Open the door to greater career options within the nursing field by completing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. 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. The availability of online courses supports the unique need for flexibility and access to adult learners who want to complete their bachelor of science degree while working. Educational technology, such as web-based courses, help to accommodate work schedules and other life commitments for our students.
- Apply if you are a licensed RN. Applications are no longer limited to Colorado residents.
- Transfer most previously completed prerequisite coursework.
- Complete the program in four semesters (balanced to work with tuition reimbursements).
- 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.
RN to Nursing BS Program Plan
The online program consists of 30 credits. It is designed to be efficiently completed in four semesters, or 16 months. Working RNs will find the program aligns with scheduling needs and agency tuition reimbursement policies. Following is the current plan of study for the RN-BS pathway:
Professional roles and responsibilities include maintaining ethical standards and advocating for the safe use of patient care technologies.
RN to Nursing BS Course Descriptions
Below are the course desriptions for this program. Curriculum is subject to revision. We have updated the courses to help prepare students for the next level in their nursing career.
Expected Program Outcomes
- Person-Centered Care:Provides quality, safe and ethical care that is person-centered, rooted in partnership, and is mutually beneficial for individuals and families in all care settings across the life span.
- Evidence-Based Practice: Integrates clinical practice evidence to improve the health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
- Safety: Promotes safe health care environments, systems and initiatives to minimize risk of harm to individuals, families, communities, and providers.
- Teamwork and Collaboration: Promotes respectful communication and working relationships among intra-and inter-professional teams to deliver evidence-based, safe, quality, and person-centered care.
- Informatics: Uses patient care technologies and clinical information systems to facilitate decision-making necessary for delivery of evidence-based, safe, quality, and person-centered care.
- Quality: Engages in quality improvement through leadership skills, clinical reasoning, and use of evidence.
- Leadership: As a transformational nurse clinician, will model professional communication, responsibility and accountability to promote self-awareness, life-long learning, and civic professionalism in the health care environment and other complex systems.
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.
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.