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A Passion for the Care of Others

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional program is for high school graduates or transfer students looking for an exceptional education that gives you the skills to help and heal, with a focus on values and social justice.
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Traditional BSN

Degree Overview

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A BSN degree from Regis University requires 128 semester hours of credit spanning a wide range of courses, which encompass liberal arts and science, humanities, philosophy, religious studies, and the upper-division nursing curriculum.

During the junior and senior years, students gain specialized knowledge and training through a variety of clinical experiences. These include both inpatient and outpatient settings, located throughout the Denver metro area. Each clinical experience provides unique exposure to real-life health situations and elements of research and leadership are integrated throughout the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program.

In addition, Service Learning, a vital part of the curriculum, allows students an opportunity to develop a sense of commitment to the community and a spirit of volunteerism. The nursing faculty and Service Learning Coordinator help you establish appropriate service-learning projects locally, nationally and globally.

DEGREE

Four year degree including 2 years of prerequisite and core studies requirements, and 2 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).

FORMAT

Full-time study on our campus in Denver, Colorado with classes and clinical Monday-Friday.

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.

SELECTION

The Traditional BSN 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. We accept 66-72 students each fall to the Traditional BSN program. The class is comprised of students that have completed their prerequisites through the Regis University full-time pre-nursing program in Regis College and transfer students who have applied after attending another institution to complete their prerequisites. There are approximately 200 candidates considered for the program each year.

Priority admission to the Traditional BSN program is given to Regis College students that meet the requirements of our seamless progression policy. We accept transfer students on a space available basis.

Seamless Progression Policy

Regis College Pre-Nursing students are eligible for seamless progression into the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions if they meet the following requirements at the end of their sophmore year:

  • Started as a newly matriculated freshman at Regis University (specifically Regis College)
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above (includes coursework completed at Regis College and any other regionally accredited institutions at which 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
  • Grade of C or better in all Regis University course work
  • Completed two years of full-time study (four semesters) through Regis College
  • Completed all four science requirements through Regis College (Human Anatomy/lab, Human Physiology/lab, Chemistry/lab, and Microbiology/lab)
  • Successfully completed NR 410, Introduction to the Profession of Nursing, with a grade of C or better on the first attempt
  • Receive a recommendation from a pre-professional academic advisor
  • Have 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. All other course requirements must be completed.

Regis College Pre-Nursing students who meet the seamless progress policy standards automatically progress into the nursing major without additional application.

Pre-Nursing students not meeting Seamless Progression are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

For more information on requirements for admission into the Pre-Nursing program as a freshman click here.

Honors Information

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing Honors Program at Regis University provides learning opportunities for students in the Traditional Nursing Program students who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership ability to enhance their undergraduate educational experience. The purpose of the Nursing Honors Program is to provide additional opportunities to develop leadership and scholarship in collaboration with future colleagues in the nursing profession and other health related disciplines. Selected students who meet the qualifications for the honors program complete seminars and projects in tandem with other BSN requirements. Students who successfully complete all BSN Nursing Honors Program courses and maintain the specified grades in Traditional Nursing Program courses graduate with the designation of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Honors on their diploma.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional program at Regis University. The total degree requires 128 semester hours which includes all pre-nursing coursework and nursing major coursework. Clinical experiences and service learning augment classroom skills and simulation laboratory learning experiences.

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 nursing program in order to progress to the BSN major coursework. Gauranteed admission to the Traditional BSN program is given to Regis College students that meet the requirements of our seamless progression policy. We accept transfer students on a space available basis.

Transfer students may complete the pre-nursing coursework at any regionally accredited institution.

*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.

Accreditation

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

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Regis University-Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (Full Time, 12-18 semester hours) $16,920 (per semester)
Other Fees
Application Fee (one time fee) $40
Nursing Lab Fee (per year) $200
Student Activity Fee (per semester) $150
Student Support Fee (per semester) $150
Kaplan Fee (one time fee) $450
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$1,102
$1,102
Summer Nursing Externship (per semester hour) $475
Residence Hall Rates (per semester) $2,600-$3,900
Board Rates (per semester) $315-$2,320
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*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.

All campus based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web based content during class. This includes all Traditional BSN students. Please see FAQs for hardware and software requirements.

FAQ

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. Three of the following science courses must be complete by the application deadline: Human Anatomy (or Human Anatomy & Physiology I), Human Physiology (or Human Anatomy & Physiology II), Microbiology, Chemistry. All science courses must include a lab component.

Do my prerequisites have to be complete when I apply?  Three of the four science prerequisites must be complete by the application deadline of January 15th. 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 at the time of application.

Do all prerequisites need to be completed by the time the program starts in the Fall?  All four science prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the program for those admitted. You may have up to nine (9) semester hours of outstanding course work at the start of the program in the categories of electives, health care ethics and/or religious studies only.

Where can I complete my prerequisites?  Prerequisite classes may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university. We have transfer guides for many Colorado colleges and universities – click here to see them all.

What courses can I take for Religious Studies and Health Care Ethics?  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. A general philosophy course such as Introduction to Philosophy DOES NOT fulfill the religious study prerequisite requirement.

The Health Care Ethics course offered at Regis University is HCE 430. This course is offered both online and in the classroom each semester. Students are free to look for the course outside of Regis University; however, we highly recommend that you receive confirmation that the course will fulfill the requirement before registering for it.

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 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 Traditional BSN program? Approximately how many applicants do you consider for those spots?  We accept 66-72 students each fall to the Traditional BSN program. The class is comprised of students that have completed their prerequisites through the Regis University full-time pre-nursing program in Regis College and transfer students who have applied after attending another institution to complete their prerequisites. There are approximately 200 candidates considered for the program each year.

What GPA is required to apply to the Traditional BSN program? Although the minimum GPA needed to apply is 2.5, the majority of students accepted to the Traditional BSN program have well above the minimum. The average cumulative GPA of the Fall 2012 class was a 3.5 and the average science GPA was a 3.4.

When does the Traditional BSN program start? How long is the program?  The program starts once a year in the Fall semester (typically the end of August). Traditional BSN students complete the nursing curriculum and clinicals in four semesters with a summer break between the junior and senior year.

What is the typical schedule for a Traditional BSN student?  Traditional BSN students have a full-time schedule. Classes are typically scheduled during the day, Monday through Friday. Class and labs are scheduled Monday through Wednesday, on the main Denver campus at 50th and Lowell. Clinical rotations are typically scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

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 our BSN programs. 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.  For a list of times and locations click here

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

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

HARDWARE

  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.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

  • SOFTWARE
  • 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.

    If you are a high school student interested in attending Regis University for the pre-nursing portion of the Traditional BSN program, get started today by clicking the link below to request information and/or apply.

    If you plan to complete, or have completed, the prerequisite requirements at another college and are interested in applying to the program as a transfer student, get detailed application instructions and information regarding transfer credits by clicking below. We invite potential students, friends and/or parents to attend an information session for more details on our Traditional BSN program.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.