How can I learn more about the program?
Information sessions are offered once monthly at our main Northwest Denver campus location, and once monthly virtually through our online platform. Visit http://events.regis.edu/infosession for the specific dates & times, room location, and directions. All on-campus information sessions are hosted in Peter Claver Hall, and online sessions are hosted through ZOOM technology. RSVP today!
Is your program accredited?
Yes. 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 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). www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
When does the Accelerated BSN program start? How long is the program?
The program starts twice a year: every January and every May. Accelerated BSN students complete the nursing curriculum and clinical rotations in three semesters, or 12 months (January through December or May through April). We do not offer a Fall start for the Accelerated BSN program.
What does the typical schedule for an Accelerated BSN student look like?
The Accelerated BSN schedule includes three semesters. Each semester is split into three five-week sessions. You will be in class or clinical Monday - Friday, typically from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Although, your schedule can vary and clinical rotations and lab time can go into the evening or even be scheduled on the weekend. It's imperative that you are flexible and ready for a new schedule every five weeks.
How competitive is admission into the program? How many applications do you receive and how many do you accept?
We generally receive 250-350 applications for each term. We accept 48 students in the May start term and 96 students in the January start term. The final admissions decision is made by the Loretto Heights School of Nursing and is based on a number of factors including cumulative GPA, science GPA, current resume, two recommendation forms, personal statement, and previous health care and/or volunteer experience.
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 competitive alternates will also be selected. Accepted students and alternates generally have cumulative and science GPAs above 3.25. If you are an alternate or denied acceptance, you will have to reapply to be considered for the next start term. We then suggest contacting your admissions counselor to discuss how to improve your application for your next review.
How many clinical hours will be completed in the course of this program?
You will complete over 750 hours of clinical education during the program. The final 180 hours will be spent shadowing a clinical preceptor at a selected site. Generally, clinical preceptor to student ratios will be 1:5. Clinical preceptor to student ratio for the last 180 hours can vary from 1:1 to 1:3.
Where are clinical rotations completed?
Clinical rotations are completed at a variety of hospital and health care facilities along the Front Range. 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.
Can I work while attending the Accelerated BSN program?
The Accelerated BSN program is a full-time, intense, and challenging campus-based program. Even though we try to keep class and clinical hours between Monday and Friday, some of your clinical rotations will occasionally be held in the evenings and/or on the weekends. You are strongly discouraged from trying to maintain a job while enrolled in the program.
Is campus housing available for Accelerated BSN students?
On-campus housing is not currently available for Accelerated BSN students. Students within the Accelerated BSN program typically live within 15-20 miles from campus – and are most often finding housing in the Highlands/Berkeley neighborhood. Once admitted to the program, the Office of Admissions works with incoming students to help those interested in getting connected with roommates. We also have an Off-Campus Housing resource for all students to search for housing and roommates: http://offcampushousing.regis.edu.
Does Regis offer Financial Aid to Accelerated BSN students?
Yes. Most Accelerated BSN students are taking financial aid in some form for their tuition/fees. Primarily, you will be offered “loans” as opposed to grants when seeking a second bachelor’s degree. You will be connected with your financial aid counselor upon acceptance to begin this process.
Are students required to have laptops for the program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students are required to bring a laptop to class.
- Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
- Required WiFi compatible
- Required Operating system: Windows: 7 or higher, Mac: OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or higher
- Required memory: minimum 4GB
- Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
- Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
- Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
- Current version of Respondus Lockdown Browser
- Current version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash