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Nursing RN to BSN program

Nursing, RN to BSN

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Are you an active Registered Nurse who is ready for more autonomy and opportunity in your nursing career? Earning your RN-BSN online is a great way to reach your full potential and futureproof your career.

Designed for working nurses, our online RN to BSN program supports your advancement and helps prepare you for the changing requirements of working in the modern health care workplace. It’s an affordable and flexible online Bachelor’s in Nursing that allows you to earn your degree, live your life, and continue working at the same time.

During our fully online nursing program, you’ll learn from an exceptional faculty of experienced nursing professionals from the world-renowned College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus. You’ll learn from instructors who are not just highly qualified and experienced nursing professionals – but are also great teachers. They are committed to helping you reach your goals and transform your nursing career. You’ll graduate with the real-world knowledge and practical skills necessary to take command of your career and your future as a nurse.

Choosing this online RN-BSN program is a smart decision:

  • Quality – A BSN from the University of Colorado is a true sign of preparation and accomplishment recognized by employers across the health care industry.
  • Affordable – Featuring a total tuition of $12,000, with scholarship opportunities available to every student, this degree empowers your future success.
  • Fast – Designed for active working professionals the RN-BSN can be completed in just four semesters (16 months).
  • Flexible – Transfer most previously completed prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Collaborative – Join a small cohort, beginning each fall and spring, for progression and connection within a group of fellow nurses.
  • Engaging – 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 to you and your organization.

Are you currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in an ADN program in Colorado?

If you are currently accepted to or enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at:

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

Click here to learn more about how you can earn your BSN online from CU while simultaneously completing your ADN.

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. Throughout the online RN to BSN program, you’ll be taught by nurse educators who understand the unique challenges of working full-time as a nursing professional while also taking courses. Our classes are offered entirely online and in a schedule that may be compatible with tuition reimbursement plans from your employer.

Upon successful completion of the online RN to BSN 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.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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RN 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 RN-BSN program is 30 credits total. The last semester for the traditional program is the 4th 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.

Disclaimer: If you are an out of state student, please double check your state board of nursing requirements for RN-BSN completion.

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 a bachelor’s degree holder can open more doors and be met with higher salaries than associate’s degree holders.

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


The online RN to BS in Nursing program consists of 30 credits. It is designed to be efficiently completed in four semesters, or 16 months.

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 RN to 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
Understand and apply knowledge and skills in information and communication technologies to enhance the delivery of quality patient care. Concepts of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom, informing care delivery are examined. Professional nursing roles and responsibilities are explored in information management.