The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Nursing (RN to BSN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is a pathway for registered nurses. The Program is designed to enable students to integrate knowledge from theory and research, high-level skills, and concepts of leadership into the practice of professional nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The BSN Program provides a foundation for graduate study.

 

 

 

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

Choose one:
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 1343Introduction to Biostatistics

3

030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 lecture component is given three credit hours each

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

Choose one:
ANTH 2351Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

090 Integrative & Experiential Learning - 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Lab

1

BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2401 lab component is given one credit hour each

Major Requirements - 77 Hours

Required Courses - 61 hours

RN to BSN Core - 30 hours

NURS 3105Client Assessment Lab/Skills

1

NURS 3301Professional Mobility

3

NURS 3305Client Assessment

3

NURS 3313Pathophysiology Applications Across Lifespan

3

NURS 3404Pharmacology

4

NURS 4201Community Health

2

NURS 4202Community Health Clinical

2

NURS 4302Research

3

NURS 4303Issues in Nursing

3

NURS 4306Leadership in Nursing

3

NURS 4307Leadership in Nursing Clinical

3

Accelerated RN to BSN Courses - 31 hours

May be awarded upon satisfactory completion of RN to BSN core and other program requirements identified in the admission, progression and graduation requirements.
NURS 3303Fundamentals of Nursing

3

NURS 3304Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical/Lab

3

NURS 3411Adult Health I

4

NURS 3311Adult Health I Clinical

3

NURS 3312Mental Health

3

NURS 3212Mental Health Clinical

2

NURS 4401Adult Health II

4

NURS 4301Adult Health II Clinical

3

NURS 4304Family Health

3

NURS 4305Family Health Clinical

3

Support Courses - 16 hours

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

NUTR 2351Introduction to Clinical Nutrition

3

CLSC 2429Clinical Microbiology in Health Care

4

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

PSYC 3337Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

Free Electives - hours will vary

Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

To be admitted to the RN to BSN Accelerated Online Program, students must:  

  1. Meet UTRGV’s admission requirements.  
  2. Have earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing prior to admission.  
  3. Submit evidence of current active nursing license in state of residence.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Students:  

  1. Must provide documentation verifying absence of active (infectious) pulmonary disease. Proof must be provided annually. 
  2. Must provide documentation verifying current immunization or immunity status for specified diseases (hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus/diphtheria or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, varicella, flu/influenza, meningitis if <age 22, etc.). 
  3. Must submit evidence of being cleared by the Texas Board of Nursing’s criminal background check.  
  4. Must maintain and submit proof of at least $1 million in professional liability insurance. 
  5. Must achieve a minimum grade of ‘C’ in all courses on the degree plan. The criteria to earn a grade of ‘C’ in a NURS course is established by the School of Nursing and differs from non-NURS courses.  
  6. Can only repeat an individual NURS course once (i.e., total maximum enrollment is two).  
  7. Can only repeat two total courses to remain in the nursing program.  
  8. Who earn a grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ or drop more than two courses may be dismissed from the program and must reapply for admission.  
  9. Must have transfer transcript evaluated by the University Registrar for all nursing program requirements. 
  10. Abide by and adhere to all requirements stipulated in the BSN Student Guide. 

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Students mustachieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses on the degree plan.