Online RN/BSN Program

The Program

The Texas A&M International University RN/BSN Program is an 18-month online program designed for the working nurse who has completed all pre-requisites (core courses) for the BSN program and is ready to concentrate on content specific to professional registered nursing.

International Student

RN/BSN students must hold an unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in Texas. Students must complete 52 hours of core curriculum, pre-requisites to entering the RN/BSN Program. Students are encouraged to have their transcripts evaluated for credit hours remaining to be fulfilled prior to registering for classes. Registered nurses are granted 31 hours of undergraduate transfer credit upon completion of NURN 3590. Students apply to the RN/BSN Program by the Fall of the year preceding their enrollment in the Spring semester.

TAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Nursing and many are also licensed as advanced practice nurses. Several hold or are earning their Doctorate in Nursing or a related field. All have extensive practice experience in a variety of settings, providing for broad-based learning experiences. Many faculty members earned their BSN in a similar program and have first-hand experience in the needs of the working professional. Clinical courses require an approved preceptor at the site that the student intends to complete their clinical hours.

The program of study beings in the Spring semester with a full semester credit hour load of 11 credit hours of instruction delivered online, asynchronously. Summer semester has one five-credit course. The Fall brings 10-credit hours with two clinical courses. The final Spring semester includes 11 credit hours with one clinical course. Students graduate with the BSN in the Spring during the May commencement ceremonies.

The BSN program has full accreditation from the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and the NLNAC (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000.

Requirements

Because of the personalized nature of program admissions, interested RNs should email m-bsnprogram@tamiu.edu or call or visit with faculty advisors: Natalie Burkhalter, 956.326.2579 or Belva González, 956.326.2452.

Future Employment

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Registered Nursing as one of the fastest growing fields with increasing demand in the coming years. The demand for greater numbers of registered nurses is coupled with a need for nurses with an advanced level of education to care for an increasingly complex patient population. The initiative to increase the number of nurses education at the BSN level has created many innovative programs designed to assist registered nurses in obtaining an education at the Bachelor’s level in Nursing while still filing vital nursing roles in their communities.

Nurses work in a variety of settings and with diverse patient populations. These include hospitals, out-patient facilities, home health agencies, schools, industry, wellness programs, insurance companies and churches. The increase in the aging population will undoubtedly create new opportunities for the valuable knowledge embodied in professional nursing education. A list of agencies in the TAMIU region employing BSN prepared registered nurses is available here. (LINK)

A BSN in Nursing is the standard prerequisite to enter a Master’s degree program in Nursing.

Contact

Email m-bsnprogram@tamiu.edu or call or visit with faculty advisors: Natalie Burkhalter, 956.326.2579 or Belva González, 956.326.2452.

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