Bachelor of Science in Nursing

NOTE:  This program has received preliminary approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This program is anticipated to start Spring 2020. This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

 

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.

 

Foundational Component Area SCHs Req’d SCHs In BSN Courses In BSN
 010 Communication 6 6

ENGL 1301 Composition I 1, 2

ENGL 1302 Composition I 1, 2

 020 Mathematics  3 3 MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical
Methods 2, 3
 030 Life And Physical Science  6 6

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 1, 2, 4, 5

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 1, 2, 4, 5

 040 Language, Philosophy And Culture  3 3 PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 6
 050 Creative Arts  3 3 ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 7
 060 American History 6 6

HIST 1301 United States History I 8

HIST 1302 United States History II 8

070 Government/ Political Science 6 6

GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics) 1

GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution and topics) 1

080 Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 3

PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1, 2

090 Component Area Option (Institutional Choice) 6 6*

SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 9

CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry I 10

TOTAL Hours    42
Additional Degree Requirements
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 11  3
TOTAL Hours   3
Collin College Residency Requirement  
Lower Division Nursing Courses
Will accept up to 36 credit hours transferred from
a diploma or Associate degree in nursing
 36
1 Course is required
2 Course must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to enrolling in the nursing program
3 No course substitutions
4 Must contain a laboratory component
5 No course substitutions or CLEP credit
6 PHIL 2306 is preferred. Other options include: ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2342, or 2343; HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322; HUMA 1301; PHIL 1301, 1304, 2307, or 2321
7 Options include: ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 1313; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366; MUSI 1306, 1307 or 1310
8 Must complete six (6) hours from the following options: HIST 1301, 1302, 2301
9 Other options include: SPCH 1311 or 1315
10 CHEM 1405 or 1411
11 Degree plan program specific course
*Semester credit hours (SCHs) beyond those required for completion of the general education core curriculum are assigned to Additional Degree Requirement.

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 Requirement 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, PSYC 1300; KINE 1164, KINE 1304, KINE 1338; or EDUC 1300 (one semester credit hour is needed).

 

Full Time RN-to-BSN Schedule

Program Format: BSN Nursing Coursework = 29 credit hours.

Degree plan to be completed in two semesters.  

1st Semester
Rubric Number Course Title
NURS 3220 Health Promotion Across Lifespan
NURS 3330 Ethics in Health Care
NURS 3340 Population-focused Community Health I /  Clinical
NURS 3210 Transitions to BSN Role
NURS 3450 Advanced Health Assessment / Clinical
TOTAL Hours  14

 

2nd Semester
Rubric Number Course Title
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

 

Part-Time RN-to-BSN Schedule

Program Format: BSN Nursing Coursework = 29 credit hours.

Degree plan to be completed in four semesters.

1st Semester
Rubric Number Course Title
NURS 3210 Transitions to BSN Role
NURS 3220 Health Promotion Across Lifespan
NURS 3450 Advanced Health Assessment / Clinical
TOTAL Hours
 8

 

2nd Semester
Rubric Number Course Title
NURS 4115 Healthcare Organization
NURS 4235 Health Care Quality
NURS 3340 Population-focused Community Health I / Clinical
TOTAL Hours
 6

 

3rd Semester
Rubric Number Course Title
NURS 3330 Ethics in Health Care
NURS 4345 Population-focused Community Health II / Clinical
TOTAL Hours
 6

 

4th Semester
Rubric Number Course Title
NURS 4225 Nursing Informatics
NURS 4355 Research and Evidence-based Practice
NURS 4465 Leadership and Management / Clinical
TOTAL Hours
 9
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