RN Refresher

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Are you an inactive registered nurse or an active registered nurse, but you feel out of practice with today's fast-paced health care environment? If so, then the new RN Refresher Course can bring you up to date with today's technology and standards. The RN Refresher course is an innovative course designed and developed by Beth-El faculty. Holly Bradshaw, RN, MSN is the current coordinator and lead faculty. Because of the need to maintain standards in a rapidly changing technological world, this course was developed to keep registered nurses knowledgeable about current nursing techniques and practices. The RN Refresher Course will cover many objectives. In this course you will:

  • Review previous knowledge and basic patient care
  • Acquire additional knowledge and skills required of a medical/surgical nurse
  • Gain a renewed sense of self-confidence as a professional nurse
  • Be exposed to traditional and new career/educational opportunities
  • Be able to transfer into a staff orientation in any health care environment

The RN Refresher course will help out-of-practice nurses feel current and technologically up-to-date. Past RN Refresher students repeatedly express the feelings of security and self-assurance that they received from taking this course.

If you want to reenter the health care profession as an RN, or if you feel intimidated by recent changes in technology, join our RN Refresher course and gain the skills to become an effective registered nurse.


January 1/31/2014 - May 5/9/2014  (Fridays) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(No class 3/28 spring break)

MANDATORY CLINICAL LABS:  Saturdays, February 8, 22 & March 1

Tuition & Fees: $2400.00
Class Number:  35422

Printable Apply Now Information - Spring 2014

Fall 2014

Dates:  September 9/5/2014 - December 12/20/2014  

(Fridays) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

MANDATORY CLINICAL LABS:  Saturdays, 9/13, 9/27, & 10/4

Tuition & Fees: $2400.00

Class Number:  36468

Printable Apply Now Information - Fall 2014



LOCATION: Classes will be held in University Hall (3955 Regents Circle, Colorado Springs)

LUNCH: The lunch break will be 30 minutes. It is recommended that you bring your own lunch.

WEATHER/CLASS CANCELLATIONS: Class cancellations will be the same as that of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

This course provides 240 contact hours required by Colorado DORA for reinstatement, reactivation, or licensure by endorsement.



Kathryn Woods MSN, RN, RN-BC 
Coordinator RN Refresher Program

Kathryn Woods has over 15 years experience as a registered nurse with extensive practice in emergency and trauma services and critical care nursing.  Kathryn has practiced primarily as an emergency department nurse in a variety of trauma centers and emergency departments, but she has also practiced as a Licensed Paramedic, volunteer firefighter, school nurse, and college clinic nurse.     

Kathryn is board certified in nursing professional development.  She has experience in Nursing education, EMS education, and hospital staff development.  Her accomplishments include integration of a clinical coordinator position for an EMS program, implementing preceptor development programs in a variety of settings, and integrating problem based learning and technology into staff education programs.  

Kathryn's professional affiliations include:         

Kathryn is currently the Instructor and Coordinator of the RN Refresher Program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  



  • Submit the online Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)
  • Complete (in person) the required Drug Screening (DS)
    • Once you have applied to the program, you will receive emailed instructions on how to complete your CBI and DS.
  • Complete all required registration forms and payment of tuition and fees
    • Submit registration forms to Sharon Clark, Program Assistant - bees@uccs.edu
    • For program costs, visit the Beth-El College Extended Studies Home Page and click on Financial Information
    • For questions about billing or payment plans, contact bursar@uccs.edu
  • Have readily available computer and printer access and experience using an online searches engine such as Google
    • Students will be expected to conduct online searches and use a word processor.
  • Copy of current RN Licensure OR we will assist you in obtaining a temporary RN license from Colorado State Board of Nursing*
  • Obtain proof of Nursing Malpractice insurance*
  • Obtain a copy of your driver's license or state issued ID*
  • Obtain proof of current health care provider CPR training from American Heart Association or Red Cross*
  • Obtain proof of current immunizations to include:
    • PPD, MMR or positive titer, Hepatitis B, Varicella history or positive titer, flu shot, and tetanus*

The above (*) items will be submitted directly to the course instructor on the first day of class.

FIRST DAY OF CLASS: On the first day of class, students will need to bring the following items:

  • Current immunization record
  • Copy of your current nursing license
  • Copy of your driver's license or state issued ID
  • Copy and proof of valid malpractice insurance
  • Copy of current health care provider CPR training from American Heart Association or Red Cross

The above items will be submitted directly to the course instructor on the first day of class.

Clinical Disclaimer:

The 120 hour clinical component will be arranged for students in the program.  This component has been designed to be a one-on-one clinical experience with a preceptor who will provide instruction, guidance, and support.  Clinical rotations are primarily in the adult med/surgical units of the local hospitals. 

Students are NOT to contact a clinical agency to negotiate a clinical placement.  In addition, there are NO guarantees that students will be placed in the clinical agency of their choice. The time-frame to obtain a clinical placement can vary and NO guarantee of time-frame shall be otherwise construed.  NO presumption of time-frame, placement, hours, shifts, employment, etc should be assumed by the student.   The University works with a variety of affiliates and agencies in this program.  The University maintains NO authority over the affiliates and/or agencies that the University collaborates with for the program.  Therefore, the University can make NO guarantee as to the policy, procedure(s), protocol, personnel, time-frame, etc of the clinical affiliates or of the State Board of Nursing (DORA.)  

Questions? E-mail bees@uccs.edu or Contact Us.

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