Adams State University Nursing School Review

Adams State University (ASU), previously known as Adams State College, was founded as a teachers’ college in 1921. Serving Southern Colorado as a small, public liberal arts school, Adams State currently enrolls about 3700 students a semester.

Nursing Programs

Both of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs offered at Adams State are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

BSN – Traditional Degree Program

The traditional BSN program is a four year degree. Students take prerequisite courses and apply to the program at the end of their first year. They are generally accepted into the program and start their nursing courses at the beginning of their second year. This is a pre-licensure program. After graduation, students will be eligible to take their state licensing exam to become Registered Nurses (RNs)

To apply for the BSN program, students must have been accepted at Adams State and have a 3.0 GPA in their general education courses and their nursing prerequisite courses. Final acceptance into the program depends on maintaining a 3.0 average through the first semester of the sophomore year. Students must be computer literate. Prior to applying, students need to have completed Basic Nursing Skills or a certified nursing assistant (CNA) program. In addition, they must submit a resume, a background check, an autobiographical 500 word essay, and provide two recommendation letters from former employers, instructors, coaches, or members of the clergy.

The prerequisite courses required for admission into the BSN program are English, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Math, Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, History and Humanities. All courses must have a minimum grade of C- or better, except for the Math, Statistics and Science classes, which must have a C or better.

RN to BSN Degree Program

RNs wishing to obtain their bachelors degree may apply to the RN to BSN program. Students will get credit for coursework completed while working toward their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and will take upper level nursing and general educations courses to complete their BSN at ASU.

To apply to the RN to BSN program, students must be currently licensed as RNs and have a minimum 2.5 GPA in their previous coursework. It is recommended that students apply to the program after or near their ADN graduation.

Along with their application and official transcripts, students will need to submit a copy of their RN license, a background check and an essay on honesty, initiative and empathy, 500 words long.

To graduate, students must have their RN license and have 34 hours of RN transfer credits, 36 hours of nursing major courses, 50 hours of supporting and general education course, for a minimum of 120 hours.

San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence

The San Luis Valley (SLV) Center for Clinical Excellence is a joint nursing educational program for Adams State College, Trinidad State Junior College, San Luis Valley Regional Medial Center, and Valley Wide Health Systems. The center provides educational resources for students of nursing as well as experienced nurses already practicing. It was designed to help qualified nurses graduate, and to improve the quality of healthcare in the San Luis Valley.

Adams State College,
208 Edgemont Blvd.,
Alamosa, CO 81101
Tel: (719) 587-7011

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