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Concurrent Enrollment Program UIU Department of Nursing CEP

With UIU’s Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) you can simultaneously earn your Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The CEP is offered through participating community colleges and UIU.

What is CEP?

The CEP is an educational pathway partnership designed for nursing students to obtain their BSN within 1.5-2 semesters following their graduation from the community college. CEP students may be enrolled in courses concurrently. Students may enroll in UIU courses completely online OR the remote hybrid (NursingLive) format. BSN-prepared nurses are highly valued by potential employers and CEP graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills of the new graduate baccalaureate prepared nurse.

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Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

Eligibility requirements

  • Be accepted into the nursing program at your community college.
  • Complete all community college prerequisite requirements. There are no UIU prerequisite requirements.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from all schools attended is required for admission to the UIU RN-BSN nursing major and CEP program.
  • Register for and attend a CEP information session offered through the community college.

Application process

  • All students who have completed the eligibility requirements for the CEP are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be accepted in the Nursing or CEP program at the community college first.
  • Once accepted to the Nursing or CEP program at the community college, you may apply to UIU.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to the UIU Nursing academic advisor for more information.

CEP locations

Find your program:

Maricopa County Community Colleges:

  • Glendale Community College
  • Phoenix Community College
  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Mesa Community College
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • GateWay Community College

Easily Transfer Credits

Whether it’s been a single semester or several years since your last college course, UIU makes it easy to apply those credits to your degree. We accept up to 90 credits from four-year schools or 78 credits from two-year schools. Plus, your professional experience and test scores may earn you college credit.

The university also partners with several community colleges in the Mesa area to make the transfer process even smoother. UIU holds articulation agreements with schools across the country, including Maricopa Community College District.


Kathy Schmitz, '14

Nursing RN-BSN

At 56 years old I decided it was time to get my BSN. A friend introduced me to UIU and the RN - BSN program. I was hesitant; it's been a long time since I have been in school. I am now fully engaged in the nursing program. It is hard for me to explain the impact returning to school has made on me. I actually look at the nursing profession in a whole new light, the difference in having an ADN and working towards my BSN makes me feel "more professional". I would highly recommend UIU-Mesa and the instructors. I have felt supported through the entire process.