Build Upon Your Passion for the Care of Others

Nursing student talking to a box 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.

 

 

 

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • A 'C-' (1.670) or better in all prerequisite courses is required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing major
  • Three of the following science courses must be complete by the application deadline and all must be complete by the program start date: Human Anatomy (or Human Anatomy & Physiology I), Human Physiology (or Human Anatomy & Physiology II), Microbiology, Chemistry. All science courses must include a lab component.
  • To be eligible to begin the junior year at Regis University, you must have completed all of the departmental requirements and have no more than nine semester hours of course work outstanding when you begin the program. Outstanding course work may only include Religious Studies, Health Care Ethics, and/or electives.
  • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions and Safety Forms. For a complete list of Essential Functions, click here.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that you are physically able to meet the objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, and are appropriately immunized is required upon admission to the program.
  • You must have the ability to meet all the requirements for licensure and the physical, psychological and emotional standards established by the Colorado Nurse Practice Act and the State Board of Nursing.
  • You must have the ability to complete the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening) on the TOEFL.
    • TOEFL – Computer-based: Minimum score of 213
    • Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.

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The Traditional BSN program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations, writing skills as demonstrated in the personal statement, plus health care and volunteer experience. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria.

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.

The application deadline is January 15th each year for the Fall class. It is in the applicant’s best interest to initiate the application no less than a month prior to the application deadline.

All application materials must be submitted and are DUE by the application deadline in order to be evaluated. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to plan ahead, as well as to monitor your application status to ensure that all parts of your application arrive by the specified deadline.

Your complete application for the Traditional BSN program includes the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended - Official transcripts must be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official and can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.

    Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.

    Submit mailed transcripts to:
    Regis University, Academic Records
    3333 Regis Blvd. A-8
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Personal statement/essay – Follow the instructions for the essay portion of the online application.
  • Resume - summary of professional and volunteer experiences
  • Two completed recommendation forms (professional or academic references only; personal references are not accepted) - the recommendation forms provided must be used

 

The following information is designed to be a self-assessment for prospective students to use in determining what prerequisites need to be completed for Regis University pre-licensure BSN programs:

If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or will complete a bachelor’s degree prior to your intended start date:

The following courses are required prerequisites:

  • Chemistry/Lab (4)*
  • Microbiology/Lab (4)*
  • Anatomy/Lab or A&P I/Lab (4)*+
  • Physiology/Lab or A&P II/Lab (4)*+

*Three of the four science courses listed above must be complete by the application deadline.
+Students can take either Anatomy/Lab and Physiology/Lab as a sequence or
A&P I/Lab and A&P II/Lab as a sequence to fulfill the prerequisite requirement.

  • General Psychology (3)
  • Developmental or Child Psychology (3)
  • Nutrition (3)
  • Sociology (3)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (6)
  • Health Care Ethics (3)
  • NR 410 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (4)


If you do not have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and will not complete a bachelor’s degree prior to your intended start date:

The following courses are required prerequisites:

  • Chemistry/Lab (4)*
  • Microbiology/Lab (4)*
  • Anatomy/Lab or A&P I/Lab (4)*+
  • Physiology/Lab or A&P II/Lab (4)*+

*Three of the four science courses listed above must be complete by the application deadline.
+Students can take either Anatomy/Lab and Physiology/Lab as a sequence or
A&P I/Lab and A&P II/Lab as a sequence to fulfill the prerequisite requirement.

  • General Psychology (3)
  • Developmental or Child Psychology (3)
  • Nutrition (3)
  • Sociology (3)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (6)
  • Health Care Ethics (3)
  • English Composition (3)
  • Literature/Humanities (6)
  • Economics/Business/Social Science (3)
  • NR 410 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (4)
  • General Electives (10)
  • Upper Division Electives (3)

Traditional BSN students may have 9 semester hours of outstanding prerequisite coursework from elective, religious studies and/or health care ethics requirements when they matriculate as Regis students.

Prerequisites may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. We have created Transfer Guides that provide recommended course work from Colorado colleges to transfer to Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program options. One course will fulfill one requirement only. Course requirements are subject to change without notice. For further information contact the Regis University Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Seamless Progression is an opportunity to earn a gauranteed spot in the Traditional BSN program for Regis College students.

Newly matriculated freshman attending Regis University (specifically Regis College) may be eligible for Seamless Progression into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional Option if they successfully meet all of 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 coursework
  • You complete two years of full-time study (four semesters) through Regis College
  • You successfully 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 on the first attempt
  • 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.

Students have one opportunity to earn Seamless Progression. Students who do not successfully complete the Seamless Progression requirements will forfeit the opportunity to be considered for Seamless Progression in the future. Students not meeting Seamless Progression are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

Only new freshman entering Regis College are eligible for Seamless Progression consideration. Transfer students are ineligible. Students enrolled in the College for Professional Studies programs are not eligible for Seamless Progression.

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. Click here to apply for Regis College admission.

What is the application deadline? The application deadline is consistently January 15th for the following Fall semester. All application materials must be post-marked by this date each year. Three of the following science courses must be complete by the application deadline: Human Anatomy (or Human Anatomy & Physiology I), Human Physiology (or Human Anatomy & Physiology II), Microbiology, Chemistry. All science courses must include a lab component.

Do my prerequisites have to be complete when I apply? Three of the four science prerequisites must be complete by the application deadline of January 15th. The science prerequisites include: Human Anatomy (or Human Anatomy & Physiology I), Human Physiology (or Human Anatomy & Physiology II), Microbiology and Chemistry. All science prerequisites must include a lab component. All other prerequisites can be outstanding at the time of application.

Do all prerequisites need to be completed by the time the program starts in the Fall? All four science prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the program for those admitted. You may have up to nine (9) semester hours of outstanding course work at the start of the program in the categories of electives, health care ethics and/or religious studies only.

Where can I complete my prerequisites? Prerequisite classes may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university. We have transfer guides for many Colorado colleges and universities – click here to see them all.

What courses can I take for Religious Studies and Health Care Ethics? It is important that religious studies courses be taken from a Religious Studies or Philosophy Department. Courses taken from Humanities, Literature, Anthropology or History Departments for example will not be accepted. If your school does not have a religious studies department, you will want to take religious studies courses (such as comparative religions, philosophy of religion, world religions east and/or west) from your school's philosophy department. A general philosophy course such as Introduction to Philosophy DOES NOT fulfill the religious study prerequisite requirement.

The Health Care Ethics course offered at Regis University is HCE 430. This course is offered both online and in the classroom each semester. Students are free to look for the course outside of Regis University; however, we highly recommend that you receive confirmation that the course will fulfill the requirement before registering for it.

Do you have a waiting list? We do not offer a waiting list at Regis University. Each BSN program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations and the personal statement. The top candidates are selected for admission to each program, and a small group of alternates will also be selected. Accepted students and alternates generally have cumulative and science GPAs above 3.0. If you are not accepted, you are welcome to re-apply for an upcoming term.

How many spots are available in the Traditional BSN program? Approximately how many applicants do you consider for those spots? We accept 66-72 students each fall to the Traditional BSN program. The class is comprised of students that have completed their prerequisites through the Regis University full-time pre-nursing program in Regis College and transfer students who have applied after attending another institution to complete their prerequisites. There are approximately 200 candidates considered for the program each year.

What GPA is required to apply to the Traditional BSN program? Although the minimum GPA needed to apply is 2.5, the majority of students accepted to the Traditional BSN program have well above the minimum. The average cumulative GPA of the Fall 2012 class was a 3.5 and the average science GPA was a 3.4.

When does the Traditional BSN program start? How long is the program? The program starts once a year in the Fall semester (typically the end of August). Traditional BSN students complete the nursing curriculum and clinicals in four semesters with a summer break between the junior and senior year.

What is the typical schedule for a Traditional BSN student? Traditional BSN students have a full-time schedule. Classes are typically scheduled during the day, Monday through Friday. Class and labs are scheduled Monday through Wednesday, on the main Denver campus at 50th and Lowell. Clinical rotations are typically scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

How many clinical hours will be completed in the course of this program? You will complete 772 hours of clinical education during this program. The final 180 hours will be spent 1:1 with a clinical preceptor at a selected site.

Where are clinical rotations completed? Clinical rotations are completed at a variety of hospital and health care facilities in the Denver metro area. We use facilities as far north as Longmont United Hospital and Boulder Community Hospital and as far south as Sky Ridge Medical Center and Parker Adventist Hospital.

How can I learn more about the program? You can attend an information session to learn more about Regis University and our BSN programs. Information sessions take place at the main Denver campus the second Tuesday of the month at noon and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 P.M.  For a list of times and locations click here