Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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RN to BSN Program
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University West, Suite 272
3007 N Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901
Phone: 361.570-4370              Fax: 361.570.4896



Mission Statement

The primary educational objective of the RN to BSN-completion program is to increase the career and educational opportunities available to registered nurses in the university’s service region.  Graduates of the program will have a broader understanding of the nursing profession and will bring that understanding to the practice of nursing in their places of employment.  Graduates will be prepared to assume some leadership and management roles.  The program is also designed to provide a basis for graduate level education.


Program Goals:

·      Synthesize knowledge from the biological sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities and nursing to provide appropriate culturally sensitive care to individuals, families and communities.


·       Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication, collaboration with other professionals and leadership and management skills.


·       Critically analyze and apply research findings to nursing practice related to disease prevention, health promotion, illness care and restoration of health.


·       Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate the outcomes of nursing care.


·       Serve as client advocates by providing health education and in monitoring and promoting access to cost-effective care.


·       Encourage lifelong learning and create a foundation for graduate study.


·       Integrate professional values and ethical, moral and legal aspects of nursing into practice in a variety of structured and unstructured settings.


Application Requirements:


  1. Graduate from an accredited associate degree or diploma program. Courses taken at an institution that has only national, professional or specialized accreditation will apply to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Nursing degree programs only, and will not apply to other degrees. Only accreditations bodies recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be accepted.


  1. Evidence of a current Registered Nurse Texas license and CPR license.


  1. Applicants who have graduated more than two years prior to admission must provide documentation of having had during the last two years, nursing practice experience of six months full-time, or one year part-time, or a refresher course.


  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and a GPA of 2.5 in natural, physical and behavioral sciences is expected. Students who have a GPA lower than 2.5 may appeal to Director of Nursing for conditional admission.  Please see list of prerequisite courses.


Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 


  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after.  See “General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.”
  2. Satisfy the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  3. General Requirements:

  • Lower Division – 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy computer literacy/proficiency requirement; BIOL 1322 Nutrition; BIOL 2420 Microbiology;  BIOL 2401and 2402 Anatomy and Physiology; CHEM 1405 Intro to Chemistry or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I; MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods; PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology; PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development; SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology.

  • Students will be given 30 of advanced placement credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.

  • Upper Division – ENG 3430 Professional Writing; NUR 3210 The Role of Professional Nursing; NUR 3411 Health Assessment Across the Life Span; 4412 Leadership and Management in Nursing; NUR 3314 Nursing Research; NUR 3315 Pathophysiology; NUR 4420 Integration of Concepts into the Complex Care of Individuals and Families; NUR 4521 Community Health Nursing; NUR 4222 Trends and issues in Professional Nursing.


Degree Requirements


Prerequisite Courses

English Composition 6 sh
Literature 3 sh

U.S. History

6 sh

Political Science (Federal and State)

6 sh
Statistics 3 sh
Intro to Psychology 3 sh
Human Growth & Development 3 sh
Intro to Sociology 3 sh
Visual & Performing Arts 3 sh
Speech 3 sh
Computer Literacy 3 sh
Anatomy & Physiology 8 sh
Nutrition 3 sh
Chemistry 4 sh
Microbiology 4 sh


61 sh
Advanced Placement  
Students will be given 30 hours of credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.


Nursing Curriculum


ENG 3430   Professional Writing 4 sh
NUR 3210  The Role of Professional Nursing 2 sh

NUR 3411  Health Assessment across the Life Span

4 sh

NUR 4412  Leadership and Management in Nursing

4 sh
NUR 4314  Nursing Research 3 sh
NUR 3315  Pathophysiology 3 sh
NUR 4420  Integration of Concepts into the Complex Care of Individuals and Families 4 sh
NUR 4521  Community Health Nursing 5 sh
NUR 4222  Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing 2 sh


31 sh


Contact Information:


Director of Nursing

Jeanette Hartshorn, PhD, RN, FAAN

Assistant Vice President for Research & Program Development/

Nursing Program


Christine Taylor, MSN, FNP-C, CRNFA

Instructor of Nursing

UHV-Victoria Campus

C. Denise Neill, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor

UHV-Victoria Campus


Linda S. Dune, PhD, RN, CCRN, CEN, Dipl A.B.T. (NCCAOM)

Assistant Professor

UHSSL-Sugar Land Campus


Shyang‑Yun Pamela K. Shiao, PhD, RN, FAAN

M.G. & Lillie A. Johnson


UHSSL-Sugar Land Campus




Tammy Neeley Whatley

 Student Recruitment Coordinator for Research & Program Development/Nursing Program

 (361) 570-4297



Esther Sandoval

 Senior Secretary for Research & Program Development/Nursing Program

 (361) 570-4370


Kristen N. Jones

 Administrative Secretary for Research and Program Development/Nursing Program

 Sugar Land Campus

 (281) 275-3053