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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Learn what it means to be a Regis Nurse. 

The prestigious nursing programs at Regis University are centered around care for the whole person. At Regis, you won’t just learn the science behind the nursing profession. You’ll engage in profound discussions around the values and ethics of nursing and develop a sense of commitment to social justice and community service through health care.

Service Learning is a vital part of the curriculum, and allows you 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. During the junior and senior years, students gain specialized knowledge and training through a variety of clinical experiences.

The 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 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.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Daytime on-campus classes
Weekday clinicals

Credits for Completion
120 credit hours
Generous transfer credit opportunities

Cost of Tuition
$20,232.50 per semester

Sample Nursing Classes

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NR 414: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

A holistic approach to evaluating physiological, developmental, psychosocial, spiritual, age-related, socioeconomic and sociocultural components of a patients health. 

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NR 422: Clinical Leadership in Professional Nursing

Apply leadership theories to individual roles, skills and decision-making processes in the provision of nursing care, including health care team coordination, oversight and accountability.

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NR 472: Community and Population-Focused Nursing

Analyze nursing roles at the individual, family, community and systems level of practice, with an emphasis on promoting healthy communities through epidemiolocial, ethical, environmental and public health principles.

Program Details

Get all the details on our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Clinical Education

Students complete 756 hours of clinical education to learn hands on skills in real health care settings across the Front Range (Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs and Boulder to Aurora). Both classes and clinical rotations are held during the week, Monday-Friday.


Program Length

Four-year degree including two years of prerequisite and core studies requirements, and two 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).


Accreditation

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).


Chad Powell

"Classes were uplifting and hands-on"

Chad Powell
Clinical Informatics and Data Team Manager at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute Medical Group

B.S. Nursing, 2010
M.S. Health Informatics, 2019

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Pre-Nursing Requirements

High school students interested in a rewarding career in nursing should consider our pre-nursing track through Regis College which offers a guaranteed spot in our competitive BSN program, pending they meet established guidelines by the end of their sophomore year. Students are required to complete all pre-nursing requirements prior to enrolling in major requirements. 

Students who complete all pre-nursing requirements outside of Regis submit an application directly to the BSN program within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. Students who complete a portion of their pre-nursing requirements through Regis College must also submit a separate application to the BSN program upon completion.

How to Apply

To apply directly to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, you will need: 

  • High School Students: Completed Regis application
  • Transfer Students: Completed online application through NursingCAS
  • Official transcripts from prior college(s) and institutions
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Two professional and/or academic recommendations

High school students entering Regis as incoming freshmen should begin with an application to complete the pre-nursing track within Regis College. Transfer students who have completed their nursing prerequisites at another institution should apply directly to the BSN program within Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions via NursingCAS.

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $20,232.50 per semester
Total program credits: 120

Addtional fees may include a nursing lab fee, background check and drug screen costs, application fees and clinical fees, among others. Credit hours listed are the total number of credits required to graduate. Students complete 58 credit hours before starting the BSN program major requirements, which may be completed at any regionally-accredited institution. The final 62 credit hours are completed as part of the BSN program at Regis University. View the Transfer Guide for a complete list of transfer credit equivalents.

Curious about financial aid options? Regis also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Check out our Net Price Calculator to get a better look at what your financial aid package may include.

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Application Timeline

The on-campus BSN program begins once a year in August. Admission is awarded on a rolling basis. 

Application opens: September 15

Application deadline: February 1

All applications must be received by 11:59pm eastern time on the application deadline.

Program starts: June

Frequently Asked 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 four science courses must be completed by the program start date.

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 additional 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.

How can I learn more about the program?
Information sessions are offered frequently. Visit Infosession for available dates and times. All on-campus information sessions are hosted in Peter Claver Hall, and online sessions are hosted through Zoom technology. RSVP today!

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 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Northwest Denver Campus at 50th Avenue and Lowell Blvd. Clinical rotations are held during the week, Monday through Friday. Clinicals in your last semester can be any day of the week.

How competitive is admission into the program? How many applications do you receive and how many do you accept?
We accept 76 students each fall to the Traditional BSN program. The class is comprised of students who 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 admission 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. If you are selected as an alternate and a position in the program becomes available, you will be notified immediately. Alternates are selected based on a variety of factors in order to maintain the class profile and are not numerically ranked.

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. The 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.

Minimum System Requirements

Students will be required to take exams via Examplify. Students must have a mobile device that meets the following minimum requirements found at ExamSoft.

For Windows:

  • Operating System: 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
    • If you are using a Microsoft Surface device, please read this article for important instructions on Windows 10 “S mode” versus the standard Windows 10. S mode is not compatible with Examplify.
  • Only genuine versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported.
  • The English (United States) Language Pack must be installed.
  • ExamSoft does not support tablet devices other than Surface Pro, as detailed above.
  • CPU Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel i3 processor or equivalent
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • Hard drive: highest recommended for the operating system or 1GB of available space.
  • For onsite support, and in order to back up the answer files to a USB drive, a working USB port is required (newer devices may require an adaptor).
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords including BitLocker keys, may be required.
  • Internet connection for download, registration, exam download and upload.
  • Examplify cannot be run within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, virtual disks, streamed images, etc.
  • Screen resolution should be at least 1024 x 768.
  • Administrator-level account permissions (view instructions).

The upcoming Windows 10 Version 20H2 update expected in October 2020 has not been certified as compatible for use with Examplify for Windows. Please do not upgrade to this version until it has been approved by ExamSoft.

For instructions on how to check your computer’s specifications, view the tutorial.

The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled:

  • Examplify version 2.4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 2GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras)
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: 2.5 Mpbs upload speed

Please note:

  • You may not use any virtual camera software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.
  • The versions of Windows 10 utilized in testing are 1903, 1909, and 2004.

For Mac:

  • MacOS Catalina (version 10.15) is only compatible with Examplify version 2.0.6 or higher (Released on 10/14/19 or later)
  • Supported operating systems: OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.14 (Mojave), Mac OS Catalina (10.15). Only genuine versions of Mac operating systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel processor.
  • RAM: 4GB or higher.
  • Hard Drive: 1GB or higher available space.
  • For onsite support, and in order to back-up the answer files to a USB drive, a working USB port is required (Newer devices may require an adaptor).
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords including device passwords may be required.
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported.
  • This software cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft’s Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.
  • Internet connection for download, registration, exam download and upload.
  • Administrator-level account permissions (view instructions).
  • Examplify cannot operate within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, virtual disks, streamed images, etc.

The upcoming Apple macOS 11 (Big Sur) expected in October 2020 has not been certified as compatible for use with Examplify for Mac. Please do not upgrade to this version until it has been approved by ExamSoft.

For instructions on how to check your computer’s specifications, view the tutorial.

The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled:

  • Examplify version 2.4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 2GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras)
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: 2Mpbs upload speed

Please note:

You may not use any virtual camera software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.

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 admitted with outstanding prerequisite course work 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? 

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. Online courses and virtual labs, such as those offered by StraighterLine or Sophia Learning, are acceptable. View our transfer guide for all Colorado community colleges.

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 criteria: 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 studies prerequisite requirement. Online courses, such as those offered by StraighterLine or Sophia Learning, are also acceptable

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 online at Regis University every eight weeks. All transfer courses for Health Care Ethics must be reviewed individually and approved by the Division 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.

If a health care ethics course is completed at an institution other than Regis University, then the student must also complete an online module to fully complete our requirement. Designed by Regis University HCE 430 faculty, the module explores Jesuit and Catholic thought surrounding ethical considerations in healthcare.

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 course work 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 course work, 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.

 

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 (Traditional 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.

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