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.