A Faster Path to Success

If you are an RN looking to advance, our combined Bachelor's and Master's degree program enables you to complete both degree programs in a shorter amount of time. This program lets you complete three graduate level courses in the BSN portion of the curriculum, giving you a head start in the Master of Science program; thus making a more efficient use of your time, and tuition dollars.


  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Completion of an associate degree in nursing or diploma nursing program.
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology and have less than 36 outstanding non-nursing semester hours.
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Credits are accepted in transfer with a grade of “C-” or better from regionally accredited schools as well as from approved testing programs (CLEP, DSST, NLN) in accordance with established Regis University policies. 
  • Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for all applicants.
  • Applicants who graduated from a nursing program more than three years prior to admission may be required to have a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing work experience in the last three years or have successfully completed a Colorado Council on Nursing Education approved refresher course or an approved refresher course in their current state of nursing practice.
  • 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.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program.
  • Current 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.


Applications for the RN to Master of Science, Nursing (MS) program are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. An application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing degree program has a rolling admissions. You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts. Course size is limited, so it is best to submit application materials as soon as they are completed. Once a course has reached its enrollment capacity, applicants will be selected for an alternate list.

  • Submit a completed online application form.
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard
      Mail Code: P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.
  • Submit a one-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Instructions are given when you reach the essay portion of the online application.
  • Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used.
  • Submit a nonrefundable $50.00 application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
    Fax: 303.964.5534
    Email: healthcare@regis.edu

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

Core studies requirements may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Advanced Placement, CLEP and Dantes tests are accepted for core study course work. Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology must be completed prior to starting the program. All other core study requirements can be completed simultaneously with the major requirements.

Core Studies Requirements
English Composition 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication 6 semester hours
Economics/Business 3 semester hours
General Psychology 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Philosophy 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Introduction to Statistics 3 semester hours
Microbiology 4 semester hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 semester hours
General Electives 6 semester hours
Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours

Let us evaluate your prior college transcripts to determine which requirements you have fulfilled per your prior coursework, including your RN studies.

For students that have attended colleges in Colorado or plan to take core studies courses through Colorado schools, we have created transfer guides that provide recommended course work for our RN to BSN program.  For all others outside of Colorado, be sure to request an evaluation of your prior credit and let us help guide you in completing your BSN. 

One course will fulfill one requirement only. Course requirements are subject to change without notice. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Credit Where Credit is Due

RN’s with an Associate’s Degree are given the maximum amount of credit possible toward the BSN degree. If you graduated from a regionally accredited institution, completed an ADN program requiring a minimum of 66 semester hours, and have a current license, you’re eligible for a lump sum transfer of at least 66 semester hours with our block transfer policy. If your ADN program consisted of more than 66 semester hours, additional credit may be awarded. This equates to fewer non-nursing courses, saving you  time and money!

Various core studies courses are not included in the block transfer policy. These courses include:

  • 3 semester hours of philosophy
  • 6 semester hours of religious studies
  • 3 semester hours of statistics
  • 6 semester hours of lower division electives
  • 3 semester hours of upper division electives

If you've already completed any of these courses, we'll review for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis.

Applicants with an Associate's Degree in Nursing from a non-regionally accredited school, from programs that required less than 66 semester hours, and from diploma-granting RN programs will be awarded 33 hours for RN licensure as guided by the Colorado Articulation Model. All previously completed non-nursing courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Let us evaluate your prior college transcripts to determine if you are eligible for our block transfer option. 

Find details regarding the program curriculum, accreditation, tuition and more.
RN to M.S. in Nursing Overview, Curriculum, Tuition

Take your next step and attend an information session or webinar. 
Information Sessions and Webinars

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