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COLLEGE of NURSING

Texas A&M Health Science Center

From RN to B.S.N.


Knowledge The Program

The RN-to-B.S.N. program is an opportunity for registered nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The TAMHSC-College of Nursing offers an innovative, integrated curriculum designed to both enhance learning and facilitate timely completion of the program. Students may complete the course of study in only 12 months or may opt for a 24-month part-time plan of study. The RN-to-B.S.N. program allows working nurses to balance career, education and other responsibilities. What it Offers •Web-based curriculum •Online course delivery methods including Blackboard, Webinars, Second Life learning systems • Two-day on-campus orientation offered on both Bryan and Round Rock campuses • Faculty support available both online or on site

at either TAMHSC-CON campus location (Round Rock or Bryan) • 30 credit hours of nursing course work to complete B.S.N. degree •Students given option of completing course work in 12 months (full-time option) or 24 months (part-time option) •Practicum experiences arranged by students


•Real-life work experiences applied to course work

Innovative Curriculum Engagement in: •Self discovery • Exploration of emerging technologies in nursing •Empowerment of families • Application of evidence-based practice • Case management of individuals and families • Public/community health nursing-focused populations • Leadership experiences for career development • Debating issues pertinent to nursing and the current health care agenda Students are admitted into the program one time per year in the summer term. Applications open on November 1st with a deadline of February 1st. Students will be notified of their admission status in March with classes beginning in the summer term. The first two days of class will be on campus and include an intensive orientation to the program and courses. Admission requirements may be found on the TAMHSC-CON website. For more information, contact an advisor at (979) 436-0110 or by email at conadmissions@tamhsc.edu.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements for RN-to-B.S.N. • Graduation from an NLN-accredited program leading to the diploma or associate degree in nursing. Exceptions to this requirement can be made in certain circumstances •Current licensure as a registered nurse •TAMHSC-College of Nursing Application (https://portal.nursingcas.org). Payment of associated fee, submission of official college transcripts, personal essay(s), references and other required documents to Nursing Central Application Service (CAS) •Supplemental application form and fee (a nonrefundable processing fee) •Completion of 25 credits in nursing

science prerequisite courses prior to entry •Completion of core curriculum prerequisite courses in basic courses, such as English composition, U.S. history, government, etc. These courses may be taken concurrently with the nursing course of study but must be completed by the final semester •Recommended minimum GPA of 2.75 Upon application to Nursing CAS, applicants will receive an email that directs them to the TAMHSC-CON admissions portal. Additional information will be requested at that time.

“It is our commitment to students to offer courses that will engage them in the learning process. In addition, we want to serve as the facilitators of and resources for their learning experiences as they engage in these unique course offerings.”

Karen Kincaid Assistant Professor, Ph.D., RN, College of Nursing


Discovery RN-to-B.S.N. Program Course Descriptions

NURS 450 Engaging in Self-Discovery (6 credits) Students who are graduates from associate degree or diploma programs will conduct selfassessments related to personal and professional growth, self-awareness in nursing practice, philosophies of professional nursing and perspectives of holistic care. Nursing theories that provide a foundation for the practice of nursing will be explored. These explorations will be accomplished utilizing communication technologies, such as the Blackboard Learning System, the Internet and webinars. Information technology resources will be employed to demonstrate electronic communications that are essential to professional nursing practice and that require basic competencies in nursing informatics.

NURS 451 Engaging in Empowerment (6 credits) Nurses engaging in evidence-based practice to manage and coordinate care that empowers individuals and families will be emphasized. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate the concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychosocial behavior and cultural diversity in the coordination of high quality care in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 450, RN licensure required. NURS 452 Engaging in Inquiry (3 credits) Students will study the principles and methodologies of inquiry in professional nursing practice and research with emphasis


on evidence-based practice. By learning the process of developing well-constructed research questions, students will discover: methodologies and processes to identify evidence of whether a treatment is effective, strategies to use in evaluating the validity and reliability of studies, and mechanisms for selecting appropriate interventions for and in collaboration with the patient. Prerequisite: RN licensure required. NURS 453 Engaging in Interactive Assessment (3 credits) The concepts and principles underlying assessment of the health status of individuals will be presented. An emphasis is placed on reviewing and renewing cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills in obtaining health histories and the physical and psychosocial findings in the well person. Students will obtain health histories and perform physical and psychosocial assessments, establish baseline data and formulate initial nursing care plans. Successful completion of the course will require passing a modified health assessment examination. Prerequiste: RN licensure required. NURS 454 Engaging in Accountability for Global Health (6 credits) Students will be introduced to public/community health nursing practice and the role of systems in the care of populations. The role of the professional nurse in health promotion, disease

prevention and management of chronic health problems in community settings will be explored. Students will develop and implement projects that positively impact the quality of life of populations within communities. Group projects will be employed that include: assessments of communities to identify aggregates or populations with specific needs, in-depth assessment of issues or concerns within these populations, strategic planning in collaboration with formal and informal leaders within these populations to address the selected issues, implementation of the plans, and formative and summative evaluation of the process. Prerequisite: NURS 451, RN licensure required. NURS 455 Engaging in Strategic Innovations (6 credits) Theories and principles of human behavior in organizations will be examined, including an exploration of leadership roles in professional nursing practice. Students will learn and apply nursing case management concepts with individuals and families with complex and/or chronic health needs in acute care settings and in the home. Students will analyze elements that reflect the progressive development of the professional nurse with a focus on the role of a leader as advocate and change agent. Issues related to political action, socio-legal concerns, cultural diversity, and ethics and morals in professional nursing practice will be debated with emphasis on the advocacy role of the professional nurse. Prerequisite: NURS 450, 451, RN licensure required.


Service Core Requirements and Curriculum

RN-to-B.S.N. Full-time Program Option (1 year) Semester/ Term

Course Number

Credit Hours

Course Name

1/Summer

NURS 450

6

Engaging in Self-Discovery

2/Fall

NURS 451

6

Engaging in Empowerment

2/Fall

NURS 452

3

Engaging in Inquiry

2/Fall

NURS 453

3

Engaging in Interactive Asssessment

or required elective

3/Spring

NURS 454

6

Engaging in Accountabilty for Global Health

3/Spring

NURS 455

6

Engaging in Strategic Innovations

TOTAL

30


RN-to-B.S.N. Part-time Program Option (2 years) Semester/Term

Course Number

Credit Hours

Course Name

1/Summer I

NURS 450

6

Engaging in Self-Discovery

2/Fall I

NURS 451

6

Engaging in Empowerment

3/Spring I

NURS 454

6

Engaging in Accountabilty for Global Health

3

Engaging in Interactive Asssessment

3

Engaging in Inquiry

3

Engaging in Interactive Asssessment

NURS 455

6

Engaging in Strategic Innovations

TOTAL

30

4/Summer II 5/Fall II 5/Fall II 6/Spring II

NURS 453* *option of taking course in fall II

NURS 452 NURS 453 or required elective

RN-to-B.S.N. Prerequisite Course Work Course

Course Number

Credit Hours

Course Name

English

ENGL 1301

3

Composition I

English

ENGL 1302 or 2311

3

Composition II

History

HIST 1301 or 2301

3

U.S. History I or Texas History

History

HIST 1302 or 2301

3

U.S. History II or Texas History

Government

GOVT 2305

3

Federal Government

Government

GOVT 2306

3

Texas Government

Psychology or Sociology

PSYC 2301 SOCI 1301

3

General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology Lifespan Growth and Development

Psychology

PSYC 2314

3

Humanities**

Elective of your choice

3

Visual and Performing Arts*

Elective of your choice

3

Math

MATH 1342

3

Elementary Statistical Methods

Nutrition

BIOL 1322 or HECO 1322

3

Nutrition and Diet Therapy

Biology

BIOL 2401

4

Anatomy and Physiology I

Biology

BIOL 2402

4

Anatomy and Physiology II

Chemistry

CHEM 1411

4

General Chemistry I with lab

Biology

BIOL 2420 or 2421

4

Microbiology

TOTAL

52

*Courses in art, music, dance, or drama or equivalent. **Introduction to Ethics course recommended-or other philosophy, literature, or language course.


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