Earn you ADN and BSN at the same time with CU Online

Nursing, ADN to BSN (UCCS)

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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As the field of nursing continues to grow rapidly, there is an increasing demand for qualified nurses who have the education and credentials to provide better patient care and take on more responsibility in healthcare environments. Our online Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs empowers aspiring nurses to continue your education past an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and earn a Bachelor’s in Nursing, which can give you more control over your career path and help you secure your future as a nurse.

Our online ADN to BSN degree path gives you the opportunity to take ADN courses at a community college in your area while working toward your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UCCS at the same time. When you choose to continue your nursing education with our online BS in Nursing program, you’ll graduate with the well-rounded knowledge and skills you need to take on the complexities of modern healthcare.

Program Details

Our Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN online program is designed for students who are interested in earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing but are not yet licensed RNs. You’ll be able to continue taking the general ADN classes you need to obtain an RN license at your community college while you gain a more comprehensive and focused nursing foundation from our experienced UCCS College of Nursing faculty. Our online ADN to BSN degree path prepares you for the dynamic field of healthcare with essential nursing courses in healthcare policy, leadership, clinical reasoning, research, health assessment, and more. 

When you continue your nursing education past an ADN and earn your BS in Nursing, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Qualify for a wider range of nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings 
  • Gain you more autonomy over your daily work and schedule 
  • Increase your earning potential and benefits 
  • Improve your ability to provide thoughtful, effective patient care 
  • Move into advanced practice nursing or pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree 

If you’re ready to learn more about earning your Dual Enrollment ADN to BS in Nursing online from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, you can watch one of our on-demand webinars or reach out to the CU Online Enrollment Team for more information on how to get started. 

CCNE Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, the post-graduate APRN certificate program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is the national accreditation agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing by requiring strict standards of excellence to receive accreditation. When you graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UCCS, you’ll start your nursing career with confidence knowing that you received a high-quality degree from a university with a rich history of over 100 years of nursing education. 

Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN Curriculum Overview

In order to earn your BS in Nursing, you’ll be required to complete a total of 126 credit hours. However, you will only need to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at UCCS. You can transfer select nursing courses and general education requirements from your community college, and you’ll automatically apply 38 articulation credits to your degree when you obtain your RN license.

During your ADN to BSN online degree program, you will: 

  • Learn from experienced nurse educators 
  • Collaborate with classmates who share your calling for patient care 
  • Build your fundamental nursing knowledge  
  • Discover how to use innovative patient care technologies 
  • Gain practical experience through clinicals and real-world projects 

Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN Core Courses (30 credit total)

Courses taken online through UCCS to complete BSN degree:

  • Pathophysiology* (NURS 3010; can substitute with Community College BIO 216)
  • Reflective Practice (NURS 3040)
  • Health Assessment (NURS 3050)
  • Nursing Research (NURS 4015)
  • Professional Nursing Practice (NURS 4250)
  • Nursing Management (NURS 4350)
  • Public Health Nursing: Population Focused Care** (NURS 4450)
  • Capstone Project (NURS 4480)

*UCCS does not offer a Pathophysiology course online, but it can be taken at a community college and transferred to your ADN to BSN degree.
**This course requires a total of 96 hours, including 56 onsite, direct contact hours. Contact hours must be done in person but can be completed at a facility in your community.

Colorado Articulation Credits (38 credits)

Registered nurses are awarded 38 articulation credits upon receipt of their RN license. These credits will be applied toward the total number of credits required for your bachelor’s degree in nursing.

General Education Courses (55 credits)

In order to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing, you must complete general education requirements in addition to your nursing courses. The general education courses required for your bachelor’s degree can be transferred from a community college or other accredited institution.

Your advisor will help you transfer credits and determine whether you need to complete any additional courses to meet this requirement. You do not need to have completed the general education courses before applying to our ADN to BSN program, but they must be completed before graduating with your BSN.

Students must complete a total of 55 general education credits to earn their BSN degree, including the following course topics:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (4 cr.)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (4 cr.)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 cr.)
  • English Composition I (3 cr.)
  • English Composition II (3 cr.)
  • General Psychology (3 cr.)
  • Development Psychology (3 cr.)
  • Statistics (3 cr.)
  • Nutrition (1 cr.)
  • Humanities Electives (6 cr.)
  • Global Social Electives (6 cr.)
  • General Education Electives (15 cr.)

I knew that I wanted to be a nurse from a very early age, and getting the opportunity to go to a small school while getting a University-level education has been a really great benefit for me. Through UCCS, I got awarded a great scholarship because of my choosing to reside in a rural community. I'm able to live in a rural community and work full-time, and that's saving me a lot of money in the long run.

– Amanda F. | Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN Student

Tuition and Fees

At CU Online, we strive to keep our tuition costs affordable so that you can get a world-class education that fits your budget. When you earn a degree, you’re not simply getting a diploma — you’re making a lifelong investment in yourself and empowering your future career. We know that affordability is an important factor, and that’s why we’re here to help you explore all of the options available to fund your education.  

Our Enrollment Team can answer any of your questions about tuition and financial aid, help you take care of any paperwork, and make sure you’re able to focus on reaching your goals. From financial aid and scholarship opportunities to military benefits and tuition assistance programs, we’ll work with you to find the best way to finance your CU Online degree. 

  • Application fee: $50 
  • One-time matriculation fee: $125  
  • Total tuition for the ADN to BSN program*: $11,010 

*Tuition cost based on 30 credit hours for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Contact the CU Online Enrollment Team for more details.


As you take the first step toward earning your Dual Enrollment ADN to BS in Nursing, our CU Online Enrollment Team is available to guide you through the application process. We’re here to help answer your questions about admission requirements, application deadlines, start dates, financial aid, student support, university resources, and more. 


In order to apply for the Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program, you will need to be currently enrolled in or admitted to an Associate Degree in Nursing program and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from all colleges attended. 

State Authorization

Due to individual state authorizations, the UCCS Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program currently only accepts students who are pursuing an ADN from an accredited community college in the following states: 

  • Alaska  
  • Arizona  
  • California
  • Colorado  
  • Florida  
  • Idaho  
  • Iowa  
  • Kansas  
  • Montana  
  • Nebraska  
  • Nevada  
  • New Mexico  
  • New York  
  • Ohio  
  • Oklahoma  
  • South Dakota  
  • Texas  
  • Utah  
  • Virginia  
  • Wyoming  

Students are admitted to our Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program based on their residency at the time of application. If you plan to relocate during your degree program, you’ll need to verify that your state is on our approved list in order to ensure that you’re able to continue in our program. 

Admission Requirements 

Once you’re ready to apply for the Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program, you’ll need to submit the following: 

  • $50 application fee 
  • Online application 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended 
  • Proof of concurrent enrollment in an Associates Degree in Nursing program or a copy of your admission letter
  • Official high school transcript

If you have additional questions about admission requirements for the Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program or would like help starting an application, connect with the CU Online Enrollment Team for more details.

Apply Now 

As you consider an online education, we understand that it’s important for you to know that you’re getting a high-quality, affordable, and flexible online education that helps you reach your goals. That’s why our CU Online Enrollment Team is available to offer guidance and answer any questions that you may have about our degree programs, financial aid options, transfer information, admissions requirements, and more. 

Whether you want to talk through your career plans, learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, or start your application, our Enrollment Team will provide friendly support as you decide if CU Online is the right fit for your future.  

Ready to get started? Take the first step toward earning your online ADN to BSN degree by calling us at 303-860-5604 or filling out the form above for more information.