University of Texas Online Consortium

Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)

image of a woman and man in lab coats looking at a computerThe College of Health Affairs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is proud to offer their online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program.

The program is for Registered Nurses (RN), who have completed a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing, to complete a BSN education. Courses are offered online and designed to build on previous nursing education and experiences of the RN student. The purpose of this program is to provide a foundation in Holistic Nursing as an art and science with an emphasis on self-care and holistic care of clients, families, and communities. The program will prepare graduates for entry into graduate nursing education and to sit for the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Examination for baccalaureate prepared nurses.


The RN to BSN program has full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes educational programs that have met or exceeded standards for educational quality.

The RN to BSN program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) and graduates are eligible to write their examination for Holistic Nursing Certification. The RN to BSN curriculum includes preparation of the Holistic Nurse within the framework of caring. Graduates are prepared to provide holistic care as defined by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Core Values and Standards of Holistic Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for a certification examination for two years from the date of graduation.

The College of Health Affairs is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

UTRGV is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Admission to the program requires:

  • General undergraduate admission to UTRGV
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing (Nursing Validation Base)
  • Completion of the General Education Core and and Degree Base courses
  • Current U.S. or U.S. territory Registered Nurse license
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) license
  • Proof of required immunizations
  • Background security clearance

Degree Requirements

  • General Education Core - 42 credits
  • Nursing (RN) Core - 27 credits
  • Nursing (RN) Advanced Electives* - 30 credits
    *(May be awarded upon satisfactory completion of RN core.)
  • Restricted Electives - 21 credits
  • Total for Degree - 120 credits


Link to a list of the courses required for the degree plan. To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and RN to BSN from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

M. Sandra Sanchez

Professor, Program Advisor
(956) 665-3491

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Are campus visits required?
    The courses are offered online. If a course requires field-based experience/practicum it is noted in the course description.
  • How can I find more information?
    Please contact the academic liaison listed above if you have additional questions about the program.

Getting Started

To participate in the program, students must apply to and be accepted by UTRGV. Students can apply for admission using the ApplyTexas website.

Link to Enrollment Services for additional information on registration and course access.