Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

Colorado Mesa University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides a foundation for excellence in professional nursing practice. It is designed to prepare graduates having met state licensure requirements to practice as a professional nurse, pursue graduate education, assume leadership roles and promote learning as a lifelong process. The program provides educational experiences to prepare a professional nurse generalist to practice in a variety of health care settings.

The program integrates nursing theory, practice and science with a broad liberal arts education. It prepares a highly competent professional with the education necessary to meet the increasing need for quality health care in society today.

General Questions

If you need more general information, please contact the Department of Health Sciences 970.248.1398.


Every semester (excluding summer), the Department of Health Sciences offers Group Advising sessions. Please check the main Department of Health Sciences' website for dates/times/locations of the Group Advising sessions. Once you've attended a Group Advising session, if you have more specific questions, you are encouraged to contact your Primary Advisor (listed on your MAV Zone) to schedule an appointment.

Online RN to BSN option is available for registered nurses.

BSN Graduates

Graduates of the program are employed locally, state-wide and nationally. Employers have reported that graduates of the program are some of the best prepared in the state.

BSN Student Welcome Back!

The Welcome Back Event for ALL BSN students held each semester is an opportunity to meet faculty and students from each level of the program. This is a fun, entertaining and prize filled event!

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 4:00pm

Location: Outside of the Health Sciences Building

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Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Colorado Mesa University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Information

BSN Program Effectiveness Data

State Board of Nursing Screening

BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Requirements

  • BSN
    • PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisite and all essential learning course requirements must be completed or be in the process of completion by the September 15/February 15 application deadline. All applicants, no matter your catalog year, must complete microbiology (BIOL 250, BIOL 250L) or have a course waiver signed and submitted.  Finally, the biology prerequisite courses (i.e. BIOL 209, BIOL 209L, BIOL 210, BIOL 210L and BIOL 241) must have been completed within five years of your application to the program.
  • Course Descriptions

Kaplan Exam Testing

The Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam is available to take throughout the academic year.

Results of the Kaplan Exam is required to be turned into the Department of Health Sciences by the September 15th or February 15th deadline.  Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam can be taken ONE time per application cycle.

Register for the exam:

Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam

Study Guide: Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam

CPR Information

American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR Certification Class Registration

Student Information

BSN Student Handbook

Mental/Physical Capacity Requirements

Colorado Nursing Articulation Model

Job Source Information

RN/LPN Online Refresher Courses

Application Information


The BSN application deadline has been changed to the following:

September 15th for a Spring start

February 15th for a Fall start

BSN Information Packet

BSN Application and Admission Process Information Sheet

The following application forms must be opened in Adobe Acrobat, so that it can be filled out electronically. Save the form(s) then submit them electronically:

  • Application Procedure Check-off Form
    • Please follow the information on this form so that your application is completed correctly.
  • Application for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 
    • The BSN Application is currently under revision and will be posted as soon as it is finalized, with an expected ETA of late May. Thank you for your patience
    • MUST be submitted electronically.
    • Please DO NOT submit any recommendation letters, as they are not accepted for application.
  • BSN Transcript Request Form
    • MUST be submitted electronically.
  • Kaplan Exam Results
    • MUST be submitted directly by the Testing Center. If you recently applied to the BSN program (most recent semester) and you've submitted your Kaplan Exam results, you do not need to re-submit them.  If you plan on taking the exam again for the new application cycle.
  • CASPer Test
    • Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer)
      • All applicants will be required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. 
      • All costs associated with CASPer is the student's responsibility.
        • CASPer costs $40 for the exam and $10 for each school you want the results to be sent to, thus it will cost approximately $50.
      • CASPer has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6pm (MST).