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A nursing student using a stethoscope The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Accelerated program is for individuals with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree looking for a fast path into the exciting, rewarding and abundant opportunities available for nurses today!

The focal point of the Accelerated BSN program, which meets primarily during the week on the Northwest Denver (Lowell) campus, is health promotion and disease prevention. Students experience hands-on learning taught by professional RNs.  Curriculum includes both classroom instruction and a variety of clinical experiences.


  • 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.
  • Applicants must have a previously earned non-nursing baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have completed all departmental and core requirements prior to the intended start term.
  • 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 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.


The Accelerated BSN program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected 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. Academic performance is weighted more heavily than the other criteria.

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.

  • Applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. 

    The application deadlines* are:

    June 15 each year for the following January start  
    November 1
     each year for the following May start

    *All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    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.

  • 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.

  • Please note that interview decisions and 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.

    The below information and documents must be submitted and included in your NursingCAS application

  • Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org.
  • Submit two recommendation forms directly to NursingCAS. You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have your evaluators send electronic letters of reference (eLORS) per the NursingCAS application. The recommendations must be from professional or academic sources.
  • Submit a written personal statement in the space provided on the NursingCAS application. 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. The NursingCAS application provides a space to enter your statement (5,000 character count, this is about 700 words). Please follow the Instructions on NursingCAS carefully. Your personal statement should be one page in length, double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font.
  • Within the “Professional Experience” portion of the application include all relevant healthcare certifications, employment experience, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Request official university and/or college transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University at the time of application. Only admitted applicants will be asked to submit official transcripts 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. NursingCAS will not accept student-issued transcripts or transcripts sent by an applicant.

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

To participate in the Accelerated BSN program you must have a previously earned non-nursing baccaleaureate and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

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

The following courses are required prerequisites:

Prerequisite Science Requirements
Microbiology 4 semester hours including Microbiology Laboratory
Human Anatomy* 4 semester hours including Anatomy Laboratory
Human Physiology* 4 semester hours including Human Physiology Laboratory
Chemistry 4 semester hours including Chemistry Laboratory
Prerequisite Requirements 
Psychology 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Philosophy 3 semester hours
Health Care Ethics** 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Statistics 3 semester hours
Nutrition 3 semester hours

*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 the course 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 303.458.4344.

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 A-12
Denver, CO 80221-1099
You may also email your request to healthcare@regis.edu. Completed evaluations are sent via email within approximately two weeks of receipt.

For students that have attended colleges in Colorado or plan to take prerequisites through Colorado schools, we have created transfer guides that provide recommended course work for 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 Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

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