Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements for RN to BSN admission:

    • Complete Colorado Mesa University Application and submit application fee and transcript.
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Graduated from a school regionally accredited by one of the following agencies:
      • Regionally accredited agencies include:
      • MSA - Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
      • NWCCU - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
      • NCA-HLC - North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
      • NEASC-CIHE - New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      • SACS - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
      • WASC - ACCJU Western Association of Schools and Colleges for Community and Junior Colleges
      • WASC - ACSCU-Western Association of Schools and Colleges for Senior Colleges and Universities
    • Successfully completed an associate degree or diploma program in nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and as part of the degree.
    • The following must also have been attained:
      • Successful completion of at least 38 Nursing credits
      • Successful completion of Human Growth & Development
      • Successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II
      • Pathophysiology completed prior to admission or within one semester following admission.
    • Additional prerequisites may be completed prior to starting the program or during completion of the program. Those working towards an RN license are encouraged to apply. Students who have not yet completed their RN license may take the following courses: "Developing the Baccalaureate Role (NURS 300)," "Health Informatics (NURS 408)," and "Quality Improvement (NURS 409)" in their first three accelerated sessions, at which time the RN license must be earned in order to continue in the program.

Official Transcripts can be mailed to:
Colorado Mesa University Office of Admissions
RN-BSN Online
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

Electronic Transcripts should be emailed to:

    • Below is a list of electronic transcript delivery services.
    • Parchment
    • E-Script
    • National Transcript
    • National Student Clearinghouse

International Admissions Requirements

If you are an international registered nurse and you want to practice in the United States, getting licensed in the US is necessary prior to applying for CMU's RN to BSN Online. The following steps* may assist you in this process:

    1. Complete a Foreign Educated Nurses (FEN) refresher course. The course consists of 120 hours in the classroom and 120 hours of clinical practice under the supervision of a licensed Registered Nurse.
    2. Have all of your transcripts professionally evaluated by CGFNS International. Request their Credentials Evaluation Service Professional Report.
    3. You'll be required to take one of the English language tests.** You can take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    4. Must be taken within a year of admission to the University.
    5. Minimum score of 83 on Internet-based TOEFL.