Pre-Nursing at Regis

The pre-nursing track leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree gives you the skills to help and heal, with a focus on values and social justice.

Our guaranteed admission policy offers freshmen entering Regis College the opportunity to secure their spot in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program beginning their junior year. Learn more.
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A nursing degree from Regis University requires 120 semester hours of credit spanning a wide range of courses, encompassing liberal arts and sciences, humanities, philosophy, religious studies, and the upper-division nursing curriculum.  As Colorado's only Jesuit University we intentionally facilitate profound discussions about values and ethics, and we offer inspiring service learning opportunities.  We help you along your path to be an exceptional nurse, and a leader in life.

The pre-nursing option offers Regis College freshman the opportunity to earn guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional program beginning junior year, without additional application. If you have the drive and desire to enter the profession of nursing, the ability to guarantee your spot in this competitive major is an exceptional benefit and a big reason to consider Regis University. Students must meet all of Regis’ guaranteed admission policy requirements in order to be eligible. 

If nursing is your future, consider the outstanding reputation of Regis’ nursing program and our unique guaranteed admission policy when deciding what school is the right fit for you. Once you finish your BSN and have a bit of work experience on your resume, we also offer a variety of graduate nursing degrees from nurse practitioners to administrators and educators, to our Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Guaranteed Admission Policy

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 guaranteed admission policy requirements at the end of their sophomore year.

Guaranteed admission is an opportunity to earn a spot in the Traditional BSN program. Eligibility is based on an exceptional set of rigorous standards as outlined below. Students not meeting guaranteed admission policy requirements 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 guaranteed admission 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 (fours 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 guaranteed admission.
  • 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 guaranteed admission.
  • Three of the four sciences must be complete to be considered for guaranteed admission.
  • 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 guaranteed admission consideration.
  • Withdrawal from a pre-nursing requisite course needs the approval of the pre-professional advisor for the student to remain eligible for guaranteed admission.
  • 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 guaranteed admission.
  • Students have one opportunity to earn guaranteed admission. Students who do not successfully complete the guaranteed admission requirements, or maintain the conditions of eligibility, will forfeit the opportunity to be considered for guaranteed admission in the future.
  • Only new freshman entering Regis College are eligible for guaranteed admission. Transfer students are ineligible.
  • Due to the insufficient course offerings available in the College for Professional Studies, particularly related to science offerings, students enrolled in a College for Professional Studies program are not eligible for guaranteed admission.

Procedures:

  • All pre-nursing students must meet with the pre-professional advisor to sign the guaranteed admission policy agreement at the time of matriculation.
  • Evaluation for guaranteed admission 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 guaranteed admission eligibility requirements.  Admitted students are re-evaluated at the completion of the fourth term (spring semester, sophomore year) to ensure eligibility.
  • Students not meeting guaranteed admission 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 guaranteed admission.

There is no appeals process for students not admitted to the Traditional BSN through the guaranteed admission policy.  

Pre-Nursing students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements 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.



Program Requirements

Students must be admitted to the Traditional BSN nursing program in order to progress to the BSN major coursework. Regis College students that meet all guaranteed admission policy requirements progress from the pre-nursing program into the Traditional BSN program without additional application. Regis College pre-nursing students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

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 Elective 3 semester hours

Students must be admitted to the Traditional BSN nursing program in order to progress to the BSN major coursework. Regis College students that meet all of the guaranteed admission requirements per the Seamless Progression Policy progress from the pre-nursing program into the Traditional BSN program without additional application. Regis College pre-nursing students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements are still eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

We accept transfer students on a space available basis. Transfer students may complete the pre-nursing coursework at any regionally accredited institution. Transfer students are not eligible for gauranteed admission and must apply to the Traditional BSN program and be competitively reviewed.

*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.

How to Apply

Take the next step to receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists, and applying college credit (AP, IB) to your degree.

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