RN-to-BSN Completion Program Requirements

Designed for Nurses & Nursing Students

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.

Admission Requirements & Steps to Apply 

Admission Requirements

You may apply to this program if:

  1. You are a nurse who has earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited college, has a current RN license in Colorado or a compact state nursing license, and has a minimum 2.0 GPA in nursing courses.
    • CCCS policy (BP 9-71 Transfer Credit) Credit can only be transferred from regionally accredited educational institutions. 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 Angelica Franco with further questions.
  2. You are 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.
    • ADN students may apply during 1st semester and will be provisionally admitted. For full acceptance, students must receive a minimum 2.0 GPA in NUR 1009 and NUR 1012.
    • LPN to ADN Bridge Program students may apply while taking NUR 1089 and will be provisionally admitted. For full acceptance, students must receive a minimum 2.0 GPA in NUR 1089 and NUR 2006.

Steps to Apply

  1. Submit online FRCC admission application
    • Apply to FRCC - Sign in or create an account
    • 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 ADN transcript (former FRCC students can obtain unofficial transcripts from your FRCC student eWOLF account or by ordering a transcript to be delivered to you electronically or through the mail). Email FRCC Registrar with any questions.
    • Verification of Enrollment Form (current ADN students only)
    • Current RN license in Colorado or a compact state nursing license (ADN graduates only)  

    Applications are not considered complete until all supplemental items have been submitted and the college has verified the uploaded documents.

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.

Application Periods

The RN-to-BSN Completion Program offers three application periods each year. It is strongly advised that students do not wait until the last day of the application period to apply. If you're locked out of your account, please contact the Admissions office for assistance: LCAdmissions@frontrange.edu or 970-226-2500.

Application Period

When to Apply

Start Date
Spring Admission November 6 - 17, 2023 Spring 2024
Summer Admission  March 4 - 29, 2024 Summer 2024
Fall Admission April 29 - May 24, 2024 Fall 2024
Spring Admission October 14 - November 8, 2024 Spring 2025

Required Coursework

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:

I graduated from an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and am licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

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 1021 English Composition I 3
PSY 2440 Human Growth & Development  3
HPR 1010 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 1022 English Composition II 3
MAT 1260 Introduction to Statistics 3

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

12
NUR 3001 Integration into Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 3
NUR 3002 Trends in Nursing Practice 3
NUR 3003 Nursing Research/Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 3004, 3005, 3006, 3007 (Choose two) 6
NUR 4008 Legal & Ethical Issues Related to Professional Nursing Practice 3
NUR 4009 Leadership in the Nursing Profession 3.5
NUR 4010 Community Health Nursing Practicum 6
NUR 4011 Senior Seminar 3
SUB-TOTAL 48.5
TOTAL for BSN 120

I am currently enrolled in the Associate Degree (Registered Nursing program) at a Colorado Community College System (CCCS) school.

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 RN to BSN Completion Program
ENG 1021 English Composition I 3
PSY 2440 Human Growth & Development

3

HPR 1010 Dietary Nutrition
BIO 2101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIO 2102 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
BIO 2104 Microbiology with Lab
MAT 1120 Math for Clinical Calculations
NUR 1009 Fundamentals of Nursing
NUR 1012 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology
Dually enrolled ADN students may apply to the RN to BSN Completion Program at this point.  
BIO 2116 Human Pathophysiology 4
NUR 1006 Medical & Surgical Nursing Concepts 7
NUR 1050 Maternal-Child Nursing 6
LPN to ADN Bridge Program students may apply to the RN to BSN Completion Program at this point.  
NUR 2006 Advanced Concepts of Medical & Surgical Nursing I  6.5
NUR 2011 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4
NUR 2012 Pharmacology 2
NUR 2016 Advanced Concepts of Medical & Surgical Nursing II  5
NUR 2030 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 1022 English Composition II 3
MAT 1260 Introduction to Statistics 3
GT Electives
(History, Social Science, Arts and Humanities) 
12
BSN Nursing Courses  
NUR 3001 Integration into Baccalaureate Nursing Practice    3
NUR 3002 Trends in Nursing Practice 3
NUR 3003 Nursing Research/Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 3004, 3005, 3006, 3007 (Choose two) 6
NUR 4008 Legal & Ethical Issues Related to Professional Nursing Practice    3
NUR 4009 Leadership in the Nursing Profession
63.75 hours (41.25 lecture/22.5 practicum)
3.5
NUR 4010 Community Health Nursing Practicum
112.5 hours (67.5 lecture/45 practicum)
6
NUR 4011 Senior Seminar 3
SUB-TOTAL 48.5
TOTAL for BSN 120
 

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 MyCourses 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.

To learn more about online courses, online learning services and learning resources, visit our Online Learning website and the Online Academic Success Center.

Following Acceptance to the Program

Acceptance Form & Academic Planning

Once accepted, students are prompted to complete the following:

  1. 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.
  2. Meet with your advisor for academic planning.
  3. Meet with Financial Aid for financial planning.

Orientation

  1. Students will be invited to a program overview orientation upon acceptance into the program. 
  2. Students who register for NUR 3001 will be invited to orientation for the week before class starts. 

Spring 2024 Virtual Orientation

Part 1 - Program Overview:
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 from 4 - 5:30 pm

Part 2 - NUR 3001:
Friday, January 12, 2024 from 2-3:30 pm

Practicum Requirements

Students are responsible for documenting compliance with practicum site requirements. Once a student registers for practicum coursework (NUR 4009 & NUR 4010), 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 RN license in Colorado or a compact state nursing license
  • 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
  • All Immunizations must be current throughout practicum coursework. Immunizations are subject to change based on practicum facility requirements.

Student Resources

Questions?

Feel free to reach out to our team.

RN-to-BSN Completion Program Director

Jessica Halas, MSN, RN, CENP