Bachelor of Science in Nursing - (RN to BSN completion)

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, 2019)*, 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. Students fulfill the program's clinical requirements in their own community during the population health, and health and wellness courses. 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:


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

College of Nursing 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 Goals

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

BSN Program outcomes:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Evaluate information and technology resources to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making in the delivery of healthcare
  4. 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
  5. Design strategies using continuous quality improvement processes to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems
  6. Analyze strategies to optimize system effectiveness and individual performance that will minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers
  7. Evaluate evidence-based practices within clinical expertise, patient preferences, and values for the integration of those practices in the delivery of quality healthcare
  8. Apply leadership and communication skills to improve the safety, quality, and cost of healthcare

Degree Requirements

Courses: General Education

ENGL220Written Communication for Nurses



GOVT201American Government and Public Affairs



HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century



HSS261Ethics in Healthcare


Total Credit Hours:13.5

Courses: Core

NRSG310Challenges and Trends in Contemporary Nursing


NRSG311Nursing Informatics


NRSG312Population-Based Nursing (Clinical Course)


NRSG313Alternative and Complementary Interventions


NRSG314Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing Practice


NRSG410Health and Wellness Assessment (Clinical Course)


NRSG411Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research


NRSG412Leadership and Nursing Systems Management


NRSG413Innovation in Nursing


NRSG490Nursing Theory, Critical Thinking and Competency


NRSG495Nursing Capstone


ELE Select 4 credit hours of electives from the list provided


Total Credit Hours:48

Courses: RN License Transfer

RNRegistered Nurse License Transfer


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 Industry


HCM330Healthcare Statistics and Research


MGM316International Business Communications


MGM355International Business Practices


MGM365The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business


MGMT345Operations Management


HCI300Introduction to Health Informatics


HCI310DBMS for Healthcare


HCI380Security of Electronic Health Information


HCI400Health Analytics and Business Intelligence in Healthcare


Total Credit Hours: 180

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).



  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Nursing

Degree Level

  • Bachelor