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Earning Your RN to BSN Online: What to Ask Before You Apply

Earning Your RN to BSN Online: What to Ask Before You Apply

Enrolling in an RN to BSN program is a great way to advance your education and your career, whether you came to nursing through a diploma program or associate degree in nursing (ADN). Hospitals often prefer BSN-prepared nurses, especially since research reveals a strong correlation between a bachelor's education and positive patient outcomes. Improved outcomes cut hospital costs as well, even when you factor in the higher salaries BSN-prepared nurses command. In other words, the BSN serves both you and your patients.

If you're considering a move into management or a competitive clinical specialty, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is your ticket to get there. You can raise your earning potential, increase your job options, and positively impact patient outcomes. Balancing your nursing career with an undergraduate education is a worthwhile challenge, and choosing an online degree will help you succeed. That's because an online RN to BSN is affordable, flexible and convenient.

From financial aid and tuition to coursework, there's a lot to think about before you get started. Read on to learn more.

What Is an RN to BSN Degree?

RN to BSN programs are for ADN or diploma nurses

An RN to BSN degree is designed for working nurses who want to continue their education. If you graduated from a diploma program or you earned your ADN, the RN to BSN presents an opportunity to earn your bachelor's degree without repeating your clinicals.

As a bridge program, the RN to BSN serves as a direct path to your bachelor's degree, taking around two years to complete. An accelerated online program, like the RN to BSN at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), can be completed in as few as 12 months. Nurses in an accelerated online program complete each course in seven weeks. You can study and access courses according to your schedule, which means you can continue working while completing your bachelor's degree.

If you're an experienced RN and you're thinking about advancing your career or expanding your clinical practice, a BSN is the next step. You'll gain new knowledge and insight, hone your skills, and open the door to new roles in nursing management and acute care.



 Sarah F. Bassett, Clinical Assistant Professor, TAMIU RN to BSN online
A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing prepares nurses for career advancement, higher salaries, and the opportunity to achieve advanced degrees.

Spotlight On Healthcare: The Shift to BSN RNs

The number of BSN RNs is growing

The move toward higher education standards in nursing can be traced as far back as 1980. At the time, 29% of RNs were diploma-prepared, 39% were ADN-prepared, and 25% were BSN-prepared. By 1990, as the American Journal of Medical Research reports, these percentages underwent a dramatic shift. Diploma RNs dropped to 10%, ADN RNs fell to 36%, and BSN RNs rose to 41%.

This trend has continued ever since, reaching a critical turning point in 2010 when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its landmark report on The Future of Nursing. Now known as the National Academy of Medicine, the IOM pointed to the increasing complexity of healthcare systems and technology, as well as the expanding role of nursing in primary care. Based on these factors, the IOM recommended that 80% of the nursing workforce should hold a BSN by 2020.

Nurses, hospitals and healthcare employers are taking this advice to heart. As Inside Higher Ed reports, the number of registered nurses with a BSN grew by 170% between 2010 and 2017. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) not only adheres to IOM goals, but expands them by recommending a BSN for 100% of registered nurses.

It may be a while until every nurse is BSN-prepared, but the state of New York has already passed legislation to support this outcome, requiring nurses to earn a bachelor's degree within 10 years of initial licensure. Other states are considering the same. In the meantime, the BSN is increasingly preferred by employers. It's become all but required for nurses interested in popular clinical specialties or leadership roles.

Educational Attainment of RNs, 1980-2016

Source: American Journal of Medical Research, 2018

What Will I Learn in an Online RN to BSN Program?

Incorporate assessment and diagnosis with evidence-based and culturally appropriate nursing care

Whether you plan to stay in your current role, move into management or transfer into a competitive clinical specialty, an online RN to BSN program prepares you to become a nurse leader. Courses are designed to sharpen your skills in critical thinking, effective communication, conflict resolution, and quality and safety improvement. You'll combine these "soft" skills with increased knowledge in comprehensive health assessments, epidemiological principles and evidence-based practice. An RN to BSN program will also give you the tools you need to become a powerful advocate for patients and healthcare staff.

In online RN to BSN courses at TAMIU, you'll incorporate assessment and diagnosis with evidence-based and culturally appropriate nursing care. Assessments will apply not just to patients, but to families, populations and communities as well. You'll explore strategies for health promotion, and evaluate the impact of demographic and socioeconomic factors in healthcare delivery. In addition to exploring legal and ethical healthcare issues, you'll develop professional frameworks for every nursing role, from care and advocacy to management. You'll also learn to conduct research and evaluate the results, gaining the tools you need to develop your knowledge and practice for years to come.

Dr. Rhonda Tubbe, Adjunct Professor at TAMIU
"[The BSN] provides tools for challenging situations, excellent writing skills … and education through research.

I'm an Experienced Nurse. Will RN to BSN Courses Repeat What I Already Know?

 you won't revisit basic patient care or repeat your clinicals

As an experienced nurse in an RN to BSN program, you won't revisit basic patient care or repeat your clinicals. Instead, you'll advance your practice with nursing theory, comprehensive health assessments for all stages of life, leadership and management techniques, community nursing, global health nursing and critical research evaluation. You'll also explore the cultural determinants of health behavior and apply your new knowledge during practice experiences in your community.

With a BSN degree, you can build on your current expertise and explore new topics in healthcare and healthcare delivery. You might even be inspired to continue your education with a Master of Science in Nursing, paving the way for a career as a nurse practitioner or .



 Linda D. Flores, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing and RN to BSN Coordinator at TAMIU
The BSN degree opens new opportunities for advancement and personal satisfaction within the field of nursing. … It can inspire students to be leaders within the profession.

Why Should I Enroll in an Online RN to BSN Program?

If you're interested in broadening and deepening your nursing practice, or gaining new career opportunities, an online RN to BSN program is probably right for you. A BSN degree is also a good bet if you're interested in becoming a stronger patient advocate, or using evidence-based practice to improve patient care. In fact, both the IOM and AACN issued their recommendations for a BSN-majority workforce because research has demonstrated a correlation between educational attainment and patient outcomes.

Study Year Findings
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 2003 A 10% increase in BSN-prepared staff led to a 5% drop in surgical patient mortality.
Health Services Research 2008 BSN-prepared staff correlate to lower mortality rates and lower failure-to-rescue rates.
Journal of Nursing Administration 2013 Patients admitted to hospitals with a higher percentage of BSN-prepared staff had shorter hospital stays, lower failure-to--rescue rates, fewer cases of postoperative pulmonary embolism, lower rates of congestive heart failure mortality and fewer occurrences of postoperative deep vein thrombosis.
Medical Care 2014 A 10% increase in BSN-prepared staff led to a 10% drop in overall patient mortality.

A BSN is great for patients, and it's great for you. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nurses with bachelor's degrees have better job prospects than diploma and ADN RNs, and a competitive edge in the job market. A BSN can also increase your earning potential.

Learn more about our RN to BSN online program

What's the Average BSN Salary?

Your salary depends on several factors, including years of experience, location and job title. Even so, ZipRecruiter data from June 2019 shows that BSN-prepared nurses in Texas enjoy an average salary of $71,499 per year. Texas RNs without a BSN, however, bring home an average salary of $58,458.

These numbers change by metro area. While some of this discrepancy can be attributed to cost of living, salary also correlates with labor supply and demand, not to mention employer resources. No matter the location, average income is typically higher for BSN RNs than for ADN- and diploma-prepared nurses:

City Average RN Salary Average BSN RN Salary
Dallas $68,898 $79,762
Houston $68,246 $87,555
San Antonio $61,779 $79,259
Laredo $59,185 $75,930
Corpus Christi $61,994 $71,770

Source: ZipRecruiter (June 2019)

Do Some Clinical Specialties Favor BSN Nurses More Than Others?

When it comes to certain clinical specialties, more and more hospitals either require a BSN or hire nurses on the condition that they will complete their BSN within a given timeframe. Even when this isn't the case, BSN-prepared nurses are heavily favored. Thus, salaries for the following clinical specialties reflect the higher pay rates associated with BSN nurses:

Specialization Average Salary in Texas Average Salary in San Antonio Average Salary in Austin Average Salary in El Paso
Perioperative $71,499 $82,723 $89,018 $78,601
Oncology $74,647 $81,329 $87,518 $77,276
Emergency $78,245 $72,620 $88,220 $77,896
Acute/Critical Care $80,043 $82,310 $78,946 $78,209
Gerontology $83,641 $86,732 $93,332 $80,534

Source: ZipRecruiter (June 2019)

I Want to Work in Nurse Management. Which Jobs Can I Get With a BSN?

Many types of nursing management and leadership positions now require a BSN. The degree is becoming a must for RNs who want to move up the career ladder. The examples below feature salary data from ZipRecuiter that also illustrates the financial benefits associated with earning this degree.

Job Title Average Salary in Texas Average Salary in Dallas Average Salary in San Antonio
Nurse Shift Supervisor $63,405 $71,252 $69,129
Nurse Case Manager $65,653 $72,772 $65,254
Nurse Manager $67,452 $79,459 $71,249
Infection Control Nurse Manager $78,245 $81,870 $80,589
Clinical Operations Manager $77,795 $94,501 $84,737
Medical Practice Administrator $71,949 $84,933 $76,158
Nursing Director $93,534 $100,862 $90,441

Source: ZipRecruiter (June 2019)



 Dr. Wendy Donnell, Assistant Professor, TAMIU RN to BSN online
RNs who are interested in certifications or management need a BSN degree.

Spotlight on Employment: Does the BSN Really Matter?

Employers prefer - and sometimes require - BSNs

If you’re considering a BSN, but not sure whether it will change your career, consider the following facts.

  • Employers prefer BSN nurses: As the American Journal of Medical Research reports, 33% of nursing jobs posted in 2014 listed a BSN as a requirement for employment. That number has since expanded according to a 2018 , which found that 45% of hospital and healthcare employers now require a BSN for new hires. Even when employers don't require the degree, the survey noted, 88% have a strong preference for BSN nurses.
  • Nursing career paths are shaped by education: The , which is also the largest employer of registered nurses in the United States, requires a BSN for all nursing roles except for entry-level positions. At , all nurse leaders and managers must hold a BSN, and 80% of staff nurses must have a BSN. Working for a Magnet hospital comes with several industry perks, including professional development support, a greater role in hospital governance, lower turnover and burnout rates, and lower nurse-to-patient ratios.
  • Employer preference for BSN nurses isn't a fad: Hospitals are already reaping the financial benefits that go hand-in-hand with improved patient outcomes. Research has found that the odds of readmission are 18.7% lower for patients who receive 80% or more of their care from BSN-prepared nurses. As reports, this outcome reduces hospital costs by $5.6 million annually. Even accounting for the higher salaries of a BSN-majority staff, the savings are close to $3.8 million. That makes the BSN a sound investment for hospitals, and a practical investment for your career.

What's the Career Outlook for BSN Nurses?

RN shortage in Texas

12%

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statstics predicts a 12% increase in registered nursing jobs across the country by 2028.

– BLS, 2018


Is the Career Outlook for Texas Nurses Really That Great?

Strong demand for BSN RNs in Texas

Projected 2030 shortfalls aside, demand for nurses in Texas is already on the rise. In a Burning Glass Technologies analysis of job postings from May 2018 to April 2019, California topped the list, but Texas was a not-too-distant second with 74,732 nursing jobs. That means Texas healthcare employers are already competing for nurses. Based on a review of job postings on Indeed and ZipRecruiter in June 2019, signing bonuses for Texas hospitals range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, and many fall in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.

If you plan to apply for a position with a hefty signing bonus, the BSN provides a competitive edge. That's because the degree remains a significant factor in the hiring process. In its review of Texas RN jobs, Burning Glass Technologies found that 57% listed the BSN as a requirement. That number doesn't account for employer preference for BSN RNs, which is also growing.

How Much Does an Online RN to BSN Program Cost?

Tuition costs vary widely across RN to BSN programs, so it's a good idea to shop around. Try to watch out for hidden fees as you calculate costs. Some universities include fees in their pricing, but others don't. Even universities that include fees may add on additional charges for late registration, graduation, and other administrative tasks.

It's also good to remember that some public universities charge out-of-state tuition at a higher rate, even for online students. The sampling below reflects in-state tuition only. If you're not a Texas resident, be sure to confirm out-of-state rates with your chosen program.

Institution Fees Included? RN to BSN Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour
Sam Houston State University Yes $698.50
Texas Tech University Yes $655
Houston Baptist University No $465
Stephen F. Austin State University Yes $446.50
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing No $400
Texas A&M International University Yes $281.09

*Cost figures taken from university website, June 2019

Aside from the $50 graduation filing, all fees for TAMIU's online RN to BSN are included in the cost per credit hour. Texas residents can complete the nursing courses they need for a bachelor's degree for $8,995.

Learn more about our RN to BSN online program

Can Online RN to BSN Students Apply for Financial Aid?

Online RN to BSN students may qualify for financial aid

Yes. You can apply for federal financial aid at most accredited colleges and universities, and it doesn't matter if you study online or on campus. The U.S. Government prioritizes accredited schools and degree programs because they meet the highest standards in education and career preparation.

To apply for aid, simply fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Federal Student Aid website. But first, make sure you meet eligibility requirements.

If you already have federal loans from your previous studies, you can still apply for additional aid. Just make sure your student loan debt remains under the limit and you're not in default. Assuming you're good to go, you can also apply for loan deferment. This option allows you to suspend payments on your existing loans as long as you're enrolled (at least part time) in your online RN to BSN program.

With An Online Degree, Are Student Loans My Only Option for Financial Aid?

No. Scholarships, grants and tuition reimbursement are additional options for financial assistance. Unlike loans, you won't have to pay them back. Each option, however, does come with its own requirements.

  • Scholarships and grants may be available from your school, your state or private organizations. However, you'll have to wade through a lot of listings and apply to each opportunity individually. The best way to streamline the process is to target your search. Nurse.org has a linked directory of funding reserved for nurses only, or you can try this AACN guide.
  • Hospitals with generous benefit packages may offer tuition reimbursement to employees or new hires. According to Student Debt Relief, the Menninger Clinic, Texas Health Resources and Valley Baptist Health System (all located in Texas) provide tuition reimbursement for employees. Baylor Scott & White, Fresenius and Doctors Hospital do as well. Be sure to check reimbursement policies with your current employer before polishing your resume.

Is Loan Forgiveness Available for an Online BSN Degree?

Yes. If you qualify, you can get assistance repaying your student loans in full or in part after you graduate. AACN's financial aid guide includes links to loan forgiveness programs for nurses, as does the Texas Department of State Health Services website. U.S. News & World Report lists several options and breaks down the finer points of each. For instance, many loan forgiveness programs require a service commitment. In other words, you'll receive funding in exchange for clinical work in an underserved area.

Can I Use My Military Education Benefits for an RN to BSN Online?

Military support for online students at TAMIU

Absolutely! Whether you're a veteran or active duty, military spouse or dependent, you'll find that most accredited degree programs are approved for military education benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a helpful guide for benefit planning, and you can always confirm your program's funding eligibility with the WEAMS Institution Search tool.

Texas A&M International University is dedicated to assisting service members, veterans and their families as they navigate the benefit process. TAMIU's Office of Veterans Affairs will assist you with your benefits application, certify your enrollment for the VA, and address any payment issues that arise on your behalf. TAMIU also assists spouses and dependents of veterans and service members, through the transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits, the Dependents Educational Assistance program, and the Hazlewood Exemption.

For more information, visit the Office of Veterans Affairs online or reach out to an enrollment specialist at 1-844-872-8712.

What Courses Will I Take in an RN to BSN Program?

As with any bachelor's degree, you'll complete your education in the humanities, math and science as an underpinning for your major. Your general coursework sharpens the critical thinking skills, communication skills and analytical skills imparted by a bachelor's education. Courses in your BSN major, also known as your nursing core, offer an in-depth exploration of nursing theory and practice.

At TAMIU, online RN to BSN students will take 32 nursing core credits. The rest of your degree plan will depend on your transfer credits.

How Do I Determine My Transfer Credits?

If you have an associate degree in nursing, it's likely that you've already completed some of your general education requirements. That means you may be able to apply those credits toward your bachelor's degree. While policies for calculating transfer credits vary, many universities will accept coursework from accredited degree programs.

Transfer existing college credits to your BSN program

To determine which credits will transfer, provide your nursing program with official transcripts as part of your RN to BSN application. From there, an academic advisor will review your documents and calculate your transfer credits.

At TAMIU, you can apply up to 90 transfer credits to your RN to BSN degree. For an accurate assessment, fill out an . You may be closer to your bachelor's than you think.

Do I Have to Finish My General Coursework Before Beginning My Nursing Core?

Transfer up to 90 credits toward your BSN

Some RN to BSN programs will require you to complete your general education coursework first (these are called pre-requisite courses). Others won't. Be sure to check program requirements before you apply, especially if you're hoping to take nursing courses right away.

At TAMIU, you don't have to complete your general coursework before starting on your nursing core. That means you can switch between subjects as needed. The added flexibility allows you to balance your schedule as you see fit.

What Will I Study In My Nursing Core Courses?

Each university designs its nursing core courses according to professional standards, though the number of credits required may differ. Many RN to BSN programs will consist of 27 to 42 credit hours. Your program may also offer specific focus areas, such as pharmacology and pathophysiology or global health and community nursing. No matter which path you choose, BSN core courses provide you with the tools you need to implement evidence-based practice and research, and engage in nuanced health assessments.

Online Rn to BSN courses

TAMIU's online RN to BSN nursing core consists of 10 courses, totaling 32 credits:

  • Transition to Professional Nursing – Didactic
  • Transition to Professional Nursing – Clinical
  • Health Assessment
  • Cultural Determinants of Health Behavior
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Leadership and Management – Didactic
  • Nursing Leadership and Management – Clinical
  • Community Nursing
  • Global Health Nursing
  • The History of Nursing

As you progress through the program, you'll have a chance to implement your new knowledge in a clinical setting. You'll complete 126 practicum hours, embedded throughout your nursing core curriculum. Read on to learn more.

How Is a BSN Practicum Different From My Nursing Clinicals?

Your RN to BSN nursing major courses build on your current expertise, and your practicum is no different. With your RN clinicals, you practiced basic nursing skills, maybe for the first time. With your practicum, you'll implement more advanced nursing protocols. For instance, you might implement a community health initiative, develop a management proposal to address a patient safety issue, oversee a change project, or conduct a root cause analysis on an adverse event or near miss.

How Are Practicum Hours Embedded Into My Coursework?

Nursing practicum embedded in coursework

Many universities may ask you to complete your practicum hours all at once, often at the end of your degree plan as a capstone course. That can be quite a challenge to schedule, so some programs spread practicum hours throughout the curriculum instead.

In TAMIU's online RN to BSN program, you'll complete practicum hours in the following courses:

  • Transition to Professional Nursing – Clinical (42 clinical hours)
  • Health Assessment (14 embedded virtual hours)
  • Nursing Leadership and Management – Clinical (42 clinical hours)
  • Community Nursing – (28 embedded hours)

How Do I Complete My Practice Experience in an Online RN to BSN Program?

Every school is different, but in most cases you'll choose a clinical site that's convenient to you. You can also choose your own preceptor. Your program or faculty advisor, however, will need to approve both selections.

TAMIU adheres to this protocol, but allows for 14 virtual clinical hours without a physical site or preceptor. You'll also spend 42 hours of your practice experience building a nursing portfolio, which can be completed without a preceptor as well. For every course with practicum hours, you'll receive a detailed outline of expectations and parameters. It's as seamless as following along with the syllabus.

Can I Complete the Practice Experience at My Place of Work?

complete practicum hours at work as long as you're not getting paid for it

Many universities, including TAMIU, will allow online RN to BSN students to conduct practicum hours at their place of work. This assumes that your workplace is an approved clinical site, and it also assumes that your employer or supervisor approves as well.

If you're good to go on both counts, your practicum hours must be completed when you're off the clock – practice experience cannot overlap with the duties you perform in your regular job. You may also need to find a preceptor other than your current supervisor, depending on your program's requirements.

How Long Does It Take to Graduate From an RN to BSN Program?

Go from ADN to BSN in 1-2 years

Your path to graduation depends on a number of factors, including your prior coursework for transfer credits. It also depends on how many classes you take each semester.

Luckily, online courses offer the advantage of a swift pace. You won't waste time commuting to campus, and you won't have to drop a class if you encounter a scheduling conflict. Some online programs are even accelerated, which means courses take about half the time to complete than they normally would. Assuming you choose an accelerated online program and all of your gen ed requirements are already met, an RN to BSN should take between one and two years.

At TAMIU, accelerated online courses speed your progress toward a BSN. Your nursing core can be completed in as few as 12 months.



Priscilla de Anda, TAMIU BSN alumna
Just about my whole family was at my graduation.

Will I Need a Lot of Time to Study?

Accelerated courses take around seven weeks to complete, and you should plan to study for nine to 12 hours per week for each course you take. After all, you're covering the same amount of material as you would in a traditional course, but in half the time.

The online format makes your study time and class time pretty seamless, so this estimate includes the time you spend in your virtual classroom viewing video lectures, completing course modules and participating in class discussion. That part should take about three hours per week. The remaining six to nine hours will be devoted to studying, reading course materials and completing assignments.



 Dr. Michael Landry, Adjunct Nursing Faculty, TAMIU RN to BSN online
It is important to be self-directed and to schedule one's time accordingly. If there are any questions at any time, contact your instructor immediately.

What's the Difference Between an Online Degree and an On-campus Degree?

Your BSN diploma won't say "online"

Aside from the format, the convenience, and the accelerated schedule, there's no difference between an online degree and an on-campus degree. When it comes to your diploma, what matters most is where it comes from: a reputable, accredited university.

As long as you've got that part covered, you can expect the same informative and rigorous curriculum, the same qualified faculty, and the same quality of education. In fact, your TAMIU diploma won't indicate how you studied. It will only show that you earned your BSN.

Are Online Degrees Accredited?

Many online degree programs are accredited, and in nursing that's especially important. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) maintains an index of recognized accreditors who work to ensure online programs meet the highest standards. Any nursing program accredited by an unlisted organization is probably best avoided. That's because accreditors approved by CHEA confirm that your university employs qualified professors. They also confirm that your university maintains consistent learning outcomes and graduation rates, acts with fiscal responsibility and operates ethically.

Degree and institution level accreditation

If your RN to BSN program isn't properly accredited, you can't access federal financial aid and military education benefits. You probably won't be able to transfer credits either.

Be sure to choose an online RN to BSN with two forms of accreditation: one at the university level, and one at the program level. Nursing programs are accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The online RN to BSN at TAMIU is accredited by the latter, and the university itself is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

You can confirm any university's accreditation via the U.S. Department of Education, and you can check nursing program accreditation with CCNE or ACEN.

How Do I "Attend Class" Online?

Digital courses for RN to BSN students

Attending class online is simple. If you log into your bank, social media or any other personalized, web-based account, you're halfway there. For online classes, you log into a Learning Management System (LMS) like Blackboard or Canvas. Once you've entered your password, you'll find links to your classes. No matter which course you select, you'll find customized links to class forums, reading assignments and video lectures. You can even upload your assignments. As with any website, it takes a few minutes to become familiar with the layout, but you'll find your way around in no time.

Online RN to BSN students at TAMIU access their courses through Blackboard. If you ever run into technical issues, you can reach out to TAMIU's Help Desk via phone or chat. The Help Desk can assist you not only with online courses, but also with connectivity, software and hardware issues you may have.

Do I Need to Buy a New Computer?

Probably not. All you need is a reliable computer that can access the internet and run basic programs. If you can upload and download files, view videos, use a word processing program and open spreadsheets, you're good to go. If you're away from your computer, you can always log into your course via phone or tablet.

Do Online Professors Have Clinical Experience?

Most RN to BSN professors hold advanced degrees in nursing that require clinical experience. Many nursing professors also begin their careers as RNs. That means they understand the realities of patient care.

Every professor you'll study with in TAMIU's online RN to BSN program holds an MSN or doctoral degree, and all are experts in their respective fields. Some have 20 years of clinical experience, and others have over 20 years of experience as a nurse educator. Clinical Assistant Professor and RN to BSN Coordinator is actually a pioneer in nursing, as part of the first generation of family nurse practitioners in the United States.



Priscilla de Anda, TAMIU BSN alumna
The instructors were really good about helping with just about everything. Very knowledgeable … I love how they focus more on taking care of the patients and making sure they're happy, healthy."
 Sarah F. Bassett, Clinical Assistant Professor, TAMIU RN to BSN online
Sharing my professional knowledge and experience with nursing students provides me with a great feeling of accomplishment.
 Sarah F. Bassett, Clinical Assistant Professor, TAMIU RN to BSN online

How Do I Meet With My Professors Online?

You can always reach your professors through your online course and by email. Some professors also interact with students by phone, or through text or video chat. Online faculty often respond to students promptly, within 24 or 48 hours. Since RN to BSN professors at TAMIU already understand the challenges of balancing a nursing career with a college education, they're accessible and available to students.

Are There Any Support Services Available for Online RN to BSN Students?

Library access for online students

Yes. Universities often provide tech support and digital library access to online students (including librarian assistance), and some even hold in-person graduation ceremonies. Earning your bachelor's is a significant accomplishment. If you can make it to campus to celebrate, you can meet your professors and fellow classmates.

Aside from library access, tech support and in-person graduation, TAMIU's online RN to BSN students are additionally supported by career services. You can request a resume review, career counseling and mock interviews. Students who live near TAMIU's campus in Laredo may also attend on-campus job fairs or recruitment events.

Access to career services sets TAMIU apart from many online degree programs.

What Are the Admission Requirements for an RN to BSN Program?

common admission requirements

While each university sets its own policies for admission, most RN to BSN programs will require a valid, unencumbered RN license. You must also meet the program's minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement, based on your prior coursework.

If you plan to apply to TAMIU's online RN to BSN program, you'll need a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an unencumbered RN license in the state of Texas. Admitted students must also pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to completing their first online course.

When Can I Apply to an Online RN to BSN Degree Program?

Universities operating on a traditional schedule only accept applications and admit new nursing students one to three times per year. Many accelerated online programs offer up to six opportunities for enrollment over the same period, and accept applications year round.

TAMIU falls into the latter camp, with two online RN to BSN start dates each fall, spring and summer. Check the program's application and enrollment calendar for further information.

Learn more about our RN to BSN online program!

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