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RN to BSN Program Requirements

  1. Graduate from an institution accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations, with an associate degree or completion of an accredited diploma program. Applicants who have completed an international  nursing diploma program that is not affiliated to a university may not satisfy the Associate Degree requirement for admission to the University of Houston-Victoria RN-BSN program due to the non-academic nature of this type of coursework.  Please contact an International Student Advisor in the University of Houston-Victoria’s Admission and Records Office.
  2. Students must satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS of the university catalog. International students must have a minimum score of 89 on the TOEFL.
  3. Evidence of a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse Texas license.
  4. 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 2.50 may appeal to Dean of Nursing for conditional admission. Please see list of lower level prerequisite courses listed below.
  5. Completion of Texas minimum State vaccine immunization requirements. Click here to see Clinical Readiness Policy. All clinical readiness requirements including criminal background check, drug screen, immunization requirements and CPR for Professional Rescuers must be met prior to registration as outlined in the student handbook.
  6. Applicants to the BSN program must have completed all prerequisite course work prior to enrolling in the program.

Course requirements are summarized in the following table:

Lower-Level Prerequisite Courses

Semester Hours

ENGL 1301/ENGL 1302 English Composition 


HIST 1301/HIST 1302 U.S. History


GOVT 2305/2306 Political Science (Federal and State)


Literature (any sophomore level Literature or Philosophy course may be substituted)


Speech (may take any Speech course including Interpersonal Comm.)


COSC 1301 or equivalent Computer Literacy course


PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology


PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development


Visual/Performing Arts (may select from Art, Drama, or Music)


College algebra or equivalent to satisfy Community College Core Curriculum; MATH 1342 or PSYC 2317 Statistics can be used to satisfy the Statistics requirement for the BSN degree. Statistics is required for the BSN degree. 


Chemistry or Physical Science course (may be with/without a lab) (Chemistry preferred)


BIOL 2401/2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology


BIOL 2420 Microbiology



Total Prerequisite Courses





Advanced Placement - Students will be given 36 semester hours of credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.

Upper-Level Degree Requirements


NURS 3310 Professional Role Development and Practice Issues


NURS 3311 Health Assessment Across the Life Span


NURS 3315 Pathophysiology


NURS 4312 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice


NURS 4314 Nursing Research


NURS 4322 Policy, Politics and Ethics in Professional Nursing Practice


NURS 4520 Concept Integration In Patient Care Management


NURS 4521 Community Health Nursing


NURS 4200 Nursing Elective



Total Upper-Level Degree Requirements



Total Degree Requirements:


RN-BSN students are expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations of them outlined in this catalog, new student orientation, and student handbook.
  2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi and student handbook.
  3. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions regarding enrollment.
  4. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.
  5. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in the MyUHV self-service account.
  6. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which student will complete degree requirements.
  7. Visit the school’s web page ( regularly for important updates and to obtain information on course textbooks.
  8. Students in the RN-BSN program may repeat only one failed course (grade of "D" or "F").  A subsequent failure in any course will cause the student to be ineligible to progress in the program.

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, textbook information, and the School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Policy, please refer to the Student Resources page.


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