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Accelerated BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

One year to a nursing career. 

Do you dream of becoming a nurse but hold a degree in another area? The demand for professional nurses around the country has never been higher, and while many people desire the personal rewards of a health care career, the fact is that earning the necessary credentials can be time consuming. If nursing is your goal, Regis University offers an accelerated nursing program designed to help you realize your objectives and talents in the shortest amount of time.

The Accelerated nursing program offers students the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in one year. Any student who holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing is eligible to apply for this program. The focal point of this hands-on nursing program is health promotion and disease prevention. Curriculum includes both classroom instruction and a variety of clinical experiences.

The Accelerated BSN program at Regis has a competitive admission process, and students are selected based on a number of factors such as GPA, current resume, recommendations, academic performance and previous health care and/or volunteer experience. 48 students are accepted into the program for the May start term and 96 students for the January start term.

Program Snapshot

Program Format
On-campus classes
Monday-Friday

Credits for Completion
120 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$850 per credit hour

Sample Accelerated BSN 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 patient's 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 470: Nursing Care of Children and Families

Utilizing current patient care technologies and guidelines, understand the pathophysiology unique in pediatric care for each developmental level within a family structure.

Program Details

Get all the details on our Accelerated 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. The final 180 hours will be spent one-on-one with a clinical preceptor at a selected site. Clinicals are primarly held Monday-Friday, but some rotations are occasionally on evenings and/or weekends.


Program Length

One year of full-time study for individuals with a prior non-nursing bachelor degree and program specific prerequisites. 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).


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Prerequisites

All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program and can be applied as transfer credit from your prior degree. At least three of the four science prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline. Any remaining prerequisites should be planned or in progress by the application deadline. For specific prerequisites, view the application requirements.

How to Apply

To apply to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application through NursingCAS
  • Official transcripts from prior college(s) and institutions
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Two professional and/or academic recommendations
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: $850 per credit hour
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 60 credit hours before starting the program, and the final 60 credit hours are completed at Regis at the listed rate. 

Curious about financial aid options? Regis also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Application Timelines

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the date listed below. 

Application open: February 1
Application deadline: June 15
Program start: 
January

Application open: August 25 
Application deadline: Nov 1
Program start:
May

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Although health care experience is helpful to you as a nursing student, and we give credit for it in the application process – if you have a non-health care degree from a regionally accredited school and you complete your prerequisites prior to your start date, you are equally as eligible as any other applicant.

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.

Prerequisite classes may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university, including community colleges; and online courses and virtual labs are acceptable. We also have transfer guides for many Colorado colleges.

The Accelerated BSN schedule includes three semesters. Each semester is split into three five-week sessions. You will be in class or clinical Monday - Friday, typically from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Although, your schedule can vary and clinical rotations and lab time can go into the evening or even be scheduled on the weekend. It's imperative that you are flexible and ready for a new schedule every five weeks.

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.

The Accelerated BSN program is a full-time, intense, and challenging campus-based program. Even though we try to keep class and clinical hours between Monday and Friday, some of your clinical rotations will occasionally be held in the evenings and/or on the weekends. You are strongly discouraged from trying to maintain a job while enrolled in the program.

Yes. All campus based nursing students are required to bring a laptop to class.

Hardware Requirements: 
  • 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 Requirements:

  • 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