Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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 to meet state licensure requirements and practice as a professional nurse, pursue graduate education or assume leadership roles. The program provides educational experiences to prepare a professional nurse generalist to practice in a variety of healthcare 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 healthcare in society today.

There are three options for completing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Colorado Mesa University:

  • BSN Program - This program is considered the traditional RN route and is for students who are not previously licensed at any level.
  • RN to BSN Program - This program is for students who are already licensed as a registered nurse (RN). Our our RN to BSN program is offered fully online.
  • LPN to BSN Program - This program is for students who are licensed practical nurses (LPN) who desire to complete their BSN and be prepared for their RN license.

This program is designed for students with no previous nursing license. The BSN program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN). Students enter their career field with over 900 hours of experience in a variety of healthcare settings.

Academic Requirements

This program provides a foundation for excellence in professional nursing practice. It is designed to prepare graduates who have met state licensure requirements to practice as a professional nurse, pursue baccalaureate education and assume leadership roles. Graduates gain deeper insight into contemporary issues such as gerontology, informatics and the emerging role of nursing in population/community-based care; extensive knowledge of nursing theory, practice and science; more opportunities for nursing leadership and management positions; the ability to become a more holistic caregiver; and faculty dedicated to academic success: the same top-quality instruction as our on-campus program.

Academic Requirements

This program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, which prepares the graduate for RN licensure, opens up greater employment opportunities, increased compensation and more job security. The Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN-BSN) Program prepares the graduate as a generalist to provide competent nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will develop nursing skills in caring for a diverse population in today's healthcare settings. They will utilize data related to the client's biological, psychological, socio-spiritual, cultural and developmental needs to promote, maintain and restore health.

Academic Requirements

Graduates of the program are employed locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally. Registered Nurses (RNs) have endless opportunities for employment, including in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health settings, community health agencies, schools, clinics and mental health facilities.

Employers have reported that graduates of the program are some of the best prepared in the state.

A BSN degree prepares nurses to pursue graduate education.

Health Sciences building, home to the nursing program
  • There is something about the staff and the environment with CMU’s RN to BSN program. They are extremely supportive of all of the individual student’s needs. The classes are interactive, as much as they can be for online schooling. Dr. Holvoet, my fellow representatives and I have developed an online community for the program, designed to help improve communication in a world so intertwined with social media.
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    Nicole Milner
    RN to BSN student; ICU nurse in Phoenix, AZ
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Program Completion Rate

Six-year average of students who completed the BSN Program.

96%

Employment Rate

Percentage of graduate in the 2016-2017 academic year that were employed within 6 months.

College to Career

Having the opportunity to work over 1,000 clinical hours in multiple specialties prepared Emilia Ludwig for her position as a cardiac unit nurse.

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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 Effectiveness Data

View NCLEX pass rates, program completion rates and estimated employment rate for the BSN program since 2012. Program Effectiveness Data

Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes

Handbook

BSN Student Handbook