Sul Ross-RGC Adds Nursing Program

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, left, and Dr. Ricardo Maestas sign the agreement for the RN to BSN completion program.—Laura Nelson photo

By Laura Nelson

Registered nurses who would like to expand their educational and career opportunities will soon have that option as Dr. Ricardo Maestas, president of Sul Ross State University and Dr. Hector Gonzalez, president of Southwest Texas Junior College signed an agreement on Oct. 31, 2013 that finalized the program.

Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, RNs licensed to practice in Texas may enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program through Sul Ross-Rio Grande College. Classes will meet using online instruction, video conferencing, and scheduled times with faculty. Courses are designed to accommodate the schedules of busy adults and will be offered to both full- and part-time students.

Students in the RN to BSN completion program will gain a broader understanding of their profession and will be prepared to take on leadership roles on the healthcare team. Finishing a BSN also provides a natural progression for those interested in advanced practice or administration as well as for those who want to attend graduate school.

Dr. Geraldine Goosen currently serves as SWTJC’s Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and is also the Director of the BSN program. Those interested in more information may contact her by phone at 830.591.4163 or by email at She said, “This program offers a wonderful opportunity for our nurses in the area. They can pursue their professional goals close to home.” She added that enrollment will begin after the first of the year.

Dr. Paul Sorrels, Associate Provost/Dean at Rio Grande College, said, “Sul Ross–Rio Grande College is excited to be able to enter the health care educational arena. SWTJC has offered nursing and other programs for years and to now partner with them to help address the critical nursing shortage in our region of the state is a very positive development.”