Bachelor of Science in Nursing

You’re ready to get your BSN degree. And Colorado Technical University has the CCNE accreditation you want along with the flexible schedule you need. There are eight different program start dates and the entire program can be completed in as little as 9 months. It’s focused, rigorous and designed by nurses just like you. CTU's RN to BSN program: Starting at $12,480.*

*Tuition and timing reflects an accelerated pace for the nursing component of the program.  Additional courses, such as general education requirements, may be necessary dependent on credits transferred to CTU.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

  • Classes start

  • Total Credits 

    180
  • Program Availability

    Online

Program Details

Program Outline
Courses
Related Degrees
Ways to Save
Admissions Requirements
Outcomes
  • Program Outline

    As the largest group in the US healthcare workforce, nurses are challenged to make a significant difference in the health outcomes of individuals and populations. Nursing roles range from bedside care delivery to executive leadership in complex health systems. The RN to BSN degree completion program at Colorado Technical University is designed to prepare nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to expand their practice options for a variety of clinical and administrative leadership activities and to manage change in an increasingly complex and diverse environment. Building on a foundation of general education and core coursework, the nursing major courses range from a review of the challenges and trends in nursing care to a nursing capstone seminar that will synthesize and apply prior learning. The Colorado Technical University RN to BSN program furthers the mission of the university to teach real-world nursing that serves the needs of students, the population, and the healthcare industry and prepares highly qualified professional nurses at the bachelor’s level.

    Nursing Program Mission Statement:

    Through an innovative curriculum and student-centered teaching, the nursing faculty teaches, supports, and inspires students to become competent, caring, and accountable professionals who serve a diverse client population within a dynamic health care environment.

    BSN Program prepares the student to:

    • Care for complex needs of patients across the healthcare continuum and/or a variety of settings
    • Be a leader in the profession of nursing

    BSN Program competencies:

    • Assess the role of the nurse and the need for open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making with other healthcare providers in the team’s efforts to achieve quality outcomes for patient-centered care
    • Apply knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, regulation, accreditation and trends in healthcare to active participation in the profession of nursing serving as a patient advocate
    • Evaluate information and technology resources to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making in the delivery of healthcare
    • Identify patient preferences, values and needs while recognizing the patient or their designee as the source of control in providing compassionate and coordinated nursing care
    • Design strategies using continuous quality improvement processes to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems
    • Analyze strategies to optimize system effectiveness and individual performance that will minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers
    • Evaluate evidence-based practices within clinical expertise, patient preferences, and values for the integration of those practices in the delivery of quality healthcare
    • Apply leadership and communication skills to improve the safety, quality, and cost of healthcare
  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    or
    COMS203Speech Communications4.5
     
    GOVT201American Government and Public Affairs4.5
    or
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
     
    HSS261Ethics in Healthcare4.5
    Total Credit Hours:13.5
    Courses: Core
    NRSG310Challenges and Trends in Contemporary Nursing4
    NRSG311Nursing Informatics4
    NRSG312Population-Based Nursing4
    NRSG313Alternative and Complementary Interventions4
    NRSG314Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing Practice4
    NRSG410Health and Wellness Assessment4
    NRSG411Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research4
    NRSG412Leadership and Nursing Systems Management4
    NRSG413Innovation in Nursing4
    NRSG490Nursing Theory, Critical Thinking and Competency4
    NRSG495Nursing Capstone4
    ELE Select 4 credit hours of electives from the list provided4
    Total Credit Hours:48
    Courses: RN License Transfer
    RNRegistered Nurse License Transfer28.5
    Courses: Degree/Diploma Transfer
    ADN/DRNAssociate Degree/Diploma in Nursing

    Up to 90 quarter credits may be accepted as transfer credit with the required incoming Associate Degree in Nursing, Diploma Registered Nurse, or an educational transition program preparing students for eligibility to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).


    Courses: Core Elective Choices
    HCM307The Health Care Industry4
    MGM316International Business Communications4
    MGM355International Business Practices4
    MGM365The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4
    MGMT345Operations Management4
    HCI300Introduction to Health Informatics4
    HCI310DBMS for Healthcare4
    HCI380Security of Electronic Health Information4
    HCI400Health Analytics and Business Intelligence in Healthcare4

    Total Credit Hours: 180

    Notice to Registered Nurses

    Every State’s Nurse Practice Act has regulations pertaining to Online Nursing Degrees. Therefore, RN students need to be aware of the regulations in their own state. The Nurse Practice Act for each state is found on the website for that particular State’s Board of Nursing. Contact information for each State’s Board of Nursing is available on the website for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). www.ncsbn.org

  • Related Degrees

    The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration Healthcare Management degree program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the healthcare industry. Students will develop proficiency in healthcare management which includes the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues governing the healthcare field.

    The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree program at CTU is designed to help students obtain the general education, didactic theory, and hands-on training required to work in management within a healthcare industry. The program offers instruction in the business and administrative side of the healthcare industry, including, but not limited to, patient access, revenue cycle management, project management, economics of healthcare, and fundamentals of marketing and human resource management. 

    The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management - Health Informatics concentration provides the students with the background in healthcare management and a greater understanding of how information technology is used within the healthcare environment. Emphasis will be placed on business intelligence and data analytics to assist decision makers with the tools necessary to make informed decisions and highlighting useful information for stakeholders. 

  • Ways to Save

    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

  • Admissions Requirements

    Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. Students must have graduated from an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma Registered Nurse (RN) Program, or a graduate-entry educational transition program preparing students for eligibility to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. International students must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language, as measured by a TOEFL score of 550 or above; 213 or higher on the computer based exam.

    At this time, Colorado Technical University cannot accept inquiries for the RN-BSN program from residents of the states of Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

  • Outcomes

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right nursing degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree include:1

    • Registered Nurse
    • Nurse Manager
    • Staff Nurse
    • Clinical Nurse Intensive Care Unit (icu) Registered Nurse
    • Nurse Case Manager
    • Nurse Supervisor
    • Case Manager
    • Charge Nurse
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (pacu) Registered Nurse

Gainful Employment and Other Student Disclosures

Below you can find placement rates and other information tailored to your chosen campus and program. Certain disclosures are published on this website to assist students in understanding the facts about their programs.

Program Disclosure Information for:
Online Programs - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Employment Rates:

Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):

Reporting Period: 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014

Date Submitted: 09/2014

Campus Rate
  • NAActual Rate
Program Rate
  • 73.85%Actual Rate

RATE CALCULATION 

A CCNE key element of program effectiveness is that the program demonstrates achievement of required outcomes regarding employment rates.

  • The employment rate is collected separately for each degree program (baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP) and post-graduate APRN certificate program.
  • Data are collected within 12 months of program completion. For example, employment data may be collected at the time of program completion or at any time within 12 months of program completion.
  • The employment rate is 70% or higher. However, if the employment rate is less than 70%, the employment rate is 70% or higher when excluding graduates who have elected not to be employed.

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2009 and 10/15/2009 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 23%

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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1http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.