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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

Prepare for professional advancement and more rewarding career opportunities in nursing practice with this accelerated online RN to BSN program.

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Program Overview

The UTPB Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) accelerated online program includes nursing management courses to ensure you are prepared for confident decision-making and leadership roles in patient care.

This CCNE-accredited online program is designed for working nurses who need a flexible academic schedule, and it can be completed in as few as 8 months.* Learn from caring and experienced faculty—most of whom are former online students themselves. 100% online, state-of-the-art curriculum delivery (Outlook 365, and collaborative tools) also add to student support.

You can start taking RN to BSN courses immediately and complete any required general education courses online as co-requisites. Upon completion of your RN to BSN online program, you will also be awarded a Nurse Management Certificate from Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.



The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at The University of Texas Permian Basin College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Total Tuition

As few as 8 months



Credit Hours


Designed to fit your schedule

Designed for working nurses, our online RN to BSN fits your schedule.

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Our RN to BSN online program features affordable tuition and flexible payment options. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify to assist you with expenses related to pursuing a degree.

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Application Fee: $40
Graduation Fee: $25

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.

Financial Aid

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Explore financial aid options that can help you fund your online degree from UTPB.

Financial assistance is available to college students who qualify and are seeking a degree. Funds from a variety of sources assist students in achieving their responsibilities in paying for college. Costs associated with attending The University of Texas Permian Basin are comprised of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Federal, State, institutional and external sources can help pay some of the expenses related to the associated costs. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program sponsored by UTPB on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Please include the UTPB Federal School Code: 009930.
  2. Complete the UTPB admission process for your accelerated online program.
  3. Monitor your email for further instructions from the UTPB Financial Aid Office.

Please contact your Financial Aid Counselor if you have any questions.

The University of Texas Permian Basin
4901 East University
Odessa, Texas 79762

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Fax: 432-552-2621
Email: [email protected]

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The UTPB online RN to BSN program features 7- and 8-week courses with six start dates a year. Find the most convenient start date for you in the calendar below and apply online by the corresponding application due date.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
01/11/21 12/14/20 01/04/21 01/08/21 01/08/21
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At UTPB, we make it easy for working nurses to continue their education. Please review the admission guidelines for the RN to BSN online program below.

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Official Transcripts

minimum 2.5 GPA

Current RN License

in Texas or compact state

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Nursing Admission Requirements

  • Complete The University of Texas Permian Basin application and submit the $40 application fee and transcripts
  • Must hold a current RN license to practice professional nursing in Texas or other compact state
  • Must be graduate of a professional nursing program approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing, or appropriate State Board, and the professional nursing program must be nationally accredited
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

All official sealed transcripts may be mailed to the address below:

Admissions Office
The University of Texas Permian Basin
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, Texas 79762

Students may request that the original institution send the transcripts electronically to [email protected]. Transcripts sent electronically will only be reviewed if they are received directly from the original school.


The RN to BSN coursework consists of 12 total nursing courses, including 11 core courses and one nursing management course, for a total of 31 credit hours. There are no pre-requisite general education courses, and any needed general education courses may be completed online alongside the nursing courses. Students will receive 26 advanced placement credits upon completion of the nursing program, and the remaining 64 credits are comprised of the pre-professional nursing core and general education courses. Many of the general education requirements could be transferred in, based on a transcript review and individual advising. Any remaining general education courses missing can be completed online and at the same time as the nursing courses.

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Students must complete the following core courses.

NURS 4150: Seminar: Practice of Professional Nursing I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Seminar Course. Introduces nursing program's conceptual framework and provides transition for the Registered Nurse into the baccalaureate nursing program. Strategies that facilitate professional growth, applications of principles and values of reflective practice and the exploration of personal and professional goals to help students create a foundation for holistic and culturally congruent nursing practice are presented. Corequisite: NURS 4351

NURS 4351: Theories and Issues in Professional Nursing & Health Care

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Conceptual and theoretical foundations and key issues impacting professional nursing practice in the contemporary health care environment. History and development of holistic, patient-centered care, analysis of theories from nursing and other disciplines that incorporate legal and ethical principles, cultural, social, and financial concepts, interprofessional collaboration, and information technologies. Examination of ethical issues and confidentiality of patient information. Corequisites: NURS 4150

NURS 3302: Transcultural Nursing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Knowledge of the basic nursing practices and specialized medical and nursing terminology needed to communicate effectively concerning health status and health/illness management of Spanish-speaking patients and families. Evaluate nursing decisions and nursing actions needed to perform patient history, patient teaching, medication administration, discharge planning, and explanation of procedures and therapy congruent with the needs of Spanish speaking patients. Identify when to use a medical interpreter.

NURS 4250: Nursing Research & Quality Improvement Science

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Critical analysis of models of research and quality improvement science, appraisal of evidence-based literature and use of information technology to enhance the foundation for clinical decision making and data management to promote health outcomes associated with safety, cost and clinical improvement. Application of ethical principles and quality science strategies to develop a plan to solve identified practice problems.

NURS 4151: Seminar: Practice of Professional Nursing II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Seminar Course. Students expand scholarly reasoning skills associated with competencies essential in leadership and public health nursing roles through reflective inquiry and integration of nursing leadership, research, and theory based practices and community based experiences; appraise a variety of models of interprofessional collaboration, nursing research, quality improvement and information technology through use of reflective dialogue, aesthetics and professional engagement. Corequisite: NURS 4450

NURS 4450: Clinical Leadership I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

(2 hours didactic; 6 hours clinical assignments per week) — Concepts and competencies in nursing leadership and management in a dynamic healthcare system including: political and cultural influences on nursing leadership; comparison of traditional and transformational leadership characteristics; creation of a culture of safety and just culture in the workplace through interprofessional collaboration, and application of evidence-based theories and practices. Application of nursing practice standards, clinical reasoning, patient safety, and delegation. Corequisite: NURS

NURS 4313: Multicultural Public Health Nursing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of formal and informal community systems/resources and healthcare delivery systems in public health; emphasis on cultural influences on health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Community partnerships, interprofessional communication to help families modify lifestyle and community resources to promote health. Roles, strategies, and resources for emergency management in the community.

NURS 4213: Multicultural Public Health Nursing: Clinical

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Application of evidence-based nursing practice skills to community/public health situations addressing cultural diversity, at-risk families, and vulnerable populations; nursing collaboration and interprofessional communication to explore public health systems to promote health in communities. Community assessment and planning in non-emergent and emergent situations. Advocacy for access to the healthcare system.

NURS 4452: Global Health Nursing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Overview of global health, including determinants of health, health indicators, human rights, globalization, current socioeconomic factors, health care systems and public health systems and global health policies; nursing interventions to impact global health disparities; examination of the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; management of health issues and nursing care around the world and its impact on health care locally.

NURS 4152: Seminar : Practice of Professional Nursing III

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Seminar Course. Final seminar course. Appraise and reflect on content and experiences of prior nursing courses, discuss transition into the professional nursing role, synthesize principles of culturally congruent holistic patient care, evidence-based nursing leadership, research and informatics, interprofessional quality improvement, and patient safety through discussion, personal reflection, and development of a professional portfolio. Corequisite: NURS 4451

NURS 4451: Clinical Leadership II

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

(2 hours didactic; 6 hours clinical assignments per week) — Synthesis of clinical reasoning and creative application of evidence for nursing leadership essential in promoting intra and interprofessional collaboration in dynamic healthcare organizations and systems. Employ quality improvement science and evidence-based resources for programmatic design, implementation and evaluation. Corequisite NURS 4152

Choose one course from the list below. Course selection will vary depending on availability.

MNGT 3310: Management Concepts and Organizational Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamental concepts of management including principles of administration, modern organization theory, goal-setting, leadership and decision-making. This is a study of the impact of societal influences and ethical consideration on business decision-making. Special attention is given to business stakeholder relationships and the role of the organization in the community.

MNGT 3311: Business Communications

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is an introduction to the basic interpersonal communication process through appropriate communications technology with applications for business organizations. It is a systems approach to planning, researching, organizing, composing, editing, and revising reports and other business-related communications. Oral presentations are required. Business communication ethics are explored.

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The University of Texas Permian Basin is proud to be affiliated with Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing®.

*Program consists of 31 hours of nursing credits. $9,641 tuition and 8 month timeline refers to upper-division nursing courses only.

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