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RN to BSN online

As health care in America changes rapidly, the demand for BSN-prepared nurses continues to grow. Lamar University's Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) online degree program is designed to allow you to complete your BSN degree quickly while giving you the flexibility to continue working as an RN.

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30 credit hours
$308 per credit hour*

Our RN to BSN online degree program prepares you for professional nursing practice across multiple health care settings and gives you the knowledge, skills and credentials you need to take advantage of opportunities to move into higher level nursing roles.

Coursework includes explorations of a broad range of nursing topics, including community nursing, evidence-based practice and holistic health assessment, along with nursing leadership and management courses.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

Courses

Co-requisite courses allow you to fulfill your state-mandated core curriculum requirements concurrently with your nursing courses, letting you complete your BSN quickly while you continue working full time. From your first class, you gain knowledge and skills you can apply immediately to your nursing practice.

View RN to BSN degree plan (.pdf)
View RN to BSN course schedule (.pdf)

English

Six hours of English required.

ENGL 1301 Composition I

Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II

Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
History

Choose 2 of the following courses.

HIST 1301 History Of The United States, 1763 To 1877

United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1302 History Of The United States, 1877 To The Present

United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2301 History of Texas

Texas history from the beginning to the present time.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Math

Choose 2 of the following courses.

MATH 1314 College Algebra

Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics

Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2317 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measure of position, central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and basic non-parametric techniques.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Political Science

Six hours of Political Science required.

POLS 2301 Introduction to American Government I

The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLS 2302 Introduction to American Government II

The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Co-Requisite Courses

The courses listed below are required to fulfill the co-requisite requirement. In addition to the courses listed below, 7 hours of electives will be required and select your electives with your dedicated Lamar University Academic Advisor.

PSYC 2315 Lifespan

Emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span. Aspects of development examined in the course will include cognitive, physical, social, moral, linguistic, and emotional change through childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Areas of focus include psychosocial, biological, and physical influences on psychological development. Normal processes of child and adult psychological development will be emphasized.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FCSC 1322 Nutrition/Diet

Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 2420 Microbiology

Microorganisms with emphasis on those of medical significance and problems of personal and community health. Prerequisite: A grade of at least a "C" or better in BIOL 1406, 1407 or BIOL 2401, 2402.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Communication
COMM 1315 Public Speaking

Principles and practices of public speaking.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Creative Arts

Please choose one of the following courses.

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture).

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture

Three hours required from the following.

PHIL 1370 Philosophy of Knowledge

A survey of major knowledge systems with an emphasis on the scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2322 British Literature

The study of six to ten works of British literature dating from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2326 American Literature

Six to ten major works of American literature, including both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Social Behavioral Science

Three hours required from the following.

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology such as learning, personality, social, testing, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Life/Physical Science

Six hours of Lab Sciences required. Must be in BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402.

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I

Structure and function of cells, tissues, and muscle, skeletal and nervous systems. Prerequisite: Passing scores on all sections of TASP test or be TASP exempt. May not be used as a Biology major course.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

Structure and function of the circulatory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2401 with a grade of at least a "C" or better.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology

Microorganisms with emphasis on those of medical significance and problems of personal and community health. Prerequisite: A grade of at least a "C" or better in BIOL 1406, 1407 or BIOL 2401, 2402.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Nursing Courses
NURS 4321 Nursing Theories and Online Education

Presents theories germane to nursing. Overview of nursing history with an introduction to professional nursing practice and competencies; includes active inquiry, critical thinking, evidenced-based practice (EBP), research and the formation of a personal philosophy of nursing. Includes concepts of professional nursing with application to the RN transitioning to the BSN level of nursing and emphasizes legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters. Of importance is the use of technology in the online format for success in the RN to BSN track.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4316 Comprehensive Holistic Health Assessment

Emphasizes a comprehensive holistic health assessment as a component of the nursing process across the lifespan. RN-BSN students build on previously acquired assessment skills to identify health promotion, risk assessment and disease prevention behaviors, including sociological, psychological, cultural, and family aspects of a comprehensive assessment.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4390 Nursing Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice

Focuses on basic elements of the research process, nursing inquiry and evidence-based practice including the acquisition, analysis, evaluation, and utilization of research findings for nursing practice.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4540 Nursing Practice: Care of Communities

Focuses on concepts needed to provide holistic client-centered nursing care to a variety of clients, families, populations, and communities in multiple settings from a global perspective by incorporating theories, evidence-based practice outcomes, and clinical reasoning. Explores and assesses the impact of multiple determinants of health status and healthcare, cultural and ethical influences, sources of health information, major local, state, national and global health issues and related health promotion/disease prevention, maintenance, restoration, and population risk reduction objectives among clients, families, populations, and communities. Incorporate research findings related to the community into evidence-based nursing practice.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 5
NURS 4620 Nursing Practice: Compromised Multiple Health States

Explores advanced concepts of compromised multiple health states in the care of individuals and families. Emphasizes and demonstrates the developing role of the professional nurse, including patient advocate and interdisciplinary healthcare team member using clinical reasoning and judgment skills to provide compassionate, holistic and coordinated patient-centered care. Course integrates advanced technology, nursing theory, research and evidence-based practice as a foundation of patient-centered care.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 6
NURS 4550 Nursing Practice: Leadership and Management

Explores and coordinates safe patient-centered care as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Introduces and applies theories of leadership and management practices including the organization, planning, staffing, directing, and controlling of resources within the healthcare system. Models the role of the professional nurse as a patient safety advocate, healthcare planner, leader and manager.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 5
NURS 4580 Synthesis in Professional Nursing

Focuses on the transition to the BSN professional nursing role and its relationship to practice. Synthesizes theoretical and evidence-based knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to address healthcare problems of diverse patients, families, populations and communities in a variety of structured and unstructured healthcare settings and advocating for a culture of safety to promote optimal outcomes. Emphasis of this capstone course is for the RN-BSN student to internalize the knowledge, clinical reasoning and judgment, best practices and priority setting necessary in the development of the BSN professional role.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 5

Calendar

There are several opportunities to begin Lamar University's online RN to BSN program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 22, 2016

Apply by July 25, 2016

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$308

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Current RN License

Submit documentation of your current and unencumbered nursing license.

You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students with a 2.4 – 2.49 GPA can be admitted as a conditional student.

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