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The online RN to BSN program at Colorado Mesa University offers professional nurses the opportunity to grow and develop critical competencies in evidence-based practice and insight into contemporary health care challenges. Taught by exceptional faculty, this rigorous program prepares RNs who have met state licensure requirements to practice as professional nurses, pursue graduate education and assume leadership roles.

The RN to BSN online program is an affordable, flexible path to achieving academic and professional advancement. The program is 31 upper division nursing credits which can be taken with 8-week sessions. Classes can be taken each session or students can go at their own pace. Additional outstanding essential learning courses may be required to satisfy the total requirement of 120 credits for a BSN. 

Why choose Colorado Mesa University's online RN to BSN program?

  • Affordable. CMU's RN to BSN program is a great value. Learn more about financial aid, tuition and fees for this program. Employees of one of our partner health care facilities may qualify for a $1,000 discount for the nursing curriculum (email [email protected] to ask about your facility's eligibility). 
  • Academic excellence. CMU's highly regarded program integrates nursing theory, practice and science to prepare a highly competent nursing professional for practice in a variety of health care settings in the state of Colorado and nationally.
  • Flexible. CMU offers five start dates each year, compared with only two at most universities.
  • Accelerated. Full-time students can complete the nursing major coursework in as few as 18 months (excludes any general education requirements necessary for degree completion).
  • High quality nursing faculty. Our nurses are well-prepared by our faculty. 90% of Colorado Mesa traditional BSN graduates pass the NCLEX exam on their first try. The RN-BSN program option compliments the same program quality.

What You'll Gain

  • Enhanced critical thinking, leadership, research and management abilities to open doors in your nursing career.
  • Knowledge you can use right away to provide more holistic care to patients.
  • Deeper insight into contemporary issues like gerontology, informatics and the emerging role of nursing in community-based care.

Colorado Mesa University’s RN to BSN program online is designed for working adults. Our 100% online courses make earning your degree both accessible and affordable. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Academic Requirements for RN-BSN in Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Earning your BSN degree may provide:

  • Ability to move into managerial or supervisory positions
  • Higher paying registered nurse positions
  • Further education with advanced nursing degrees such as NP and MSN
  • Stronger leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to engage in evidence based practice to improve patient outcomes

Start Dates and Deadlines

When you start is up to you. We have five convenient start dates each year, giving you more flexibility to learn when it's best for you.

Summer Start: May 30, 2023
  • Application deadline: May 2, 2023
Fall I Start: August 21, 2023
  • Application deadline: July 17, 2023
Fall II Start: October 16, 2023
  • Application deadline: September 18, 2023
Spring I Start: January 22, 2024
  • Application deadline: December 4, 2023
Spring II Start: March 25, 2024
  • Application deadline: February 26, 2024

Program applications must be submitted by noon on the application deadline for consideration into the program for that start date. Tuition is due on the start date.


Students complete practice-experiences in all lab courses that fulfill the program and accreditation’s clinical requirements. The practice-experience hours are documented using Typhon’s NSST (NS Student Tracking) platform.  The platform showcases essential components of the student’s practice-experiences in a secured environment—crucial for the student, the program, and accrediting bodies.  Students can also display and share their practice-experiences with current and future employers. 

The use of Typhon is a program requirement.  Typhon has a one-time fee that provides platform access throughout the program and five years after graduation where supporting documentation of practice-experiences are kept. 

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 Recognition caption2018 Top Online Colleges for Value - Bachelor's - Nursing SR Education Group 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges-Bachelor's-Nursing SR Education Group


Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes


BSN Handbook 


If you are interested in learning more about the online RN to BSN program at Colorado Mesa University reach out to the program coordinator Lori Ferguson at 970.248.1013, [email protected] or schedule an appointment.

Appointments are for those interested in the RN to BSN program only. If you are interested in the traditional 4-year BSN program, go to this page for more information: undergraduate/nursing/bachelor

Schedule an appointment with Lori