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.