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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN)

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

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    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

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    RN-BSN

    RN-BSN Admission Requirements

    Students must meet basic nursing program admission requirements and for the RN-BSN option which is governed by the “Colorado Articulation Model. The RN-BSN student applications are taken year round. The RN-BSN student must have a (an):

    • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing.
    • Colorado nursing license in good standing.
    • All science courses must be completed by the junior year.
    • All other general education and nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the senior year.

    Program of Study

    The student must confer with the RN-BSN advisor to develop a program of study. The program of study is designed to assist the working RN in returning to school to complete their BSN. Courses are offered on-line. The student may choose from several program plans to meet their busy schedules. The RN-BSN option will include 33 credit hours of credits through the articulation agreement, 57 credit hours of prerequisite or co-requisite course and 30 credit hours of nursing and approved elective courses for a total of 120 credit hours. Students must pass all nursing courses with a B or better and maintain a nursing 3.00 GPA. RN's transferring from community colleges can transfer in 57 prerequisite credits along with 33 RN credits for a total of 90 credit hours. This applies only to the students in the RN to BSN program.

    For more information about the RN-BSN Degree Plan, contact Sue Nichols at 719.549.2408.

    Baccalaureate Essentials

    The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice

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    Accelerated-BSN

    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

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

Program Outcomes and Expected Learning Outcomes

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    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):

    https://www.csupueblo.edu/institutional-research/student-outcomes/licensure-exams.html

    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.

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    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.

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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    Step 1

    Complete the University application for acceptance to the University. The university application must be by official transcripts from all colleges which the student has attended. The student can either apply online or download the University application by using the links provided below:

    www.csupueblo.edu/admissions/apply-now

    Send Application and Official Transcripts to:

    Colorado State University-Pueblo
    Office of Admissions and Registrar
    2200 Bonforte Boulevard
    Pueblo, CO 81001

    If the student is accepted to the University, the student will receive an acceptance letter from the University which confirms the student's eligibility to take courses other than core nursing courses. If the student has additional questions regarding their University application specifically, please contact:

    Office of Admissions and Registrar: 719.549.2462

    Send Application and Official Transcripts to:

    Colorado State University-Pueblo
    Office of Admissions and Registrar
    2200 Bonforte Boulevard
    Pueblo, CO 81001

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    Step 2

    The School of Nursing application must be accompanied by the students unofficial transcripts (i.e., a copy of all the student's transcripts should be mailed in the same package as the student's School of Nursing Application). Send the completed School of Nursing application and the student's unofficial transcripts to:

    Colorado State University-Pueblo
    School of Nursing
    Attn: Peggy Foley
    Advisor / Counselor for Nursing (T221C)
    2200 Bonforte Boulevard
    Pueblo, CO 81001

    If you have additional questions related to the BSN before you apply, please submit an email to: nursing@csupueblo.edu

    School of Nursing Application Documents

Accreditation

School of Nursing Logo

Accredited until Fall 2013 with conditions for follow up report in Spring 2018 by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and/or ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404 .975.5020
http://www.acennursing.org

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