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RN to BSN Program FAQs

RN to BSN Program FAQs

Questions About CCU's RN to BSN Degree Program

If you're a registered nurse interested in a BSN degree, find answers to frequently asked questions below. For additional questions, please contact an enrollment counselor!

What is the RN to BSN Completion option?

The RN to BSN Completion Program option at Colorado Christian University is an online degree completion program for the Registered Nurse seeking a bachelor's degree. Courses are taken one at a time in sequence in five-week blocks in an online format. The program is specifically designed for adult learners who want to combine academic study and career advancement while working full time. Small class sizes, professional application, and collegial relationships encourage individualized learning and networking. Students have direct access to nationally recognized faculty experts and leaders in healthcare.

Find out more about our RN to BSN Completion Program from a student’s point of view: CCU’s Online RN to BSN Program – The Real Deal, from a Real Student.

How does a BSN degree differ from an ASN degree?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is a bachelor's degree in nursing and is usually granted from a four-year college or university. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is an associate degree in nursing and is usually granted from a community college after two years of study. You can take the State Board of Nursing exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN) with either degree. Once you pass NCLEX, you are an RN and can practice within the scope and standards of professional practice. To advance in your nursing career, most hospitals require at least a BSN degree. Many hospitals are working toward the IOM goal of having 80% of their RNs at the BSN level by 2020.

What are the advantages of completing the BSN degree?

The BSN is the preferred degree in many institutions, especially those who have or are seeking "Magnet Designation". Many health care organizations have a BSN-preferred or BSN-required policy for advancement into supervisory, management, and non-clinical positions. There is a BSN preference or requirement for most research positions, and virtually all public health positions in the U.S. require a BSN. The active duty military requires a BSN of all officers. The BSN degree provides the nursing theory, sciences, humanities, and behavioral science preparation necessary for the full scope of professional nursing responsibilities, as well as the knowledge necessary for continuing to advanced education in specialized clinical practice, research, or primary health care.

How long will it take to complete the RN to BSN program?

Once admitted to the program, the RN completes nine credits of CAGS core and 27 credits of upper-division nursing coursework in approximately 15 months. Courses are taken sequentially, one course at a time, in five-week sessions in an online format.

Is the RN to BSN program accredited?

Colorado Christian University has national nursing program accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses.

How many credits are required to obtain the BSN degree?

Colorado Christian University requires 120 credits to receive the BSN degree. RNs that have graduated from a regionally accredited institution, completed an ADN program and have a current license are eligible for a block transfer of up to 84 semester hours. Students are required to successfully complete MAT250A Introduction to Research and Applied Statistics (or its equivalent through transfer credit) and the CAGS core (9 credits). Once admitted into the RN-BSN Completion program, the RN will complete 27 credit hours of nursing coursework from CCU.

How many credits can be transferred from another college or university?

In the 120-credit RN to BSN degree program, the 27-credit RN to BSN major must be completed at Colorado Christian University in order to receive a CCU degree. In addition the student must take a 3-credit course — PHL 205A — from CCU, and 6 credits of Biblical Study courses. The Biblical Studies class may be transferred in from an institution that is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. RNs that have graduated from a regionally accredited institution, completed an ADN program and have a current license are eligible for a block transfer of up to 84 semester hours. Core courses not included in the block transfer policy include the CAGS core (9 credits). A MAT250A equivalent may be transferred in, but is not part of the block transfer credit.

Can I complete prerequisite coursework by earning non-traditional credit?

Colorado Christian University will grant credit to students who score at or above established levels on many College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST examinations or through Prior Learning Assessment for general education courses. Credit received will be treated as transfer credit and will count towards graduation.

How much does the RN to BSN Completion Program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program.

How can I get credits for the MSN program?

The CCU RN-MSN option allows students to accelerate their education and earn both the BSN and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Students in the RN-BSN degree may apply to the Master of Science in Nursing program. Upon acceptance, up to three graduate level courses (9 credit hours) can be applied to the MSN degree, providing the student a head start in the MSN program. MSN degree classes are offered in the same five-week format as the BSN coursework.

How long does it take to complete an RN-MSN?

The RN-BSN coursework can be completed in 12 months (three semesters). The MSN coursework can be completed in 21 months (five semesters). The RN-MSN can potentially be completed in just over two years (seven semesters) depending upon course scheduling and student progression.

If I am an RN wanting my BSN and MSN, can I go straight through to get both degrees?

Yes. CCU provides RNs with the opportunity to substitute three graduate courses (nine credits) while completing the BSN degree, giving you a head start on the MSN degree. Students must apply to the graduate program and meet admission requirements to continue on for the MSN degree. You do not need to stop out after the BSN degree to gain work experience before going on for the MSN. Your CCU Student Service Advisor (SSA) can assist you with the admission process.

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