May 20, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

Nursing, RN-BSN Online Transition Track, B.S.N.

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The Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing  at SFA encourages nurses who have completed their nursing education in either an associate degree or diploma program to obtain the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The RN-BSN online transition track was established for the student who has previously passed the NCLEX-RN and has current licensure as a registered nurse and wishes to obtain the baccalaureate degree. The RN-BSN track courses are online.

Full Admission Requirements

  1. Acceptance to SFA.
  2. Current licensure to practice as a registered nurse and working as a registered nurse.
  3. Overall GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses, including transfer courses.
  4. Completed application to NursingCAS RN-BSN track (
  5. The following academic courses must be completed prior to admission to the RN-BSN track of the School of Nursing:

1. Core Curriculum Requirements (42 hours)

A. Communication (6 hours)

B. Mathematics (3 hours):

C. Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours):

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)

E. Creative Arts (3hours)

F. American History (6 hours)

Six hours from U.S. history (with Texas option):

G. Government/Political Science (6 hours):

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours):

Three hours from:

I. Component Area Option (6 hours)

Additional Requirements

  1. Academic courses required by the School of Nursing  must include BIOL 2101 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab ; CHEM 1105 - Intro to Chemistry I Lab ; BIOL 2002 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab  and BIOL 2402 - Anatomy and Physiology II ; BIOL 3420 - Microbiology for Non-Science Majors ; three or four hours from PSYC 2314 , HDFS 3336 , or TECA 1354 /236P  (Child Development); NURS 3304 - Pathophysiology  or NURS 4338 - RN-BSN Pathophysiology ; three hours from NUTR 2339 - Introductory to Nutrition .
  2. Enough additional hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours of acceptable credit.
  3. A minimum of 30 hours of residence work on the SFA campus, all of which must be advanced 300- to 400-level courses.
  4. A grade of at least C in each freshman English course, a C average in coursework completed at SFA, a minimum of C in each course in the major field and specified cognates. These required averages are based upon those courses in each category included in the student’s official degree plan.

History and political science courses are not required for entrance into the nursing program. However, they are required by the university for graduation.

Admission Process

Students may be admitted based on completion of prerequisites and attainment of admission criteria. When spaces are limited, admission of qualified applicants will be processed in the order received. To be considered for admission, the student must complete the following:

  • Completed application to NursingCAS (
  • Complete, official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges and SFA transcript to be submitted to NursingCAS
  • Copies of accepted or denied petitions or petitions being submitted to be sent to School of Nursing;
  • Copy of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse.

Application Deadline - The deadline for application for admission is July 15 for fall admission, Nov. 15 for spring admission, and April 15 for summer admission. Applications received after this deadline will be considered only if vacancies still exist in the incoming class. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure all application materials are received by the NursingCAS system and the School of Nursing  prior to the deadline.

Students who have completed courses at other collegiate institutions may transfer credits under the policies of SFA. A maximum of 66 academic semester hours may be transferred from a junior college. There is no limit to the number of senior college hours that may be transferred; however, 30 hours, all of which are advanced (300-499 level), must be completed in residence at SFA. Advanced placement credit does not count as hours toward residency.

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