Program Option:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Advance: your Degree- your Career- your Life. 
The RN- to- BSN is a post licensure program designed to prepare the students with an understanding of: nursing, health and healing, the environment, and persons as diverse individuals, families, populations, and communities.  

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

• Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research studies as the bases for decision-making and comprehensive, safe patient and population care

• Demonstrate inquiry and analysis in applying patient care technologies and information systems to support safe nursing practice and population risk reduction

• Lead safety and quality improvement activities as part of the interdisciplinary team and as an advocate and manager of nursing care

• Manage care transitions and promote population risk reduction with diverse communities in collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary health care team

• Participate in monitoring institutional, professional, and public policy to maintain adherence to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse

• Demonstrate leadership skills related to financial, human resource, clinical, and professional issues in providing and evaluating care

• Demonstrate leadership and advocacy that reflects the values and ethics of the nursing profession

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will be awarded based upon achieving satisfactory score(s) of all courses. 


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 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.


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.


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.


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:

  • 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) to eight (8) 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.
  • The RN-to-BSN program is for Registered Nurses. Graduate nurses (GN’s) may apply and be conditionally admitted to the program but must pass the NCLEX before starting course work. Course work is offered at the McKinney (Central Park) Campus and most courses are offered face to face.
  • 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
  • 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)


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.

AAS - Nursing (RN)
60 credit hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 1, 2
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 1, 2
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 1, 4
First Semester
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1
RNSG 1125 Professional Nursing Concepts I
RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts
RNSG 1161 Clinical I - Nursing - Registered Nurse Training
RNSG 1216 Professional Nursing Competencies
RNSG 1430 Health Care Concepts I
Second Semester
PSYC 2314 Life-Span Growth and Development 1
RNSG 1126 Professional Nursing Concepts II
RNSG 1533 Health Care Concepts II 
RNSG 2361 Clinical II - Nursing - Registered Nurse Training
First Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III
RNSG 2362 Clinical III - Nursing - Registered Nurse Training
Second Semester
RNSG 2138 Professional Nursing Concepts IV (Capstone)
RNSG 2363 Clinical IV - Nursing - Registered Nurse Training
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts IV
GEN ED Language, Philosophy and Culture or Creative Arts core options 6
The above sequence is for students earning their AAS in Nursing at Collin College. For those earning an AAS or Diploma in Nursing at another institution, Collin College will accept up to 36 hours of lower-division nursing credit from an Associate Degree or Diploma in ​Nursing.
31 hours coursework program requirements
THIRD YEAR - Preparation for BSN
BSN - 120 hours
First Semester
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 2
ENGL 1302 Composition II 2
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Speaking 3
(see other Speech options)
GOVT  2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics)
GEN ED History course options
Second Semester
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry w/lab 1, 5 
GOVT  2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution and topics)
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 1, 3
(or see other Mathematics options)
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3, 6
(see other Language, Philosophy and Culture or Creative Arts options)
GEN ED History course options
May be admitted to program no more than 6 to 8 hours short of curriculum above.
1. Course must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to enrolling in the nursing program
2. No course substitutions
3. Preferred course
4. May substitute BIOL 2421
5. May substitute CHEM 1411 w/lab
6. A Language, Philosophy and Culture option must be chosen for one and the Creative Arts option for the other so both areas of core are covered in the BSN.
29 hours coursework upper division nursing
FOURTH YEAR - BSN - Full-time
First Semester
NURS 3220 Health Promotion Across Lifespan
NURS 3330 Ethics in Health Care
NURS 3340 Population-focused Community Health I / Clinical
NURS 3210 Transitions to the BSN Role
NURS 3450 Advanced Health Assessment / Clinical
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
29 hours coursework upper division nursing
FOURTH YEAR - BSN - Part-time
First Semester
NURS 3210 Transitions to the BSN Role
NURS 3220 Health Promotion Across Lifespan
NURS 3450 Advanced Health Assessment / Clinical
Second Semester
NURS 4115 Healthcare Organization
NURS 4235 Health Care Quality
NURS 3340 Population-focused Community Health I / Clinical
Third Semester
NURS 3330 Ethics in Health Care
NURS 4345 Population-focused Community Health II / Clinical
Fourth Semester
NURS 4225 Nursing Informatics
NURS 4355 Research and Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 4465 Leadership and Management / Clinical
† 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: EDUC 1100, 1300; KINE 1164, 1304,1338 (one semester credit hour is needed).