Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    Nov 28, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

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The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) is a degree completion option for registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Courses are taken one at a time in sequence in a five week online format. The program is specifically designed for adult learners who want to combine academic study and career advancement with employment. Small class sizes, professional application, and colleague relationships encourage individualized learning and networking. Students can complete the 24 credit nursing major in less than one calendar year. Application based faculty led practice experiences are incorporated into three of the eight courses for a total of ninety (90) clinical hours.

Students have direct access to national faculty experts, leaders in healthcare, and the opportunity to study and network with Christian nurse leaders. We challenge students to become exceptionally compassionate and competent nurse leaders who impact their world and transform healthcare through the uniqueness of Christ-inspired nursing practice.

CCU offers a block credit transfer policy designed to ensure RNs with an associate degree are given the maximum credit possible. RNs who have graduated from a regionally accredited institution, completed an ADN program, and have a current unencumbered RN license are eligible for a block transfer of up to 90 semester hours. Core courses not included in the block transfer policy are indicated below.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires completion of the following 120 credit hours:

  • Regionally accredited RN block transfer (prerequisites, general education, electives and lower division nursing credit) - 87 credit hours
  • Statistics - MAT 250A  (may also be transferred in, not included in the 87 credit block transfer) - 3 credit hours
  • College of Adult and Graduate Studies Core (must be taken at CCU) - 6 credit hours
  • Major Nursing Core: RN-BSN (must be taken at CCU) - 24 credit hours

Applicants with an associate degree in nursing from a non-regionally accredited school and/or from diploma RN programs are awarded 38 credit hours for the RN Licensure, as guided by the Colorado Articulation Model. All previously completed non-nursing courses are evaluated on a course by course basis. Please see RN-BSN Transfer - Non-regionally Accredited RN Program  for more information.

Prerequisite Requirements

Lower division nursing credit granted by block transfer and through RN Licensure guided by the Colorado Articulation Model.
Prerequisites, general education and electives up to 87 credit hours by block transfer.
In addition to the 87 credit hour block transfer, MAT 250A  is required; may be satisfied with transfer equivalent.

College of Adult and Graduate Studies Core (6 credit hours)


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 5 week format as the BSN coursework. 

Graduate courses that are offered to RN students include:

Students must have a total of 60 earned credit hours prior to registration in a graduate-level course.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN)

The faculty recommends students in the B.S. in Nursing (RN-BSN) to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours of courses, including all nursing prerequisites, CAGS core, and nursing major core courses.
  2. A letter grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all CCU coursework.
  3. Meet the CAGS Residency requirements .
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.

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