Pre-Nursing at Regis

The pre-nursing track leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree gives you the skills to help and heal, with a focus on values and social justice.

Our unique Guaranteed Admission Policy offers freshmen entering Regis College an opportunity to secure a spot in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program beginning junior year. Learn more.


Degree Overview

A nursing degree from Regis University requires 128 semester hours of credit spanning a wide range of courses, encompassing liberal arts and sciences, humanities, philosophy, religious studies, and the upper-division nursing curriculum.  As Colorado's only Jesuit University we intentionally facilitate profound discussions about values and ethics, and we offer inspiring service learning opportunities.  We help you along your path to be an exceptional nurse, and a leader in life.

The pre-nursing option offers Regis College freshman the opportunity to earn guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional program beginning junior year, without additional application. If you have the drive and desire to enter the profession of nursing, the ability to guarantee your spot in this competitive major is an exceptional benefit and a big reason to consider Regis University. Students must meet all guaranteed admission policy requirements in order to be eligible. Review the policy details under the Guaranteed Admission Policy tab.

If nursing is your future, consider the outstanding reputation of our nursing program and our unique Guaranteed Admission Policy when deciding which school is right for you. Once you finish your BSN and have a bit of work experience on your resume, we also offer a variety of graduate nursing degrees from nurse practitioners to administrators and educators, to our Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Guaranteed Admission Policy

Newly matriculated freshman attending Regis University (specifically Regis College) are eligible for guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional option if they successfully meet all the following requirements at the end of their sophomore year:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above (includes coursework completed at Regis College and any other regionally accredited institutions at which the student has completed coursework
  • Cumulative science grade point average of 3.0 or above calculated from the following courses: CH206A/207A Chemistry lab/lecture, BL 274/275 Anatomy lab/lecture, BL 276/277 Physiology lab/lecture, BL 254/255 Microbiology lab/lecture
  • Complete all four science prerequisites through Regis College: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology and associated laboratory courses
  • Grade of C or better in all Regis University course work
  • Complete two years of full-time study, four semesters, through Regis College
  • Complete NR 410, Introduction to the Profession of Nursing, with a grade of C or better on the first attempt
  • Recommendation from the pre-professional academic advisor
  • No more than 9 semester hours of coursework outstanding after completion of summer semester prior to progression into Junior year. Outstanding courses can only include Religious Studies, Health Care Ethics, and/or electives. 
  • No additional application to the Traditional BSN program is required for Regis College Pre-Nursing students if all criteria of the guaranteed admission policy are met. Students automatically progress into the nursing program after completing the prerequisites and maintaining the necessary conditions of eligibility.

Students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

There is no appeals process for students not admitted to the Traditional BSN via the Gauranteed Admission Policy.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the Pre-Nursing required courses. Successful completion of the Pre-Nursing course work prepares students for the Traditional BSN major coursework. Progression into the Traditional BSN major is competitive. The total degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is 128 semester hours.  

Pre-Nursing Science Requirements
Microbiology (BL 254/BL 255) 4 semester hours including laboratory
Human Anatomy* (BL 274/BL 275) 4 semester hours including laboratory
Human Physiology* (BL 276/BL 277) 4 semester hours including laboratory
Chemistry (CH 206A/CH 207A) 4 semester hours including laboratory
Pre-Nursing Requirements 
General Psychology (PY 250) 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology (PY 358 (preferred) or PY 459) 3 semester hours
Introduction to Sociology (SO 200) 3 semester hours
Philosophy (PL 270) 3 semester hours
Health Care Ethics (HCE 430) 3 semester hours
Religious Studies (RS, RC, RT, CAS courses) 6 semester hours
Introduction to Statistics (MT 270 or MT 274) 3 semester hours
Nutrition (NR 350) 3 semester hours
English Composition (RC 200) 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication 6 semester hours
Economics/Business/Social Science 3 semester hours
Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (NR 410) 4 semester hours
General Electives 10 semester hours

Students must be admitted to the Traditional BSN nursing program in order to progress to the BSN major coursework. Regis College students that meet all of the Gauranteed Admission Policy requirements progress from the pre-nursing program into the Traditional BSN program without additional application. Regis College pre-nursing students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

We accept transfer students on a space available basis. Transfer students may complete the pre-nursing coursework at any regionally accredited institution. Transfer students are not eligible for gauranteed admission and must apply to the Traditional BSN program and be competitively reviewed.

*Transfer students can take either Human Anatomy/Lab and Human Physiology/Lab as a sequence or a combined A&P I/Lab and A&P II/Lab as a sequence to fulfill this requirement. We highly recommend requesting an unofficial evaluation of your previous college/university coursework. For instructions on requesting an evaluation, and/or to review our transfer guides for many Colorado colleges, click here.

BSN Major Requirements

Fall Semester (1st Semester) (16 SH)
NR 405A Pathophysiology I (2 SH)
NR 406A Pharmacology I (2 SH)
NR 414 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (4 SH)
NR 462 Intro to Managing Health Care of the Adult & Older Adult (4 SH)
NR 465 Maternal Newborn Nursing (4 SH)
Spring Semester (2nd Semester) (14 SH)
NR 405B Pathophysiology II (1 SH)
NR 406B Pharmacology II (1 SH)
NR 420  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care Informatics (3 SH)
NR 463 Managing Comprehensive Health Care of the Adult & Older Adult II (5 SH)
NR 470 OR NR 473 Nursing Care of Children and Families OR Mental Health Nursing (4 SH)
Fall Semester (3rd Semester) (15 SH)
NR 455 Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Health Policy (3 SH)
NR 464 Complex Health Care Management of the Adult & Older Adult III (5 SH)
NR 470 OR NR 473 Nursing Care of Children and Families OR Mental Health Nursing (4 SH)
Upper Division Elective One of the following: NR 488I—Emergency Nursing, NR 488H—Critical Care Nursing, NR 451 Introduction to Nursing Practicum, or approved upper division elective offering (3 SH)
Spring Semester (4th Semester) (14 SH)
NR 421 Clinical Reasoning: Integration of Theory and Practice (2 SH)
NR 422 Clinical Leadership in Professional Nursing (3 SH)
NR 472 Community and Population Focused Nursing (4 SH)
NR 483 Clinical Capstone: Professional Nursing Practicum (5 SH)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

How to Apply

Take the next step to receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists, and applying college credit (AP, IB) to your degree.

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