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Online Dual Enrollment ADN in Nursing and CU BS in Nursing

Open the door to greater career options within the nursing field by completing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing while completing your Associate Degree in Nursing from one of several community colleges. The Online Dual Enrollment ADN in Nursing and CU BS in Nursing program is an educational pathway available to students who desire career mobility and professional development, based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. The CU BS in Nursing program is completely online, allowing you to seek your BS degree, balance your life, and work at the same time.

  • Apply if you are have been accepted into the Associate Degree in Nursing program from Arapahoe Community College (ACC), Front Range Community College (FRCC), or Pueblo Community College/Southwest Colorado Community College (PCC/SCCC).
  • Transfer most previously completed prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Enjoy the accessibility of online orientation and education.
  • Join a cohort, beginning each fall and spring, for progression and connection within a group.
  • Benefit from practicum experiences designed to meet your personal goals.
  • Focus on an individual area of interest (create a project meaningful and useful to you and your organization).
  • Take advantage of earning your BS in Nursing from the CU College of Nursing in just one or two semesters after completing your ADN.

Dual Enrollment ADN in Nursing and CU BS in Nursing Plan of Study

The online program consists of an additional 30 credits for the RN to BS in Nursing program. It is designed to be efficiently completed in one or two semesters after graduating with your ADN. The program aligns with scheduling needs and agency tuition reimbursement policies. Each program plan may need to be individualized for each student, depending on outstanding prerequisites and the community college they are attending.

Expected Bachelor's Program Outcomes

  1. Display novice, professional nursing leadership qualities to promote quality and safe care.
  2. Engage in effective communication and collaboration in intra– and interdisciplinary teams across a variety of contexts.
  3. Provide socially just, ethical, and inclusive care to diverse populations across the continuum of care.
  4. Apply principles of healthcare informatics as a meaningful user of health information systems and technology.
  5. Reference relevant theoretical frameworks to improve patient and population health outcomes across a range of settings.
  6. Integrate evidence-based practice into patient-centered care using the nursing process across a range of settings.
  7. Articulate how policy, advocacy, finance and regulatory environments influence healthcare delivery.

​Clinical Practicum Experience

One component of the Bachelor of Science program is clinical experiences.

As a student, you will complete one credit hour (30 practicum hours) in a clinical setting under the supervision of a nursing professional. This is an integral part of our mission as a college to provide you with comprehensive nursing education. You will have a wide variety of clinical settings and nursing environments in which to complete your clinical hours. The student clinical education section provides more information on the clinical experience. There are very specific requirements concerning immunizations, background checks, etc. that you will need to follow.



A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing provides a wide 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, bachelor's prepared nurses are able to pursue advanced degrees in nursing including careers as an adult or pediatric nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife or certified nurse anesthetist. Doctorate level education is also possible for bachelors prepared nurses who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP (doctor of nursing practice).

Examples of potential practice areas for a bachelor of science graduate include:

  • Providing patient care in the hospital settings (the most popular choice of nursing graduates).
  • Caring for patients in community based settings.
  • Providing nursing leadership through nursing management positions.
  • Pursuing a nursing career at Magnet designated hospital facilities.
  • Providing nursing care to individuals, families and communities internationally.
  • Working in clinical research by coordinating human subject studies.
  • Helping shape future nursing clinicians through teaching opportunities.

Click here to view the 2016 College of Nursing Alumni Undergraduate Survey​ to see which positions and settings our undergraduate alumni move on to following graduation.

For more information on the wide variety of career options available to BS in nursing graduates, please visit the Johnson and Johnson Discovering Nursing website.​​