RN-to-BSN Completion Program

Delivering quality, flexibility and affordability, FRCC’s accredited RN-to-BSN completion program lets you seamlessly complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Whether you’re a nursing student or already a registered nurse, you can build on your associate degree in the way that works best for you.

Here are some reasons students choose our online RN-to-BSN completion program:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accredited seal

Quality You Can Count On

FRCC has been educating nurses in Colorado for more than 50 years. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at FRCC is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Our nursing programs have an excellent reputation throughout the state’s health care community. Employers know our well-trained nursing graduates can hit the ground running in a professional environment.

FRCC is also one of the top 10 community colleges in the country for online learning. We have more than 25 years of experience in online education. The college also has one of the most extensive training programs in the US for our online faculty—and our BSN students have dedicated online advisors to help them throughout their time in the program.

"FRCC has a great reputation in the community. Health care employers know the nurses will be prepared and knowledgeable. Front Range always provides great education and prepares everyone for the setting you're going into."

AMY LARABEE, FRCC'S FIRST RN-TO-BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM GRADUATE

Flexibility That Works for Your Schedule

Our classes are designed to give you the flexibility you need to make nursing school work with your busy schedule. You can complete the majority of the program online—doing your coursework when and where it works for you. During our in-person practicum, we also offer opportunities to work with nursing experts close to where you live or work.

If you already have your Associate Degree in Nursing, this program can be completed in four full-time semesters. For students currently enrolled in FRCC’s associate degree nursing program—as well as those working full-time as a registered nurse—the program allows extended time to earn a degree.

"The online format and Front Range cost was far more viable than that of any four-year university. It fit my lifestyle, budget and family plans."

AMY LARABEE, FRCC'S FIRST RN-TO-BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM GRADUATE

Designed for Nurses & Nursing Students

Our program accepts:

  • Students who have successfully completed their first semester of a nationally accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at a regionally accredited college—with a minimum 2.0 GPA in nursing courses—and are still enrolled in that ADN program.
  • Nurses who have already earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited college—with a minimum 2.0 GPA in nursing courses—and have a current unencumbered RN license to practice in Colorado.

Advance Your Career—and Your Salary

Demand for nurses in Colorado is on the rise and many health care employers now require their nurses to have a bachelor’s degree. Completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can help you qualify for more jobs, including supervisory and management positions in Colorado and elsewhere.

A bachelor’s degree is also necessary for advancing a career in nursing leadership, management and education—or for becoming a nurse practitioner.

Course Format

The RN-to-BSN completion program is an online program with practicum coursework. All BSN nursing courses are offered online and are delivered in the Desire to Learn (D2L) learning management system. Students are required to complete 68 hours of practicum work as part of FRCC’s courses in leadership and community health nursing.

Students have the opportunity to attend weekly virtual online meetings to review concepts and to foster collaborations with other BSN students. To learn more about online courses, online learning services and learning resources, visit our Online Learning website and the Online Academic Success Center.

Required Courses

The RN-to-BSN completion program requires a total of 120 credit hours (71.5 ADN credits and 48.5 BSN credits). See all required courses and descriptions for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or choose an option below:

If you have an ADN, the following courses and credits are likely to transfer into the RN-to-BSN completion program.

ADN Courses Credits
ENG 121 English Composition I
3
PSY 235 Human Growth & Development  3
HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition 1
GT Elective 3
Block transfer for ADN   
61.5
TOTAL for ADN 71.5

 

The following courses are required to complete the RN-to-BSN completion program. If you have completed a previous bachelor’s degree, it is likely you have completed many of the required BSN general education courses. 

BSN Courses Credits
ENG 122 English Composition II 3
MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics 3

GT Electives (History, Social science, Arts and Humanities) 

12
NUR 301 Integration into Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 3
NUR 302 Trends in Nursing Practice 3
NUR 303 Nursing Research/Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 304, 305, 306, 307 (Choose two) 6
NUR 408 Legal & Ethical Issues Related to Professional Nursing Practice 3
NUR 409 Leadership in the Nursing Profession 3.5
NUR 410 Community Health Nursing Practicum 6
NUR 411 Senior Seminar 3
SUB-TOTAL 48.5
TOTAL for BSN 120

 

 

Current CCCS Registered Nursing program students must complete the following courses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):

ADN Courses Credits
These courses must be taken prior to entering the Program
ENG 121 English Composition I
3
PSY 235 Human Growth & Development

3

HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
BIO 204 Microbiology with Lab
MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations
NUR 109 Fundamentals of Nursing
NUR 112 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology

If you want to be dually enrolled in the RN-to-BSN completion program
, you may apply at this point.
BIO 216 Human Pathophysiology
4
NUR 106 Medical & Surgical Nursing Concepts
7
NUR 150 Maternal-Child Nursing
6
NUR 206 Advanced Concepts of Medical & Surgical Nursing I 
6.5
NUR 211 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
4
NUR 212 Pharmacology
2
NUR 216 Advanced Concepts of Medical & Surgical Nursing II 
5
NUR 230 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
4
Elective 3
TOTAL for ADN  71.5

 

If you have completed a previous bachelor’s degree, it is likely you have completed many of the required BSN general education courses.

BSN General Education Courses
Credits
ENG 122 English Composition II
3
MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics
3
GT Electives
(History, Social Science, Arts and Humanities) 
12
BSN Nursing Courses
 
NUR 301 Integration into Baccalaureate Nursing Practice   
3
NUR 302 Trends in Nursing Practice
3
NUR 303 Nursing Research/Evidence-Based Practice
3
NUR 304, 305, 306, 307 (Choose two) 6
NUR 408 Legal & Ethical Issues Related to Professional Nursing Practice   
3
NUR 409 Leadership in the Nursing Profession
63.75 hours (41.25 lecture/22.5 practicum)
3.5
NUR 410 Community Health Nursing Practicum
112.5 hours (67.5 lecture/45 practicum)
6
NUR 411 Senior Seminar
3
SUB-TOTAL 48.5
TOTAL for BSN 120
 

Ready to Apply?

The RN-to-BSN completion program has three application periods each year.

Application Period
When to Apply
Start Date
 Spring Admission  October 4 - November 15, 2021  Spring 2022
 Summer Admission  March 14 - May 1, 2022  Summer 2022
 Fall Admission  June 1 - July 16, 2022  Fall 2022

The RN-to-BSN completion program is designed for two types of students:

  1. A student who has earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited college, has an unencumbered nursing license to practice in Colorado, and has a minimum 2.0 GPA in nursing courses.

  • CCCS policy (BP 9-71 Transfer Credit) Credit can only be transferred from regional accrediting associations. We are unable to make exceptions to this rule.
  • The sending institution must have been regionally accredited for the entire time the student was earning the applicable credits.
  • Contact Laura O’Leary with further questions.
  1. A student who has completed their first semester of a nationally accredited ADN program at a regionally accredited college, continues to be enrolled in that ADN program, and has a minimum 2.0 GPA in nursing courses.

1. Submit online FRCC admission application

  • Select Health Sciences and Wellness for Area of Interest
  • Select Nursing: RN-BSN Program for degree or certificate

2. Attach supplemental documents to your submitted admission application:

  • Unofficial college transcript
    • If you are a former FRCC student and no longer have access to your unofficial transcript, please email us to request a copy.
  • Verification of Enrollment from ADN Program Director (current ADN students only)
  • Valid RN Colorado or compact state license from a regionally accredited program (ADN graduates only) 

How to Upload Supplemental Documents:

  • After completing the online application, click Submit Application.
  • Click on the My Account link in the menu.
  • Click on Step 4. Submit Supplemental Items
  • Click the Choose File button next to each item and upload the relevant document.
  • When you have successfully uploaded a document, the submission status will show as Received.
  • Applications are not considered complete until all supplemental items have been submitted and the college has verified the uploaded documents.
  • Space in the program is limited. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Acceptances are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the class is full, eligible students who are not admitted due to space limitations will be offered a seat in a future semester.

Students who register for NUR 301 are required to attend orientation the week before class starts.

Spring 2022 orientation will be held via Zoom on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 10 am to 12 pm. Invites will be emailed to those who register for NUR 301.

Once admitted, students are prompted to complete the following:

  1. RN-to-BSN Acceptance Form
  2. RN-to-BSN Transcript Evaluation
    • This step only needs to be completed if you have unmet General Education requirements and completed them at another institution.
    • Courses will be evaluated on an individual basis (course-by-course) basis.
    • General Education requirements will not automatically be waived if bachelor (or higher) degrees have already been earned.
  3. Meet with our BSN Pathways Advisor for academic planning.
  4. Meet with Financial Aid for financial planning.

 

Once a student registers for practicum coursework (NUR 409 & NUR 410), they are prompted to submit the following documents:

  • New background check
  • New drug screen
  • Current AHA BLS Provider CPR Certification or Red Cross CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Current unencumbered RN license to practice in Colorado
  • BSN Student ID Badge
  • Required Immunizations:
    • Tdap (within 10 years)
    • MMR (two doses or positive titer)
    • Varicella (two doses or positive titer; documentation of having the disease does not qualify)
    • Hepatitis B (three doses or positive titer)
    • Influenza
    • TB Skin Test, QuantiFERON, T-Spot, or chest x-ray (within the last year)
    • COVID-19 vaccine series

      Students must meet current FRCC COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements to participate in the program and/or in certain class activities. This may include providing documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test results.
      View Current Requirements

All Immunizations must be current throughout practicum coursework. Immunizations are subject to change based on practicum facility requirements.

Contact Us
RN-to-BSN Completion Program Director

Shelly Fischer, PhD, CNS, CNE

Administrative Assistant

Laura O’Leary

Adjunct Faculty

Nicole Thede, DNP, CNS, RN

Brenda Tousley, DNP, CNS, RN

Nancy Reno, MS, APRN, FNP-BC


Contact Advising
BSN Advisor
Bianca Sanchez
Upcoming Information Session

TBD

Mandatory Orientation

Students who register for NUR 301 are required to attend orientation the week before class starts.

Spring 2022 orientation will be held via Zoom on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 10 am to 12 pm. Invites will be emailed to those who register for NUR 301.