RN-BSN Degree

RN-BSN Degree Program | UTMB School of Nursing

Opportunities for registered nurses to earn the BSN Degree

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The RN to BSN program is designed specifically for licensed registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. The program recognizes the skills and accomplishments of nurses who have been prepared at the Associate Degree level and offers a streamlined educational approach for the working nurse to earn the bachelor’s degree. The RN-BSN degree plan is offered through an on-line format with two days on campus for school orientation. Once prerequisite course requirements are fulfilled, the online program can be completed in two semesters (eight months).

RN-BSN Degree

  • Develops a leadership framework and career path for your professional nursing practice
  • Provides Internet-based courses which allow for a flexible schedule
  • Allows for individualized focus through customized clinical experiences
  • Offers exceptional faculty support and guidance
  • All 60 hours of prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes.


State Boards of Nursing set standards for licensure. Some State Boards also require approval of programs leading to an advanced practice education and certification. It is highly recommended that applicants who seek admission to the nurse practitioner programs at UTMB contact their home state’s Board of Nursing to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for approval for those credentials. Applicants may need to complete clinical rotations in Texas so may need a Texas license or be part of a compact state (see map below). More information can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website. If you have further questions, please contact Diana Pressley, Associate Dean of Admissions, at dlpressl@utmb.edu.

Compact States License 2017

Requirements – Licensure-

Current (active), valid, unencumbered license or multi-state privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the state(s) in which the student participates in any clinical learning experiences.

Requirements – Prerequisites and Entrance Exam-


All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited college or university before a student may enter the program. Therefore, a student should plan his/her application for the semester when they will have their prerequisites completed. A minimum of 40 of the 60 hours of prerequisites must be completed in order to apply for admission to the program.

  • Achieve 2.5 GPA in prior nursing courses.
  • Achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.50 on life and physical science prerequisites.
  • Achieve a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses.
  • To apply, complete four of the following life and physical science prerequisites courses: (Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Nutrition).
  • Up to 12 hours of CLEP courses are accepted if they are approved by the accredited college or university and posted on your official transcript.
  • All 60 hours of prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes.
    • You will need to meet the State of Texas Core Curriculum Requirements as designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student cannot graduate from a Texas university without completion of the Core courses. More information may be found at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/tcc/. At this site, you can enter your school and see the courses that meet Core requirements. If you have questions, please see your school advisor. Note that the ARTS requirement must be a theory based versus skill (Art Appreciation or Art History versus a Drawing class). Statistics must be under the Math Department to meet Core requirements.
    • Your science requirements can be science for Science Majors or Non-Science Majors. Your science courses need to be under your school’s science department.

RN-BSN prerequisites (All prerequisites must be completed prior to being enrolled in the program.)

Subject Hours
Anatomy & Physiology I (must include lab) 3-4
Anatomy & Physiology II (must include lab) 3-4
Microbiology (must include lab) 3-4
Chemistry (must include lab) 3-4
Nutrition 3
Introductory Psychology 3
Introductory Sociology 3
Lifespan Growth & Development (must cover infancy through adult) 3
Statistics (Math, Psych or Business) 3
US History I 3
US History II 3
US Government 3
Texas Government 3
English I - Composition I 3
English II - Composition II or Technical Writing 3
Performing Arts 3
Humanities 3
Free Electives 5-9
Total Hours Minimum of 60
Performing Arts Prefixes
Humanities Prefixes
Foreign Languages
ENGL (literature only)
Free Electives
Credit earned in ADN program.

For an unofficial review of transcripts, please complete this form and email to son.studentaffairs@utmb.edu or fax 409-772-8211.
Prerequisite Evaluation Form - RN-BSN Program

Tuition and Fees-

School of Nursing Tuition and Fees

There is a non-refundable $200.00 deposit assessed when you accept the offer to attend UTMB School of Nursing. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition upon enrollment. For specific details about tuition and fees, please visit the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage.

Curriculum Plan-

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Semester I
Course Number Course Name Hours
NURS 3211 Foundations for Evidence Based Practice 2
NURS 3308 Contemporary Professional Nursing 3
NURS 4238 Evidenced Based Practice & Research 2
NURS 3363 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
NURS 3214 Career Pathway I: Assessment & Development 2
NURS 4352 Meeting Challenges in Healthcare 3
Total Hours 15
Semester II
Course Number Course Name Hours
NURS 3341 Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment 3
NURS 4517 The Community & Population Based Care 5
NURS 4510 Leading and Managing in Nursing 5
NURS 4202 Career Pathway II: Expanding Horizons 2
Total Hours 15


Application Requirements

The NCAS application, fee, and official transcripts must be received at NCAS by the deadline listed for each admission cycle. Visit the Apply Now page for information and step-by-step instructions for applying to a program.

Submitting an Application

Submit an application for admission and application fee using the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NCAS). Applicants are not required to submit references or a resume. A personal interview may be required during the application process.

Applicants are required to complete the Personal Statement section of the NCAS application. Please include your full name and limit the statement to 700 words. Information to be provided includes but is not limited to:

  • Discussion of health-related experience
  • Work experience
  • Personal experiences affecting grades
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Rationale for choice of profession
  • Interruptions in education

Please refer to the Approximate Application Timeline for more details regarding the application process.

International Student Information

Applicants from international institutions must use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide a verification and course-by-course evaluation of transcripts in order to be able to be considered for admission to programs at UTMB. Applicants are no longer required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution since we are now utilizing these services. An official copy of this report must be submitted to NCAS by the application deadline.

The following are the Credentialing Services approved by UTMB

  • Spantran Services
  • 7211 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 205
  • Houston, TX 77036-3197
  • 713-266-8805

Since the RN/BSN program is online, it does not meet the requirements for students who have VISAS for educational purposes and are required to enroll in courses offered on campus.

After Acceptance-

After you have accepted your UTMB offer, you are required to complete the following:

  • Prerequisites - Complete all 60 hours of prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
  • Have a current, unencumbered Texas RN License.
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers - All applicants selected for admission must complete a BLS course for Healthcare Providers which covers infant, child, adult, and two-man CPR. Please visit the American Heart Association's web site to locate a course in your geographical area. Proof of current certification must be presented at orientation.
  • Immunization Requirements - Evidence of immunizations required by UTMB must be submitted to Student Health for verification and processing, including documentation for completed three dose series of Hepatitis B vaccines and a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer. All immunization requirements must be met to proceed in a clinical course. Students who are not in compliance with the above policy will not be permitted to participate in clinical activities.
  • Security Clearance and Drug Screening - Criminal background checks have been introduced into hospital and school affiliation agreements in keeping with a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard. Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. Therefore in keeping with this policy, all UTMB students will be required to undergo a security clearance for enrollment at UTMB. UTMB has designated CastleBranch to complete the background check required for your security clearance. Results from any other company will not be accepted.
    • The UTMB SON has also designated CastleBranch to conduct drug testing for all new students. Registration for both requirements is available at: CastleBranch.
    • When you have submitted your personal information and method of payment, you can enter your Zip code to locate the nearest testing facility.
    • The Security Clearance and Drug Screening must be completed during the time period listed in the New Student Guide, which is issued after admission.

Students who do not pass these requirements will not be admitted to the School of Nursing.

Refer to the New Student Guide for detailed checklist of After Acceptance Requirements.

To review Enrollment Services, such as Financial Aid, Scholarships, International Students, FERPA, etc. go to: http://www.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/.

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