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Pre-Licensure BSN FAQs

Pre-Licensure BSN FAQs

Questions About CCU's Pre-Licensure BSN Degree

Are you interested in earning your pre-licensure bachelor's degree in Nursing? Find frequently asked questions about this nursing program below. For additional questions, please contact an enrollment counselor!

What is the pre-licensure BSN program?

The pre-licensure BSN program at Colorado Christian University is a bachelor's degree program preparing first-time nursing students to take the NCLEX-RN exam upon graduation. In this program, students join together in a cohort and take the nursing major courses together. There are 14 nursing major courses that are delivered over a 2 year timeframe. All courses include both face-to-face and online learning and are delivered in either 5 or 10 week format. Students are typically involved in face-to-face learning 2-3 days/week.

How does the BSN degree differ from an associate degree in nursing (ASN)?

The BSN degree is a bachelor's degree in nursing and is usually granted from a four-year college or university. The ASN is an associate degree in nursing and is usually granted from a community college after two or three 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 required at least a BSN.

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 Status". Many health care organizations have a BSN-preferred or BSN-required policy for advancement into supervisory 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 advanced education in specialized clinical practice, research, or primary health care.

How long will it take to complete the BSN program?

Once admitted to the program, the BSN program involves 60 credit hours of upper-division nursing coursework that are delivered in sequence over a 24-month timeframe.

Is the 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. The student is required to have earned 60 credits in prerequisite courses prior to being admitted to the BSN program as a junior-level student. Once admitted into the BSN program, the student will complete 60 credit hours of nursing coursework from CCU.

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

Prerequisite credits can be transferred to CCU from another college or university (nine credit hours within the College of Adult and Graduate Studies core will need to be completed at CCU). The 60-credit nursing major must be completed at CCU to receive a CCU degree.

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 BSN program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the Pre-Licensure BSN Option.

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