Transition to a Career in Nursing

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Transition to a Career in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) CHOICE program is designed for individuals working in health care who want to further their career in the field of nursing. Our evening/weekend class format allows you to keep your day job while advancing your skills to help and heal as a nurse.

Nursing, CHOICE (BSN)

Connecting Health Occupations with Innovative Curriculum and Experience - CHOICE

If you are currently employed in the health care field and have often thought of joining the ranks of those in the profession of nursing, Regis University can help you attain your dreams with a BS in Nursing. Don't quit your day job! Instead, use your nights and weekends to explore, learn, and develop the skills necessary to nurture patients and further your career options.

The BSN CHOICE option gives you the opportunity to pursue your nursing degree while working a full-time job by offering a nursing program in a format designed for adults currently working in health care. Classes are held in the evenings twice per week on the main Northwest Denver campus with clinical rotations scheduled on weekends. Because the program is completed within two years, CHOICE students must be prepared to allocate a considerable amount of time and energy for their studies outside of the classroom. Despite a different format, CHOICE offers you the same opportunities and challenges as the Traditional BSN program, while helping you make the most of your time.


Four-year degree including two years of prerequisite and core studies requirements, and two years of major coursework specific to professional nursing. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with eligibility to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN).


Program offers evening and weekend classes and clinicals to accommodate working students. Courses are taught on our main Northwest Denver campus over six semesters, including summers. The BSN CHOICE curriculum consists of 60 semester hours, identical to our Traditional and Accelerated BSN options.


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 deadline is January 15th each year for the fall class.


The BSN CHOICE degree program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations, writing skills demonstrated in the personal statement and any healthcare and/or volunteer experience. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria.

BSN CHOICE degree applicants will be selected with priority admission given to health care professionals. Applicants without health care experience are eligible to apply. We accept 24 students each fall to the program.

You can email your admission counselor directly with questions at

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) CHOICE program at Regis University. The total degree requires 120 semester hours which includes all prerequisite coursework and 60 semester hours of nursing coursework completed during the program at Regis University. Clinical experiences and service learning augment classroom skills and simulation laboratory learning experiences.

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 laboratory
Human Anatomy* 4 semester hours including laboratory
Human Physiology* 4 semester hours including laboratory
Chemistry 4 semester hours including laboratory
Prerequisite Requirements 
Psychology 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Philosophy 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Statistics 3 semester hours
Nutrition 3 semester hours
English Composition+ 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication+ 6 semester hours
Economics/Business/Social Science+ 3 semester hours
Applied Ethics in Health Care 
3 semester hours
General Electives+ 2 semester hours
Upper Division Elective+ 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.

+If you have a bachelor's degree (non-nursing), or will complete a bachelor's degree prior to your intended start date, you have fulfilled these prerequisite courses per your degree.

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)

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.


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

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Select Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions on our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee Schedule for this Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) CHOICE program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is consistently January 15th for the following fall semester. All application materials must be post-marked by this date each year.

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. Any remaining prerequisites should be planned or in-progress at the time of application, and must be completed prior to starting the program.

Where can I complete my prerequisites?
Prerequisite classes may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university including community colleges; online courses and virtual labs are acceptable. We have transfer guides for many Colorado colleges and universities – click here to view our transfer guides.

What courses can I take for Religious Studies?
It is important that religious studies courses be taken from a Religious Studies or Philosophy Department. Courses taken from Humanities, Literature, Anthropology or History Departments for example will not be accepted. If your school does not have a religious studies department, you will want to take religious studies courses (such as comparative religions, philosophy of religion, world religions east and/or west) from your school's philosophy department. General philosophy courses such as Introduction to Philosophy DO NOT fulfill the religious studies requirement.

Who is eligible for admission into the program?
This program is designed specifically for individuals who are currently working in the health care field. Although the minimum GPA needed to apply is 2.5, the majority of the students accepted to the BSN CHOICE program have well above the minimum.

Do you have a waiting list?
We do not offer a waiting list at Regis University. Each BSN program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations, experience and the personal statement. The top candidates are selected for admission to each program, and a small group of alternates will also be selected. Accepted students and alternates generally have cumulative and science GPAs above 3.0. If you are not accepted, you are welcome to re-apply for an upcoming term.

How many spots are available in the BSN CHOICE program? Approximately, how many applications do you receive for those spots?
We accept 24 students each Fall to the CHOICE BSN program. We receive an average of 80-100 applications each year.

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

When does the BSN CHOICE program start? How long is the program?
The program starts once a year in the Fall semester (typically the end of August). BSN CHOICE 
students complete the nursing curriculum and clinicals in six semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer).

What is the typical schedule for BSN CHOICE students?
CHOICE students have class two evenings a week (typically from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and complete the majority of their clinical rotations on the weekends.

How many clinical hours will be completed in the course of this program?
You will complete 756 hours of clinical education during this program. The final 180 hours will be spent 1:1 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. We use facilities as far north as Longmont United Hospital and Boulder Community Hospital and as far south as Sky Ridge Medical Center and Parker Adventist Hospital.

How can I learn more about the program?
You can attend an information session to learn more about Regis University and the CHOICE 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.  Information Session Schedule

Are students required to have laptops for the BSN CHOICE program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including BSN CHOICE students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:


  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 10.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MSWord, Excel, Powerpoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • How to Apply

    Take the next step in your Regis experience and apply. Applicants to the BSN CHOICE program apply via the Nursing Centralized Application Service. Link directly to the NursingCAS application if you're ready to apply.

    Get detailed application information, prerequisite requirements and transfer guides for many Colorado schools. Information sessions are offered twice a month, and it's the best next step if you are considering applying.

    Application Opens: September 15
    Application Deadline*: January 15
    Program Start Date: August

    *All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at

    All BSN CHOICE 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 through NursingCAS. Select professional or academic references only; personal references are not accepted. The recommendation forms provided in the application must be used.
    3. Submit (upload) a written personal statement per the NursingCAS application instructions. 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. 
    4. Within the “Patient/Healthcare Experience” section of the application include all relevant healthcare employment experiences, and/or volunteer experiences.
    5. Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
    6. Request official university and/or college transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly 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.