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Online RN to BSN

Find More Opportunity in Your Nursing Career

You already have a solid foundation in nursing skills and the professional experience and license to prove it. Nevertheless, you want more — more responsibilities, more challenges and more education to help you get to the next level in your career. The University of Texas at Tyler’s online RN to BSN program gives you that boost in your education and builds on your hard work without interrupting your actual job. This accelerated online degree prepares you to earn your next credential — a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree — and helps you access more advanced roles in the healthcare field.

Why Earn an RN to BSN at UT Tyler?

The University of Texas at Tyler’s School of Nursing values your prior education and supports your next step through an engaging and enriching learning environment. As a student in one of the top-ranked nursing programs in the country, you can set your sights on advancing your career with the RN to BSN’s rigorous, high-quality curriculum. Equip yourself with the tools for more senior positions. Learn research skills to apply to your studies and your job. Delve into areas of specialized patient care to discover a new professional path.

Whatever your goals, the online RN to BSN program can help you get there — in a format that adjusts to your lifestyle:

  • Flexible: Apply whenever you are ready, and complete the degree at your own pace. Though you can finish requirements in 12 months, our seven-week courses make it easy to fit your studies into your schedule. Choose from part-time and full-time options.
  • 100% Online: Learn from anywhere with a student-friendly, interactive format that replicates the same quality education our on-campus students receive. Recorded lectures provide foundational concepts in a way that is engaging and effective.
  • Top-Ranked: Our Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education- and Texas Board of Nursing-accredited program is ranked #1 in Texas by RegisteredNursing.org and listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s best BSN programs.
  • Award-Winning Faculty: In addition to one-on-one guidance and meaningful online interactions, our faculty members are recognized for their teaching excellence. A few of their awards include Outstanding Faculty Award; Texas Alpha XI Chapter of Alpha Chi; White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and Iota Nu Chapter, STTI, Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Local Impact: Complete the program’s hands-on experiences in your community. Help improve the quality of life for your neighbors with your degree.
  • Affordable: Our flat-rate tuition is a fraction of the cost of other comparable programs while yielding a high return on investment. Further reduce costs through grants and other forms of financial aid.


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you must complete 30 credit hours of upper-division courses. Gain a solid foundation in human diseases and prevention. Expand your health assessment techniques and develop evidence-based decision-making skills. Explore issues in contemporary nursing, community health and models of care. Embrace your leadership skills and acquire management tools for additional professional responsibilities.

The courses build on your academic and professional background. In the process, you strengthen your problem-solving techniques, critical thinking skills and written and oral communication abilities. Deepen your theoretical understanding and apply these concepts to practical applications to deliver more specialized care. Upon completion of your degree, you’ll have the training to face more complex nursing challenges, conduct basic research and provide more comprehensive medical attention.

Please note that you are required to complete another 15 credit hours of coursework to meet the 45-credit-hour requirement if you wish to graduate with honors.

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Careers in Nursing

For a professional holding an RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing opens the doors to bigger and better opportunities in the field and commands a higher salary over an associate degree or diploma. According to Indeed, BSN-holding Registered Nurses can expect to earn about $16,000 more. This credential positions them for senior, managerial and more specialized roles and to pursue further education and certifications.

How to Apply

All registered nurses considering the RN-BSN track must have a current, active license in the state where they reside and practice in order to be eligible to complete the required curriculum. Applicants must meet Texas Core curriculum requirements and nursing prerequisites:

Texas Core Curriculum:

  • Communication (e.g., English) — 6 credit hours
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture — 3 credit hours
  • Creative Arts — 3 credit hours
  • Human Expression (e.g., Speech) — 3 credit hours
  • U.S. History I and II — 6 credit hours
  • U.S. Government — 3 credit hours
  • Texas Government — 3 credit hours
  • Math/Statistics I — 3 credit hours

Nursing Prerequisites

  • Microbiology (lab required) — 4 credit hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II — 8 credit hours (labs required)
  • Lifespan Growth and Development — 3 credit hours
  • Introductory Psychology — 3 credit hours
  • ADN Course Credits / Bridge Programs (EMT, Surg Tech, Resp Therapy, LVN)

If you were not required to take a chemistry class during your associate degree or diploma in nursing program, your requirement to complete the course is waived.

All RN to BSN applicants must apply to the university and make sure to choose the RN-BSN program when prompted. Doing so routes your application to the RN-BSN nursing advisor. Following, you will receive your nursing admission letter.

At this point, go to the Undergraduate Admissions page to complete the Apply Texas application as a transfer student. Once you are accepted, you must follow the directions in the letter to confirm your admission at MyUTTyler.

If you are classified as an international student, please be aware that this track is offered completely online and therefore does not meet residency requirements for students who have F or J visas.

If you are an online, out-of-state applicant, please be aware of reciprocity agreements that may impact clinical hours: State Authorization.

Applications are open year-round, with admission granted three times a year: fall, spring and summer. 
Total tuition for in-state students is a flat rate of $9,895 for the entire 30-hour program, based on credit hour, and does not include the orientation fee, transfer student engagement fee or the cost of textbooks and other materials. Financial aid is also available.

The university bases the review and transfer of credits upon the RN competencies in alignment with competency-based education and the decision by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to honor the knowledge, skills and dispositions held by RNs. Associate degree registered nurses who earned their degree via an alternate pathway receive credit as established by the institution awarding the associate degree.

The RN student seeking to graduate with honors must take an additional 15 credit hours in order to meet the university requirement of completing 45 credit hours at UT Tyler (see graduation with honors requirements). If the RN applicant wishes to transfer a nursing course from another university equivalent to one at UT Tyler, they must notify the RN-BSN nursing advisor, who then considers and establishes course value and application.

Next Steps

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