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COLLEGE of NURSING

Texas A&M Health Science Center

RN-toB.S.N. Engaging in Knowledge, Discovery and Service


The Program

Knowledge Online Program for Working Nurses

The RN-to-B.S.N. program provides an opportunity for registered nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma to pursue the Bachelor of Science in nursing. The program is offered online with the exception of a two-day, new student orientation on campus. Students may complete the course of study in only 12 months or may opt for a 24-month part-time plan of study. Program Highlights

Innovative Curriculum

•Online courses; delivery methods include: Blackboard, Webinars and Second Life. • Faculty support available both online and onsite at either TAMHSC-CON campus locations (Round Rock or Bryan). • Only 30 credit hours of nursing course work to complete B.S.N. degree. • Full-time (12 months) and part-time (24 months) options. • Individualized practicum experiences arranged by students. • Real-life work experiences applied to course work.

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.

Admission Requirements Admission Procedures To be considered for admission, a student must have: • A current Texas RN license • A minimum recommended GPA of 2.75 • A completed application for TAMHSC College of Nursing through NursingCAS. Payment of associated fee, submission of official college transcripts, personal essay(s), references and other required documents to NursingCAS. • A completed supplemental application form and fee. • Completion of 25 credits in nursing science prerequisite courses prior to entry (A&P, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics, Lifespan Growth & Development). • Completion of core curriculum prerequisite courses by the final semester of the program. Application Deadlines • Applications open November 1st with a deadline of February 1st • Classes start once per year in the summer term; the first two days of class will be on-campus orientation. Advising • For more information, visit the TAMHSCCON website at nursing.tamhsc.edu • To speak to an advisor, call (979) 436-0110 or email conadmissions@tamhsc.edu

Ann Utterback Assistant Professor, Ph.D.,RN, CNE, CA-CP, SANE College of Nursing

“We celebrate the registered nurse’s decision to further their professional and personal growth by providing our students with enriching educational experiences designed to build on previous learning. A knowledgeable and compassionate faculty provides unique and engaging courses in an accommodating online format.” “After spending the last 20 years as a paramedic, becoming a nurse seemed like a natural progression Tony Garcia for me. The RNClass of 2011 to-B.S.N. program allowed me to advance my nursing education at a distance, while simultaneously challenging and enriching me.”


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

Discovery 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

Round Rock Campus

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.


Core Requirements and Curriculum

Service

Nursing students serve on an interprofessional team addressing medical and public health needs in the remote village of Quesimpuco, Bolivia, which is located at 13,000 feet altitude in the Andes Mountains in south central Bolivia.

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 substitution

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

2/Fall I

NURS 452

3

Engaging in Inquiry

6

Engaging in Accountabilty for Global Health

3

Engaging in Interactive Asssessment

NURS 455

6

Engaging in Strategic Innovations

TOTAL

30

3/Spring I 4/Fall II 5/Spring II

NURS 454 NURS 453* *or required substitution

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

Social Science

---

3

Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or Economics

Humanities

Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Language, Cultural Studies or Religion

3

---

General Elective

Any college level course

3

---

Visual and Performing Arts

Art, Dance, Music Appreciation, Music, Drama or Theater

3

---

Psycology*

PSYC 2314

3

Lifespan Growth and Development

Math*

MATH 1342

3

Elementary Statistical Methods

Biology*

BIOL 1322

3

Nutrition

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

55

* Nursing Science courses. † Many institutions require completion of BIOL 1406 – Introductory Biology I before enrolling in this course. ** Two history courses are required, one of which may be dedicated to Texas history.


Knowledge路Discovery路Service

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RN-to-B.S.N. Brochure  

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