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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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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A BSN degree from Regis University requires 120 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 72 students each fall into 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 Pre-Nursing students that meet the requirements of our guaranteed admission policy known as Seamless Progression. We accept transfer students on a space available basis.

Learn more about our Pre-Nursing program and guaranteed admission policy requirements for Regis College students here.

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 120 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 2 semester hours
Upper Division Electives 3 semester hours

Students must be admitted to the nursing program in order to enroll in the BSN major coursework. 

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 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), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202.887.6791.


Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the Traditional Nursing program.

FAQ

What is the application deadline?  The application deadline is consistently February 1 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 February 1. 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 2.75, the majority of students accepted to the Traditional BSN program have well above the minimum. 

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 Northwest Denver (Lowell) 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 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

  • 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

    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 for more information and details on our Guaranteed Admission Policy requirements.

    Pre-Nursing Information for High School Students

    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 you will need to apply through Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Detailed application instructions and program requirements are below.

    Application Opens: September 15
    Application Deadline*: February 1
    Program Start Date: August 

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

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

    Information sessions are offered twice a month, and it's the best next step if you are considering applying. We invite potential students, friends and/or parents to attend an information session for more details on our Traditional BSN program.

    Information Sessions

    Application Details

    All Traditional 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.

    • Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Within the “Patient/Healthcare Experience” section of the application include all relevant healthcare employment experiences, and/or volunteer experiences.
    • Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
    • 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. 

    To allow for timely processing, it is recommended that the NursingCAS application and all supporting materials (transcripts and letters of reference) be submitted to NursingCAS at least 5-6 weeks prior to the application deadline. However, an application will be reviewed as long as all documents are received by NursingCAS by the specified application deadline.

    Please note that acceptance to the program are made based on cumulative GPA, science GPA, two recommendations, a personal statement, and previous healthcare/volunteer experience. It is imperative that all of this information is included in detail within your NursingCAS application. Please note that items such as references and the personal statement/essay are not required fields within NursingCAS, but are required by Regis University and must be completed in order for an application to be considered complete.

    ATTENTION REAPPLICANTS: All prospective students who are reapplying must use their existing NursingCAS account. NursingCAS allows applicants to roll their previous application forward and you are able to update most application documents. In order to roll your application forward you will need to select the new term designation and Regis University will require that you provide an updated personal statement, resume and third letter of recommendation from a new reference. If you have completed any coursework since you last submitted your application you must do an academic update and supply NursingCAS with the updated official transcript.

    Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

    Admissions Criteria

    Eligibility

    The Traditional BSN program has a competitive admissions process in which students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations, writing skills as demonstrated in a personal statement, as well as health care and volunteer experience. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria.

    • It is recommended that you are currently work in health care, preferably in a clinical setting (examples include certified nurse aid, licensed practical nurse, EMT, unit secretary, and other positions within hospitals or health care facilities).
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale.
    • Grade of “C-“ or better in all prerequisite courses required for the major in Nursing.
    • Three of the following science courses must be complete by the application deadline and all four must be complete by the program start date: Human Anatomy (or Human Anatomy & Physiology I), Human Physiology (or Human Anatomy & Physiology II), Microbiology, Chemistry. All four science courses must include a lab component.
    • Other prerequisites may be in progress at the time of application but all must be completed by the start of the program for those admitted. A complete list of required prerequisites can be found under the Program Requirements tab.
    • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
    • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions and Safety Forms. For a complete list of Essential Functions, click here.
    • Applicants must have the ability to meet all the requirements for licensure and the physical, psychological and emotional standards established by the Colorado Nurse Practice Act and the State Board of Nursing.
    • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program.
    • Applicants must have the ability to complete the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals certification.
    • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet either of the following language proficiency requirements:
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
      • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

    Ranking

    • The Traditional BSN program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on academic performance, recommendations, writing skills as demonstrated in the personal statement, plus health care and volunteer experience. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria.
    • Priority admission to the Traditional BSN program is given to Regis College students that meet the requirements of our guaranteed admission policy (Seamless Progression). We accept transfer students on a space available basis.
    • Accepted students generally have cumulative and science GPAs above 3.0. The most recent starting class had an average GPA of 3.5.
    • A personal interview may be required.

    Pre-Nursing

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

    Seamless Progression is an opportunity to earn a guaranteed spot in the Traditional BSN program. Eligibility is based on an exceptional set of rigorous standards as outlined below. Students not meeting Seamless Progression are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

    Newly matriculated freshmen attending Regis University (specifically Regis College) may be eligible for Seamless Progression into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional option if they successfully meet all the following requirements:

    • 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 3.25 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 coursework
    • Recommendation of pre-professional advisor

    Conditions of Eligibility:

    Students meeting the above requirements must also meet the following conditions to maintain eligibility to progress into the Traditional BSN program in the junior year.

    • Students must successfully complete two years of full time study (four semesters) through Regis College.
      • Pre-nursing students may participate in Regis University’s Study Abroad program opportunities, but must make appropriate plans with the academic advisor in order to maintain eligibility for Seamless Progression.
    • Students must successfully complete all four science prerequisites through Regis College.
      • Students transferring in prerequisite science credits via Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual enrollment are ineligible for Seamless Progression.
      • Three of the four sciences must be complete to be considered for Seamless Progression.
    • Students must receive grades of “C” or better in all Regis University coursework. 
      • A student who receives a grade of C- or below is ineligible for Seamless Progression consideration.
      • Withdrawal from a pre-nursing requisite course needs the approval of the pre-professional advisor for the student to remain eligible for Seamless Progression. 
    • Students must complete NR 410: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing course with a passing grade on the first attempt. Passing grade is “C” or above. Students who fail to complete NR 410 with a grade of “C” or above are ineligible for Seamless Progression.
    • Students have one opportunity to earn Seamless Progression. Students who do not successfully complete the Seamless Progression requirements, or maintain the conditions of eligibility, will forfeit the opportunity to be considered for Seamless Progression in the future.
    • Only new freshman entering Regis College are eligible for Seamless Progression consideration. Transfer students are ineligible.

    Procedures:

    • All pre-nursing students must meet with the pre-professional advisor to sign the Seamless Progression Policy Agreement at the time of matriculation.
    • Evaluation for Seamless Progression occurs after fall semester of the students’ eligibility year (fall semester, sophomore year).  Students earning progression are admitted conditionally, pending successful completion of the pre-nursing curriculum requirements consistent with Seamless Progression eligibility requirements.  Admitted students are re-evaluated at the completion of the fourth term (spring semester, sophomore year) to ensure eligibility.
    • Students not meeting Seamless Progression eligibility at the end of their third semester (fall semester, sophomore year) must submit additional application materials and are competitively evaluated by the LHSON Student Affairs Committee. 
    • Regis University students who request a change of major into pre-nursing must make an appointment with the pre-professional advisor to determine eligibility for the Seamless Progression program.

    There is no appeals process for students not admitted to the Traditional BSN via the Seamless Progression policy.  

    Pre-Nursing students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements for 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.

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