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?
A bachelor 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 and five courses. It is designed to efficiently be completed in four terms, or 16 months. Curriculum is subject to revision, but here are some current sample program plans for fall admission and spring admission.
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 16 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 is the Continuum of Care Project? When do I complete it?
The Continuum of Care Project is a student-chosen evidence-based project on a topic relevant to professional nursing roles and practice. For topic samples and some project requirements, view the “Clinical Experience” tab on the Program Information page.
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.
If I am currently working, can I complete the program at my own care facility?
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 $360 per credit with COF and $424 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 somewhat competitive, but it is reachable for many RNs. In the past, the RN-BS program has accepted approximately 70% of its applicants into the program. However, as the program grows, the acceptance rate may drop as the applicant pool becomes larger and more competitive.
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 May 1. To be accepted into the spring cohort, applications are due by October 15. For more information on application materials and processes, view the RN-BS Program How to Apply webpage.