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RN to BSN Program

OBTAIN YOUR BSN IN LESS THAN A YEAR

Advance ..... Your Degree...Your Career - Your Life

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 Central Park Campus (CPC) in McKinney. 2200 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75071 Phone: 972-548-6772

Start Fall 2021 / Finish in 9 months/ Attend class 1 day / week (Wednesdays)

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  • RN to BSN Program - Effective January 15, 2020, the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Collin County Community College at Collin College Central Campus location in McKinney, Texas is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on January 15, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

404-975-5000

Collin College is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nurses.

Click here for a printable information sheet about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Click on the links below for detailed information

END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

Nurses with BSN have a broad range of career options such as working as front-line workers in the hospitals, performing supervisory and leadership roles, and caring for patients in the community. The nurses prepared at BSN level follows a common mission.

As mentioned by Dr. Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, and CEO of the National League of Nursing (NLN), “When it comes to patient care, our job as nurses is to accompany the patient and the family on the journey. That’s who we are. We are with the patient from cradle to grave. Every step of the way, there is a nurse. I don’t think there is any higher honor than being able to accompany people—children, adults, and seniors—on their journey.”

Quick Facts  - Registered Nurses (U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 2021)

  • 2020 Median Pay  - $75,330 per year OR $36.22 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education - Bachelor's degree
  • Work Experience in a Related Occupation - None
  • On-the-job Training - None
  • Number of Jobs, 2019 - 3,096,700
  • Job Outlook, 2019-29 - 7% (Faster than average)
  • Employment Change, 2019-29 - 221,900

All of the Nursing Programs at Collin College are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The RN-to-BSN Program is currently a candidate for ACEN accreditation.

Collin College is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nurses (NLN).

Per Credit Hour Tuition and Fee Charges by Residency, effective Fall, 2021**

Texas and Collin County Resident
 
Per Credit Hour Tuition - $55.00**
Per Credit Hour Student Activity Fee- $2.00
Total per credit hour charge - $57.00
 
Texas Resident, Outside Collin County
 
Per Credit Hour Tuition - $101.00**
Per Credit Hour Student Activity Fee - $2.00
Total per credit hour charge - $103.00
 
Out-of-State/Country
 
Per Credit Hour Tuition - $168.00**
Per Credit Hour Student Activity Fee - $2.00
Total per credit hour charge - $170.00

Tuition rates are subject to change by the Collin Board of Trustees, and the above per credit hour tuition for out-of-state/country rates do not include $200 minimum required by law or the $50 per credit cost for courses not eligible for state funding, such as three-time repeat courses, excess hour courses, and special university level math courses. 

The nursing student should anticipate other costs in addition to books, tuition and fees paid to the college for courses taken.  A few general additional fees include: 

For Nursing students:

  • Uniforms and/or lab coat (as applicable to the specific program)
  • Collin College Nursing Student I.D.
  • Liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence/$5,000,000 per aggregate
  • CPR
  • Skills packet or medical equipment (as applicable to specific program)
  • Drug testing
  • NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN Registration (as applicable to the specific program ),
  • State Board of Nursing fee (as applicable to the specific program)
  • FBI fingerprints and background check
  • Health insurance
  • Physical exams
  • Immunizations

This list is not necessarily all inclusive and nursing students should contact the Collin College Nursing Division office for the most current pricing information.  Special fees and charges may be added as necessary and as approved by the Board of Trustees of Collin College.

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.

Students who will be earning a baccalaureate degree from Collin College MUST satisfy ALL course work requirements of the Texas core curriculum. 

  • Students must complete approximately 55 hours of prerequisite/general education courses, see degree plan for component area options. 
  • Applicants 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.
  • 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.

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 1, 2 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 1, 2 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 1, 3 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation (or other Creative Arts core) 4 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 1302 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 (or other Mathematics core) 1 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

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

2 No course substitutions or CLEP credit

3 May substitute BIOL 2421

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

5 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).        

FULL-TIME

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 1
NURS 4235 Health Care Quality 2
NURS 4345 Population-focused Community Health II/Clinical 3
NURS 4355 Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NURS 4465 Leadership and Management/Clinical  4
NURS 4225 Nursing Informatics 2
  TOTAL HOURS  15
  TOTAL DEGREE HOURS  120

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

2 No course substitutions or CLEP credit

3 May substitute BIOL 2421

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

5 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

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 2
NURS 4355  Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NURS 4465 Leadership and Management/Clinical 4
  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 No course substitutions or CLEP credit

3 May substitute BIOL 2421

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

5 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).   

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.
  • 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 the 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 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 QuantiFERON 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

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 https://www.collin.edu/nursing/pdf/adnessentialphysicalcompetenciesfornursing.pdf

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 at website: https://www.collin.edu/studentresources/disabilityservices/index.html

For information on the RN to BSN Program 

Are you already a registered nurse (RN) and interested in our RN to BSN nurses?

Contact Dr. Amardeep Gill for a PERSONAL ZOOM session at your convenience at agill@collin.edu

Scheduled zoom information sessions will be provided on Thursdays from 2-3pm & 8-9 pm (June 10th, 24th, July 1st, 8th, and 15th)

Click here to join ZOOM MEETING

Contact Dr. Betty Veasy at bveasy@collin.edu

 DEADLINES: Applications are taken year-round. Check school schedules for start dates 

 HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Complete the RN-to-BSN Program online application.
  2. Provide unencumbered current Texas RN license or an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact RN License number.
  3. You may attach unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended or diploma from a school of nursing to the nursing application. 
  4. You must also apply for admission to Collin College and submit official transcripts. 

**Immunization records are NOT to be submitted at the time of application.  Accepted students will be provided instructions on how to submit immunization records. Since some immunization are given over time, you are strongly encouraged to carefully review immunization requirements before applying. 

Upon acceptance into the program, students are required to:

  • Liability insurance is provided through the school (included in your tuition
  • Purchase school-approved uniforms for clinical experiences.
  • Obtain current CPR certification (Healthcare Provider) must be from American Heart Association.
  • Have a completed Physical Form completed by your physician.
  • Complete all required immunizations and provide copies of immunization records.
  • Complete a TB (Tuberculosis) skin test and provide a copy of the results annually.
  • Agree to a criminal background check.
  • Complete drug screening at the student’s expense on a date specified by Dean of Nursing prior to the start of school.
  • Health Insurance documentation. All nursing students must provide documentation of having a health insurance policy.    

Apply Online HERE

 

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