COLLEGE OF NURSING
Registered Nurses who earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing benefit from more professional opportunities, higher pay, and potential for admission into graduate programs. The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus offers an Online RN to BS in Nursing Program which can be completed while you’re working full-time.
This program is designed to be completed in four semesters, or 16 months. Our scheduling is specifically designed to be compatible with most employers’ tuition reimbursement or tuition allowance plans. You can take your classes entirely online, and your required practicum may be completed where you are currently working.
Your classes will be taught by exceptional faculty who are not just highly qualified as practicing nurses, but also great teachers. Our students graduate from this program with the skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent care to patients in a wide range of medical settings
For applicants living outside the state of Colorado while completing the program, please connect with an Enrollment Navigator to learn more about state restrictions on distance education before you apply.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing provides a variety of career choices. Upon successful completion of the online RN to BS in Nursing program and the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX), baccalaureate-prepared nurses are able to choose from a wide variety of practice settings.
Additionally, unlike graduates prepared with an Associate’s degree in Nursing, baccalaureate-prepared nurses are able to pursue advanced degrees in nursing, including programs that prepare them for careers as adult or pediatric nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, or certified nurse anesthetists. Doctorate level education is also possible for Bachelor’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP.
The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus, which is led by world-renowned faculty, has designed the Online RN to BS in Nursing program specifically for working nurses. You’ll be taught by nurse educators who understand the unique challenges of working full-time as a nursing professional while also taking courses. Our classes are offered entirely online and in a schedule that may compatible with tuition reimbursement plans from your employer.
Although we do have high standards for applicants, we are able to accept most students who meet the qualifications and have completed the prerequisite coursework at a regionally accredited institution. The University of Colorado College of Nursing’s Office of Admissions and Student Affairs can help you determine which credits transfer into our program and which you may still need to take. You are welcome to apply to the program while still completing some of the prerequisites.
Investing in your future is a big decision.
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. Please visit the Online RN to BS in Nursing Admissions Requirements page
for more information and start your application.
Applications are submitted through Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS).
Nurses are the backbone of healthcare. Competent, educated nurses are needed across the continuum of medical care settings, including private and public hospitals, primary care offices, specialists, correctional facilities, schools and universities, and home health care environments.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects much faster than average growth for Registered Nurses over the next ten years and a bachelor’s degree holder can open more doors and be met with higher salaries than associate’s degree holders.
Here are some of the career opportunities that you could expect after graduation:
The Online RN to BS in Nursing program consists of 30 credits. It is designed to be efficiently completed in four semesters, or 16 months. Please contact an Enrollment Navigator for additional information and an example program plan.
Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!
NURS 4823 - Transitions in Nursing Practice
This course builds on knowledge of historical, philosophical, theoretical foundations, professional issues/trends, and legal parameters influencing professional nursing practice and role development. Examines application of ethical theory, reflective deliberation, decision-making frameworks, and accountability within ethical and legal dimensions of healthcare.
NURS 4877 - Population-Based Nursing
This course focuses on the professional nursing role in population-focused health promotion, disease prevention and the continuum of care. Theories, concepts and social determinants of health inherent in population-based nursing and transitions of care are explored through coursework and practicum.
NURS 4850 - Introduction to Informatics
This introductory course is intended to increase the RN student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of healthcare informatics. This includes the use of information and communication technologies for care, delivery, and the application of data, information, knowledge and wisdom.