Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

You’re ready to earn your BSN degree. And Colorado Technical University has the programmatic accreditation you want along with the flexible schedule designed to fit your needs. 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.*

RN to BSN Completion Program Goals:

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

CTU's online bachelor's degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth year in a row.**

CTU COLLEGE of NURSING NOTICE

Public Notice of Upcoming CCNE Accreditation Review

The College of Nursing of Colorado Technical University (CTU) is seeking programmatic accreditation of both its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CTU will be hosting a CCNE evaluation team for an on-site accreditation review on October 16, 2019, through October 18, 2019.

Program constituents (including students, faculty, representatives from the nursing community, and the public) are invited to submit comments concerning the qualifications of CTU’s BSN and DNP programs for CCNE accreditation status. CCNE will share comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site visit and at no time will comments be shared with CTU. During its review of the BSN and DNP programs, the evaluation team will consider third-party comments (if any) that relate to the CCNE accreditation standards.

This notification indicates that written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation at CTU. All written and signed third-party comments should be received by the CCNE by September 24, 2019.

All comments should be directed via U.S. mail or e-mail to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
- or -
thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org

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

*Tuition cost and program length assumes a student will be awarded the maximum credit for transfer, licensure, prior experiential learning, and professional certifications, will be continuously enrolled, and satisfactorily completes all program requirements for graduation. 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. The total tuition cost will increase and program length may change due to academic failure of courses and or withdrawals and drops. CTU cannot guarantee transfer or other credit will be accepted; please see University Transfer Credit policy.

US News Best Online Programs 2019 - Bachelor's

** CTU’s Online Bachelor’s programs are ranked among the Best by U.S. News and World Report.
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.ccneaccreditation.org)

CLASSES START

  • October 01, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • January 07, 2020

TOTAL CREDITS

180

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online

Program Details

  • Program Overview

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a 180-credit-hour program that is offered online. The program requires that a student have an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States to enter the program.

    As the largest group in the US healthcare workforce (BLS, 2015)*, 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 help nurses acquire 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 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 helps qualified professional nurses prepare at the bachelor’s level.

    * Source: The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/registered-nurses-have-highest-employment-in-healthcare-occupations-anesthesiologists-earn-the-most.htm

     

    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.

     

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    ENGL220 Written Communication for Nurses 4.5
     
    GOVT201 American Government and Public Affairs 4.5
    or
    HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5
     
    HSS261 Ethics in Healthcare 4.5
    Total Credit Hours: 13.5
    Courses: Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG310 Challenges and Trends in Contemporary Nursing 4
    NRSG311 Nursing Informatics 4
    NRSG312 Population-Based Nursing 4
    NRSG313 Alternative and Complementary Interventions 4
    NRSG314 Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing Practice 4
    NRSG410 Health and Wellness Assessment 4
    NRSG411 Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research 4
    NRSG412 Leadership and Nursing Systems Management 4
    NRSG413 Innovation in Nursing 4
    NRSG490 Nursing Theory, Critical Thinking and Competency 4
    NRSG495 Nursing Capstone 4
    ELE Select 4 credit hours of electives from the list provided 4
    Total Credit Hours: 48
    Courses: RN License Transfer
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    RN Registered Nurse License Transfer 28.5
    Courses: Degree/Diploma Transfer
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    ADN/DRN Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing
    Courses: Core Elective Choices
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    HCM307 The Health Care Industry 4
    HCM330 Healthcare Statistics and Research 4
    MGM316 International Business Communications 4
    MGM355 International Business Practices 4
    MGM365 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4
    MGMT345 Operations Management 4
    HCI300 Introduction to Health Informatics 4
    HCI310 DBMS for Healthcare 4
    HCI380 Security of Electronic Health Information 4
    HCI400 Health Analytics and Business Intelligence in Healthcare 4
    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).

    Total Credit Hours: 180

  • Related Degrees

    The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration Healthcare Management degree program is designed to help graduates prepare for careers in the healthcare industry. Students will have the opportunity to 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 to pursue 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 is designed to provide students with a 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.

  • Estimate Tuition and Grad Date

    $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. View our Tuition Resources.

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  • Outcomes

    BSN Program Outcomes:

    • 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
  • Admission Requirements

    Program 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 an educational transition program preparing students for eligibility to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

    Recently graduated students with a completed Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma Registered Nurse (RN Program) but are pending successful completion of the NCLEX exam, may provisionally enroll into Colorado Technical University’s BSN program. A provisionally accepted student must provide evidence of the passed exam prior to the end of the first quarter of study. Students who do not complete or pass the NCLEX during the first quarter will be administratively withdrawn from the university.

    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.

    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

     

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Program Disclosure Information for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Employment and Completion Rates
Employment Rate: 90.96%*

Reporting Period: 1/1/2017 through 12/31/2017 program graduates
Date Submitted: 08/2019

Completion Rate: 70.00%

Reporting Period: 1/1/2015 through 12/31/2015 program entrants
Date Submitted: 08/2019

* Nursing Employment Rate Calculation:

Number of employed graduates/completers, divided by the number of eligible graduates/completers.

  1. This Employment Rate is calculated separately for each program; e.g. baccalaureate and master’s. In calculating this Employment Rate, CTU counts graduates/completers as “Employed” if they have any job and employment data is collected at the time of program completion or at any time within 12 months of program completion.
  2. This rate excludes graduates who have elected not to be employed.

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