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Build Upon Your Passion for the Care of Others

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional program is for high school graduates or transfer students looking for an exceptional education that gives you the skills to help and heal, with a focus on values and social justice.
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Traditional B.S. in Nursing

Degree Overview

Program Overview

A BSN degree from Regis University requires 128 semester hours of credit spanning a wide range of courses, which encompass liberal arts and science, humanities, philosophy, religious studies, and the upper-division nursing curriculum.

During the junior and senior years, students gain specialized knowledge and training through a variety of clinical experiences. These include both inpatient and outpatient settings, located throughout the Denver metro area. Each clinical experience provides unique exposure to real-life health situations and elements of research and leadership are integrated throughout the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program.

In addition, Service Learning, a vital part of the curriculum, allows students an opportunity to develop a sense of commitment to the community and a spirit of volunteerism. The nursing faculty and Service Learning Coordinator help you establish appropriate service-learning projects locally, nationally and globally.

BSN Degree: Four year degree including 2 years of prerequisite and core studies requirements, and 2 years of major coursework specific to professional nursing. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with eligibility to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN).

Format: Full-time study on our campus in Denver, Colorado with classes and clinical Monday-Friday.

Clinical Experience:  Complete 772 hours of clinical education to learn hands on skills in real health care settings. The final 180 hours will be spent one-on-one with a clinical preceptor at a selected site.

Selection: The Traditional BSN degree program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations, writing skills demonstrated in the personal statement and any healthcare and/or volunteer experience. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria. We accept 66-72 students each fall to the Traditional BSN program.

Priority admission to the Traditional BSN program is given to Regis College students that meet the requirements of our seamless progression policy. We accept transfer students on a space available basis.

Seamless Progression Policy

Regis College Pre-Nursing students are eligible for seamless progression into the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions if they meet the following requirements:

  • You are a newly matriculated freshman at Regis University (specifically Regis College)
  • You earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above (includes coursework completed at Regis College and any other regionally accredited institutions at which student has completed coursework)
  • You earn a cumulative science grade point average of 3.0 or above calculated from the following courses: CH206A/207A Chemistry lab/lecture, BL 274/275 Anatomy lab/lecture, BL 276/277 Physiology lab/lecture, BL 254/255 Microbiology lab/lecture
  • You receive a grade of C or better in all Regis University course work
  • You complete two years of full-time study (four semesters) through Regis College
  • You complete all four science requirements through Regis College (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology)
  • You successfully complete NR 410, Introduction to the Profession of Nursing, with a grade of C or better
  • You receive a recommendation from your pre-professional academic advisor
  • You have no more than 9 semester hours of coursework outstanding after completion of summer semester prior to progression into Junior year. Outstanding courses can only include Religious Studies, Health Care Ethics, and/or electives. All departmental requirements must be completed.

No additional application is required if you meet the criteria of the seamless progression policy. You will automatically progress into the nursing program, after completing the prerequisites and maintaining the necessary conditions of eligibility through Regis College.

Consider the features of the unique seamless progression policy, in addition to the outstanding reputation of the Regis nursing program when choosing which college to attend this Fall. For more information on requirements for admission into the Pre Nursing program as a freshman click here.

Honors Information

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing Honors Program at Regis University provides learning opportunities for students in the Traditional Nursing Program students who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership ability to enhance their undergraduate educational experience. The purpose of the Nursing Honors Program is to provide additional opportunities to develop leadership and scholarship in collaboration with future colleagues in the nursing profession and other health related disciplines.

The Nursing Honors Program centers on a series of seminars and projects in tandem with all other requirements in the BSN program. To be eligible to apply for the Nursing Honors Program, students must be matriculated with Junior year standing in the Traditional Nursing Program, be enrolled full time, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students who successfully complete all BSN Nursing Honors Program courses and maintain the specified grades in Traditional Nursing Program courses graduate with the designation of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Honors on their diploma.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Traditional BSN Core Requirement

English Composition

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Take 3 semester hours of English Composition

Health Care Ethics

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Take 3 semester hours of Health Care Ethics

Lit/Humanities

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Take 6 semester hours from Literature, Humanities, or
Oral and Written Communication

Philosophy

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Take 3 semester hours of Philosophy (PL)

Religious Studies

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Take 6 semester hours of Religious Studies (RS, RC, RT, CAS)

Soc Sci/Econ/Bus

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Take 3 semester hours from
Social Science, Economics, or Business

Traditional BSN Departmental Requirements

BL 254 - Intro to Medical Microbiology

Surveys major groups of medically important pathogenic microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoans. Emphasizes microbiological principles, and introduces immunologic and epidemiologic concepts.

BL 255 - Intro to Med Microbiology Lab

Involves laboratory experiments accompanying and reinforcing lecture topics.

BL 274 - Introduction to Human Anatomy

Provides a comprehensive introduction to human anatomy including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, sensory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, urinary, and reproductive organ systems.

BL 275 - Human Anatomy Laboratory

Involves laboratory exercises accompanying and reinforcing lecture topics. Requires contact with human cadavers and skeletal materials.

BL 276 - Introduction to Human Physiology

Provides a comprehensive introduction to human physiology, including neurophysiology, endocrinology, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal physiology.

BL 277 - Human Physiology Laboratory

Involves laboratory exercises accompanying and reinforcing lecture topics. Requires work with human and non-human vertebrate tissues and fluids. NOTE: One three-hour laboratory per week.

CH 206A - Chem for Hlth Related Sci I

A descriptive introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions and the properties of various states of matter. This is followed by a brief treatment of the chemistry of selected elements and compounds, especially those pertaining to biological systems. Note: Designed for health care programs. ACT math score of 20 or greater, or SAT Math score of 480 or greater required.

CH 207A - Chem Hlth Related Sci Lab I

Involves laboratory experiments accompanying CH 206A.

NR 350 - Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition

Studies the science of nutrition. Presents the nutritional requirements of humans as the basis for planning an adequate diet with consideration giving to variation in food choices due to a variety of social, economic, cultural and psychological factors. Emphasizes the integration of nutritional needs in the care of self and others throughout the life cycle in health and disease.

PY 250 - General Psychology

Introduces the science of behavior and mental processes through a systematic study of representative areas of psychology.

Cross listing(s): PY 250C.

PY 459/ PY 358

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(3SH)
PY 459-Developmental Psychology: Child
OR
PY 358- Lifespan Human Development

Sociology

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(3SH)
Take 3 credits from Sociology (SO).
SO 200 - Introduction to Sociology is preferred.

Statistics

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(3SH)
Take MT 270 or MT 274

Pre-Professional Requirement

NR 410 - Intro to the Profession of Nursing

A Classroom, lab, and clinical course that socializes BSN students from the cornerstone of liberal arts education to nursing education at Regis University. Explores the professional nursing roles and values as foundational to the practice of nursing. Introduces the student to the basics of patient care skills across the lifespan, with a focus on geriatrics. Introduces service learning focusing on the older adult identifying potential social justice issues in this population. The unique role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse is examined within the context of the nursing profession. The American Nurses' Association (ANA) Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics for Nurses and the Colorado Nurse Practice Act are explored. Note: To enroll, students must be declared nursing/pre-nursing majors or have the consent of a prelicensure nursing director.

Traditional BSN Major-1st Semester

NR 405A - Pathophysiology I

Theoretical course designed to promote the understanding of altered physiological processes. General concepts of disease including etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical significance are explored from the genetic, molecular, cellular, organ and systems levels. An early introduction to the prinicples of clinical reasoning explores major concepts in a systems-oriented approach to: cellular receptors, genetic influences, inflammation and immune responses, differences in acute and chronic disease, and diagnostics across the lifespan. Nursing majors only

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*410;

NR 406A - Pharmacology I

Introduction to foundational principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Drug therapy, actions and interactions related to therapeutic and undesirable effects are discussed in relation to health promotion and disease management across the lifespan. Major drug classes are paired with body systems while considering the appropriate patient-centered nursing interventions, education and safety measures. Nursing majors only

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*410;

NR 414 - Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

This classroom and laboratory course introduces a holistic approach to the assessment of individuals across the lifespan.Includes evaluation of physiologic, developmental, psychosocial, spiritual and socio-cultural components. Students learn to use beginning history taking and physical assessment skills to collect and document data systematically. Provides students the opportunity to practice assessments and related nursing skills while respecting patient and family preferences to provide safe person-centered and compassionate care. Prerequisite(s): Nursing majors only. NR 410

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*410;

NR 462 - Intro Managing HC Adult/Older Adult

This beginning theoretical, lab, and clinical course focuses on the art and science of nursing and the roles of the nurse as care provider/care designer/manager, and coordinator in relation to the complex health needs of residents with multiple co-morbidities in long term care. Explores componenets of nursing process in relation to human responses to alterations in health. Content focuses on pathophysiology/pharmacology, medical management, evidence-based practice models, and the application of nursing process in the provision of care for adult and older adult patients. Clinical experiences are designed to focus on the beginning application of nursing therapeutics, including selected technical skills, nursing process, development of organizational skills, priority setting, health care management, and clinical reasoning in the assimilation of the professional nurse role.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*414 AND NR*406A AND NR*405A;

NR 465 - Maternal Newborn Nursing

This theory and clinical course addresses the needs and care of the childbearing family as they progress through the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and becoming a family. Through the lens of the nursing process, the student applies current evidence-based principles related to physiological, psychosocial, ethical and spiritual care when planning and performing nursing care for childbearing families. Utilizes classroom, virtual, and focused clinical experiences to address family centered nursing care during the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods. The interrelationship between theory, practice, and research provides a foundation for this course. Nursing majors only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*462 AND NR*414;

Traditional BSN Major-2nd Semester

NR 405B - Pathophysiology II

Continued examination of altered physiological processes. General concepts of disease including etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical significance are explored from the genetic, molecular, cellular, organ and systems levels. An early introduction to the prinicples of clinical reasoning explores major concepts in a systems-oriented approach to: cellular receptors, genetic influences, inflammation and immune responses, differences in acute and chronic disease, and diagnostics across the lifespan. Nursing majors only

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*405A;

NR 406B - Pharmacology II

Continuation of the Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics for selected drug classes. The application of these concepts along with drug actions and interactions in relation to health promotion and disease management across the lifespan will be discussed. The major drug classes and body systems are integrated along with patient-centered nursing interventions, education, and safety measures. Nursing majors only

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*406A;

NR 420 - Evidence Based Px in Nsg & Hc Infomatics

Presents two essential elements for best practice in nursing. Evidence-based practice integrates current scientific evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences for optimal health care. Develops related knowledge, skills, and attitudes by forming journal clubs to critique published nursing studies and create best-practice presentations for compelling clinical questions associated with nurse-sensitive outcomes. Health care informatics applies information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support clinical decision making. Prerequisite(s): Nursing majors only. NR 410

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*410;

NR 463 - Mng Comprehensive HC Adlt/Older Adlt II

This Theoretical, laboratory, and clincial course focuses on the art and science of nursing and roles of the nurse as care designer and manager. Explores components of nursing process and health promotion in relation to human responses to alterations in health. Content focuses on the continued assimilation of the professional nursing role in clinical practice through classroom and clinical experiences designed to develop organizational skills, priority setting, comprehensive health care management, and clinical reasoning skills. Nursing majors only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*462 AND NR*406A AND NR*405A;

NR 470/NR 473

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NR 470- Nursing Care of the Children & Their Families
OR
NR 473- Mental Health Nursing

Traditional BSN Major-3rd Semester

Elective

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(3SH)
NR 488I- Emergency Nursing
OR
NR 488H- Critical Care Nursing

NR 455 - Health Promotion, Disease Prvntn, Policy

Focuses on health promotion and disease prevention in nursing within the context of the US Health Care system, global health perspectives and policy. Health care delivery structures, functions, and finance as determinants of health and illness are addressed. Health promotion across the lifespan and approaches for promoting health are examined including key health promotion models, health behavior theory, and determinants of health. Specific interventions including health education, health counseling, and evidence based wellness strategies are analyzed. Prerequisite(s): Nursing majors only. NR 410

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*410;

NR 464 - Complex Hc Mgt of Adult/ Older Adult III

This theoretical and clinical course integrates role of the nurse as coordinator of care in relation to human responses to alteration in health. Focus is on the role of the nurse as a leader and collaborator in the interprofessional implementation of care management using evidence-based practice models. Application of nursing process includes the provision of care for adult and older adult patients within the context of their families and environments. The focus of clinical practice is the continuing development of organizational skills, priority setting, clinical reasoning, complex health care management, and problem solving as the student assimilates the role of the professional baccalaureate nurse generalist. Nursing majors only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*463 NR*406A NR*405A;

NR 470/NR 473

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NR 470-Nursing Care of the Children & Their Families
OR
NR 473- Mental Health Nursing

Traditional BSN Major-4th Semester

NR 421 - Clinic Rsng:Integration Theory/Practice

Involves complex problem-based learning using multiple clinical practice disciplines across the lifespan. Concepts will be integrated from pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, nursing process, and psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural dimensions to enhance clinical reasoning within legal and ethical parameters. Selected clinical situations will be analyzed based on evidence and complex multi-system involvement with emphasis on clinical reasoning to establish priorities for nursing care. Prerequisite(s): Nursing majors only. NR 410

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*463;

NR 422 - Clincl Leadrship in Professional Nursing

Explores the process of applying individual leadership roles, skills and decision-making in the provision of delivering high quality nursing care, health care team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. Development of the nurse as a positive clinical role model and an empowered decision-maker will enable the nurse to engage in practice settings to identify creative, values-centered options for delivering safe, quality nursing care. Content will explore the development of individual skills in the use of effective inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative techniques including negotiation and conflict resolution in a culturally dynamic health care environment. Legislative and regulatory processes that impact the provision of health care will be examined through the view of the clinical leader role. Nursing majors only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*463

NR 472 - Community & Population Focused Nursing

This theoretical and clinical course provides an in-depth examination of population and community health concepts. Students analyze roles of nurses in community and population-based nursing focused at individual, family, community and systems levels of practice. Emphasis is on the promotion of healthy communities using the nursing process, epidemiological, ethical, environmental, and public health principles. Through clinical experiences in community-based settings, students are engaged in community assessments, program planning/management, health teaching, and provision of evidence-based nursing practice to address the health needs of identified populations including vulnerable populations. Nursing majors only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*462 AND NR*414;

NR 483 - Clinical Capstone: Prof Nursing Prctm

Culminating nursing course that prepares the senior nursing student to make a smooth transition into the role of the professional registered nurse. The framework for this course is drawn from the American Nursing Association (ANA) Standards of Nursing Practice and the roles of the BSN nurse delineated in the American Asosociation of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Students apply individual and group leadership and managerial theories, as well as evidenced-based nursing care as a direct care provider for groups of patients during an extensive clinical practicum. Theoretical and relective content builds upon prerequisite nursing knowledge. Nursing majors only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*464;

Upper Division Electives

Electives

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Take three (3) upper division semester hours

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 Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (Full Time, 12-18 semester hours) $16,920 (per semester)
Other Fees
Application Fee (one time fee) $40
Nursing Lab Fee (per year) $200
Student Activity Fee (per semester) $150
Student Support Fee (per semester) $150
Kaplan Fee (one time fee) $450
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$1,102
$1,102
Summer Nursing Externship (per semester hour) $475
Residence Hall Rates (per semester) $2,600-$3,900
Board Rates (per semester) $315-$2,320
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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