Plan of Study / Curriculum

The program is a blend of online learning and classroom activities and is one-year in length.  Most courses are taught in 8-week increments. 

Students are encouraged to complete general education courses prior to entry into the program.  The degree consists of multiple components: 

Prerequisite Courses:  10 semester credit hours. These courses may be in progress during application.

BIOL 1322 Nutrition
CHEM 1305/1105 Introductory Chemistry I Lecture/Lab (may take CHEM 1311/1111)
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods


General Education Courses: 45 semester credit hours 

BIOL 2301/2101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
BIOL 2302/2102 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2321/2120 Microbiology for Health Science Majors
Creative/Fine Arts (1 class/3 credit hours)  
ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II
GOVT 2305 Federal Government
GOVT 2306 Texas Government
History (2 classes/6 credit hours) Choose from HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 2327, 2328
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
Speech (1 class/3 credit hours) Choose from SPCH 1315, 1318, or 1321


Transfer Courses from an accredited associate of applied science nursing program.
Total of 34 semester credit hours.  

Prospective students can schedule a meeting with the department chair to discuss specific transfer courses. 

RNSG 1413 Foundations for Nursing Practice
RNSG 1105 Nursing Skills I
RNSG 1215 Health Assessment
RNSG 1160 Clinical Nursing Introduction
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology
RNSG 1341 Common Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 1261 Clinical Nursing Common Concepts Adult Health
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing
RNSG 2261 Clinical Mental Health Nursing
RNSG 2201 Care of Children and Families
RNSG 2262 Clinical Nursing Care of Children and Families
RNSG 2208 Maternal/Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health
RNSG 2260 Clinical Registered Nursing
RNSG 2332 Enhanced Concepts Adult Health
RNSG 2263 Clinical Registered Nursing
RNSG 2121 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management


Upper-Level Nursing Courses: 31 semester credit hours 

Semester 1
NURS 3350 Transition to Baccalaureate [C/0]
NURS 3244 Issues and Trends in Nursing [O]
NURS 4314 Theoretical Principles of Nursing [O]
NURS 4341 Health Promotion across the Lifespan [C/O]
Semester 2
NURS 3432   Community Health Nursing* [C/O]
NURS 4358 Public and Global health Policy [O]
NURS 3351 Research: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice [O]
NURS 3353 Informatics and Technology in Healthcare [O]
Semester 3
NURS 4326 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing [O]
NURS 4457 Leadership and Management [C/O]

*10-week course

C/O – Classroom and online learning

O – Online learning


The Community Health Nursing course is a 10-week course that includes a combination of classroom, online, and practical learning opportunities.  Students will be required to travel to designated communities to complete the practical learning for this course and are required to maintain a log of activities throughout the course.  Students will attend the first week of the course to discuss the community assessment requirements and will present their findings to the class at the end of the semester.

The Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Leadership/Management courses are designed to analyze data to determine best practices.  Clinical hours are not required for this course. Students will be required to develop a change management project.  However, the student will not be required to implement the project.  Students may select a topic suited for their places of employment.