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Frequently Asked Questions

Online RN to BS in Nursing Program


 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).

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 Who is eligible for this program?

The RN to BS in Nursing 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.​2

 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.​​3

 How long is the program?

The program consists of 30 credits. It is designed to efficiently be completed in four semesters, or 16 months.​4

 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. All of the listed prerequisites are required. More prerequisite information can be on the RN to BS in Nursing Admissions page.​

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 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. 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.
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 Is this program really online?

Yes. The University of Colorado College of Nursing RN to BS in Nursing program is completely online, allowing you to seek your BS degree, balance your life and work at the same time.​

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 What if I don’t have a job?

That’s okay. The RN to BS in Nursing 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.​8

 What is the cost of tuition?

Please be visit the College of Nursing Tuition and Fees page to view tuition costs and fees.​

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 Is there an application fee?

Yes. The application fee is charge by and paid to NursingCAS; have a credit card for payment. Apply on the NursingCAS website​​.​

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 How competitive is the admissions process?

The RN to BS in Nursing program is attainable by most RNs and all applicants meeting the prerequisites and other requirements are accepted into the program.​11

 How/When do I apply?

You can access the online application any time during the application window. All application materials should be received by the application deadline.

  • Applications for the fall start can be submitted between January 1 and April 1.
  • Applications for the spring start can be submitted between August 15 and October 1.

For more information on application materials and processes, view the RN to BS in Nursing Admissions page.​

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 Am I permitted to apply for an exemption of any clinical immunization requirements?

No. We are unable to place students in a clinical setting who do not complete all required immunizations.​

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