Earn your RN to BSN online from the University of Colorado

Nursing, RN to BSN (UCCS)

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Overview

In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment, communities around the world need passionate, qualified healthcare professionals who are committed to improving healthcare for everyone. Whether you’re looking to start a new career in nursing or you’re ready to take on more responsibilities in patient care, our CCNE Accredited online RN to BSN program from the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will give you the foundation you need to make a difference.

Our online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers currently licensed RNs the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s in nursing degree online while continuing to work as a full-time nurse. Throughout your RN to BSN online degree, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience with courses that dive deeper into topics in patient care technologies, nursing management, reflective practice, healthcare policy, patient safety, and more. You’ll graduate with the practical experience, specialized skills, and valued credentials you need to establish a successful and rewarding nursing career.


Program Details

Our RN to BSN online degree program from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is designed for actively working nurses who are ready to take on increased responsibility, open the door to new job opportunities, and gain more independence in their nursing practice. During your online RN to BSN program, you’ll be taught by experienced nurse educators who understand the unique challenges of working full-time as a nursing professional while also taking courses. Our curriculum prepares you for the dynamic field of healthcare and nursing with essential courses in health assessment, leadership, reflective practice, patient care technology, population health, and more.

Earning your RN to BSN from CU Online can help you:

  • Build upon and enhance your knowledge and skills as a healthcare provider
  • View your nursing practice from a global perspective
  • Enjoy more autonomy in your day-to-day work as a nurse
  • Gain access to salary benefits and higher earning potential
  • Qualify for more career opportunities and options for advancement
  • Prepare for advanced nursing degrees, including an MSN, DNP, or PhD

Our online RN to BSN program gives you the flexibility to learn where you live, with classes that are fully online and require no relocation or travel. You’ll be able to take online courses on your schedule and complete your contact hour requirements at a healthcare facility in your hometown. Throughout your online nursing program, you’ll stay connected to the UCCS community through personalized support from our advisors, collaboration with other nursing students, and connection to our award-winning faculty.

If you’re ready to learn more about earning your RN to BSN 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.


Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN Program 

For students who are interested in earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing but are not yet licensed RNs, we offer an online Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program that is designed for students who are currently enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at a community college. Our Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program allows you to continue taking courses toward your ADN at your local college while also taking online courses that count toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UCCS.

The UCCS Dual Enrollment ADN to BSN program accepts students from accredited community colleges in many states. To see if your school qualifies, contact our Enrollment Team.


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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 BSN 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. 


RN to BSN Curriculum Overview

As an RN to BSN student, you’ll take online courses that are created specifically for working nurses who want to provide better patient care and gain more autonomy over their daily nursing practice. Our RN to BSN coursework is 100% online, though you will be required to complete in-person clinical hours at a facility in your community. These clinical hours will allow you to practice what you’re learning in the classroom, and you’ll gain valuable insight into the role of a BSN in an actual healthcare environment. Through your online nursing courses and clinical experience, you’ll develop skills that are immediately applicable to your nursing career and improve your understanding of what it takes to be an effective, caring, and knowledgeable healthcare provider.

During your RN to BSN degree, you will:

  • Learn from experienced nursing faculty who understand the unique challenges of working as an RN in a healthcare environment
  • Collaborate with other nursing students who share your passion for health science and patient care
  • Build on your fundamental nursing knowledge with courses that cover topics in healthcare policy, leadership, clinical reasoning, research, health assessment, and more
  • Discover how to use innovative patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices to improve patient outcomes
  • Gain hands-on experience through clinicals and real-world projects

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


RN 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 RN 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 RN 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 RN to 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've been to a total of 3 universities now ... and [UCCS] by far are the most responsive and easiest to work with, and let me tell you that being pregnant and being a student, I am so appreciative of anyone who helps make the process easier! You guys are great. I appreciate your help, and I have to say, one of my favorite things about UCCS is how timely every department has been in responding to students. It's SO refreshing!

– Corrine R. | RN to BSN Student

RN to BSN Careers

More than ever, healthcare practices around the world are in need of qualified and dedicated nurses, and earning your BS in Nursing gives you the credentials and the specialized skills you need to stand out as a healthcare professional. Nurses who complete our online RN to BSN program and the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) are able to pursue a variety of challenging and rewarding career paths, including patient care, public health, nursing leadership, clinical research, and more. When you graduate with your online BSN degree, you’ll open the door to a wide range of nursing careers that can help you make a meaningful impact in your community.

Nurses are in high demand across all healthcare settings, including hospitals and out-patient facilities, primary care offices, military bases, schools and universities, and home healthcare programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 12% growth for all registered nurse positions by 2028, with a projected total of more than 370,000 new RN jobs from 2018-2028.

In addition to the growing demand for RNs, an increasing number of hospitals and care facilities now expect nurses to have a BSN, as this degree correlates to lower patient mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and increased positive outcomes, according to a study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). A BSN degree is highly valued among healthcare professionals, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing can give you more control over your career and help you secure your future as a nurse.

An RN to BSN degree can enhance your nursing career by:

  • Qualifying you for a wider range of nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Giving you more autonomy over your daily work and schedule
  • Increasing your earning potential and benefits
  • Improving your ability to provide thoughtful, effective patient care
  • Offering you the opportunity to move into advanced practice nursing or pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree

Tuition & 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 the paperwork, and make sure you’re able to focus on reaching your goals. From financial aid and scholarships to tuition assistance programs, we’ll work with you to find the best way to finance your degree.

Application fee: $50
One-time matriculation fee: $125
In-state and out-of-state tuition per credit hour: $367
Total tuition for the RN to BSN program*: $11,010

*Tuition cost based on 30 credit hours for the RN to BSN degree. Contact the CU Online Enrollment Team for more details.

Financial Aid 

Financial aid is available for eligible students to use toward paying educational costs while enrolled in a CU Online program. To determine your eligibility and apply for financial aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you submit your FAFSA, you will be considered for three types of aid: grants, work-study, and student loans. To be considered for federal financial aid, you will need to apply early and annually.

Scholarships 

Once you are admitted to the University of Colorado, you’ll have access to our internal scholarship portal where you can view and apply to many funding opportunities offered by the university. Scholarship opportunities typically require an application and may have specific eligibility requirements related to a student's academic merit, financial need, community service, work experience, and more. Unlike financial aid loans, scholarships are gift aid that does not have to be repaid. As a student, you will be able to apply for scholarships every semester.

Transfer Credits

If you are applying as a transfer student, your coursework from other colleges and universities could count toward your University of Colorado degree requirements. Transferring credits to your CU Online degree program may help you save on tuition costs and complete your degree sooner. Once you are admitted to the university, a transfer credit evaluation will be performed to determine how many transfer credits are eligible to apply to your degree.

Employer Tuition Benefits 

Many companies, including most healthcare organizations, offer tuition assistance benefits as part of their employee compensation program. Some will even incentivize earning your RN to BSN. Generally, these policies lay out a set number of credit hours per year that the company will pay for on behalf of the student/employee. Some policies place a cap on eligible tuition dollars and related expenses while others reimburse employees on a per-credit-hour basis. Get in touch with your organization's Human Resources department to learn more about your educational benefits.

Veteran & Military Student Benefits

CU Online is military-friendly and committed to providing service members and their families with a high-quality education that fits their distinct needs. As a CU Online student, you will have access to the UCCS Veteran and Military Affairs, which connects veteran, active duty, reservist, National Guard, and dependent students with fundamental support, services, and resources to ensure academic and professional success. UCCS is a proud home campus to many veteran and military students.

Our veteran and military students may use both veteran benefits and financial aid to pay for their education. Military benefits with CU Online include:

  • Waived application fee
  • GI Bill benefits
  • Potential to be awarded credit hours for military training and experience
  • Free tutoring and academic support

Connect with our Enrollment Team to learn more about the benefits and financial assistance available to military and veteran students.

Admissions 

Our online RN to BSN program is designed for actively working nurses who are ready to learn more about providing excellent patient care, gain more autonomy as a healthcare provider, and qualify for new career opportunities. The RN to BSN program offers rolling admissions and online courses that start every 8 weeks, which means you won’t have to wait to start working toward your BSN degree.

As you take the first step toward earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, our 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.

Prerequisites

In order to apply for the online RN to BSN program, you need to be a currently licensed RN. You are not required to complete any prerequisite courses before applying to the online RN to BSN program, though you will need to complete all general education requirements prior to graduation. Many students choose to transfer general education credits from their community college.

Applicants with an RN license may apply to the RN to BSN degree with:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all college coursework
  • Clinical practice experiences of at least 1,000 hours within the past three years or successful completion of an RN re-entry course approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.
  • Registered nurses who have graduated within the past three years may apply for entry to the program without clinical practice experience.
  • An active, unrestricted RN license from our list of authorized states and graduation from an accredited program

State Authorizations

Due to individual state authorization, the UCCS RN to BSN program currently only accepts licensed RNs from the following states. These authorizations only apply to the UCCS RN-BSN program.

  • 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 RN 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 RN to BSN program, you’ll need to submit the following:

  • $50 application fee
  • Undergraduate transfer application
  • A copy of your current RN license
  • Resume/CV
  • A letter proving completion of at least 1,000 clinical hours (only required if it has been more than 3 years since you finished an ADN program)
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended

As you apply for your RN to BSN degree, the Enrollment Team will help walk you through the entire process, from gathering required materials and submitting your application to checking your admissions status and enrolling in CU Online. Once you complete your RN to BSN application, you can expect to receive an admission decision within approximately four weeks.

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


Completion Time

To earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’ll be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours from UCCS. You’ll need to complete a total of 126 credit hours in order to graduate with your bachelor’s degree, but your general education credit hours can be taken from a local community college and transferred to your degree program. We offer 8-week nursing courses that are optimized for online learning, allowing you to focus on one or two courses at a time and build on the skills you learn throughout your degree program. Our flexible start dates at the beginning of every 8-week term allow you to begin working toward your bachelor’s in nursing as soon as you’re ready. 

Many of our RN to BSN students choose to complete their bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis while continuing to work as a full-time nurse. If you choose to take two 8-week courses per semester, you could complete the RN to BSN program in about 1–1.5 years. Students can set their own pace by taking however many courses they want every 8 weeks. If you take one 8-week course per semester, you can expect to earn your degree in 1.5–2.5 years. We know our working students are busy, which is why we offer you the flexibility to take up to two consecutive semesters off if you need a break from courses. 

Do I need to live near Colorado Springs, Colorado to complete this degree? 

The RN to BSN program from the UCCS College of Nursing is offered fully online, which means you will not be required to take courses at our Colorado Springs campus. Our fully online classes are recorded rather than live streamed, so you’ll be able to learn on your schedule. You will be required to complete clinical hours in-person, but you can choose to complete those hours at a healthcare facility in your community. 

As a CU Online nursing student, you'll take courses from the same experienced faculty as you would on campus, but with the flexibility you need to balance your classes with full-time work or family commitments. Our asynchronous courses and innovative online learning technologies give you access to the best education that the University of Colorado Colorado Springs has to offer at the time and place that’s right for you. You’ll be able to share ideas with your classmates, collaborate on projects, and connect directly with faculty through Canvas, our easy-to-use remote learning platform. 


Online Student Support

When you join CU Online, you’ll be connected with a Student Success Coach who will provide personalized support as you work toward your academic, professional, and personal goals. They will be by your side throughout your degree program, celebrating your successes and empowering you to overcome any obstacles.

As your advocate at CU, your Student Success Coach will:

  • Help you register for online courses Introduce you to online learning technologies
  • Act as your liaison for various university departments
  • Work with you to clarify your academic and professional goals
  • Address any challenges you encounter throughout your degree
  • Connect you with university services and resources to help you reach your goals

From helping you stay on track with classes to connecting you with academic and career resources, we offer the support and encouragement you need to make it to graduation and enjoy your journey along the way.


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 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 degree plans, learn more about a specific program, 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 RN to BSN degree by calling us at 303-860-5604 or filling out the form above for more information.