Application Requirements

CHOICE BSN


Applicants to the CHOICE BSN program apply via the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Review the NursingCAS site, and the information below for details on how to apply. All materials should be submitted directly to NursingCAS. Materials sent to Regis University will not be accepted.

Application Requirements

    1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org.
    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.

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.

Prerequisites

Listed below are the required prerequisite courses for the CHOICE Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 120 semester hours which includes all prerequisite coursework and 60 semester hours of nursing coursework completed during the program at Regis University. Clinical experiences and service learning augment classroom skills and simulation laboratory learning experiences. 

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 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 (3 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)
  • Upper Division Electives*** (3)

*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.

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

 


 

Admission Criteria

The CHOICE 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. 

CHOICE BSN applicants will be selected with priority admission given to health care professionals. Accepted students generally have cumulative and science GPAs above 3.0. The most recent starting class had an average GPA of 3.5.

The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 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, see Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.