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RN to BSN Program Overview

Our CCNE-accredited online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares you for leadership and decision-making roles in patient care. As you earn your degree, you’ll gain a deep understanding of evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, and methods for meeting the diverse needs of multicultural patients.

Designed for busy RNs who need a flexible and affordable program that can be completed at their own pace, UT Permian Basin’s online BSN can be completed in as little as one year and will help you lead skillfully and confidently in your current or future professional nursing role.

You must have a current, unencumbered RN license in Texas or other Nurse Licensure Compact state for consideration. 

Clinical Requirements

Our online BSN program requires three clinical courses. The clinical courses allow you to work closely with an expert to gain valuable experience, integrate new knowledge and skills, and apply theory to actual practice in a variety of settings.

The clinical courses are conducted in-person with a preceptor of your choice, as long as they have a BSN and are working in a leadership role. The clinical courses do not require campus visits, and students will learn more about the details and requirements for preceptors during the first seminar course (NURS 4150).

Nurse Management Certificate

Students who graduate from UT Permian Basin’s RN to BSN program will also be awarded a Nurse Manager Certificate from Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. For more information about this certificate, please click here.

Accreditation

UT Permian Basin’s School of Nursing is accredited by the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

General Education

34 credits required. 3 Liberal Arts credits must come from ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328 or COMM 1301. 3 or 4 Math credits must come from MATH 1314, 1324, 1332, 2412 or 2413.

Courses
Duration
Credits
CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
8 weeks
1
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
8 weeks
3
Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
8 weeks
3
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
8 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
8 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
COMM 1301 - Introduction to the Study of Communication
8 weeks
3
An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer A 2022
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
HIST 1301 - History of the United States to 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
HIST 1302 - History of the United States Since 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
COMM 1315 - Introduction to Public Speaking
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
8 weeks
4
Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
8 weeks
4
Mathematics for modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include algebra, linear equations in two variables, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics are chosen by the instructor. Course emphasizes application to social science and economics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics I
8 weeks
3
Modern applications of mathematics including graph theory, optimization, data organization, and social decision models.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
8 weeks
4
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms, and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections).
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 2413 - Calculus I
8 weeks
4
Differentiation of functions of one variable, introduction to integration.
Prerequisites: MATH 2412 - Precalculus
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
Nursing Major

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 sch with at least 48 upper level credits (3000/4000) and does not require a minor. The program consists of: (1) Pre-nursing major; and (2) the Nursing major.

Courses
Duration
Credits
NURS 3302 - Transcultural Nursing
8 weeks
3
Knowledge of the basic nursing practices and specialized medical and nursing terminology needed to communicate effectively concerning health status and health/illness management of Spanish-speaking patients and families. Evaluate nursing decisions and nursing actions needed to perform patient history, patient teaching, medication administration, discharge planning, and explanation of procedures and therapy congruent with the needs of Spanish speaking patients. Identify when to use a medical interpreter.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
NURS 4150 - Seminar: Practice of Professional Nursing I
8 weeks
1
Seminar Course. Introduces nursing program's conceptual framework and provides transition for the Registered Nurse into the baccalaureate nursing program. Strategies that facilitate professional growth, applications of principles and values of reflective practice, and the exploration of personal and professional goals to help students create a foundation for holistic and culturally congruent nursing practice are presented.
Prerequisites: NURS 4351 - Theories and Issues in Professional Nursing & Health Care
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021
NURS 4151 - Seminar: Practice of Professional Nursing II
8 weeks
1
Seminar Course. Students expand scholarly reasoning skills associated with competencies essential in leadership and public health nursing roles through reflective inquiry and integration of nursing leadership, research, theory based practices, and community based experiences; appraise a variety of models of interprofessional collaboration, nursing research, quality improvement and information technology through use of reflective dialogue, aesthetics and professional engagement.
Prerequisites: NURS 4450 - Clinical Leadership I
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
NURS 4152 - Seminar : Practice of Professional Nursing III
8 weeks
1
Final seminar course. Appraise and reflect on content and experiences of prior nursing courses, discuss transition into the professional nursing role, synthesize principles of culturally congruent holistic patient care, evidence-based nursing leadership, research and informatics, interprofessional quality improvement, and patient safety through discussion, personal reflection, and development of a professional portfolio.
Prerequisites: NURS 4451 - Clinical Leadership II
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
NURS 4291 - Multicultural Public Health Nursing: Clinical
8 weeks
2
Application of evidence-based nursing practice skills to community/public health situations addressing cultural diversity, at-risk families, and vulnerable populations; nursing collaboration and interprofessional communication to explore public health systems to promote health in communities. Community assessment and planning in non-emergent and emergent situations. Advocacy for access to the healthcare system.
Prerequisites: NURS 4290 - Multicultural Public Health Nursing
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
NURS 4250 - Nursing Research & Quality Improvement Science
8 weeks
2
Critical analysis of models of research and quality improvement science, appraisal of evidence-based literature, and use of information technology to enhance the foundation for clinical decision making and data management to promote health outcomes associated with safety, cost, and clinical improvement. Application of ethical principles and quality science strategies to develop a plan to solve identified practice problems.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Fall A 2022
NURS 4290 - Multicultural Public Health Nursing
8 weeks
2
Application of evidence-based nursing practice skills to community/public health situations addressing cultural diversity, at-risk families, and vulnerable populations; nursing collaboration and interprofessional communication to explore public health systems to promote health in communities. Community assessment and planning in non-emergent and emergent situations. Advocacy for access to the healthcare system.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021
NURS 4351 - Theories and Issues in Professional Nursing & Health Care
8 weeks
3
Conceptual and theoretical foundations and key issues impacting professional nursing practice in the contemporary health care environment. History and development of holistic, patient-centered care, analysis of theories from nursing, and other disciplines that incorporate legal and ethical principles, cultural, social, and financial concepts, interprofessional collaboration, and information technologies. Examination of ethical issues and confidentiality of patient information.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021
NURS 4450 - Clinical Leadership I
8 weeks
4
Concepts and competencies in nursing leadership and management in a dynamic healthcare system including: political and cultural influences on nursing leadership; comparison of traditional and transformational leadership characteristics; creation of a culture of safety and just culture in the workplace through interprofessional collaboration, and application of evidence-based theories and practices. Application of nursing practice standards, clinical reasoning, patient safety, and delegation. Course includes 2 hours didactic and 6 hours clinical assignments per week.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
NURS 4451 - Clinical Leadership II
8 weeks
4
Synthesis of clinical reasoning and creative application of evidence for nursing leadership essential in promoting intra and interprofessional collaboration in dynamic healthcare organizations and systems. Employ quality improvement science and evidence-based resources for programmatic design, implementation and evaluation. Course includes 2 hours didactic and 6 hours clinical assignments per week.
Prerequisites: NURS 4450 - Clinical Leadership I
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
NURS 4452 - Global Health Nursing
8 weeks
4
Overview of global health, including determinants of health, health indicators, human rights, globalization, current socioeconomic factors, health care systems and public health systems, and global health policies; nursing interventions to impact global health disparities; examination of the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; management of health issues and nursing care around the world and its impact on health care locally.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Spring B 2022
Management

Choose one class below.

Courses
Duration
Credits
MNGT 3310 - Management Concepts and Organizational Theory
8 weeks
3
Fundamental concepts of management including principles of administration, modern organization theory, goal-setting, leadership, and decision-making. This is a study of the impact of societal influences and ethical consideration on business decision-making. Special attention is given to business stakeholder relationships and the role of the organization in the community.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
MNGT 3311 - Business Communications
8 weeks
3
This is an introduction to the basic interpersonal communication process through appropriate communications technology with applications for business organizations. It is a systems approach to planning, researching, organizing, composing, editing, and revising reports and other business-related communications. Oral presentations are required. Business communication ethics are explored.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021

Admission Requirements

  • Current unencumbered RN license in Texas or other Nurse Licensure Compact state
  • Graduate of a nationally accredited professional nursing program approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing or appropriate state board
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and nursing programs attended

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Offical transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Application Fee

The application fee is $40 and must be paid when you submit your online application.

You may request an application fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

Faculty Bios

A. Academic Chair
School of Nursing
naiman_j@utpb.edu

Ms. Naiman is the A. Academic Chair for the School of Nursing at UT Permian Basin. She has been a registered nurse for 13 years and practiced in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care. She received her BSN at Nova Southeastern University in 2007 and her Master of Science in nursing and Certificate of Online Instruction at the University of Wyoming in 2016. Ms. Naiman is working on her dissertation research to complete her PhD in nursing with a research focus on metacognitive development in nursing students. She began teaching in 2016 in the pre-licensure and post-licensure tracks of the BSN program and sits on the Culture, Learning, & Technology Committee within the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Professor
School of Nursing
jackson_d@utpb.edu

Dr. Jackson is a professor at UT Permian Basin’s School of Nursing. She received her PhD in nursing science from Texas Woman's University, BSN and DNP from Texas Tech University, and LVN and associate degree at Odessa College. Prior to working at UT Permian Basin, Dr. Jackson worked in hospital administration at Medical Center Hospital and opened and operated a nurse practitioner clinic in an undeserved community. She served as the founding director/dean of the UT Permian Basin Nursing Program and currently teaches prelicensure and RN to BSN courses. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include health disparities and diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and healthcare.

Part-Time Faculty
School of Nursing
leftwich_k@utpb.edu

Dr. Leftwich is an adjunct faculty member at UT Permian Basin’s School of Nursing. She has been a nurse since 1996 and is a graduate of Odessa College, Texas Tech University, and Capella University. Her nursing degrees focus on administration, leadership, and management. She has served in various roles clinically and in leadership, including working bedside for 13 years before transitioning into a nurse educator role. Dr. Leftwich currently serves as the associate chief nursing officer at Medical Center Hospital, where her oversight includes the Center for Women and Infants, pediatrics, medical telemetry, and medical oncology, as well as care management. She serves as the chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee and is the nursing chair for the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
College of Health Sciences and Human Performance 
gonzales_m@utpb.edu

Dr. Gonzales is the associate dean for the School of Nursing at UT Permian Basin. She has been a registered nurse for 22 years and has practiced in multiple areas of nursing. Dr. Gonzales earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, master’s degree in nursing from Angelo State University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing.  She is board certified in nursing professional development, as a nurse executive and as a nurse educator.  She is a member of the AHEC Advisory Board and the Permian Basin Hispanic Medical Society. Her research focus is in nursing leadership.

Part-Time Faculty
School of Nursing 
hall_m@utpb.edu

Dr. Hall is a member of the adjunct faculty at UT Permian Basin, where he teaches leadership at the School of Nursing. He has been a nurse since 1995 and served in various formal nursing leadership roles since 2001.  Dr. Hall has presented at national conferences, consulted on state legislature for the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, and has consulted both nationally and internationally on nursing leadership.  He has been published in nursing journals for his research on pain management as well as his work on formal recognition programs like ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence, and he is the director of the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence at Midland Health.

Associate Professor
 School of Nursing
abualhaija_n@utpb.edu

Dr. Abualhaija is an associate professor of nursing at UT Permian Basin. He received his BSN from UAB, MSN from University of Phoenix, and PhD from Barry University. Dr. Abualhaija’s work experience primarily focused on nursing leadership in acute healthcare settings, and his research foci include transcultural nursing, cultural competence among healthcare professionals, leaders and systems, cultural competence among nursing students and faculty, and student-centeredness and active learning approaches in nursing.

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