Program Option:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

RN-to-BSN

The RN-to-BSN program prepares the student with an understanding of: nursing, health and healing, the environment, and persons as diverse individuals, families, populations, and communities. The nursing curriculum is designed to respond to the rapidly changing health care system, as well as to the needs of working nurses.

Accepted students have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree within state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of educators who have years of practical experience working in health care industry.

The graduate of the Collin College RN-to-BSN Program is prepared to:

  • Apply concepts from liberal arts to nursing practice
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that enhance patient safety and quality care
  • Apply research-based evidence to nursing practice
  • Integrate technology to support clinical decision making in patient-centered care
  • Examine healthcare policy and financial/regulatory environments that influence the delivery of healthcare
  • Foster caring and collaborative relationships with self, patient, and the healthcare community that provide positive outcomes
  • Practice culturally congruent care that addresses health promotion and disease prevention
  • Assimilate ethical principles and professional standards into practice using evidence-based clinical judgment
  • Apply age-specific knowledge to provide safe, competent care across the lifespan.
  • Pursue lifelong learning as a means to enhance practice

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will be awarded based upon achieving satisfactory score(s) of all courses and completion of criterion reference test at the completion of the program.

FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES/CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS STATEMENT

After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities - with or without accommodations - for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities/Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information on the Nursing website http://www.collin.edu/nursing. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Various scholarships are available to students when they have been accepted into the Nursing Program. Most scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Other types of monetary support are available through the college’s Financial Aid Office.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Students assume financial responsibility for: tuition, fees, books, uniforms, immunizations, transportation (may include clinical parking passes), clinical accessories/equipment, drug testing, health coverage, testing and tutorial software, and personal computers.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Nursing RN-to-BSN Program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the RN–to-BSN Program. Registration into upper division courses is by permission only. Information and applications may be obtained from the Nursing Office or the Nursing website: http://www.collin.edu/nursing.

  • Complete an application for admission to Collin College
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities and/or a diploma from a school of nursing
  • Complete an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited educational institution or hold a diploma from a school of nursing
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (NGPA- Nursing cumulative coursework): 2.5 in BIOL 2401 (Anatomy and Physiology I); BIOL 2402 (Anatomy and Physiology II); BIOL 2420 (Microbiology)
  • Must be within six (6) credit hours of completion of the Texas Common Core Curriculum (at time of application): All general education courses and prerequisite course work must be completed prior to registering for upper division Nursing courses.
  • Must hold a current Texas unencumbered RN License or an enhanced nurse license compact (eNLC)-multi state license
  • Criminal background checks and drug screenings must be completed prior to enrollment into the nursing courses. Each student is responsible for the costs and fees. Students will be required to use the approved vendor for Collin College Nursing Division to process background checks. Only those individuals with a valid RN license with no stipulations will be allowed to apply to the program.
  • Attend mandatory new RN-to-BSN student orientation
  • Professional liability insurance coverage (fee will be added as mandatory fee at time of registration)
  • Purchase uniforms, equipment, and medical equipment for clinical experiences
  • Provide nursing department a copy of health insurance information and driver’s license prior to clinical rotations and update as needed
  • Successful completion of drug screen, background check and physical/mental competencies, and dental exam
  • Submit a current basic life support (BLS) for the healthcare provider certification
  • Current physical examination documentation
  • Provide documentation of a current negative TB test
  • Show positive titer immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)

At this time, international students who are not United States Citizens or permanent resident status cardholders, are not eligible to apply to the Collin College RN-to-BSN program.

Immunization Requirements
Vaccine When Required
Vaccine Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Blood titer ONLY (you must provide actual lab that illustrates positive immunity)
Biology Tetanus-Diphtheria (Tdap) Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (within last ten years); NOTE: This is not Td or DTap
Hepatitis B series Blood titer ONLY (you must provide actual lab that illustrates positive immunity)
Varicella Blood titer ONLY (Serologic confirmation of immunity is accepted)
Tuberculosis Screening You are required to submit an Intradermal PPD (Mantoux) or Quanteferon blood test every 12 months, unless previously positive. PPD documentation must include date placed, date read an mm induration (even if it is 0mm). If positive, a chest X-ray alone is not acceptable
Flu vaccination Required during flu season – Usually September to April

Prior to Enrollment

Students who will be earning a baccalaureate degree from Collin College MUST satisfy ALL course work requirements of the Texas core curriculum. Collin College will ensure students transferring into the RN-to-BSN program have completely met the core objectives defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which encompasses the 42 semester credit hour requirement. Academic advisors are available at each campus to assist students in evaluation of prior course work and selection of equivalent courses. The following semester hours must be completed prior to enrollment in upper-division nursing courses.

 

Full-time RN-to-BSN Schedule

Prerequisites* Must hold a current Texas unencumbered RN License or an enhanced nurse license compact (eNLC)-multi state license   

Rubric Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab 1, 3 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab 1, 3 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors w/lab 1, 3 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation (or other Creative Arts core) 2 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
PSYC 2314 Life-Span Growth and Development 1 3
Additional Program Requirements:
ENGL 1302 Composition II 1 3
HIST 1301 United States History I 5 3
HIST 1302 United States History II 5 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics) 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution and topics) 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics (or other Language/Philosophy/Culture core) 6 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (or SPCH 1311 or 1315) 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 1, 4 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry I w/lab or CHEM 1411 w/lab 1 4
TOTAL Hours 55
   
Lower Division Transfer Nursing Coursework  
Will accept up to 36 credit hours from a diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing
TOTAL Hours 36

 

RN-to-BSN Degree Track:

Rubric Course Title Credit Hours
First Semester
NURS 3220  Health Promotion Across Lifespan 2
NURS 3330  Ethics in Health Care 3
NURS 3340  Population-focused Community Health I/Clinical 3
NURS 3210  Transitions to the BSN Role 2
NURS 3450  Advanced Health Assessment/Clinical 4
TOTAL Hours 14
Second Semester
 NURS 4115  Healthcare Organization
 NURS 4235  Health Care Quality
 NURS 4345  Population-focused Community Health II/Clinical
 NURS 4355  Research and Evidence-based Practice
 NURS 4465  Leadership and Management/Clinical
 NURS 4225  Nursing Informatics
TOTAL Hours 15
TOTAL Degree Credit Hours 120

1 Course must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to enrolling in the nursing program

2 Options include: ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 1313; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366;
MUSI 1306, 1307 or 1310

No course substitutions or CLEP credit

4 No course substitutions

Must complete six (6) hours from the following options: HIST 1301, 1302, 2301

6 PHIL 2306 is preferred. Other options include: ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333,
or 2341; HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322; HUMA 1301; PHIL 1301, 1304, 2307, 2321


To be eligible to graduate with a BSN degree from Collin College, all students must complete a minimum of 25% of the coursework (30 SCH) required for the 120 SCH degree in residence at
Collin College.  Any transfer student entering the program having completed a) the Texas Core
Curriculum and b) the Additional Degree Requirements outside of Collin College will be one (1)
semester credit hour short of meeting this graduation requirement.  In order to complete this
requirement, a student may choose to take any credit course that has not been used to fulfill
another degree requirement.  The Nursing division recommends choosing from among the
options: PSYC 1100, 1300; KINE 1164, 1304, 1338; or EDUC 1300 (one semester credit hour is needed).   
                 

  

Part-time RN-to-BSN Schedule

Prerequisites* Must hold a current Texas unencumbered RN License or an enhanced nurse license compact (eNLC)-multi state license   

Rubric Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab 1, 3 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab 1, 3 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors w/lab 1, 3 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation (or other Creative Arts core) 2 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
PSYC 2314 Life-Span Growth and Development 1 3
Additional Program Requirements:
ENGL 1302 Composition II 1 3
HIST 1301 United  States History I 5 3
HIST 1302 United States History II 5 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics) 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution and topics) 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics (or other Language/Philosophy/Culture core) 6 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (or SPCH 1311 or 1315) 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 1, 4 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry I w/lab or CHEM 1411 w/lab 1 4
TOTAL Hours 55
   
Lower Division Transfer Nursing Coursework  
Will accept up to 36 credit hours from a diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing
TOTAL Hours 36

 

RN-to-BSN Degree Track:

Rubric Course Title Credit Hours
First Semester
NURS 3210  Transitions to the BSN Role 2
NURS 3220  Health Promotion Across Lifespan 2
NURS 3450  Advanced Health Assessment/Clinical 4
TOTAL Hours 8
Second Semester
NURS 4115  Healthcare Organization 1
NURS 4235  Health Care Quality 2
NURS 3340  Population-focused Community Health I/Clinical 3
TOTAL Hours 6
Third Semester
NURS 3330  Ethics in Health Care 3
NURS 4345  Population-focused Community Health II/Clinical 3
TOTAL Hours 6
Fourth Semester
NURS 4225  Nursing Informatics
NURS 4355  Research and Evidence-based Practice
NURS 4465  Leadership and Management/Clinical
TOTAL Hours 9
TOTAL Degree Credit Hours 120

1 Course must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to enrolling in the nursing program

2 Options include: ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 1313; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366; 
MUSI 1306, 1307 or 1310

No course substitutions or CLEP credit

4 No course substitutions

Must complete six (6) hours from the following options: HIST 1301, 1302, 2301

6 PHIL 2306 is preferred. Other options include: ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 
or 2341; HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322; HUMA 1301; PHIL 1301, 1304, 2307, 2321


 To be eligible to graduate with a BSN degree from Collin College, all students must complete a minimum of 25% of the coursework (30 SCH) required for the 120 SCH degree in residence at 
Collin College.  Any transfer student entering the program having completed a) the Texas Core 
Curriculum and b) the Additional Degree Requirements outside of Collin College will be one (1) 
semester credit hour short of meeting this graduation requirement.  In order to complete this 
requirement, a student may choose to take any credit course that has not been used to fulfill 
another degree requirement.  The Nursing division recommends choosing from among the 
options: PSYC 1100, 1300; KINE 1164, 1304, 1338; or EDUC 1300 (one semester credit hour is needed).   

 


 

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