RN to BSN Online

The fully-online ADN to BSN degree will give students the education and skills needed to advance their career and meet the ever-changing needs of the nursing profession. Students who participate in Schreiner’s Online RN to BSN program will complete innovative coursework that is interwoven with ethical principles.

Our program is built for success—you can maintain your nursing career while having the flexibility to earn an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. As an accelerated Online RN to BSN degree, students can complete the program in as little as one year. In addition to required coursework, students can choose electives that include opportunities abroad or credit for certifications that they already have earned.

Program Coordinator

Sparks, Wanda

Wanda R. Sparks
Wanda R. Sparks, RN, PhD
Director of Nursing
Academic Affairs
RN to BSN Handbook
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Self-Registration Instructions
2020-2021 Textbook List
Intent to Return
Nursing Certification for Credit

Accreditation Information

Nursing CertificationsSchreiner University’s Online RN to BSN program has been awarded accreditation from the following organizations and is in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing:

Admission Requirements

We want you to be successful. The admissions requirements for Schreiner’s Online RN to BSN degree are constructed to maximize the likelihood of your success as a professional nurse.

Am I Eligible?

RN to BSN Applicants must:

  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher (provisional admission considered if below a 2.5)
  • Have an Associates Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Send ALL official college transcripts
  • Hold a current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the United States*
  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee

Finish Fast With Five Start Dates

Schreiner’s Online RN to BSN Program offers five flexible start dates per year and six sessions per year. If you meet minimal outstanding general education requirements, you can quickly complete our accelerated RN to Bachelor of Science online program in as little as one year.

Spring B March 8, 2021 March 1, 2021
Summer A May 3, 2021 April 26, 2021
Summer B June 28, 2021 June 21st, 2021
Fall A August TBD, 2021 August TBD, 2021
Fall B October TBD, 2021 October TBD, 2021


Schreiner University is committed to providing an affordable Online RN to BSN degree. If you are employed with one of our partner healthcare providers, you are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. This helps reduce the average cost of the RN to BSN program, making the full tuition for the nursing courses only $8,000! Ask us today if your employer is a partner!

Degree Details

Schreiner’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree is a Bachelor’s completion program for licensed RNs with an Associates Degree. In order to earn the degree, students must satisfy the nursing core, nursing electives, and general education requirements.

Required Nursing Courses – 19 hours

The purpose of this course is to examine the role of research in professional nursing. The value of research based knowledge as a means to promote safe, culturally sensitive, quality, patient centered care, and the use of the research process as a means to evaluate quality of care and the role of evidence-based practice in the development of nursing intervention strategies will also be examined

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to professional nursing and the role of the professional nurse in customizing the promotion and maintenance of health to individuals through culturally sensitive competent patient centered care. Course content includes advocacy, safety, the multidisciplinary team, the nature and history of professionalism and processes underlying professional nursing, basic concepts of health and illness and legal issues in nursing practice, and nursing theory and its implication for patient care.

This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s knowledge and skills with applying evidence based practice for health promotion across the lifespan with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. This course will emphasize the daily as a client, cultural diversity, teaching principles across the lifespan. Health promotion education will use evidence based research and will also focus on communication, community resources and screening in a clinical setting.

The purpose of this course is to focus on the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager in the collaborative design and delivery of customized, culturally sensitive, safe, competent, patient-centered nursing care including the role of advocate in conjunction with the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Traditional management theories and practices are examined utilizing a strong emphasis on the development of transformational leadership, including the organization, planning, staffing, directing and controlling of various resources in today’s diverse health care systems. Students are provided the opportunity to partner with leaders and managers in the clinical practicum setting to explore and influence health care delivery system issues that affect quality of care.

The purpose of this course is to focus on the role of nursing in establishing partnership with communities with emphasis on customizing therapeutic care in order to protect, promote, and restore optimal community health. The student is given the opportunity in the Community Health setting to deliver quality community health care across all levels of prevention and to explore the planning and implementation of customized community health programs. Utilizing a leader/manager role as a partner in community health, the student will be provided the opportunity to collaborate with various agencies/institutions and health care delivery systems.

This course emphasizes the skills essential to the assessment parameter of the nursing process. The purpose of this course is to broaden the nurse’s knowledge base, increase their assessment skills, and facilitate their ability to apply these skills in a clinical setting. The knowledge from this course is immediately applicable to everyday patient care. Another focal point of the course is the evaluation and utilization of research and additional sources of information necessary to address patient needs and provide quality care.

The purpose of this course is to integrate the community service component into the lives of Schreiner University Online RN-BSN students via a Capstone Project. Students will identify a site and a learning need in the community of their choice. The student will develop and implement a community service project to meet the chosen learning need. Students will be required to identify community based nursing care needs integral to the provision of safe, competent, caring, culturally sensitive, and patient centered nursing care, in addition to the role of the community advocate.

Electives – 12 hours required

This course covers basic concepts related to the abnormal function and change in various organ systems in the face of disease. Effects of disease and other pathological agents are of primary concern, rather than the biology of the agents themselves. We will study the fundamental changes in body physiology due to disease. Considerations are given to selected pathological alterations and their effects on physiological and psychological functions. Emphasis is put on selected illnesses most often encountered by health professionals with emphasis placed on disease processes, manifestations, and treatment. Focus is on presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse clients across the lifespan. Common diseases and disorders are covered, and emphasis is given to cardiovascular, pulmonary, hepatic, renal and reproductive systems.

This course examines the history of healthcare informatics, cur-rent issues, basic informatics concepts and health information management systems. The use of technology to help make decisions and to improve the health status of the individual, family, and community will be emphasized. Students will apply informatics concepts to a current clinical practice setting suggesting methods to use technology to improve patient safety and work effectiveness. The student will also learn to identify, gather, pro-cess, and manage information/data.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the basic principles involved with the legislative process and an examination of how nurses can use political advocacy strategies to influence health care policies. Focus is on applying interpersonal, communication, leadership, and advocacy skills to support the application of social justice principles in health care delivery practices to diverse populations and promote the nursing profession.

This course explores global issues affecting personal, community, and international health and development using approaches from health promotion, population health, and primary health care to help frame analyses. Nursing students will learn about the basic perspectives on health policy issues in various geographical regions and the effects of significant world events. Global Health Nursing demonstrates how the nurse creates an environment of inclusion and demonstrates evidence-based, quality nursing care in complex situations as well as across health care systems and diverse settings.

This course must be approved by the Director of Nursing.

To be accepted as credit in the nursing program, national nursing certifications must be approved by the Director of Nursing.

  • NURS 3309 – Transition to Profession Nursing must be taken within the first two sessions of the nursing program.
  • NURS 4397- Nursing Capstone must be taken during the last two sessions of the nursing program or with the last general education course. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Director of Nursing.
  • To be accepted as credit in the nursing program, national nursing certifications must be approved by the Director of Nursing.
  • No more than two courses, totaling no more than 6 credit hours may be transferred into the RN to BSN pro-gram. These courses must be assessed by the Director of Nursing to be equivalent to one of the Schreiner University nursing courses and have been taken from an accredited school as described earlier in this handbook. Nursing courses that are substantially different from Schreiner University courses may be accepted for credit in place of Independent Study or International Study, if approved by the Director of Nursing
  • If a student is submitting any degree requirements outside of Schreiner, (such as transcripts for core classes taken at another school) those must be completed and the required documentation must be received by Schreiner no later than the deadlines below:


To Graduate in: Everything Must be Received by Schreiner before:
August 2020 May 1st, 2020
December 2020 September 1st, 2020
May 2021 February 1st, 2021
August 2021 May 1st, 2021
December 2021 September 1st, 2021

BSN faculty

Papesca, James

James Papesca DNP, CRNA, APRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing | RN/BSN Online Coordinator
Academic Affairs

Johnson, Lisa

Lisa Johnson, PhD, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty RN to BSN
Academic Affairs

Granger, Jessica

Jessica Granger, MSN, RN, CEN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty RN to BSN
Academic Affairs

Grubesic, Ruth

Ruth Grubesic, DrPh, RN
Associate Professor
Academic Affairs

Hedges, Donna

Donna Hedges, PhD, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Academic Affairs

Ficher-Patrick, Patricia

Patricia Ficher-Patrick, PhD, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Academic Affairs

McDonald, Lisa

Lisa McDonald, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing Program
Academic Affairs

Lynch-Goddard, Marilyn

Marilyn Lynch-Goddard, PhD-c, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Academic Affairs

Meier, Niessa

Niessa Meier, DNP, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Academic Affairs

Bennett, Janell

Janell Bennett, PhD, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Academic Affairs

*Although we can accept students with a Registered Nursing license from any state, Schreiner may only accept online students living in Texas and a select few other states. Contact us today if you live and have a license from another state to see if you qualify.
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Schreiner University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. – 

Program Coordinator

Sparks, Wanda

Wanda R. Sparks
Wanda R. Sparks, RN, PhD
Director of Nursing
Academic Affairs

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