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RN to BSN

Program Overview

The online RN to BSN program is available to registered nurses (RN) with an Associate Degree in nursing (ADN) to earn the Bachelor of Science in nursing through an online 30 semester credit hour curriculum. The program is completely online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities along with advancing their education. However, admitted students are required to attend a mandatory two-day New Student Conference on the Texas A&M University campus in Bryan-College Station, Texas before the start of the program. Students will complete individual practicum experiences within their own community throughout the program.

Prior to entry, students must complete approximately 59 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses in the humanities and biological, physical and behavioral sciences. All coursework, including nursing courses, must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution. Students are admitted in the spring and summer terms each year and may complete the curriculum in 3, 4 or 5 semesters depending on the entry term.

Applicants must hold a current, unencumbered RN license or must be licensed no later than the end of the first term in the program. New ADN graduates may apply and be admitted, but must pass the NCLEX by the end of the first term in the program. Applicants who completed their Associate Degree in nursing through a LVN to RN or Paramedic bridge program or a diploma program must have earned a minimum of 35 transferable nursing credits in their program in order to apply. If an admitted student relocates to another state during the course of their enrollment, they may be unable to complete courses with a practicum component due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose.

RN to BSN Curriculum

Our online RN to BSN track offers students a flexible curriculum that can be completed in one of the following schedules:

  • One Year (three Semesters)
  • One and a Half Years (four Semesters)
  • Two Years (five Semesters)

Students completing the five semester program should note that two of the terms are not eligible for federal financial aid because they will not be enrolled in at least six semester credit hours. Speak to an adviser for more information. A minimum number of hours of 300/400 level coursework is required to be successfully completed in residence at Texas A&M University to qualify for a baccalaureate degree. Transfer nursing coursework from previous RN to BSN programs will not be accepted.

Semester 1: Summer Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 460 Nursing Dimensions and Informatics for the RN 3
NURS 461 Application of Evidence-Based Practice for the RN 3
Semester Total 6

Semester 2: Fall Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 464 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan for the RN 3
NURS 467 Leadership and Management for the RN 5
NURS 462 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the RN 4
Semester Total 12

Semester 3: Spring Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 463 Health Assessment for the RN  3
NURS 466 Community Health for the RN 5
NURS 465 Care of the Older Adult 2
NURS 468 Professional Practice Issues for the RN 2
Semester Total 12
Program Total 30

Semester 1: Spring Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 460 Nursing Dimensions and Informatics for the RN 3
NURS 461 Application of Evidence-Based Practice for the RN 3
Semester Total 6

Semester 2: Summer Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 462 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the RN 4
NURS 465 Care of the Older Adult for the RN 2
Semester Total 6

Semester 3: Fall Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 464 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan for the RN 3
NURS 467 Leadership and Management for the RN 5
Semester Total 8

Semester 4: Spring Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 466 Community Health for the RN 5
NURS 468 Professional Practice Issues for the RN 2
NURS 463 Health Assessment for the RN  3
Semester Total 10
Program Total 30

Semester 1: Summer Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 460 Nursing Dimensions and Informatics for the RN 3
NURS 461 Application of Evidence-Based Practice for the RN 3
Semester Total 6

Semester 2: Fall Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 464 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan for the RN 3
NURS 462 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the RN 4
Semester Total 7

Semester 3: Spring Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 463 Health Assessment for the RN  3
NURS 465 Care of the Older Adult for the RN 2
Semester Total 5

Summer Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
No Courses Required

Semester 4: Fall Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 467 Leadership and Management for the RN 5
Semester Total 5

Semester 5: Spring Term

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 466 Community Health for the RN 5
NURS 468 Professional Practice Issues for the RN 2
Semester Total 7
Program Total 30

Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance including estimated cost of tuition & fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Application Deadlines

If you are already a registered nurse with an associate’s degree, you can apply for our RN to BSN program to obtain a bachelor’s degree. All applicants are expected to complete prerequisite course work prior to entry. The course instruction is delivered completely online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities along with advancing their education.

RN to BSN applicants who completed their degree through an LVN-to-RN or paramedic bridge program or a diploma program must have earned a minimum of 35 transferable credits in their program in order to apply; contact an adviser for more information. If an admitted student relocates to another state during the course of their enrollment, they may be unable to complete courses with a practicum component due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose. Applicants may apply to only one BSN track per application cycle.

 

Entry Term Spring
Application Opening Date Step 1: Nursing CAS
June 1
Step 2: ApplyTexas
July 1
Application Deadline Nursing CAS
August 1
ApplyTexas
October 15
First Class Day January
Mandatory Orientation January
Spring Semester Applicants: If you have not received an email communication from the College of Nursing by Oct. 1, call (979) 436-0110 and ask to speak with an admissions adviser to check on the status of your application.
Entry Term Summer
Application Opening Date Step 1: Nursing CAS
November 1
Step 2: ApplyTexas
January 1
Application Deadline Nursing CAS
January 15
ApplyTexas
March 1
First Class Day May
Mandatory Orientation May

Prerequisite Coursework

Courses may be in progress during the application cycle, however, all courses must be completed by the first class day. See below for a list of required courses. All courses are subject to approval by the College of Nursing when the student applies for admission.

In addition to the required prerequisites listed below, students receiving a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University must satisfy the coursework requirements of the Texas A&M University Core Curriculum. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the first class day with a minimum grade of "C".

By the application deadline, applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 prerequisite course credit hours of the 59 hours required. Of those 40, twelve (12) credit hours must be from the following Nursing Science courses: Lifespan Psychology (3), Nutrition (3), Texas A&M Core Math (3 or 4), Chemistry (4), Anatomy & Physiology (8), and Microbiology (4).

Students may repeat prerequisite courses, however, grades earned from both the first and the second attempts will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered. If a grade of "C" is not earned within 2 attempts, the student will not be eligible for admission.

Nursing Science courses are in italics.

 

Subject Course Name Texas Common Course Number Semester Credit Hours TAMU Course
Communications Composition, Technical Writing, Public Speaking Any two courses from core list 6 See TAMU Core Curriculum
History 1 US History I or TX History HIST 1301 or 2301 3 HIST 105 or 226
History 1 US History II or TX History HIST 1302 or 2301 3 HIST 106 or 226
Government Federal Government GOVT 2305 3 POLS 206
Government TX Government GOVT 2306 3 POLS 207
Social and Behavioral Science General Psychology PSYC 2301 3 PSYC 107
Creative Arts Art, Dance, Music, Drama, or Theater Any acceptable course from core list 3 See TAMU Core Curriculum
Humanities 2 Intro to Ethics or Intro to Philosophy PHIL 2306 or 1301 3 PHIL 111 or 251
Science
Introductory Biology BIOL 1406 or 1413 4 BIOL 111 or 107
Psychology Developmental Lifespan Psychology PSYC 2314 3 PSYC 307
Statistics* Statistics MATH 1342 3 STAT 201
Math3 See footnote below   3 See TAMU Core Curriculum
Nutrition Nutrition BIOL 1322 3 NFSC 202, 203, or 222
Science Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2401 4 BIOL 319 or VIBS 305
Science Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2402 4 BIOL 320 or VTPP 423
Science General/Introductory Chemistry I with lab CHEM 1405/1105 or 1411 4 CHEM 101 and 111 (CHEM 119 effective fall 2019)
Science
Microbiology BIOL 2420 or 2421 4 BIOL 206, 351, or VTPB 405

*Statistics requirement effective for students entering fall 2020 term

1 Two history courses are required, one of which may be dedicated to Texas history.

2 Second Degree and RN-to-BSN applicants may meet requirement by taking any humanities course that meets Texas A&M core.

3 Students applying from other Texas public institutions may take up to three hours of math which meet that institution's core curriculum requirements. Out-of-state or private university applicants must have three hours of math from the Texas A&M Core Curriculum.

Proficiency in a foreign language is required to graduate from Texas A&M. This requirement can be met by having completed two years of the same foreign language in high school, by completing two semesters of the same foreign language at the university level or by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language by examination.

For questions about what courses may or may not transfer from other institutions, see the Texas A&M University Transfer Course Equivalency Matrix. If a course is not listed in the matrix or is listed as "TRNS" (transfer by title), please contact an adviser to identify the appropriate course of action to determine course transferability.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the College of Nursing is competitive. It is strongly recommended that applicants present a GPA above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 

Applicants will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Prerequisite Coursework GPA.  Graduate coursework is not considered
  • Nursing Science GPA to include seven (7) courses: nutrition, anatomy & physiology I & II, microbiology, chemistry, lifespan growth & development, and TAMU core equivalent math course
  • GPA on associate degree in nursing coursework
  • Personal statement, professional resume and professional or academic reference
  • Community service
  • Leadership/involvement in extracurricular and/or professional activities
  • TOEFL score, required of international applicants only
  • History of withdraws, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

Repeated Course Policy

Students may repeat prerequisite courses, however, grades earned from both the first and a second attempt will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered. If a grade of "C" is not earned within 2 attempts, the student will not be eligible for admission.

When deciding to repeat a course, consider the impact the course will make on your GPA. Courses from the Nursing Science prerequisites (Nutrition, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Chemistry, Texas A&M Core Math, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology) may make an impact on your GPA when repeated, versus courses repeated that are non-nursing science prerequisites (i.e. English, History, etc.). For example, repeating Biology where one earns a “C” the first attempt and an “A” the second attempt, may not significantly impact the prerequisite GPA since this calculation includes all grades for completed prerequisite coursework. Applicants must consider the time and cost of repeating courses as it can be difficult to greatly improve one’s GPA.  

Please visit How to Calculate GPA  for assistance in determining your prerequisite coursework and Nursing Science course GPA.

Admissions Decisions

All applicants will be notified of admission decision via the Texas A&M Applicant Information System (AIS). Decision dates vary by entry term.

Criminal Background Check

Because health care providers are entrusted with the health, safety and welfare of patients, have access to controlled substances and confidential information, and operate in settings that require the exercise of good judgment and ethical behavior, criminal background checks are required of all applicants. Prior criminal convictions may cause one to be ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse. Applicants will be responsible for obtaining a background check and paying appropriate fees to be fingerprinted for the Texas Board of Nursing. The board will provide applicants with notification of their eligibility (or not) for future RN licensure following their successful completion of a nursing degree. Results are typically returned within 6 weeks of fingerprinting if there is no record of criminal history.

In order to apply for licensure as an RN, students must declare any eligibility issues with the Texas Board of Nursing. The board will notify applicants who may not meet conditions for future RN licensure after results of the fingerprinting are received. Individuals who have significant criminal history will likely be ineligible for licensure. If there is any history of criminal charges, alcohol or drug abuse or mental health concerns, students must file a declaratory order petition to the Board of Nursing. The time required to review a petition can be lengthy so students are encouraged to begin the process early in the application process.

An offer of admission from the College of Nursing will not be final until the completion of the background check with results that are deemed favorable. Admission may be denied or rescinded based on the review.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are made between the College of Nursing and community colleges to allow a seamless transition between associate's degree graduates and baccalaureate education. Articulation Agreements identify each school's required coursework so students take the appropriate necessary courses.

Current Articulation Agreements with the College of Nursing:

Contact us to learn more about each school's specific Articulation Agreement course requirements.

Application Requirements

  1. Step One: NursingCAS application and nonrefundable application fee
  2. Step Two: Apply Texas application and nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official college transcripts from each institution attended (sent to NursingCAS)
  4. Completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” by the first class day
  5. Personal statement essay (submitted in NursingCAS)
  6. One professional reference evaluation (submitted in NursingCAS)
  7. Professional resume (submitted in NursingCAS)
  8. RN Licensure (submitted in NursingCAS)
  9. International applicant credentials (if applicable)

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend a Prospective Student Information Session (PSIS) to learn more about our programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). These sessions will provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend a PSIS prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome
  • Sessions last approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half

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