RN to BSN

The RN to BSN program courses are 100% online to accommodate a working nurse’s schedule. Full and part-time options are available to provide flexibility for the working registered nurse. Faculty are available at SHSU-The Woodlands Center for questions and advising.

The RN-BSN Online Track is designed for the student who is enrolled in or graduated from a community college with a degree in nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN, or who has passed the NCLEX-RN, holds a current, unencumbered Texas license as a registered nurse and wishes to obtain the baccalaureate degree. Earning a baccalaureate degree will open more doors in an RN's nursing career, allowing for positions of leadership, enhanced career advancement opportunities, and the potential to pursue graduate education.

There are three types of admission to SHSU’s RN to BSN program:

1) Unconditional Admission

2) Conditional Admission

3) Joint Admission while enrolled in a community college nursing program.

The table below illustrates the requirements for each type of admission.

Admission Type Application to SHSU Application to RN BSN Texas RN License Cumulative GPA Prerequisiste GPA 1Proof of Clinical Readiness Completion of all Prerequisite Courses
Unconditional X X X 2.5 2.5 X X
Conditional X X Within 1 semester, before beginning clinical courses 2.5 2.5 X Within 1 year*
Joint X X Before beginning clinical courses 2.5 2.5 X Before beginning clinical courses**

Notes 

*For Conditional Admission, prerequisite courses may be taken following enrollment in RN-BSN program, but must be taken within one year.  

**Joint Admission students may apply after completion of 1st semester of ADN courses.  Students must have unencumbered RN license to practice in Texas prior to enrolling in clinical courses.   

RN to BSN
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 33
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 43
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 54
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 2403Human Anatomy & Physiology I 2, 64
BIOL 2404Human Anatomy & Physiology II 2, 64
BIOL 2420Intro Applied Microbiology4
or BIOL 3470 General Microbiology
CHEM 1406Inorganic & Envir Chemistry4
or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
or CHEM elective or approved elective
FACS 2362Nutrition 73
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra 13
or MATH 1324 Mth for Mngl Decision Making
or MATH 1410 Elementary Functions
or MATH 1420 Calculus I
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
or MATH 1370 Intro Biomedical Statistics
or PSYC 3402 Psychological Statistics
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology 43
PSYC 3374Development Psychology3
Track Specific Requirements
NURS 3340Older Adult Health Management3
NURS 3360Introduction to Research3
NURS 3370RN-to-BSN Role Transition3
NURS 4030Community Nursing3
NURS 4060Leadership and Management3
NURS 4372RN-to-BSN Capstone3
NURS 4381Legal & Ethical Issues in Nurs3
NURS 4382Informatics3
NURS 4383Rural Health Nursing3
NURS 4384Nursing Genetics and Genomics3
Articulation Credit
ADN/Diploma Nursing courses applied to the RN-BSN degree32
Includes 12 hours NCLEX exam credit: NURS 3620 and NURS 4620
Total Hours121
Prenursing Prerequisites and Texas Core59
Nursing Credit Hours62
Total Hours121

Notes:
Students admitted not core complete, must meet the SHSU core curriculum requirements.  For students who are taking prerequisite hours at SHSU, see the pre-licensure BSN requirements.

NURS 4372 recommended to be taken in the final semester. 

Science courses do not require a 7 year renewal.

The nursing credit hours include 32 articulation credits and 30 hours taken at SHSU.  Course substitutions in the degree specific credit hours may require additional elective credit hours to reach the total 121 credits required for the degree.

Students must apply and be accepted into the SHSU School of Nursing prior to registering for any NURS courses.

Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in each NURS course.

Students accepted into the SHSU School of Nursing are required to adhere to additional policies indicated in the School of Nursing student handbook.

For more information on the RN-BSN program, contact: prenursing@shsu.edu

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Component Area IX1BIOL 240414 
BIOL 240314ENGL 130223 
CHEM 1406 or 1411 (or CHEM elective or approved elective)4HIST 130143 
ENGL 130123MATH 1342, 1370, or PSYC 34023 
MATH 1314, 1324, 1410, or 142033PSYC 130153 
 15 16 
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL 2420 or 34704Component Area IV73 
FACS 23623Component Area V3 
HIST 130243Component Area IX83 
POLS 230563POLS 230663 
PSYC 33743  
 16 12 
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
NURS 33603NURS 40303NURS 33403
NURS 33703NURS 43833NURS 43813
NURS 43823NURS 43843 
 9 9 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
NURS 40603ADN/Diploma Nursing courses applied to RN-BSN Degree32 
NURS 43723
Includes 12 hours NCLEX exam credit: NURS 3620 and NURS 4620
 
 6 32 
Total Hours: 121
Nursing Prerequisites and Texas Core 59
Nursing Credit Hours (32 credits transferred in from ADN and 30 credits in nursing taken at SHSU)62
Total Hours121

Notes:
Students admitted not core complete, must meet the SHSU core curriculum requirements.  For students who are taking prerequisite hours at SHSU, see the pre-licensure BSN requirements.

NURS 4372 recommended to be taken in the final semester. 

Science courses do not require a 7 year renewal.

The nursing credit hours include 32 articulation credits and 30 hours taken at SHSU.  Course substitutions in the degree specific credit hours may require additional elective credit hours to reach the total 121 credits required for the degree.

Students must apply and be accepted into the SHSU School of Nursing prior to registering for any NURS courses.

Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in each NURS course.

Students accepted into the SHSU School of Nursing are required to adhere to additional policies indicated in the School of Nursing student handbook.

For more information on the RN-BSN program, contact: prenursing@shsu.edu

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The RN to BSN is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Lead in the provision of safe quality care using evidence-based practice.
  • Collaborate with patients and members of the healthcare team to promote health and provide preventive care.

  • Incorporate ethical principles and professional standards to provide quality care to diverse populations.
  • Advocate for patients and the nursing profession while incorporating dynamic system practices, health policies, and global healthcare factors.

  • Maintain confidentiality and protect patient rights utilizing technology and information management systems.