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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

Gain the knowledge you need to successfully transition into baccalaureate-prepared nursing practice in the dynamic Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program. Complete your degree in as few as 12 months.


Program Overview

The RN to BSN online program provides an accessible and affordable pathway to diverse professional nursing roles via a relevant and evidence-based curriculum delivered in an accelerated 100% online format ideal for working nurses.

$8,995*

Total Tuition

Tuition
as few as 12 months

Program Duration

Calendar
32

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

In our ACEN-accredited program, you will study comprehensive health assessments, nursing research, cultural determinants of health behavior, nursing history, global health nursing, community nursing, and more. You will examine baccalaureate-level nursing care within philosophical and theoretical contexts, then participate in embedded practicum totaling 126 hours.

You will learn about the role of a nurse leader in professional nursing practice—with a focus on critical thinking, effective communication, ethical and legal issues, conflict resolution, improving quality and safety, and leading change. You will apply these theories within a practice setting.

This online RN to BSN program also deepens your knowledge of conducting comprehensive health assessments through all phases of the patient life span. You will also focus on developing nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice through the use of the research process. You will also broaden your knowledge of epidemiological principles by collaborating with community groups to assess healthcare status, resources, and needs.

In this online program, you will learn to:
  • Synthesize knowledge from the arts, humanities, sciences, and other disciplines in developing a framework for nursing knowledge and practice
  • Explore the effect of variations in health status, developmental processes, values, beliefs and attitudes, culture, history, and environment on nursing care needs
  • Use critical thinking, clinical judgment/decision making, problem-solving, and the research process in the development of nursing knowledge and practice
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based and culturally-appropriate safe nursing care with patients, families, populations and communities
  • Evaluate utilization of health promotion strategies in the development of nursing practice
  • Develop professional nursing practice frameworks and roles, including the provider of patient-centered care, health care team member/collaborator, leader/manager, educator, scholar, patient-safety advocate, activist, mentor, and entrepreneur
  • Evaluate the impact of evolving technological, socioeconomic, political and demographic changes on nursing practice and health care systems
  • Adhere to legal and ethical principles in the development of professional nursing practice
  • Participate in nursing- and health-related service opportunities
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Tuition

Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree program is affordable, and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

In-State Tuition:

The following tuition applies only to Texas residents.

Per Credit Hour $281.09
Per Three Credit Course $843.28
Program Tuition $8,995*

Out-of-State Tuition:

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Per Credit Hour Per Three Credit Course Program Tuition
$794 $2,382 $24,614*
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Calendar

The RN to BSN program is delivered in an online format ideal for working nurses, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer I 05/13/19 04/29/19 05/06/19 05/08/19 05/10/19
Summer II 07/08/19 06/24/19 07/01/19 07/03/19 07/05/19
Fall I 8/27/19 8/13/19 8/20/19 8/22/19 8/26/19
Fall II 10/21/19 10/7/19 10/14/19 10/16/19 10/18/19
Start Date Withdraw with 100% refund Withdraw with 80% refund Withdraw with 50% refund
05/13/19 5/9/19 05/14/19-5/16/19 5/17/19-5/22/19
07/08/19 7/4/19 07/09/19-7/11/19 7/12/19-7/17/19
8/27/19 8/23/19 8/28/19-8/30/19 8/31/19-9/4/19
10/21/19 10/17/19 10/22/19-10/24/19 10/25/19-10/31/19
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Admissions

To apply for the RN to BSN online program, you must submit transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. You must also hold RN licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing.

RN to BSN online admission requirements
  • Unencumbered RN license in Texas
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA

Note: All admitted students must submit verification of criminal background screening and drug screening, by a company or agency designated by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, prior to completion of the first online course.

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be mailed directly from the institution(s) to TAMIU at this address:

Texas A&M International University
Office of Admissions
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 129
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
OR
Electronically to adms@tamiu.edu

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.

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Courses

To complete the RN to BSN online program, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours, including 32 credit hours of the nursing core at TAMIU totaling 10 courses and 53 credit hours of general education courses. The remaining credits to round out 120 will come from your choice of electives decided after working with your advisor.

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These courses (totaling 53 hours) under General Education are needed in addition to your core nursing courses. You will receive a full degree plan on what courses will be required:

Credit Hours: 1

This course focuses on models of academic success through various learning strategies that bring an international perspective to student coursework. Academic success is intentionally structured through core curriculum focused assignments that promote undergraduate research and engage students in uncovering and evaluating facts and data through a common reader. Additionally, students are introduced to academic success opportunities available on campus.

Credit Hours: 4

Large-group lecture and seminar classes focusing on an interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary issue. Multiple sections may be offered with various topics and instructors. Designed to introduce undergraduates to in-depth analysis from an interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary perspective. Includes an introduction to University resources, such as research facilities, academic and student life resources, and University lectures or performances. Prerequisites: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in UNIV 1101.

Credit Hours: 3

The goal of this course is to develop students' expository and analytical writing skills by guiding them through the multiple stages of the writing process and by creating an awareness of authorial voice, audience, purpose, and occasion. Students will also employ critical thinking and reading skills in the evaluation of selected readings designed to further emphasize the writing process. This course will provide an introduction to writing the documented essay, to acquiring information literacy skills, and to evaluating both printed and electronic sources. To earn credit, this course must be completed with a "C" or better. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. Prerequisites: DENG 0370, a satisfactory score on standard assessment test, or exemption from any TSI test.

Credit Hours: 3

This course offers a continuation of the expository and analytical writing skills developed in English 1301 and introduces the principles of argumentation and more extensive interpretation of selected readings. Students will again be engaged in all steps of the writing process, generating argumentative essays based on thoughtful analysis and discussion of reading assignments. In addition, students will be guided through the steps of more sophisticated research writing techniques, information literacy skills, and evaluation of primary and secondary sources, culminating in a series of essay length research projects. To earn credit, this course must be completed with a "C" or better. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301.

Credit Hours: 3

A survey of national government in the United States with emphasis upon the Constitution, government structure, and processes. European background; federal, state, and interstate relations; rights and obligations of citizens; political parties; group organization; the legislative process; and the executive, judicial, and administrative functions in federal government. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of state and local government in the United States, with particular emphasis upon the State of Texas. History of state governments; state constitutions; the role of the individual pertaining to the rights and liberties in participation in government; political parties, pressure groups, and the franchised. The state legislature, the governor and state administration, state court system, county municipal organization, and current problems of local government. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Credit Hours: 4

A study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous system and special senses. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 2101. Carries no credit for biology majors.
Prerequisites: Consult your departmental advisor or obtain instructor's permission.

Credit Hours: 4

A study of the structure and function of the human body including endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Other topics include metabolism, acid-base balance, development, and heredity. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 2102. Carries no credit for biology majors.

Credit Hours: 4

Clinically oriented overview of basic medical microbiology. Topics discussed include cell structure and function, microbial growth and its control, immunology, and genetics. Carries no credit for biology majors. Lecture/laboratory. Lab fee: $30.
Prerequisites: Consult School of Nursing.

Credit Hours: 4

A survey of microbiology. Topics include structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, genetics, and taxonomy of microorganisms; a survey of microorganisms of soil, water, foods, and industry. Lecture /laboratory. Lab fee: $30.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/1106, and CHEM 1311/1111.

Credit Hours: 3

Surveys the major principles of psychology. Introduces the history of psychology, human development, personality, abnormal behavior, social psychology, feelings and emotions, research methodologies, experimental psychology, psychophysiology, learning and memory, altered states of awareness, sleep and dreams, and industrial and organizational psychology. Students will be required to participate in the psychological experiment participant pool as part of this class, or may opt to complete an additional paper assignment in lieu of research participation. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

Credit Hours: 3

Introduces practical knowledge of statistical reasoning, from descriptive statistics such as histograms, measures of central tendency, variability, and correlation, to inferential statistics including, probability theory, hypothesis testing, effect size, t-tests, analysis of variance, regression, and chi square, which are essential for understanding scientific reports in psychology and cognitive sciences. Students enrolled in this class must obtain a “C” or better to earn credit and enroll in PSYC 3302.
Corequisites: PSYC 2117.

Credit Hours: 3

Topics include collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of data, and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate technology is recommended.
Prerequisites: Completion of Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Mathematics requirements or appropriate level developmental course sequence.

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers discovery; European contributions and forces; Spanish and Portuguese conquests in the Americas; English, French, and Dutch in America. The English Colonies in America; accomplishments of nationalistic groups; War of Independence; establishment of the new nation, problems of the formative period, western development, and frontier influence; cultural and constitutional growth; internal dissension and international problems; and Reconstruction. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

Credit Hours: 3

Covers the growth of national ideas; movement for individual freedom; party government and public interests; industrial development; labor problems and agrarian unrest; changing international policies; war and peace; problems of agriculture, business, and government; cultural progress and attempts at social cooperation; and current world problems and trends. It is recommended that HIST 1301 be taken before 1302. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a comprehensive study of underlying concepts common to the major pathophysiologic processes of the body. Emphasis is placed upon the concepts essential for understanding the evidence-based rationale for nursing interventions. This course is 3 hours of theory per week.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101, BIOL 2302, BIOL 2102, and Chemistry (any 4 SCH hour with lab).

Credit Hours: 3

Laboratory course to accompany 2301. Practical exercises reinforce BIOL 2301 lecture material. Topics include of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous system and special senses. Not for students majoring or minoring in biology. Fulfills the laboratory science core curriculum requirement. Carries no credit for biology majors. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 2301. Lab fee: $30.

Credit Hours: 3

Laboratory course to accompany BIOL 2302. Practical exercises reinforce BIOL 2302 lecture material. Topics include endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Other topics include metabolism, acid-base balance, development, and heredity. Carries no credit for biology majors. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 2302. Lab fee: $30.

Select any course listed under the University Catalog (Core Curriculum Requirements)

ENGL/PHIL/SPAN*, Literature, Philosophy or Spanish

ARTS/DANC/MUSI*, Creative Arts

Students must take the following 10 courses (totaling 32 hours) with a fixed course – NURSE 311 – after admission:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the student to professional nursing practice as a learned and complex therapeutic process through which the nurse engages with a variety of patients for the purpose of meeting health needs. Baccalaureate level nursing care is examined within nursing philosophical and theoretical contexts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This clinical course provides students the opportunity to apply critical thinking and complex therapeutic processes to a variety of patients for the purpose of meeting the patient’s health care needs. This course builds upon the theoretical contexts of Baccalaureate level nursing care introduced in NURN 3313. This course requires 42 clock hours of clinical practicum. This course is graded Pass/Fail.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The emphasis of this course is to instruct students on how to conduct a comprehensive health assessment. Knowledge from the biological sciences is used within the context of the nursing process to develop skills in systematic assessment of patients in all phases of the life span. This course is 3 hours of theory. 14 hours total practicum are required in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores relationships between cultural phenomena and health behavior. Cultural forces that enhance or reduce the capacity of patients throughout the life span to maintain health are analyzed. This course is 3 hours of theory per week.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the introductory use of the research process in the development of nursing knowledge and practice. The student will critically appraise research studies and determine their value in improving client outcomes across the lifespan. The steps of the research process will be explored. This course is 3 hours of theory per week.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the theory of nursing leadership and management and emphasizes the role of nurse leader in professional nursing practice. Key concepts will include critical thinking, effective communication, ethical and legal issues, handling conflict, successful delegation, controlling resources, improving quality and safety, and leading change.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories of nursing leadership and management in the practice setting. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse as a leader, building on the concepts learned in NURN 4313. Students are expected to utilize concepts of critical thinking, effective communication, ethical and legal principles, conflict management, delegation, resource management, quality, safety, and change theory within the practice setting. This practicum course requires 42 total clock hours. This course will be graded as Pass/Fail.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course emphasizes the development of epidemiological principles which provide the framework for conducting community assessments. Students will collaborate with community groups to assess their health care status and the resources (folk and traditional) available in order to address its expressed needs. This course is 2 hours of theory; 28 hours total practicum are required in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to examine Global Health problems and challenges within the context of current realities. Looking at health and health care as a basic human right, students will explore health related concepts and trends within a global context. Geopolitical, immigration, socioeconomic conditions, and environmental factors will be analyzed in relation to health and health care delivery. Students will examine multinational corporate activities, the social and health consequences of armed conflict and rapid development, and the ways in which cultural and religious practices and beliefs may influence an individual's health or potential for recovery. This course is 3 hours of theory per week.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to historical figures and trends in nursing that influence nursing care today. The impact of the nursing profession on healthcare throughout history is highlighted. This is a 3 credit hour course.

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*Price reflects 32 credit hours of nursing core courses only. Additional hours, including general education courses, may be required to complete your degree.

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