Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (RN-BSN)
If you are an actively licensed RN or are currently in an AAS/ADN program and want to further your career, the Bachelor in Science in Nursing Completion Program (RN-BSN) may be right for you. Our BSN program is online, so you can make your education fit into your schedule.
Getting your BSN will help you to build on your nursing skills, increase your perspective of current clinical practice beyond the AAS/ADN/diploma level, enhance your leadership abilities, and help you advance in your career.
*If you apply to the Nursing AAS program, you will be able to dual enroll in the RN-BSN Program here at ACC and start your BSN course work with online classes.
RN-BSN Admission / Application Process
The RN-BSN Completion Program (a total of 120 credit hours) offers a flexible 48.5 hour credit program designed for current nursing students who are enrolled in the Nursing AAS program or registered nurses who wish to earn the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.
Steps to Apply
If you have an active RN license (from the United States):
Complete the ACC application for admission by selecting "Health" as your Area of Interest and "Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Completion Program)" as your degree choice when you apply to ACC.
Have and upload your active, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the supplemental items section of the application.
If you are currently enrolled in a Colorado Community College System Associate Degree Nursing Program
Complete the Dual Admission Request & Certification Form and upload it into the licensure section of the supplemental items section of the application.
- Application must be completed by July 1 at noon.
- Application must be completed by November 1 at noon.
- Application must be completed by April 1 at noon.
After you are accepted into the RN-BSN Completion Program, you will be required to provide additional items during the program, including:
- Official college transcript(s) - before beginning the program
- Immunization records - required prior to clinical coursework
- Background check and drug screen - required prior to clinical coursework
RN-BSN Course Requirements
General Education Requirements
- ENG 122* | English Composition II: CO2 | 3 credits
- MAT 135* | Introduction to Statistics: MA1 | 3 credits
- GT-HI1 | History Course | 3 credits
- GT-AH1, 2 or 3 | Arts and Humanities Courses | 6 credits
- GT-SS1, 2 or 3 | Social and Behavioral Sciences Course | 3 credits
Total of 18 credits
*Introduction to Statistics, MA1 and ENG 122 must be taken prior to NUR 303 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing.
Upper Division BSN Course Requirements
- NUR 301 | Integration into Baccalaureate Nursing Practice | 3 credits
- NUR 302 | Trends in Nursing Practice | 3 credits
- NUR 303* | Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing | 3 credits
- NUR 408 | Legal and Ethical Issues | 3 credits
- NUR 409** | Leadership in the Nursing Profession | 3.5 credits
- NUR 410** | Community Health Nursing and Practicum | 6 credits
- NUR 411** | Senior Seminar | 3 credits
Total of 24.5 credits
*Introduction to Statistics, MA1 and ENG 122 must be taken prior to NUR 303 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and with a passing grade of C or better
**Student must have completed their ADN/AAS degree and have RN license before starting NUR 409 Leadership in Nursing Profession, NUR 410 Community Health Nursing and Practicum and NUR 411 Senior Seminar.
Upper Division BSN Elective Requirements
- NUR 304 | Information and Healthcare Technology | 3 credits
- NUR 305 | Emergency Preparedness | 3 credits
- NUR 306 | Gerontology | 3 credits
- NUR 307 | Behavioral Health | 3 credits
Total of 6 elective credits
300 level courses must be completed before taking 400 level courses.
RN - BSN End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Quality care - Interpret research to promote best practice. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes. Propose an evaluation process to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems and deliver quality care to individuals and diverse populations.
- Professionalism - Formulate a plan that demonstrates an enhanced commitment to professionalism embracing excellence, caring, legal and ethical practice, civility, accountability, and professional development.
- Communication - Evaluate communication and collaboration with colleagues, inter-professional groups and members of the community to promote health, safety and well-being across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
- Leadership - Evaluate the contribution of leadership, quality improvement principles, and the impact of organizational systems in transforming, managing, and coordinating safe, quality, and cost-effective, person-centered care.
- Critical thinking / clinical reasoning - Integrate a systematic process of critical inquiry with nursing science, natural and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities to make evidence-based practice decisions to improve the care of individuals, families, populations, and communities.
Effective 12/02/2019, the RN to BSN nursing program at Arapahoe Community College, located in Littleton, Colorado, is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on 12/02/2021.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp