RN to BS in Nursing

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RN to BS in Nursing Program Overview

Our CCNE-accredited online RN to BS in Nursing 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 RN to BS in Nursing program 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 RN to BS in Nursing 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 online RN to BS in Nursing 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, or 2412.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
8 weeks
3
The study of art, its role in society, the creative process, and standards of artistic judgment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: 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: Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024
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: Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
16 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: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
16 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: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
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 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
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 Spring 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
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 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 Spring 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 Spring 2022
MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
8 weeks
3
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 Spring 2022
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics I
16 weeks
3
Modern applications of mathematics including graph theory, optimization, data organization, and social decision models.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024
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 Spring 2022
MATH 2413 - Calculus I
16 weeks
4
Differentiation of functions of one variable, introduction to integration.
Prerequisites: MATH 2412 - Precalculus
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024
MUSI 1301 - Jazz, Pop & Rock
8 weeks
3
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation
8 weeks
3
A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciation of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
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 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 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: Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022 Summer A 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Summer B 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Fall A 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
Major Requirements for Pre-Nursing

The following are required courses as part of the pre-nursing major: A&P I with Lab, A&P II with Lab, PSYC 3344 Lifespan and Development, and PSYC 3301 Introductory Statistics.

Courses
Duration
Credits
PSYC 3301 - Introductory Statistics
16 weeks
3
Measures of central tendency, variability, correlation, and hypotheses testing, with emphasis on the application of statistical methods to research in the behavioral sciences and education.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024
PSYC 3344 - Lifespan and Development
8 weeks
3
Examination of theories and research on biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality factors that affect individuals from infancy through old age.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024
Online RN to BSN Curriculum Degree Plan

38 sch.

Courses
Duration
Credits
NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
8 weeks
6
Role Transformation to BSN is designed to examine the transition of the Registered Nurse (RN) to the professional leadership role at the baccalaureate level. As the entry course for the Professional Component of the RN to BSN program, this course provides students with networking and mentoring opportunities with peers and faculty. An examination of evolving disciplinary nursing knowledge, historical foundations, and current issues regarding the scope and roles of the nurse leader shall be explored. The promotion of critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills critical to professional practice are assessed through writing intensive assignments.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4290 - Population Public Health
8 weeks
2
Analysis of formal and informal community systems/resources and health care delivery systems including public health; emphasis on cultural diversity and needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Community building through collaborative activities with community partners to develop and access resources to promote health. Roles, strategies, and resources for emergency management in the community.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
Semesters Offered: N/A
NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical
8 weeks
2
Performing assessment of formal and informal community systems/resources and health care delivery systems including public health; emphasis on cultural diversity and needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Community building to develop and access resources to promote health. Roles, strategies, and resources for emergency management in the community. This course must be taken with NURS4290.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
Semesters Offered: N/A
NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods
8 weeks
3
Evidenced Based Practice: course introduces the formal study of research methods, including literature search, hypothesis generation and testing, sampling theory, research design, data analysis and report-writing. The course provides for integration of basic research methods for analyzing research studies and incorporating current quality standards and evidence-based protocols into healthcare.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health
8 weeks
3
Analyze and evaluate the relationship between the domains of social determinants of health and health disparities, inequalities, health-related outcomes and patient satisfaction. Propose strategies and foster relationships through intentional collaborations across professions to enhance access to healthcare and information and quality of life by impacting social determinants of health.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse
8 weeks
4
In this course, students integrate science and skills in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing assessment address physiological adaptations, health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan to promote person-centered care that focuses on the individual within multiple complex contexts. The course helps the practicing nurse advance professional practice skills and develop increased ability in problem solving and clinical reasoning.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation
8 weeks
3
In this course, students explore the changing technology environment and its potential impact on the delivery of quality, safe patient care. Students will integrate the knowledge of health information and data analysis to drive clinical decision-making and patient care outcomes. Overriding considerations will include: (a) technology’s impact on workflow, (b) legal and ethical considerations associated with select technology, and (c) the impact of technology on the changing role of the provider.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process
8 weeks
3
This course focuses on the role as a leader in complex healthcare organizations. The student examines theories and processes for conflict resolution, negotiation skills, operations management, and strategic planning across the continuum of care in healthcare organizations. Topics of study include informatics, legal issues, organizational management, and healthcare economics. The student will be prepared as a leader of change in healthcare systems to improve population health outcomes.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4342 - Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems
8 weeks
3
In this course, students are introduced to competencies necessary to address elements of quality improvement and leadership’s responsibilities related to continuous quality improvement, including data analysis for quality improvement, clinical practice guidelines, and future of healthcare to enhance the quality and minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4341 - Healthcare Leadership and Policy
8 weeks
3
Course overviews healthcare organizations in the United States and current and emerging concepts, trends, policies, and issues in healthcare. The course provides for analysis of relevant legislation and discussion of current issues policy research and healthcare system evaluation.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process
Semesters Offered:
NURS 4611 - Leadership Immersion & Capstone
8 weeks
6
This is the culminating scholarly experience in the health science program of study. Students will focus on synthesis and integration of complex concepts relevant to their scope of practice, and leadership and management skills in complex organizational environments. Emphasis is placed on the application of leadership principles and self-reflection that fosters personal growth, health, and life-long learning through an evidence-based capstone project.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process NURS 4342 - Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems NURS 4341 - Healthcare Leadership and Policy
Semesters Offered:

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

Official 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.

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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