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The 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 Transition track courses are online.

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One benefit of an online program is that it may help you save money on expenses for things such as gasoline and parking permits. Plus the flexibility of an online program means you don’t have to miss work in order to attend class.

SFA’s online RN-BSN program is very affordable. A typical semester in this program will cost approximately $2,500 (including tuition, fees and textbooks). Your exact cost may be higher or lower. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. Many health care employees provide tuition reimbursement to their employees.

* tuition calculator

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Students are required to complete the following prerequisite academic courses prior to graduation. These courses may be taken concurrently with Nursing courses.

* 120 hours are required for graduation. Students may take an additional elective course if needed for graduation. Request a degree plan to determine hours required for a BSN.

Anatomy & PhysiologyBIO 238 & 239
ChemistryCHE 111
Microbiology BIO 308
Child DevelopmentHMS 236 or PSY 210
Child Development Lab HMS 236L
Nutrition HMS 239 or 339, 355
Computer Science CSC 101, 102, 121, or 201
Cultural Study SOC 139 or ANT 231
English ENG 131 & 132
Prescribed Elective I See Group I
Prescribed Elective Il See Group Il
Prescribed Elective Ill See Group Ill
Psychology PSY 133
Statistics MTH 220
Pathophysiology NUR 304 or 438
Select one from Group 1:
ART 280, 281, 282
MUS 140
MHL 245
THR 161, 370
DAN 140, 341
Select one from Group 2:
ENG 200-235, 300
Select two from Group 3:
BCM 247
COM 111, 170
ENG 273
SPH 172, 272
FRE 131, 132
ILA 111, 112
SPA 131, 132
Other required courses:
HIS 133 & 134, PSC 141 & 142

* * Courses of this color are currently offered online.

A. 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 completed application packet must consist of the following:

        1. Completed application to the School of Nursing (PDF);

        2. Complete, official (SFA may be unofficial) copies of transcripts from all previous college credit and SFA transcript (official or unofficial);

        3. Copies of accepted petitions or petitions being submitted;

        4. Completed admission checklist which includes a written list of all courses currently being attempted;

        5. Current licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).

B. Application Deadline: Applications for admission will be accepted from December 20–January 25 each year. 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 that all application materials are received by 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, 42 hours, of which 36 hours 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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434. Professional Transition I (web based): Six semester hours. This course builds upon principles and theories from previous, concurrent, and prerequisite courses. Students will have the opportunity for acquisition and application of nursing history, theory, research, and practice as a BSN. Emphasis is placed on professional communication, critical thinking, nursing process, and nursing roles and responsibilities. Content in NUR 305 is included in NUR 434. Prerequisites: RN license; admission to nursing transition program.

435. Professional Transition II (web based): Six semester hours. This course builds on NUR 434 (Professional Transition I) and previous, concurrent, and prerequisite courses. Students will have the opportunity to analyze current trends and issues In nursing and healthcare that impact the role of the BSN. Prerequisites: NUR 434.

439. RN-BSN Research and Application (web based): Three semester hours, two hours didactic and three hours clinical practicum (NUR 439L). Introduction of concepts and process of research in nursing with an emphasis on the techniques for critiquing published research studies and development of ability to use nursing and interdisciplinary research to guide nursing practice. Prerequisites: MTH 220, NUR 434, NUR 435.

440. RN-BSN Care of Community Populations (web based): Three semester hours, two hour didactic and three hours clinical practicum (NUR 440L). Application of nursing theory, research, and practice to community populations with foci on health promotion, prevention of illness, and the Impact of situational and developmental stressors on social units. Prerequisites: NUR 434, NUR 435.

441. RN-BSN Leadership (web based): Four semester hours, two hour didactic and six hours clinical practicum (NUR 441L). Students apply critical thinking, management, leadership, and nursing theories and research while coordinating nursing care of multiple clients. The role of the nurse as a leader and manager within the disciplinary healthcare team and system will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NUR 434, NUR 435.

Nursing 434 is the bridging course for the transition student. The student will receive six hours of credit for NUR 434. The student will complete a six credit hour Nursing 435 course (Advanced Nursing Theory, Process, and Skills). Following successful completion of these two courses (NUR 434 and NUR 435), the students will be given thirty hours advanced credit for the following nursing courses: 306, 330, 331, 332, 406, 407, and 408. Students in the transition program will complete the following nursing courses: 434, 435, 439, 440, and 441. NUR 304, NUR 307, and NUR 308 are required for the BSN; however, there are options for validating knowledge for these courses. After students are admitted to the SON, they will be asked to submit a portfolio to validate and document their nursing experience. Based upon this documentation, a wavier may be given or the student will be required to take NUR 304, NUR 307, and NUR 308. Degree plans will finalize requirements.

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After completion of all prerequisite courses, the suggested program of study is based on the professional portfolio and needs of the student. One example of a course of study is:

Summer I

NUR 434, Professional Transition I, six hours (previously NUR 303)

Summer II

NUR 435, RN-BSN Professional Transition II, six hours (previously NUR 425)


NUR 439, RN-BSN Research and Application, three hours (previously NUR 325)

NUR 440, RN-BSN Care of Community Populations, three hours (previously (NUR 324 and NUR 416)

Six hours of Nursing Electives (see list below)


NUR 441, RN-BSN Leadership, four hours (previously NUR 415)

HMS 339, Nutrition, three hours, (web based)

Six hours of Nursing Electives (see list below)

RN-BSN Transition students only may take the following:

NUR 436. RN-BSN Pharmacology (web based): Three semester didactic hours. Establishes a foundation for the pharmacological aspects of nursing. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

NUR 437. RN-BSN Health Assessment web based): Two semester hours, one hour didactic and three hours clinical practicum (NUR 437L). Acquisition and application of nursing assessment skills for clients throughout the lifespan to provide a basis for critical thinking and nursing practice decisions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

NUR 438. RN-BSN Pathophysiology (web based): Three semester didactic hours. Provides foundation for core concepts of human pathophysiology upon which evidence-based nursing practice is founded. Prerequisite: None.

NUR 340, Communication in Health Care, two hours
NUR 343, Women's Health Issues, two hours
NUR 350, History of the Nursing Profession, one hour
NUR 351, Current Issues and Trends in Nursing, one hour
NUR 352, Ethics in Nursing, one hour
NUR 353, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, one hour
NUR 354, Healthy Aging, two hours
NUR 451, Violence in Families, two hours
NUR 452, Perioperative Nursing, two hours

The SFA School of Nursing is accredited by both the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and the National League of Nursing Accreditation Council (NLNAC).

The baccalaureate program is accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) and the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

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Acceptance into SFA
Acceptance into Online RN-BSN Transition Program
Current RN license

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Karen Migl, Ph D., RNC., WHNP-BC
Phone: 936.468.7729 or 936.468.7705
Fax: 936.468.7752

If further information is required, please contact:
Texas Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 430, Austin, TX 78767-0430
(512) 305-7400
National League of Nursing Accreditation Council
61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
(800) 669-1656
All School of Nursing information is available online at: Specific helpful links are Admission Process and Brochures.

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The Richard & Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University has a mission to provide students a foundation for success, a passion for learning, and a commitment to responsible global citizenship in a community dedicated to teaching, research, creativity, and service.

At SFA, we value the individual student, teaching and learning, intellectual and creative discovery, service and academic achievement.

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