Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Nov 30, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN track) 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 five and ten-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 30 credits (6 general education and 24 nursing) in 14 months, just over one calendar year. Clinical experiences are incorporated into two of the eight nursing courses for a total of ninety (90) direct care 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, a nationally accredited nursing program, have completed an ADN program, and have a current unencumbered RN license are eligible for a block transfer of up to 87 semester hours. If students have completed less than 87 hours (or 90 if including statistics) that transfer to CCU, they must complete the minimum 120 hours by taking additional elective courses. Core courses not included in the block transfer policy are indicated below.

Admission Requirements to Nursing Major

A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • An associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution and a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN licensure (USA).

Upon admission students must:

  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Pass a drug screen

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

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

Applicants with an associate degree in nursing from a non-regionally or non-nationally accredited school and/or from diploma RN programs are awarded 38 credit hours for the RN Licensure. All previously completed non-nursing courses are evaluated on a course by course basis.

General Education Requirements

Lower division nursing credit granted by block transfer and through RN Licensure.
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 General Education (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.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN to 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, including all nursing prerequisites, CAGS general education, and nursing major core courses.
  2. A grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 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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