RN-BSN Program

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The UTHealth School of Nursing RN-BSN program is designed for registered nurses that wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This is a three-semester (twelve-month) program which contains 60 prerequisite hours, 31 nursing credit hours and 29 advanced placement hours which meet the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board degree requirements.

Enrollment Options

Campus-based Program

The campus-based students attend class one day a week during each semester. On-campus session occur every Wednesday. The campus-based curriculum includes both on-campus, web-based, and one 100% online course.

Web-enhanced Program

Students who chose this option will take most courses online, but will occasionally come to class for exams and presentations. The web-enhanced option is available for summer admission only. When this program meets, the sessions are held on Wednesdays.

Fast-track to the MSN

Are you interested in pursuing graduate education? RN-BSN applicants who submit GRE or MAT exam scores are eligible to take graduate level courses that could apply to the UTHealth Master’s programs, if admitted. A maximum of 11 credit hours with a grade of "B" or higher are transferable; six (6) semester hours may be substituted within the RN-BSN curriculum (i.e. N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology will replace N3517 Pathophysiology)

The following table identifies the courses a student should enroll based on their track of interest.

For Students Interested in Course Name Credits
Leadership and Administration N5501 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing 2
All MSN Programs N5506 Statistics in Nursing 2
All MSN programs N6101 Clinical and Epidemiologic Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
All MSN programs except Nurse Anesthesia MSN N6151 Advance Pathophysiology 3
Leadership and Administration N6102 Information Systems for Advance Practice Nurses 1

To be approved to take graduate courses, the student must submit official GRE or MAT exam scores at the time of application. Students are encouraged to discuss course selection with the Master’s Program Track Directors before registering for courses. The program strongly recommends the following scores:

  Combined Verbal and Quantitative Writing
Revised GRE 297 3
GRE (prior to 2012) 1000 3
MAT 400  

*Note: The number of days per semester on campus may increase with the addition of graduate level courses

Early Decision Program

ADN students currently enrolled at Lone Star Community College or Houston Community College may be eligible to participate in the Early Decision program. Learn more

Curriculum Plan

The curriculum plan is the same for on-campus and web-based students. All courses are offered in a web-based or online format, however not all classes are offered on-campus. 

Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1
N3511 Health Assessment (web-based only) 3
N3701 Professional Nursing Practice 4
N3517 Pathophysiology for RN's 3
N6102  Information Systems in Advanced Nursing Practice 1
Semester 2
N3703 Management and Leadership 4
N3702 Issues in Professional Practice 4
N4512 Research Critique and Utilization for RN's 2
Semester 3
N3704 Synthesis for RNs 3
N4526  Role Transition for RN's (100% online) 2
N3601 Community Health Practice for RNs 3
N3602 Community Health Project for RNs Clinical 2

NOTE:
*Course numbers ending in “W” denote courses that are web-based or mainly online that may require some campus visits.
*Course numbers ending in “D” denote courses that are taught through distance education and include a distance education fee.
*Course numbers ending in “B” denote courses that are clinical and include additional fees.

RN-BSN FAQ

Q: Is web-enhanced the same as online?
A: We use the term web-enhanced to signify that there are times when students must come to campus. The on-campus sessions whether for exams or presentations, provide an opportunity for face to face time with the UTHealth faculty and other students. There is one course N4526 which is 100% online and does not require any on-campus visits.

Q: Am I able to start the program if I don’t have all of my prerequisites completed?
A: Yes, for some courses. RN-BSN students can be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of the prerequisites by the end of the second semester. This provision is not allowed for the statistics or sciences prerequisites – those courses must be completed prior to starting the program. If the prerequisites are not completed by the time required, you may be administratively withdrawn from the program.

Q: Can I petition to have my ADN courses reviewed to replace part of the UTHealth RN-BSN curriculum?
A: The School of Nursing does have a process to allow students to request acceptance of comparable transfer courses. Petitions will only be review for courses categorized as junior or senior-level; nursing courses taken to satisfy ADN requirements will not be considered.

Q: If I haven’t completed all of my prerequisites by the first day of classes, can I still enroll?
A: Yes, for some courses. RN-BSN students can be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of the prerequisites by the end of the second semester. This provision is not allowed for the statistics or sciences prerequisites – those courses must be completed prior to starting the program. If the prerequisites are not completed by the time required, you may be administratively withdrawn from the program.

Q: What is advanced placement credit?
A: In order to earn a bachelor’s degree in the state of Texas, all students must satisfy the minimum credit requirements. RN-BSN students, upon successful completion of N3701, N3702, N3703, and N3704, will receive Advanced Placement Credit for the following courses:

  • N3515 Adult Health Care I 6
  • N3523 Adult and Older Adult Health Care II 7
  • N3526 Psychiatric & Mental Health Care 6
  • N3532 Reproductive Health Care 5
  • N3536 Child & Adolescent Health Care 5

The advanced placement credit will appear on the student’s transcript upon graduation.

Track Director

Susan M Krawtz, MSN, RN

Instructor in Nursing (Email)