Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN Option
- Developed specifically for working nurses and offered by UTEP’s School of Nursing
- Convenient and 100% online for maximum flexibility
- Highly competitive with no statistics requirement
- Ranked in the top 20 most affordable RN to BSN programs by BestValueSchools.com
- Fully accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education
- Fast-paced and can be completed in as few as 12 months; nursing program courses can be taken one at a time for convenience
The School of Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso is proud to offer an RN to BSN degree specifically developed to accommodate the schedules of busy nurses. The fully online format is flexible and can be accessed at anytime from anywhere, making it possible for nurses to continue working and earning while expanding on their skills.
For more information about the program, please visit our page on the School of Nursing website (http://www.utep.edu/nursing/academic-programs/undergraduate/rn-to-bsn-online-degree/rn-to-bsn-online-degree-page.html).
WHY AN RN TO BSN ONLINE?
The demand for nurses with a BSN is great per the Future of Nursing 2020 report from the National Academies Health and Medicine Division. According to the report
- The healthcare industry needs a more educated workforce and this need can be met by nurses who have a BSN
- Nurses with a BSN are also more likely to achieve higher levels of education needed to hold positions like nurse researchers, nurse faculty and primary care providers. All these positions are also in high demand in the healthcare workplace.
A key recommendation of the report is that by 2020, 80% of the nursing population should have BSN degrees to meet increased industry demand. (Source: National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine/Health and Medicine Division; “The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education”; http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health/Report-Brief-Education.aspx)
Meet Candice Adame
"...completing my bachelor’s degree has been a long journey for me. It was a personal goal, and also something that I wanted to, do for my family and for myself, to further my education and my career."
The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as the online RN to BSN program help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Nursing and its programs are accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE).
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
ONLINE RN TO BSN PROGRAM CURRICULUM
UTEP’s online RN to BSN program offers the highest quality curriculum that teaches evidence-based practice.
The minimum requirements for completion of the RN to BSN online degree are a total of 30 hours at UTEP, which must include 21 hours of RN to BSN nursing courses and an additional 9 hours to meet minimum residency requirements for graduation. The 9 hours can be met by taking general education courses at UTEP. Some students may need additional general education courses to satisfy the University’s graduation requirements.
Advanced Standing Credit will be given for designated courses (TCR) upon successful completion of the first RN to BSN semester.
Effective Summer 2018, all students enrolled in the RN to BSN program must complete a mentorship component. This additional graduation requirement is the result of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) new CCNE accreditation rules and will affect all RN to BSN programs nationwide.
General Education Courses
General Education courses are a set of courses the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requires all students to pass in order to receive ANY bachelor’s degree from a public institution in Texas. For more information on general education courses, visit: http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/univ.pl?univ=77
These courses will be available online and may be required in order to graduate from the online UTEP RN-BSN program. If you have taken these courses in the past, they may be transferred into the UTEP RN-BSN program. Click here to see the core curriculum.
Upon submission of your official transcripts, an RN-BSN advisor will be in touch to discuss which general education courses you need in order to start the RN-BSN professional courses.
|RN to BSN Role Transition||Examine the study of professional nursing with an emphasis on the challenging role of the nurse in contemporary society and the differentiated knowledge and practice expectations of the baccalaureate-degreed nurse. Engage in scholarly dialogue about the knowledge and skills needed to support patients in health promotion and disease prevention as they strive to reach their optimal level of wellness.|
|Nursing Informatics & Technology||Get an overview of nursing informatics as it relates to the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care. The curriculum emphasizes the establishment and provision of evidence-based practice, the use of information management systems in the collection, management and communication of patient data, and the maintenance of patient privacy and confidentiality.|
|Evidence-Based Research||Understand the process and importance of evidence-based clinical decision-making, through the exploration and integration of current scientific evidence, use of clinical reasoning, identification of patient preferences and assessment of available resources. Course materials focus on the analysis and synthesis of evidence to answer a clinical question relevant to nursing practice and patient-centered care.|
|Nursing Leadership & Management||Achieve the knowledge and skills needed to be a nursing leader who can function as a contributing member of the interprofessional team. Develop transformational leadership skills and management techniques needed to coordinate the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care with an emphasis on professional behaviors, communication that supports information exchange, collaboration and conflict mediation, ethical comportment and the establishment and provision of evidence- based practice.|
|Nursing in the Community||Gain an introduction to nursing care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Discuss principles and practices of community health are discussed with an emphasis on assessing factors that influence the health of populations and the use of evidence-based practices in the delivery of spiritually and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease prevention interventions. Explore the role of the nurse as advocate for social justice. (Application experience required).|