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Nursing Bachelor of Science (BSN)Bachelor of Science Degree

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Prerequisite: AAS in Nursing (or equivalent) 60 Credits
Prerequisite: Additional Core and Psychology 2314 28 Credits
First Semester Courses - First 8 Weeks 6 Credits
NURS 3350 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 3
NURS 3353 Informatics and Technology in Healthcare 3
First Semester Courses - Second 8 Weeks 6 Credits
NURS 3351 Introduction to Nursing Research 3
NURS 3357 Nursing Today-Issues in Professional Nursing Practice 3
Second Semester Courses - First 8 Weeks 6 Credits
NURS 4355 Community and Public Health 3
NURS 4260 Community and Public Health-Practicum 2
Second Semester Courses - Second 8 Weeks 6 Credits
NURS 4357 Leadership and Management 3
NURS 4261 Leadership and Management- Practicum 2
Third Semester Courses - First 6 Weeks 3 Credits
NURS 4356 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
Third Semester Courses - Second 6 Weeks 6 Credits
NURS 3354 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
Third Semester Courses - Third 12 Weeks 4 Credits
NURS 4455 Synthesis/RN-BSN Capstone 4
Program Total 120 Credits

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Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is designed for licensed Registered Nurses seeking to advance their professional qualifications. Graduates of the program will have a broader understanding of the nursing profession and will bring that understanding to the practice of nursing in their places of employment.

Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership and management roles. The program will prepare registered nurses to care for patients in a variety of settings, including acute, long-term care, community and public health clinics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, sciences, and humanities to address the health care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan in diverse and global health care systems and environments.

  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams to provide care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations to design, manage, and deliver high quality and safe patient-centered care.

  • Acquire knowledge and apply management skills necessary to be effective and professional leaders through the delivery of socially, ethically, and financially responsible care while embracing the concept of life-long learning.

  • Engage in a systematic process incorporating clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice outcomes as the basis for decision-making and the delivery of safe comprehensive patient care.

  • Utilize current research and the scientific process to collect and analyze physical, genetic, psychological, spiritual, socio-economic, and environmental data related to patients and communities.

  • Use technology and information systems to communicate, manage information, and support decision making to improve patient outcomes within the healthcare delivery system.

Prerequisites

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  • Completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree or equivalent in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Current, unencumbered Texas RN license or Enhanced Compact License to practice in Texas.
  • Completion of 42 credit hours of Texas Core courses and Psychology 2314 (Lifespan Growth & Development).
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher.

Admission

Admission is competitive, based on GPA, school and work history, and leadership potential. Refer to the RN to BSN Student Handbook (PDF) for additional information.

RN to BSN MISSION STATEMENT

We, the nursing faculty of Lone Star College RN to BSN Program, concur with the mission, vision, values, and philosophy of Lone Star College. We aim to provide quality, affordable, RN to BSN education through a focused, year-round program which supports the working nurse.

RN to BSN VISION STATEMENT

To be the go-to college for comprehensive, affordable, nursing education mobility from LVN to BSN.

RN to BSN PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING EDUCATION

As an integral component of Lone Star College, the RN to BSN Program subscribes to the mission, vision, and values of the College. The faculty recognizes that students differ in abilities, learning styles, educational and cultural backgrounds, and goals. Therefore, a variety of learning modalities to facilitate the educational needs of students will be provided. The faculty's responsibility is to challenge and support students by structuring learning activities/situations that require inquiry, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Learning is optimal when faculty and students develop a dynamic professional relationship fostered by mutual respect and when they engage in critical reflection. As a result of this learner-focused approach to education, the student develops cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills that can be used in diverse life situations.

The faculty believe learning is a continuous lifelong process and a personal responsibility. Students must be actively engaged in the learning process to acquire clinical proficiency and to be socialized into professional roles. Learning experiences are implemented to achieve sequence, continuity, synthesis of knowledge, and expertise as defined by the educational outcomes. Teaching and learning are dynamic processes involving curriculum evaluation and revision based on research evidence, the needs of a multicultural society, and the changing health care system. The educational process facilitates the development of each person's potential and promotes cultural competence and assimilation of ethical principles

Faculty and students foster an educational climate of mutual respect, honesty, intellectual inquiry, creativity, and effective communication. We contribute to the development of our profession through the conduct of research, implementation of advanced technology, and the dissemination and application of evidence-based knowledge. Faculty and students provide service to the community through clinical practice and leadership.

The RN to BSN Program prepares competent, self-directed Registered Nurses who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care.

Accreditation & Approval

Lone Star College RN to BSN Program is approved and regulated by the Texas Board of Nursinghttps://www.bon.texas.gov/, whose mission is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely.  Contact information for the Texas Board of Nursing is below.

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe Street, Suite #3-460
Austin, Texas  78701
Office: (512) 305-7400
Fax:    (512) 305-7401
http://www.bon.state.tx.us/

The RN to BSN Program is approved for candidate status by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) https://www.acenursing.org/.  The purpose of the ACEN is to provide specialized accreditation for all types of nursing programs, including clinical doctorate/DNP specialist certificate, master's/post-master's certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical nursing programs. The ACEN accredits nursing programs in secondary, postsecondary, and hospital-based governing organizations that offer certificates, diplomas, or degrees.  Questions, comments, or concerns can be sent to the ACEN at: https://www.acenursing.org/contact-us/ or through the contact information below.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
Phone: 404.975.5000       
Fax: 404.975.5020
http://www.acenursing.org/

The Lone Star College RN to BSN program  wishes to announce its initial accreditation site visit. 
Open invitation to an public forum with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing:

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Brandi Crawford, DNP, MSN, RN
Executive Director of the RN to BSN Program
936.273.7349 | Brandi.Crawford@LoneStar.edu
University Center Suite 302

Julie Kendall, DNP, RN, CNE
RN to BSN Faculty
936.273.7318 | Julie.E.Kendall@LoneStar.edu
University Center Suite 302

Shanté Balmaceda
RN to BSN Administrative Assistant
936.271.6382 | Shante.Balmaceda@LoneStar.edu
University Center Suite 302

Or, email BachelorsDegree@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.2695.

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