1. Why should I earn my BS in nursing?
2. Who is eligible for this program?
3. Does it matter how long ago I earned my RN?
4. How long is the program?
5. What are the prerequisites?
6. Will I get credit for other classes I've taken?
7. Is this program really online?
8. What is the continuum of Care Project? When do I complete it?
9. What if I don't have a job?
10. If I am currently working, can I complete the program at my own care facility?
11. What is the cost of tuition?
12. Is there an application fee?
13. How competitive is the admissions process?
14. How/when do I apply?
Why should I earn my BS in nursing?
of Science degree in nursing provides a variety of career choices. Upon
successful completion of the BS nursing program and the national licensure
examination (NCLEX), baccalaureate-prepared nurses are able to choose from a
wide variety of practice settings. Additionally, unlike graduates prepared with
an associate degree in nursing, baccalaureate-prepared nurses are able to
pursue advanced degrees in nursing, including programs that prepare them for
careers as adult or pediatric nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists,
nurse midwives or certified nurse anesthetists. Doctorate level education is
also possible for bachelors prepared nurses who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP
(doctorate in nursing practice). Read more under the “Careers” tab on the Program Info webpage.
Who is eligible for this program?
The RN to BS program is
available to registered nurses who desire career mobility and professional
development, based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. As long as you
are a registered nurse, you can participate in the program.
Does it matter how long ago I earned my RN?
No. As long as you are a registered nurse, you can participate in the program.
How long is the program?
The program consists of 30 credits. It is designed to efficiently be completed in four semesters, or 16 months. Curriculum is subject to revision, but here are some sample program plans for Fall admission 2016 and Spring admission 2016.
What are the prerequisites?
A total of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of approved, transferrable non-nursing prerequisite course work is required. View the prerequisite self-evaluation form here. All of the listed prerequisites are required. More prerequisite information can be found in all tabs here.
Will I get credit for other classes I’ve taken?
Yes. You will be able to transfer prerequisite credit as long as it meets specified requirements. View a sample of acceptable transfer courses from Colorado institutions here. University of Colorado will accept credit if:
It has been earned at a regionally accredited college or university.
A grade of C (not C-) or better has been attained.
It is not vocational-technical course work.
It is not remedial course work.
Is this program really online?
Yes. The University of Colorado College of Nursing RN to BS program is completely online, allowing you to seek your BS degree, balance your life and work at the same time.
What if I don’t have a job?
That’s okay. The RN to BS program is an educational pathway available for registered nurses who desire career mobility and professional development, based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. As long as you are a registered nurse, you can participate in the program.
What is the cost of tuition?
As a Colorado resident, the College Opportunity Fund (COF) is available. The cost of tuition for Colorado residents is $368 per credit with COF and $443 per credit without COF. If you are a non-resident, the cost of tuition is $475 per credit.
Is there an application fee?
Yes. The non-refundable application fee is $65, payable during the application process. Apply here.
How competitive is the admissions process?
The RN-BS is attainable by most RNs and all applicants meeting the prerequisites and other requirements are accepted into the program.
How/when do I apply?
You can access the online application here. All application materials should be received by the application deadline. To be accepted into the fall cohort, applications are due by April 1. To be accepted into the spring cohort, applications are due by October 1. For more information on application materials and processes, view the RN-BS Program How to Apply webpage.