One year to a new caring compassionate career

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Accelerated program is for individuals with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree looking for a fast path into the exciting, rewarding and abundant opportunities available for nurses today!
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Accelerated BSN

Degree Overview

Do you dream of becoming a nurse but hold a degree in another area? The demand for professional nurses around the country has never been higher, and while many people desire the personal rewards of a health care career, the fact is that earning the necessary credentials can be time consuming. If nursing is your goal, Regis University offers an accelerated nursing program designed to help you realize your objectives and talents in the shortest amount of time.

The Accelerated nursing program offers non-working students the opportunity to finish their Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in one year. Any student who holds a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing is eligible to apply for this intensive and balanced curriculum.

The focal point of this one year nursing program, which meets primarily during the week on the main campus, is health promotion and disease prevention. Students are exposed to a hands-on learning taught by professional RNs. Curriculum includes both classroom instruction and a variety of clinical experience.

In addition, the Service Learning component allows students an opportunity for community involvement. See what a difference 12 months can make in your life, and your future patients' lives!


One year of full-time study for individuals with a prior non-nursing bachelor degree and program specific prerequisites. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with eligibility to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN).


Full-time study on our campus in Denver, Colorado with classes and clinicals primarily held Monday-Friday. Some clinical rotations are occasionally held in the evenings and/or weekends.


Clinical Experience:  Complete 756 hours of clinical education to learn hands on skills in real health care settings. The final 180 hours will be spent one-on-one with a clinical preceptor at a selected site.


The application deadlines are June 15th each year for the following January term and September 15th for the following May term.


The Accelerated BSN program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on a number of factors including cumulative GPA, science GPA, current resume, two recommendation forms, personal statement, and previous health care and/or volunteer experience. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria. We accept 48 students in the May start term and 96 students in the January start term.

You can email your admission counselor directly with questions at

Program Requirements

Degree requirements total 128 semester hours, which includes all prerequisite coursework, credit for prior degree, and 60 semester hours of nursing coursework completed during the one year program at Regis University.

Our policy regarding prerequisite courses is as follows: At least three of the four science courses including labs must be completed by the application deadline. Any remaining prerequisites should be planned or in-progress by the deadline. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.

Prerequisite Science Requirements
Microbiology 4 semester hours including Microbiology Laboratory
Human Anatomy* 4 semester hours including Anatomy Laboratory
Human Physiology* 4 semester hours including Human Physiology Laboratory
Chemistry 4 semester hours including Chemistry Laboratory
Prerequisite Requirements 
Psychology 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Philosophy 3 semester hours
Health Care Ethics 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Statistics 3 semester hours
Nutrition 3 semester hours

*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.

Prerequisites may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. 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.

Major Requirements (60 semester hours)
NR 410     Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (4 semester hours)
NR 405A Pathophysiology I (2 semester hours)
NR 405B Pathophysiology II (1 semester hours)
NR 406A Pharmacology I (2 semester hours)
NR 406B Pharmacology II (1 semester hours)
NR 414 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (4 semester hours)
NR 420  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 421 Clinical Reasoning: Integration of Theory and Practice (2 semester hours)
NR 422 Clinical Leadership in Professional Nursing (3 semester hours)
NR 455 Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Health Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 462 Introduction to Managing Health Care of the Adult & Older Adult (4 semester hours)
NR 463 Managing Comprehensive Health Care of the Adult & Older Adult II (5 semester hours)
NR 464 Complex Health Care Management of the Adult & Older Adult III (5 semester hours)
NR 465 Maternal Newborn Nursing (4 semester hours)
NR 470 Nursing Care of Children and Families (4 semester hours)
NR 472 Community and Population Focused Nursing (4 semester hours)
NR 473 Mental Health Nursing (4 semester hours)
NR 483 Clinical Capstone: Professional Nursing Practicum (5 semester hours)

Course requirements are subject to change without notice. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to:

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $765
Other Fees
Nursing Lab Fee (charged twice in program) $200
Kaplan Fee (one time fee) $450
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall (August 22, 2014-December 31, 2014)
   Spring/Summer (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

The current tuition rate applies to the 60 semester hours completed at Regis University for the nursing specific coursework.

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

Fequently Asked Questions

How often does the Accelerated BSN program begin?
The program begins in January and May of each year. We do not offer a Fall start for the Accelerated BSN program.

What is the minimum GPA to apply?
Although the minimum GPA needed to apply is 2.5, the majority of students accepted to the Accelerated BSN program have well above the minimum.

Who is eligible to apply for the Accelerated BSN program?
This program is designed specifically for students with a previous non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degree. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to apply. All applicants must have three of the four science prerequisites complete by the application deadline. All prerequisites, including the four science courses must be completed by the program start date for those admitted.

How long does it take to complete the program once I begin?
The Accelerated BSN program is 12 months. If you begin in January, you will graduate the following December. If you begin in May, you will graduate the following May.

Is your program accredited?
Yes. Regis University is regionally accredited by North Central Association (NCA). The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

When is the application deadline?
Currently, a complete application must be submitted by June 15th for the following January start (Spring) and September 15th for the following May start (Summer). The Accelerated BSN program does not offer a Fall start. Only complete applications postmarked by these deadlines will be reviewed.

Do I apply directly to Regis?
All applicants must apply through Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) system. NursingCAS offers prospective students a convenient way to apply to nursing programs offered at schools nationwide.

How can I learn more information about the program?
You can attend an information session to learn more about Regis University and the Accelerated BSN program. Information sessions take place at the main Denver Campus the second Tuesday of the month at noon and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 P.M. You do not need to RSVP to attend these sessions.

How competitive is admission into the program? How many applications do you receive and how many do you accept?
We generally receive 250-350 applications for each term. We accept 48 students in the May start term and 96 students in the January start term. The final admissions decision is made by the School of Nursing's Student Affairs Committee and is based on a number of factors including cumulative GPA, science GPA, current resume, two recommendation forms, personal statement, and previous health care and/or volunteer experience.

Do my prerequisites have to be complete when I apply?
Three of the four science prerequisites must be complete by the application deadline. The science prerequisites include: Human Anatomy (or Human Anatomy & Physiology I), Human Physiology (or Human Anatomy & Physiology II), Microbiology, and Chemistry. All science prerequisites must include a lab component. All other prerequisites can be outstanding by the application deadline, but must be complete by the intended start date.

Can I work while attending this program?
The Accelerated BSN program is a full-time, intense, and challenging campus-based program. Even though we try to keep class and clinical hours between Monday and Friday, some of your clinical rotations will occasionally be held in the evenings and/or on the weekends. You are strongly discouraged from trying to maintain a job while enrolled in the program.

How many clinical hours will be completed in the course of this program?
You will complete 756 hours of clinical education during the program. The final 180 hours will be spent one-on-one with a clinical preceptor at a selected site.

Where are clinical rotations completed?
Clinical rotations are completed at a variety of hospital and health care facilities in the Denver metro area.

Where can I complete my prerequisites? Is it acceptable to complete these at a community college?
Prerequisite classes may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university; this includes online courses and virtual labs. You may complete all prerequisites at a regionally accredited community college, with the exception of Health Care Ethics, which must be upper division. Click on Transfer Guides to view the classes we accept in transfer from local community colleges.

Where can I take Health Care Ethics?
Health Care Ethics is a required prerequisite for the Accelerated BSN program that must be taken prior to your intended start date. Health Care Ethics is offered at Regis University every eight weeks online.  All transfer courses for Health Care Ethics must be reviewed individually and approved by the Dept of Health Care Ethics. Incoming students will have the opportunity to complete the Applied Ethics in Health Care (HCE 430) course from Regis University the term prior to starting the program.  Once accepted or placed on the alternate list, we will notify you of the course offering and facilitate your registration.  Students are free to look for the course outside of Regis University; however, we recommend that you receive confirmation that the course will fulfill the requirement before registering for it.

Does Regis offer Financial Aid to Accelerated BSN students?
Yes, and most ABSN students are taking financial aid in some form for their tuition/fees. Primarily, you will be offered “loans” as opposed to grants when seeking a second bachelor’s degree. You will be connected with your financial aid counselor upon acceptance to begin this process.

Do you prefer a specific major within my previous bachelor's degree?
No. Although health care experience is helpful to you as a nursing student, and we give credit for it in the application process – if you have a non-health care degree from a regionally accredited school and you complete your prerequisites prior to your start date – you are equally as eligible as any other applicant.

Do you require the GRE or any other admissions/pre-nursing exam with my application?

Do you have a waitlist?
We do not offer a wait list for any of our BSN programs. Instead, each applicant pool is reviewed, and one group of students is accepted conditionally pending any outstanding prerequisites; a second group is considered as “alternates” for that specific start term, and the last group is denied acceptance for that start term. If you are an alternate or denied acceptance, you will have to reapply to be considered for the next start term. We then suggest contacting your admissions counselor to discuss how to improve your application for your next review.

Is campus housing available for Accelerated BSN students?
Students within the ABSN program typically live within 15-20 miles from campus – and are most often finding housing in the Highlands/Berkeley neighborhood. Once admitted to the program, the Office of Admissions works with incoming students to help those interested in getting connected with roommates. If you are interested in housing offered by Regis University, there is an off campus apartment building which is designed for Accelerated BSN, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Pharmacy students only. Check out Pomponio Village.

What does the typical schedule for an Accelerated BSN student look like?
The Accelerated BSN schedule includes three semesters. Each semester is split into three five-week sessions. You will be in class or clinical Monday - Friday, typically from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Although, your schedule can vary and clinical rotations and lab time can go into the evening or even be scheduled on the weekend. It's imperative that you are flexible and ready for a new schedule every five weeks.

What is the typical class size for the Accelerated BSN program?
Most often, classes include about 20 students. Lab courses are typically smaller.

How to Apply

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Link directly to the NursingCAS application if you're ready to apply today. Information sessions are offered twice a month, and it's the best next step if you are considering applying.

Application Deadline: June 15 Start Date: Following January
Application Deadline: September 15 Start Date: Following May

You can email your admission counselor directly with questions at

All Accelerated BSN applicants must apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Review the NursingCAS site, and the information below for details on how to apply.

  1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at .
  2. Submit two recommendation forms directly to NursingCAS. You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have your evaluators send electronic letters of reference (eLORS) per the NursingCAS application. The recommendations must be from professional or academic sources.
  3. Submit a written personal statement in the space provided on the NursingCAS application. This personal statement is reviewed and scored and is a required component of Regis University’s application. You’ll need to write a brief statement, USING YOUR OWN WORDS, expressing your motivation or desire to become a Nurse. The NursingCAS application provides a space to enter your statement (2970 character count, this is about 495 words). Please follow the Instructions on NursingCAS carefully.
  4. Within the “Professional Experience” portion of the application include all relevant healthcare certifications, employment experience, and/or volunteer experience.
  5. Request official university and/or college transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University at the time of application. Only admitted applicants will be asked to submit official transcripts to Regis University. Arrange for NursingCAS to receive a separate official transcript from each regionally accredited U.S. university and/or college you attended. NursingCAS will not verify your application until all official transcripts and other required materials are received. See NursingCAS for Transcript Request Forms. NursingCAS will not accept student-issued transcripts or transcripts sent by an applicant.