The RN-BSN program is designed for Registered Nurses who wish to earn the baccalaureate nursing degree or for current nursing students (dual enrollment) who are enrolled in the Nursing AAS program who wish to earn the baccalaureate nursing degree. Students will examine the role of baccalaureate nursing that embraces excellence, caring, legal and ethical practice, civility, and lifelong learning. The curriculum prepares students to advance in their nursing career by gaining knowledge of current trends in the profession, nursing research, leadership, and healthcare informatics. Students will critique nursing research and learn to disseminate best practice guidelines in the clinical setting. The student’s scope of practice will expand beyond individual patient care to the professional nurse’s role in health promotion, prevention and optimal wellness of communities. Students will be challenged to develop clinical reasoning and leadership skills beyond the scope of the ADN level and are prepared for career advancement within the nursing profession.
Students must apply to the RN-BSN program with a completed Associates Degree or Diploma in Nursing and have a current RN license in good standing. Students who are dual enrolled can start BSN classes through an online format. The program has two courses that require a practicum experience.
The RN-BSN program will recognize and transfer in a total of 71.5 block credit hours for the ADN Degree/Diploma and RN license.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the RN-BSN program, students should be able to:
- Discuss current issues that nurses encounter in the health care environment
- Deliver effective care in various emergency situations
- Support the unique needs of the aging patients
- Discuss the ethical and legal obligations of professional nursing practice
- Promote prevention and optimal wellness of the community
- Use information management systems in the delivery of patient care
Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.