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 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 RNs nursing career, allowing for positions of leadership and possibly further academic degrees.

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 2.5 2.5 X ALL BUT 4 COURSES*
Joint X X Before beginning clinical courses 2.75 2.5 X Before beginning clinical courses**


Proof of clinical readiness: Completion of all immunizations, CPR, liability and health insurance, background check, and drug screen prior to enrolling in clinical courses.

* For Conditional Admission, pre-requisite 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 ADN courses.  Students must have unencumbered RN license to practice in Texas prior to enrolling in clinical courses.   

Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 13
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)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 24
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 2401Human Anatomy 34
or BIOL 2403 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402Human Physiology 34
or BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
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 2362Nutrition3
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra (core) 43
or MATH 1410 Elementary Functions
or MATH 1420 Calculus I
MATH 1369Elementary Statistics3
or STAT 1369 Elementary Statistics
or MATH 1370 Intro Biomedical Statistics
or PSYC 3402 Psychological Statistics
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology (core) 53
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

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

NURS 4372 is taken in the final semester. 

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.

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

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Component Area IX1BIOL 240214 
BIOL 240114ENGL 130223 
CHEM 1406 or 14114HIST 130143 
or CHEM elective or approved electiveMATH 1369, STAT 1369, MATH 1370, or PSYC 34023 
ENGL 130123PSYC 130153 
MATH 131433  
 15 16 
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL 2420 or 34704Component Area IV 73 
FACS 23623Component Area V3 
HIST 130243Component Area IX 83 
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