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RN to BSN Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

RN to BSN Program

(pending sufficient enrollment numbers)

Students have the option of full or part-time status.  Coursework is primarily online with state-of-the-art technology, including high tech simulation laboratories in the nursing building at Texas State University, Round Rock.  Community health clinical sites are arranged by the SON in coordination with the student.

The RN to BSN degree requires 30 semester hours of nursing courses to be completed in as few as two semesters.  However, if a slower pace is desired, take up to 6 semesters to complete the degree. We will work with you to design a degree program based on course offerings. An applicant will be awarded 30 semester hours for their completed Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Field of study and core complete courses will be accepted toward meeting the required 60 prerequisite credits.  These courses must be completed before beginning the RN to BSN program.


  • Minimum of a 2.5 nursing GPA and minimum 2.5 prerequisite GPA.
  • Graduate of a state approved entry-level registered nurse program (ADN) governed by a regionally accredited academic institution.
  • Unencumbered RN license from the state where the applicant resides.

Prerequisite coursework

Core component = 60 hours

Prerequisite Courses Texas Core Component #
English 1310 010
English 1320 010
Math 1315 020
Biology 1330 030
Chemistry 1341 030
Philosophy 1305 or 1320 040
Art, Dance, Music or Theatre Arts 2313 050
History 1310 060
History 1320 060
Political Science 2310 070
Political Science 2320 070
Psychology 1300 080
English 2310, 2320, 2330, 2340, 2359 or 2360 090
Communications 1310 090


Additional Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses Course Titles Credit Hours
BIO 2451 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credit hours
BIO 2452 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credit hours
BIO 2440 Principles of Microbiology 4 credit hours
NUTR 2360 Nutrition Science 3 credit hours
FCD 1351 or PSY 3300 Lifespan Development 3 credit hours


  • Must have at least a C grade assigned in nutrition and all required science courses.
  • All prerequisites must be completed before starting the RN to BSN Program.
  • Two years of the same foreign language in high school or two college semesters of a single foreign language.

Perform an informal self-evaluation of transfer credits: transfer credits self-evaluation.


2019 Admission Requirements:  RN to BSN Program Application Information

Step 1. Complete or be in the process of completing required prerequisite coursework.

Step 2. Apply and be admitted to Texas State University.
Apply and be admitted to Texas State University at  Apply Texas

  • Send official transcripts from all college or universities attended to Undergraduate Admissions at Texas State University.
  • Allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing of the application.
  • Admissions into Texas State is only valid for one semester. If you do not attend the semester you were admitted for, you will need to reapply to the university.
  • Your transcripts will be evaluated by Undergraduate Admissions at Texas State University, not the SON.
  • Information about financial aid and scholarships are available at:

Step 3. Apply to the RN to BSN nursing program.

  • Complete the RN to BSN Nursing application (this will open a Word document).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. These professional recommendations may be from current or former nursing faculty or from employers. Note: Letters from co-workers and personal friends are not considered professional references.
  • Submit a copy of current, unencumbered RN license from the state where you reside. Submit this license verification from your state Board of Nursing.
    • Note: Due to variation in the laws of states and regulations of state boards of nursing, our ability to offer admission to non-Texas residents may be limited.

Mail or hand deliver to the SON address listed below, the following documents:

  • Completed RN to BSN Nursing application
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Copy of your unencumbered RN license from the state where you reside.

St. David's School of Nursing
Admission and Retention Office
1555 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78664

RN to BSN Curriculum

NURS 4302 Role Transition in Professional Nursing (WI)
NURS 3430 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurses
NURS 4204 Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy in Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 3110 Health Assessment Across the life Span Practicum*
NURS 3250 Health Assessment Across the Life Span
NURS 3302 Research and Ethics (WI)
NURS 4380 Community-Based Nursing
NURS 4280 Community-Based Nursing Practicum*
NURS 4351 Leadership and Management in Nursing Care (WI)
NURS 3230 Healthcare Systems
NURS 4205 Healthcare Information Technology in Nursing Practice
NURS 4303 Safety and Quality in an Interprofessional Environment

WI indicates writing intensive courses
*Indicates clinical component

RN to BSN Program Outcomes

At the completion of the BSN program, a graduate of the St. David's School of Nursing at Texas State University will be able to:

  • Facilitate safe, holistic and effective patient/family centered care outcomes through use of evidence-based research and other science-based frameworks to promote and maintain health, prevent disease, and manage illness.
  • Demonstrate Professional accountability and responsibility for nursing judgements and actions within an ethical and legal framework, utilizing the most current knowledge.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the provision and coordination of safe, cost effective and high-quality nursing care.
  • Advocate for patients, families, communities, and the nursing profession, applying values and utilizing an ethical framework, clinical reasoning, and cultural competence.
  • Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, educate, mitigate error and support decision making.
  • Provide entry-level professional nursing care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally competent care.
  • Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care.

Questions? Please contact:
Dr. Chris McClanahan,
Clinical Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Director, Simulation and Interprofessional Education
St. David's School of Nursing, Texas State University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Texas State University.