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Nursing ADN to BSN program

Nursing, ADN to BSN

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Define your future as a nurse and expand your career options. Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online from CU while completing your Associate Degree in Nursing. The online Dual Enrollment ADN to 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 BSN portion of the ADN to BSN is fully online, allowing you the flexibility you need to take your nursing education one step further and create a wider range of career opportunities.

Your classes will be taught by exceptional faculty who are not just highly qualified as practicing nurses but are also great teachers. Our students graduate from this program with the skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent care to patients in a wide range of medical settings.

With the online Dual Enrollment ADN and CU B.S. in Nursing program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Apply if you 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.
  • Join a small 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 and create a project that is meaningful and useful.

Important Note

This online Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program is only available if you are currently enrolled in or accepted to an Associate’s Degree in Nursing program at one of the community colleges listed below:

  • Arapahoe Community College (ACC)
  • Front Range Community College (FRCC)
  • Pueblo Community College/Southwest Colorado Community College (PCC/SCCC).

Are you already a practicing RN?

Are you currently a Registered Nurse looking to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree? Click here to learn more about our fully online RN to BSN program.

Program Details

At CU Nursing, innovation defines education. Our skilled online educators and practicing nurses keep pace with the latest in research and technology, prepping our students for future success.

Upon successful completion of the online BS in Nursing program and the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX), baccalaureate-prepared nurses are able to choose from a wide variety of practice settings. Additionally, nurses who earn a bachelor’s degree 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 those with a BS in Nursing who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP.

Examples of potential practice areas for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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.
  • 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.

ADN to BSN Tuition Scholarship

When an RN-BSN student enters their final semester according to their original approved plan of study,* they will receive a scholarship that will bring down the total cost of the program to $12,000 (please note, other bursar charges, such as books and health insurance, are the student’s responsibility). The student will pay full tuition and fees for their program up until their final semester. If the student drops the program after the scholarship is disbursed during their last semester, they will be required to reimburse the College of Nursing for the full amount of the scholarship.

*Exceptions will be made for approved medical leave on a case by case basis.

Note: The last semester for the dual enrollment program is the 6th semester.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a dual enrollment student, or an international student.

Although we do have high standards for applicants, we are able to accept most students who meet the qualifications and have completed the prerequisite coursework at a regionally accredited institution. The University of Colorado College of Nursing’s Office of Admissions and Student Affairs can help you determine which credits transfer into our program and which you may still need to take. You are welcome to apply to the program while still completing some of the prerequisites.

Career Outlook

Nurses are the backbone of health care. Competent, educated nurses are needed across the continuum of medical care settings, including private and public hospitals, primary care offices, specialists, correctional facilities, schools and universities, and home health care environments.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects much faster than average growth for Registered Nurses over the next ten years, and nurses with a bachelor’s degree can open more doors and be met with higher salaries than those with an associate degree.

Here are some of the career opportunities that you could expect after graduation:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Emergency Room
  • Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor


This 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. Each program plan may need to be individualized, depending on outstanding prerequisites and the community college you are attending. Most of our students will finish in 6 semesters, concurrently with their community college program.

Please contact an Enrollment Navigator for additional information and an example program plan.


Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year — fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For the BS in Nursing program, most courses last 8 weeks. You will also be required to complete a 30-hour clinical component in Population Health, arranged in your location.

Example Courses

NURS 4824 — Professional Nursing Role Development
This course explores the influence of historical/philosophical foundations, issues, and future trends on professional practice and role development in RN-BS nursing education.  Examines ethical decision-making, critical thinking, reflective practice, and accountability within the ethical and legal parameters of nursing practice.

NURS 4877 — Population-Based Nursing
This course focuses on the professional nursing role in population-focused health promotion, disease prevention and the continuum of care. Theories, concepts and social determinants of health inherent in population-based nursing and transitions of care are explored through coursework and practicum.​​​​

NURS 4850 — Introduction to Informatics
This introductory course is intended to increase the RN student’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of healthcare informatics. This includes the use of information and communication technologies for care, delivery, and the application of data, information, knowledge and wisdom.