An Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree for RN / ADN Nurses

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN–BSN (Registered Nurse Seeking Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program is designed for working ADN-graduate Registered Nurses to be able to complete their Nursing Bachelor of Science degree online in just 20 months.

You can begin the online program, offered by the UNC School of Nursing through UNC Extended Campus, each Fall or Spring term. Students will be admitted twice a year via a competitive admission process, and class size is limited. There is a one-day orientation in Loveland, Colorado for admitted students at the beginning of the program.

Access to A Top Nursing School and Career Advancement

Each faculty member in this Nursing program is a Registered Nurse with practice, teaching and research experience. All faculty have advanced degrees in Nursing and many are certified in their specialty area. The UNC School of Nursing is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students graduating from the RN-BSN Program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX RN licensure exam.

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This 30-credit-hour program consists of 10 courses taken completely online in about 20 months. Nurses are able to work full time while completing the program.

  • Students take one online course at a time (two courses per semester).
  • You will complete 180 total practicum hours. The final 90 hours are completed during your final semester and will require a clinical preceptor at a facility set up by the student and faculty.
  • There is a mandatory one-day orientation in Loveland, Colorado for admitted students at the beginning of the program.

Required Courses (30 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.


Additional Credits Required for UNC Graduation

  • 120 total credit hours are required for graduation from this UNC program. For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Undergraduate Catalog. Note: this is now a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program for students who start Spring 2020 or after. However, the UNC catalog will still show the previous BS designation until approximately June 2020.
  • Many of these credits may come from the courses you transfer as you apply. See the Eligibility & Transfer Credit tab for details about transferring your previous college credit.

Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Coursework

UNC requires a set of courses intended to provide a core of liberal arts knowledge and skills that will make you a continual learner across disciplines. Many of these courses will hopefully be fulfilled from your transferred credit.

View the current LAC requirements and policies. The lists of course requirements by category are available at the bottom of the page.

*** Please note additional LAC stipulations for this program (each of these courses are also prerequisite for admission):

Many of the LAC courses will transfer in if taken as part of your ADN or diploma degree program.

Remaining Credits for Graduation

The remainder of your 120 total credit hours will be comprised of credits you take at UNC or elsewhere. Please also see the additional information in the Eligibility & Transfer Credit tab about articulation model credits and taking additional courses online.

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