A Passion for the Care of Others

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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 Bachelor's 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. 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.

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.


Tuition

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

Prerequisites & FAQ

Prerequisite Questions

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 120 semester hours which includes all pre-nursing coursework and nursing major coursework.

Our policy regarding prerequisite courses is as follows: At least three of the four prerequisite science courses including labs must be completed by the application deadline. Any remaining prerequisites should be planned or in-progress by the deadline. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.

Science Prerequisite Requirements
Human Anatomy* with Lab 4 SH
Human Physiology* with Lab 4 SH
Microbiology with Lab 4 SH
Chemistry with Lab 4 SH
Prerequisite Requirements 
English Composition+ 3 SH
Literature/Humanities/Communication+  6 SH
Economics/Business/Social Science+ 3 SH
General Psychology 3 SH 
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 SH
Sociology 3 SH
Philosophy 3 SH
Nutrition 3 SH
Statistics 3 SH
Health Care Ethics** 3 SH
Religious Studies 6 SH
General Electives+ 2 SH
Upper Division Elective+ 3 SH 
Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (NR 410)*** 4 SH

*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.

**Health Care Ethics is offered at Regis University every eight weeks online. Incoming students will have the opportunity to complete the Applied Ethics in Health Care (HCE 430) course from Regis University the term prior to starting the program. Students are welcome to look for an upper division course equivalency outside of Regis; however, we highly suggest receiving confirmation that the course will fulfill the requirement before enrolling. Contact the Office or Admissions for confirmation at healthcare@regis.edu or 303.458.4300.

+If you have a bachelor's degree (non-nursing), or will complete a bachelor's degree prior to your intended start date, you have fulfilled these prerequisite courses per your degree.

***Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (NR 410) is completed at Regis University post-acceptance and during the summer semester prior to the start of the Traditional BSN program.

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

Do my credits transfer?

We highly recommend that you request an unofficial evaluation of your college credits. The evaluation can serve as a useful tool as you create a plan for completing your prerequisites and prepare for the admissions process. To request an evaluation, please send PDF copies of your unofficial transcripts to: unoffeval@regis.edu or fax them to: 303.964.5534. The DOB and SSN should be masked, and a transcript key is required for all transcripts. Please indicate you would like an unofficial evaluation and include your program of interest (Accelerated BSN) with your name, phone number, mailing address, and preferred email address. Your unofficial evaluation will be emailed to you within 7-10 business days. Please note that this evaluation is intended to help you plan your remaining prerequisites only. The grades reflected on this evaluation are not official and thus have no impact on your admissions decision.

Do my prerequisites have to be complete when I apply?
Three of the four science prerequisites must be complete by the application deadline. 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. Any remaining prerequisites should be planned or in-progress at the time of application, and must be completed prior to starting the program. Students that are admitted with outstanding prerequisite coursework are admitted conditionally and must successfully complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to matriculation to meet the conditions of acceptance.

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 take my prerequisites? Can I take prerequisites at a community college?
Prerequisite classes may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university, including community colleges; and online courses and virtual labs are acceptable. We have transfer guides for many Colorado colleges – view our transfer guides.

What is the time limit on prerequisites?
We recommend that prerequisites be taken within the last seven years; however we will consider all courses regardless of the amount of time since completion. Because of the nature of the program, it is important that students have knowledge of all prerequisite subjects in order to build on that foundation.

Can online courses meet the prerequisite requirements? 
Yes. We accept online courses for prerequisite requirements as long as they meet the following: completed at a regionally accredited institution, meet the semester hour and grade requirements, and contain a lab component, if required.

What courses can I take for Religious Studies?
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.

Where can I take Health Care Ethics? 
Health Care Ethics is a required prerequisite that must be taken prior to your intended start date. Health Care Ethics is offered at Regis University every eight weeks online. All transfer courses for Health Care Ethics must be reviewed individually and approved by the Div. of Health Services Education. Incoming students will have the opportunity to complete the Applied Ethics in Health Care (HCE 430) course from Regis University the term prior to starting the program.  Once accepted or placed on the alternate list, we will notify you of the course offering and facilitate your registration.  Students can look for an upper division course equivalency outside of Regis University; however, we recommend that you receive confirmation that the course will fulfill the requirement before registering for it.

Do you accept combined Anatomy and Physiology courses?
We will accept combined courses as long as the full series was completed and the courses included lectures and labs. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C- or above.

Can I take ________ course for _______ course?
Students often want to determine if a particular course will substitute for one of the prerequisites. Typically, course substitutions are not accepted and students need to complete the courses as listed. However, if you would like to send a course description from the school catalog, and preferably a course syllabus, with a note regarding your rationale for substitution to healthcare@regis.edu, we will be glad to evaluate your request.

Do Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward prerequisite requirements?
Yes. See the AP exams we will accept, along with our minimum required passing score for credit. Please note: You must send official test scores to Regis University in order to receive transfer credit.

How do you calculate repeated coursework into the GPA?
We will use the highest grades received for repeated prerequisite courses when we calculate your prerequisite science GPA. The cumulative GPA is calculated by NursingCAS and will include all completed coursework, including course repeats. Regis University will remove courses from the NursingCAS cumulative GPA calculation if the course was completed at a nationally-accredited institution. Regis University will add courses completed at an international institution from a provided international credential evaluation to the NursingCAS cumulative GPA calculation.

Application Questions

Who is eligible for admission into the program?
A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required to apply. All applicants must have three of the four science prerequisites complete by the application deadline. All prerequisites, including the four science courses must be completed by the program start date for those admitted.

What is the deadline for submitting applications? 
See below for application deadlines and corresponding start dates. Applications are available through the Nursing Centralized Application (NursingCAS). Go to www.NursingCAS.org for details. Applications must be e-submitted on or before the application deadline date of the intended start term. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that all application items (including all transcripts and references) have been received by NursingCAS and the application is complete by the application deadline. All applications will close at midnight Eastern Time of the application deadline.


START DATE APPLICATION AVAILABLE APPLICATION DEADLINE
August September 15 February 1

Do you require the GRE, HESI, TEAS or any other admissions/pre-nursing exam with my application?
No. Standardized exams will not be reviewed in your application.

Do you require a supplemental application in addition to the NursingCAS application?
No. All applications will be fully submitted through NursingCAS only. No supplemental applications or fees are necessary.

Do I need to send transcripts directly to Regis University or only to NursingCAS?
As part of the application process, you should submit all official transcripts directly to NursingCAS. Transcripts sent directly to Regis University will not be considered in the application process.

Are there any requirements as to who should complete the letters of recommendation and how many are needed?
Two electronic letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to NursingCAS on the standard NursingCAS form. Paper references are not accepted. These recommendations must be submitted by professional or academic references. Arrange for NursingCAS to RECEIVE all of your references by the application deadline date. Personal references will not be accepted.

What are the requirements to apply?
View application details, including requirements and eligibility.

General Questions

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 Traditional BSN program start? How long is the program?
The program starts once a year in August. Traditional BSN students complete the nursing curriculum and clinical rotations in four semesters with a summer break between the junior and senior year (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring).

What is the typical schedule for a Traditional BSN student?
Traditional BSN students have a full-time schedule. Class and labs are scheduled during the day, Monday through Wednesday, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the Northwest Denver (Lowell) Campus at 50th and Lowell. Clinical rotations are typically scheduled on Thursday and Friday, with occasional weekends, at designated clinical sites.

How competitive is admission into the program? How many applications do you receive and how many do you accept?
We accept 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. 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 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.

Does Regis offer Financial Aid to Traditional BSN students?
Yes. Most Traditional BSN students are taking financial aid in some form for their tuition/fees. Regis University offers a wide range of opportunities for financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, student employment and financing options. 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.

HARDWARE

  • 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

SOFTWARE

  • 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

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 on a regular basis, 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.
  • Prerequisites may be in progress at the time of application. To be eligible to begin the junior year at Regis University, you must have completed all of the departmental requirements and have no more than nine semester hours of course work outstanding when you begin the program. Outstanding course work may only include Religious Studies, Health Care Ethics, and/or electives. 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.

Admission to Regis University does not guarantee professional licensure. To learn more about licensure requirements, visit the Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.

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. 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 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 (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 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 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.

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