Texas A&M University Corpus Christi - College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)

RN to BSN is the nursing program for the individual who wishes to earn their BSN and have completed an associate or diploma program in nursing. The RN to BSN program is completed online. 


Application Guidelines

Entry TermRecommended Date for all CredentialsProjected Graduation Date
Spring 2016 See Advisor See Advisor
Summer 2016 See Advisor See Advisor
Fall 2016 See Advisor See Advisor

Acceptance into the nursing program is competitive.  Admission to the program is three times per year – fall, spring, and summer. Applicants will be evaluated based on their grade point average for the last 60 credit hours. No “D” or “F” grades will be accepted. 

To be eligible for admission, applicants must complete an associate degree in nursing from an accredited transferring college or university, an accredited School of Nursing diploma or validation through the Texas Articulation Plan process and must hold current RN licensure in the state of Texas.

Additionally, RN to BSN applicants must complete a core curriculum and required support courses prior to admission to the RN to BSN program. In the areas of science, mathematics, and social science, all applicants should complete the following general education and support courses:

BIOL 2420 Principles of Microbiology 
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
MATH 1442 Statistics for Life
PSYC 2301 General Psychology

Students should consult their academic advisor for additional information on core curriculum and support courses, including the sequence in which the courses should be taken. To lighten the academic load, some of these courses can be taken in the summer sessions.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Students must complete the RN to BSN application and return it to angelica.santillan@tamucc.edu

  2. If the student is not already enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the student must also apply to the University for admission. Admission to the University DOES NOT constitute admission to the RN to BSN nursing program.

Notification of the results of the admission review is mailed to students. Admission to the program is conditional pending submission of the background check, proof of vaccination status, and possession of a current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) CPR card through the American Heart Association (AHA).

General education, core curriculum and support courses may be continued in the semester prior to admission. A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained during this period and is conditional to final admission. Associate degree students receiving conditional admission status may take up to 5 semester hours of selected nursing course prior to full status admission. These courses include: NURS 4318 - Nurse as Research Consumer (3), NURS 4250 - Professional Nursing Issues - Generic & RN/BSN (2), or NURS 3435 - Health Assessment (4).

The Texas Department of State Health Services has specific immunization requirements for students involved with direct patient contact. These requirements, as stated in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Rule 97.64, include the following:

  1. “Students cannot be provisionally enrolled without at least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.”
  2. “Polio vaccine is not required. Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.”
  3. “One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years.”
  4. “Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles containing vaccine."
  5. “Students may be provisionally enrolled for up to one semester to allow students to attend classes while obtaining the required vaccines and acceptable evidence of vaccination administered since January 1, 1968.”
  6. “Students must show, prior to patient contact acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella vaccine.”
  7. “Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.”
  8. “Students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus” (Additionally, the Nursing Program requires students to receive a complete series of hepatitis A vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis A virus).
  9. “Students shall receive two doses of varicella vaccine unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age.”

For additional information, please see the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B.  Please note that some hospitals have stricter requirements than the state minimum standards.

Rule 97.65 lists the following exceptions to the immunization requirements: 

  1. “Serologic confirmations of immunity to measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or varicella, are acceptable. Evidence of measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, or hepatitis B, or varicella illness must consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.”
  2. “A parent or physician validated history of varicella disease (chickenpox) or varicella immunity is acceptable in lieu of vaccine. A written statement from a physician, or the student’s parent or guardian, or school nurse, must support histories of varicella disease.”

(Immunizations are available for a nominal fee at the student health clinic for currently enrolled students and from the Public Health Department.)

  1. Results of tuberculosis screening are required annually.
  2. A copy of the student’s current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers is required annually.
  3. All Students are required to complete a criminal background check through the Texas Board of Nursing before acceptance into the program.
  4. Students are required to purchase professional liability coverage through the University. Fees for this coverage are included in the fees paid at the time of registration at the beginning of each academic year. (See College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Handbook)
  5. Medical insurance coverage is strongly recommended. The University and affiliating clinical agencies accept no responsibility for medical care sought as a result of accidents/incidents occurring during the course of nursing instruction or clinical assignments (See College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Handbook)
  6. Students forced to interrupt their regular rotation for personal or academic reasons may be reinstated on a “place available” basis. Students must write a letter asking for readmission to the program. The academic advisor is available for assistance with this process. The Admissions and Progression Committee may admit a student conditionally if there is evidence of extenuating circumstances.
Degree Requirements
  Sem.Hrs.
A. Core Curriculum Program (may substitute other Texas institution core curriculum) 45
B. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)* (2)
C. Nursing Support Courses** 23
D. Upper-Division Nursing Major 33
E. Applied Science ADN Articulation/Transfer Courses 30
Total 120 (122)

A.  Core Curriculumn Program

ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II
HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 U.S. History since 1865
POLS 2305 U.S. Government and Politics
POLS 2306 State and Local Government
---- 4hrs Natural Science
---- 4hrs Natural Science
MATH 1442 Statistics for Life
COMM 1315 Public Speaking
ECON 2301 Macroeconomics Principles
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 
Fine Arts see catalog
Literature see catalog

**Any courses from the Core Curriculum Program that are four hours may only apply three hours towards the Core Curriculum Program requirement. The additional one hour laboratory requirement will be added in the Nursing Support Courses. Courses in BOLD in Core Area are also Nursing support courses.

B.  Nursing Support Courses:

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2420 Principles of Microbiology 
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
MATH 1442 Statistics for Life
PSYC 2301 General Psychology

C.  Upper Division Nursing Major Courses:

NURS 4318 Nurse as Research Consumer
NURS 4324 Caregiver
NURS 3435 Health Assessment
NURS 4671 Leadership
NURS 4320 Nurse as Educator
NURS 4322 Health Alterations
NURS 4465 Family Nursing
NURS 4560 Community Health
NURS 4250 Professional Nursing Issues

Sample Degree Plan

The following requirements refer to grading policies.

  1. A scholastic grade point average of 2.25 is a minimum requirement in the upper division nursing courses designated for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in the nursing major.
  2. If a student earns a grade of D, F, or W (Withdrawal) in a nursing course, that course must be repeated. A course in which a grade of less than C (i.e., D, F, or W) was earned may be repeated only once.
  3. A student who has earned a grade of less than C (i.e., D, F, or W) in two nursing courses or who has earned a grade of less than C (D, F, or W) twice in the same nursing course will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  4. Students receiving a grade of D, F, or W (Withdrawal) or I (Incomplete) in a nursing course may not progress to courses for which that course is a prerequisite.
  5. Administration and faculty reserve the right to dismiss students without previous warning for unsafe and/or unprofessional behavior. The conduct of nursing students should meet ethical standards as defined by American Nurses Association (ANA) in the Code of Ethics for Nurses. Personal integrity is reflected in professional judgments. Consequently, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to dismiss students from the program for unprofessional or unsafe behavior. (See College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Handbook for further examples and to review the Academic Honesty and Professional Integrity Policy)
  6. Following dismissal, students may apply for reinstatement to the nursing program. Reinstatement is competitive and based upon space availability.
  7. Students must meet the standards for minimal performance and progression established by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (see the catalog section on Academic Policies and Regulations).
  8. In order for students to progress through the program, they must be in compliance with immunizations, BLS CPR, and Hospital Orientation regulations. (See College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Handbook for consequences for noncompliance to these policies.)
  9. Students must complete the University Core Curriculum Program. (See “University Core Curriculum Programs” in the catalog). See “General Education Requirement” in the “Undergraduate Programs” section of the catalog for information on ways in which transfer students can fulfill requirements. In addition to the core curriculum requirements, students must also take the required support courses.

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information on this page. However, information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, RN-BSN students must consult with their Nursing Program advisors each semester prior to registration. 

Students in the nursing major are assigned a faculty mentor by the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. If for any reason the faculty mentor-student assignment is not effective, the student or the faculty member can request a change in assignment. Freshmen and sophomore students pursuing the pre-nursing curriculum are also assigned a nursing faculty mentor. Academic advisors for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are available for advisement. Students must make appointments for advisement.