester hours)
NR 485R Leadership in Nursing Capstone (3 semester hours)

A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed through Regis University. The major course requirements listed above total 30 semester hours. 33 semester hours are automatically awarded per students RN licensure and in accordance with the Colorado Nursing Articulation agreement.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Regis University-Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $535
Other Fees
Application Fee $40
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

All campus based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web based content during class. This includes all RN to BSN campus-based students. Please see FAQs for laptop hardware and software requirements.

Online RN to BSN students can review our system requirements for online courses here.

FAQ

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
Regis University's RN to BSN program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program. We recommend applying sooner than later to allow for time to complete your application and prepare to get started.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
The admissions requirements include a current unrestricted and unencumbered professional RN license, completion of an associate’s degree nursing program or diploma nursing program from an accredited institution, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, have completed Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology and have less than 36 outstanding non-nursing semester hours. Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements will be considered on an individual basis and should contact an admission counselor directly prior to applying at bsn@regis.edu.

How long do I have to complete my degree?
RN to BSN students have a total of 5 years to complete all degree requirements.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?
The required RN to BSN nursing curriculum can be completed in approximately 12 - 24 months, depending on the pace at which you choose to take courses.

When do the classes meet?
If you choose to complete the program on campus, courses meet one evening per week, from 5:30-9:30. Online students have the flexibility to complete weekly assignments at a time that is convenient for them each week, but must keep up with the pace of the course.

Will I have an Academic Advisor?
Yes, once you start class you will be assigned an online Academic Advisor. Your assigned advisor will work with you throughout the entire program and will be available via email and phone. Their primary role is to help you with course sequencing, to ensure you are meeting all degree requirements, to answer general questions and provide support.

Can I take more than one class in an 8-week term?
New students are only allowed to take one course during their first 8-week term. If a grade of A- or better is earned in this course, students are allowed to register for additional courses during the following terms if they desire.

Frequently Asked Questions - Campus-Based Students

Are students required to have laptops for the RN to BSN campus-based program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including RN to BSN campus-based students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

HARDWARE
  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-Fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • SOFTWARE
  • MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Online Students

    Do I have to be online at a certain time each day/week?
    You are not held to any specific online class times throughout the day or week. As long as you are completing your assignments by the assigned due date, you can log in at a time that is best for you.

    How do I hand in assignments, submit tests and receive feedback?
    Assignments and tests in online courses are submitted electronically (as e-mail attachments) and may be posted on the class website. The faculty member or the syllabus generally specifies how a given assignment or test is to be submitted; the goals of the course usually dictate the most appropriate method. Assignments often are submitted as discussion postings. The faculty member's feedback is typically given in an individual e-mail or through written comments to the student. This varies from one course to another.

    Am I required to visit campus?
    While campus visits are not required, students are welcome to visit our beautiful campus in Denver, CO.

    Can I attend graduation ceremonies?
    Absolutely! We welcome and encourage all online students to participate in the commencement ceremony upon completion of graduation requirements.

    What if I take time off (vacation, summer)?
    You are encouraged to take a class each eight-week term, but we also understand that many students are busy adults who need to take time away from classes. It's important that you speak with your online academic advisor to let them know your plans.

    How do I purchase textbooks?
    Textbooks can be purchased online and are mailed directly to you, or purchased on campus in the bookstore. Instructions to purchase textbooks will be sent once you are registered for your first course.

    What if I have computer related issues, is there someone available to help?
    Yes, our Information Technology Services Department (ITS) help center is open
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM MST.

    I am a College Network customer; do I have to complete all of my study guides and tests prior to starting the nursing classes?
    No, in fact, we recommend that you start a nursing class as soon as possible. We have found that it is very helpful for RN to BSN students to start their nursing classes and work on the study guides at the same time. The subject matter is much more interesting to you and it seems to really motivate students to complete the guides. Also, many students have found that getting started in the online coursework 'jumpstarted' their goal of completing their BSN due to the structure of the class. The online course provides weekly assignments, class interaction, and the support of an instructor, which can all be helpful if you're having trouble with the self-directed study guides.

    What do I do next?
    Call us and we will walk you through the next step of completing your application or reviewing your prior college coursework to determine how many courses you need to complete your degree. Or click on the application link in the upper left corner of the page and get started on your goal of earning your BSN degree today. You can do this. Really. Small steps can lead to big results. And we are here to help.

    How to Apply

    Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Your first step is to create an account, a simple and quick form to get you started.

    Get detailed application instructions, and transfer credit information.

    Attend an information session or webinar.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.