Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RN to BSN Online Program Option


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.

  • 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
  • Manageable schedule – 2-3 classes per quarter
  • Complete your degree in as little as 15 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
  • 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.

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

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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
  • Complete your degree in as little as 15 months.
  • 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:
$14,466.60 = Tuition and Books 
$102 = Administrative fee
$14,568.60 = 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
  • 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

Course No.

Course Name

Quarter Credits


Any Science Course



Communications or English Composition II



Any Humanities/ Ethics Course



College level Mathematics/ Science



Any Upper Level Psychology Course



Any Sociology Course




28 credits

HIT 420

Healthcare Informatics


NUR 300

Professional Issues in Nursing


NUR 309

Pathophysiology for the Registered Nurse


NUR 325

Healthcare Delivery Systems


NUR 335

Health Promotion


NUR 370

Cultural Dimensions in Nursing


NUR 400

Research and Evidence Based Practice


NUR 415

Policy, Finance, and Quality in Nursing and Healthcare


NUR 425

Population-Based Nursing


NUR 435

Leadership and Management in Nursing


NUR 445





62 credits


General Education Quarter Credits



Nursing Quarter Credits



RN to BSN Option Total Quarter Credits



Quarter Credits Awarded for Prior Degree



Total Quarter Credits for the BSN Degree


*General Education Course Substitutions may be considered for transfer.
A minimum of 25% of the DCN program courses must be earned at Denver College of Nursing.

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.

No entrance testing is required for this program.