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RN to BSN Online Program Option

Overview

Denver College of Nursing’s online option has been designed by nurses for the licensed, working nurse. As a single-purpose nursing college, we are uniquely positioned to know the needs of RN students. You will be able to earn your degree in a cohort of your professional peers in a supportive smaller school environment with a challenging, but manageably paced curriculum. From our experienced nurse educators to the administration, you will find that Denver college of Nursing is dedicated to the success of every student. Your success is our success.

Program Highlights

  • No pre-requisite classes to take with an accredited associate degree in nursing
  • Nursing focus – our RN to BSN curriculum has 70% nursing course credit
  • Receive 90 credits or more for your previous education
  • Manageable schedule – 2-3 classes per quarter
  • Complete your degree in as little as 18 months, with 2-week breaks in-between quarters
  • 24/7 access to online courses, tutoring, and support services
  • Asynchronous classroom environment – no mandatory course times
  • Experiential learning activities that enable you to apply what you are learning directly to real-world nursing cases
  • Laptop computer included in total program cost*

When accepted into the RN to BSN online program you will receive 90 credits for your past education in nursing, and still be able to transfer in any other approved courses.

The baccalaureate program at Denver College of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Be assured this this degree is a solid educational foundation for all your endeavors, from the healthcare workplace to your next steps into masters and/or doctoral work.

Curriculum Design

Denver college of Nursing developed a framework for its RN to BSN curriculum by incorporating the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) core competencies and the Nursing Process into course objectives and content. This integration was specifically designed to create specific graduate competencies, as listed below. This forward-thinking nursing program framework will supply you with the firm foundation on which you can continue to build your career.

The QSEN competencies include: Graduate competencies:
  • Patient centered Care
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safety
  • Informatics
  • Patient Advocate
  • Caregiver
  • Educator
  • Change Agent
  • Leader

Take a look at our RN to BSN Program curriculum by clicking here.

The Denver College of Nursing Value Proposition

 

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  • Do you prefer guidance, assistance when you need it, and a support system?
  • Do you like having time-off in-between quarters?
  • Do you prefer a college that has straightforward pricing with no hidden costs?
  • Does the price of the programs you are considering include:
    • Fees?
    • Books?
    • General Education Courses?
  • Do you want an accredited nursing program and institution?
  • Are you considering progressing beyond a BSN degree?
  • Are you concerned about pre-requisite requirements?
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  • Well-paced program with 2-week breaks between quarters
  • Small class sizes
  • Two-three classes per term for 6-9 quarters
  • Dedicated and qualified faculty experienced in RN to BSN education
  • Extensive resources and support available when you need it most
  • Structured online classroom environment with faculty who will assist you

Transparency in tuition and other costs:
$14,144 = Nursing Courses
$4,576 = Gen Ed Courses
$19,907 = *Total Program Cost
The total cost of the RN to BSN program option at DCN includes:

  • All fees
  • All books
  • Tuition for both nursing and general education courses
  • A laptop computer

Scholarships available for those who qualify!

Denver College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • A regionally-accredited bachelor’s degree provides more opportunities for promotion, specialized nursing positions and management positions.
  • A BSN also supports lifelong learning and continuing to a graduate degree.

Denver College of Nursing’s baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

  • No pre-requisites required if you have an associate degree in nursing from an accredited institution
  • 90 credits transferred in for your associate degree in nursing education
  • The college will consider transferability of any credits for courses offered in the DCN RN to BSN program option

Dates & Deadlines

All required application materials must be completed/saved/uploaded as appropriate to the electronic DCN application in order for the college to consider the application for admission to the RN to BSN program option.  Applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadline as indicated below. The application deadlines for the RN to BSN program option are:

  • September 22, 2017

Program Start Dates

  • October 2, 2017

 

RN to BSN Online Program Option Classes

Course No. Course Name Quarter Credits
MAT 305 Statistics 6
HUM 330 Creating Solutions and Critical Thinking 4
PHI 410 Ethics 4
SOC 420 Sociology of Health and Medicine 4
PSY 430 Building Emotional Intelligence and Negotiation Skills 4
NUR 300 Professional Issues in Nursing 5
NUR 309 Pathophysiology for the Registered Nurse 6
NUR 315 Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse 5
NUR 325 Healthcare Delivery Systems 5
HIT 420 Healthcare Informatics 5
NUR 335 Health Promotion in Nursing 5
NUR 370 Cultural Dimensions in Nursing 5
NUR 400 Research and Evidence Based Practice 6
NUR 415 Policy, Finance, and Quality in Nursing and Healthcare 6
NUR 425 Population-Based Nursing 6
NUR 435 Leadership and Management in Nursing 6
NUR 445 Capstone 8
  General Education Quarter Credits 22
  Nursing Quarter Credits 68
  RN to BSN Option Total Quarter Credits 90
  Quarter Credits Awarded for Prior Degree 90
  Total Quarter Credits for the BSN Degree 180

A minimum of 25% of the DCN program courses must be earned at Denver College of Nursing.

RN to BSN Online Program Option Requirements and Prerequisites

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit an official transcript to the Dean of Nursing Education or designee indicating graduation from an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing program or RN Diploma Program (no transfer credits will be accepted after the first term)
  • Hold an unencumbered state license as a registered nurse

NOTE:

  • Meet additional requirements detailed in the Admissions Policies and Procedures section of the catalog.

Exam Requirements

No entrance testing is required for this program.

 

The ability to find a school that feels like family is why I chose DCN!

Claire Starr, BSN

Student