Follow Your Dreams and Transition to a Career in Nursing

Nursing professor talking to a studentCHOICE stands for "Connecting Health Occupations with Innovative Curriculum and Experience." 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.

The CHOICE 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, license practical nurse, EMT, unit secretary, and other positions within hospitals or health care facilities).
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 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.
  • 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 the following language proficiency requirement:
    • 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.

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The CHOICE BSN 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.

CHOICE BSN applicants will be selected with priority admission given to health care professionals.

The application deadline is January 15th each year for the Fall class

It is in the applicant’s best interest to initiate the application no less than a month prior to the application deadline. All CHOICE 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. All application materials are sent to NursingCAS directly.  Be sure to review the application instructions per NursingCAS.  Your application must be submitted by the January 15 deadline date.

All application materials are DUE by the application deadline. Applications initiated on the application deadline will not be considered for admission without ALL required materials submitted and received. It is the responsibility of the applicant to plan ahead to ensure that all parts of the application arrive by the specified deadline and to monitor their application status to ensure that all parts of the application arrive on time (transcripts and letters of recommendation, along with all other components of the application).

Application Opens: September 15, 2016
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
Program Start Date: August 28, 2017

  1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.liaisoncas.com.
  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. 

CHOICE BSN applicants will be selected with priority admission given to health care professionals. Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

The following information is designed to be a self-assessment for prospective students to use in determining what prerequisites need to be completed for Regis University pre-licensure CHOICE BSN program:

If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or will complete a bachelor’s degree prior to your intended start date:

The following courses are required prerequisites:

  • Chemistry/Lab (4)
  • Microbiology/Lab (4)
  • Human Anatomy/Lab or A&P I/Lab (4)*
  • Human Physiology/Lab or A&P II/Lab (4)*

Three of the four science courses listed above must be complete by the application deadline.

*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 the prerequisite requirement.

  • General Psychology (3)
  • Developmental or Child Psychology (3)
  • Nutrition (3)
  • Sociology (3)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (6)
  • Health Care Ethics (3)

If you do not have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and will not complete a bachelor’s degree prior to your intended start date:

The following courses are required prerequisites:

  • Chemistry/Lab (4)
  • Microbiology/Lab (4)
  • Human Anatomy/Lab or A&P I/Lab (4)*
  • Human Physiology/Lab or A&P II/Lab (4)*

Three of the four science courses listed above must be complete by the application deadline.

*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 the prerequisite requirement.

  • General Psychology (3)
  • Developmental or Child Psychology (3)
  • Nutrition (3)
  • Sociology (3)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (6)
  • Health Care Ethics (3)
  • English Composition (3)
  • Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication (6)
  • Economics/Business/Social Science (3)
  • General Electives (10)
  • Upper Division Electives (3)

Prerequisites may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. We highly recommend requesting an unofficial evaluation of your previous college/university coursework. 

If you would like an unofficial transcript evaluation, please send a copy of your transcripts, including a cover letter with your name, address, phone number and program of interest to:
Regis University
Office of Admissions
3333 Regis Blvd.
Mail Code P-28
Denver, CO 80221-1099
You may also fax your request to 303.964.5534 or email it to healthcare@regis.edu. Completed evaluations are sent via email within approximately two weeks of receipt.

We have created Transfer Guides that provide recommended course work from Colorado colleges to transfer to Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program options. One course will fulfill one requirement only. Course requirements are subject to change without notice. For further information contact the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Office of Marketing & Admissions at 303.458.4344.

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