An Online BSN Program for ADN Nurses
The University of Northern Colorado RN–BS program is designed for working ADN graduate Registered Nurses to be able to complete their Nursing Bachelor of Science degree online in just 18 months. For those without an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) or Diploma Nursing Degree, the Academic Program Coordinator can advise you on choosing state-approved programs and other steps required for you to be eligible for the RN–BS prorgram.
This online program, offered by the UNC School of Nursing through the Office of Extended Studies, begins each Summer term. Students will be admitted once a year via a competitive admission process, and class size is limited. Applications must be received by Feb 16 each year. There is a one-day orientation on-campus in Greeley, Colorado for admitted students at the beginning of the program.
We also encourage you to visit the School of Nursing–RN–BS Program page for more information and to begin the application process.
View the RN–BS Brochure (pdf).
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Nursing: RN–BS—Academic Program Coordinator
Course of Study
This 30 credit hour program consists of nine courses taken completely online in 18 months. Nurses are able to work full time while completing the program.
- NURS 333 Introduction to Professional Practice (2 credits)
- NURS 310 Foundations I (3)
- NURS 335 Foundations II (3)
- NURS 410 Foundations III (3)
- NURS 328 Health Assessment (4)
- NURS 435 Foundations IV (3)
- NURS 464 Professional Roles Practicum (4)
- NURS 453 Community Health (4)
- NURS 454 Community Health Practicum (4)
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
- Graduate of a state accredited ADN or Diploma Nursing Program
- Had a minimum of 2.5 grade point average at graduation
- Active license as a registered nurse
- Recommended: 1,000 hours RN practice in last 3 years (exception for new ADN grads)
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Credit earned in your diploma or ADN program (approximately 40 credits) will be awarded to you upon successful completion of the first 12 credits earned at UNC. This process is called giving credits in escrow and is in accordance with the Colorado Articulation Model. There is no need to test out of or challenge this previous nursing coursework.
Courses Required Before Entry into the Nursing: RN-BS Online Program (Listed with Community College Equivalents)
- CHEM 281 Fundamentals of Biochemistry—or CHEM 101 or 111 at CC
- ENG 123 College Research Paper—or ENG 122 at CC
- PSY 230 Human Growth and Development—or CLEP Exam
- STAT 250 Statistics for Health Sciences—or MAT 135 at the CC
- BIO 245 Anatomy and Physiology I—or BIO 201 at CC
- BIO 246 Anatomy and Physiology II—or BIO 202 at CC
- NURS 327 Pharmacology—or NLN Challenge Exam
- FND 357 Nutrition in Health and Illness—or NLN Challenge Exam
Required Liberal Arts Courses (40 hours—Many of Which Will Transfer in if Taken as Part of Your ADN or Diploma Degree Program)
- Composition: ENG 122 (3 credits) & ENG 123 (3 credits)
- Mathematics: STAT 250 (or 150) (3 credits)
- Arts & Humanities: 6 credits (2 courses from different subcategories)
- History: 3 credits (one course)
- Social & Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses from different subcategories)
- Physical and Life Sciences: 7 credits (CHEM 281 & BIO 101)
- International Studies: 3 credits
- Multicultural Studies: 3 credits
* One extra course from areas 1-8 may be needed to meet the total 40 hour requirement.
Taking Prerequisites or Liberal Arts Courses Online
- To find online prerequisite or liberal arts courses offered online through UNC, please use the Individual Courses Online Course Search.
- The Colorado Online and Distance Education site lists a variety of online and independent study courses offered in Colorado. You can visit http://highered.colorado.gov/cocode for a list of courses.
Tuition and Financial Aid
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2012-13 school year for this program is $405 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Bachelor’s students require enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 12 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
This program, offered by the UNC School of Nursing through the Office of Extended Studies, begins each Summer term. Students will be admitted once a year via a competitive admission process, and class size is limited. Applications must be received by Feb 16 each year.
The application process and necessary forms are available on the School of Nursing–RN–BS Application page.