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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN)

Three CSU-Pueblo nursing students helping patient with a breathing ventilator
The Colorado State University-Pueblo School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program that confers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the following areas:

Program Options


    Basic BSN

    The Basic BSN program assists the new student who has completed their prerequisite courses to enter a dynamic ever-changing profession of nursing by completing their BSN degree requirements. The program is based on a philosophical approach to nursing that includes the holistic synthesis of person, health and environment. The Colorado State University-Pueblo School of Nursing offers the ideal foundation for the development of the professional nurse.

    Program of Study

    The pre-nursing advisor is notified once the student has declared their major. The student must contact their pre-nursing advisor to develop their program plan as soon as possible. The plan will include 46 credit hours of required prerequisite courses and 74 credit hours of nursing courses for a total of 120 credit hours.

    Baccalaureate Essentials

    The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice



    RN-BSN Admission Requirements

    The RN-BSN program is now offered through CSU-Pueblo Online. Please visit the website below for more information and admissions requirements: 

    CSU-Pueblo Online RN-BSN

    For more information, please contact:

    Juliette Mogenson, Online Advisor


    Baccalaureate Essentials

    The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice



    The Nursing Department’s belief of creating a generalist able to function as a professional in today’s workforce enables the department to individually assess the student with a degree other than nursing in order to grant credit for courses taken.

    The Degree Plus Accelerated Option is for students with a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree. The applicant must have completed the necessary prerequisites prior to starting the program. The Accelerated Option offers students an intense, challenging approach that enables students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 14 months.

    Previous coursework necessary for admission to the Accelerated Option includes the natural, social and behavioral sciences. Most students in their previous degree may have completed most of the prerequisites required. During the Accelerated year, students participate in a reality based curriculum that includes classroom, Internet and real life clinical experiences in state-of-the-art facilities.

    The belief is that a student with a previous degree has moved from simple to more complex use of theories/experiences either in their educational and/or work environments. This and use of multi-theoretical frameworks is congruent with the Nursing Department’s philosophy.

    The degree plus student is expected to meet with the pre-nursing advisor for advisement and plan development. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and follow all admission requirements set forth in the Basic Nursing Option. Due to the intensity of the curriculum, it is advised that the student not work and be able to attend to their studies full-time. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to progress.

    Baccalaureate Essentials

    The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice

Program Outcomes and Expected Learning Outcomes


    Program Outcomes

    Eighty percent of graduates will:

    • Express satisfaction with the program.
    • Pass national licensure exam the first time.
    • Be employed in role related professional practice within six months to one year.

    Seventy percent of graduates will:

    • Complete the program within one and one half times the length of the program.

    Student Achievement Data

    First Time Pass Rates on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX):

    Students Completing the Program:

    • Basic Program: 71%
    • Accelerated Program: 81%

    Graduates Obtaining Jobs: 100%

    *Data are for students that completed the program during the 2015-2016 academic year.


    Expected Student Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Programs

    • Demonstrate caring through advocacy for patients by providing compassionate care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
    • Collaborate effectively within health care team, to achieve safe, quality patient care in a variety of health care settings.
    • Use nursing judgment based on best current evidence to ensure optimal outcomes for patients and families.
    • Demonstrate professional identity, integrity, and leadership as the coordinator of patient care.

For more information about program academic policies and clinical requirements, please read the Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook.

How to Apply

There are two (2) separate applications that must be submitted for acceptance into the CSU-Pueblo Undergraduate Nursing Program. It is essential that each applicant understands that acceptance to the University does not imply acceptance into the Nursing Program, nor does acceptance to the Nursing Program imply acceptance to the University; the student must be accepted to both the University and to the School of Nursing independently to be eligible for the Nursing Program.


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Accredited until Fall 2023 by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN 
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 
Atlanta, GA 30326 
Phone: 404.975.5000

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