Application Requirements

B.S. Nursing

Prerequisites | Admission Criteria | Guaranteed Admission Policy

If you are a high school student interested in attending Regis University for the pre-nursing portion of the BSN program, begin and apply to the pre-nursing track within Regis College and view details on our Guaranteed Admission Policy requirements.

If you plan to complete, or have completed, the pre-nursing 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 Requirements

    1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Within the “Patient/Healthcare Experience” section of the application include all relevant healthcare employment experiences, and/or volunteer experiences.
    5. Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
    6. 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.

For applicants with international course work: Submit an official course-by-course evaluation of your foreign educational credentials from one of the approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services members ( Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable. Completed evaluations can be sent to NursingCAS or to Regis University at the following address:
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard, A-12
Denver, CO 80221-1099

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 course work 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.


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 course work and nursing major course work.

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.

  • Human Anatomy* with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Human Physiology* with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Chemistry with lab (4 credit hours)
  • English Composition***(3 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities/Communication** (6 credit hours)
  • Economics/Business/Social Science** (3 credit hours)
  • General Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Developmental or Child Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • Philosophy (3 credit hours)
  • Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Health Care Ethics*** (3 credit hours)
  • Religious Studies (6 credit hours)
  • General Electives** (2 credit hours)
  • Upper Division Electives* (3 credit 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.

**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.

***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 or 303.458.4900.

Complete Your Prerequisites Faster

Regis University partners with StraighterLine, Sophia Learning, Portage Learning and the University of New England Online to help you complete your lower-division electives online, at an accelerated pace and a lower cost.

Prerequisites may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. We highly recommend the request of an unofficial evaluation of your previous college/university course work.

Admission Criteria

The 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 working 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 BSN major requirements 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.
  • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. Visit our Disqualifying Offenses and Essential Functions page for a complete list.
  • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions and Safety Forms. Visit our Disqualifying Offenses and Essential Functions page for a complete list.
  • 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, see Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.


Regis College Undergraduate Guaranteed Admission Policy

Newly matriculated first-year students attending Regis University (specifically Regis College) may be eligible for guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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, on-campus 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 first-year students 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 course work completed at Regis College and any other regionally accredited institutions at which student has completed course work)
  • 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 course work
  • 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 course work.
  • 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 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 first-year students entering Regis College are eligible for guaranteed admission. Transfer students are ineligible.
  • Due to the insufficient course offerings available in the School for Professional Advancement (SPA), particularly related to science offerings, students enrolled in a SPA program are not eligible for guaranteed admission.


  • 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.
  • 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 by the end of their third semester are still eligible to apply to the traditional BSN program and have their applications competitively reviewed.