Nursing Program


This degree offering at Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College is designed for nurses who have completed the pre-license level and subsequent RN license to advance their professional qualification while continuing to live and work within or outside the region. This hybrid online program focuses on access and use of evidence in clinical decision-making, the delivery of nursing care consistent with evidence-based practice, the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, legal and ethical issues in health care, and the assumption of increasing leadership and management roles. BSN education provides increased employment opportunitites and a natural progression to graduate school and expanded roles in education, administration, and advance practice including: nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), nurse midwifery (CNM), and certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). The curriculum is designed to provide flexibility in student progression and faculty availablility in Uvalde, Eagle Pass, and Del Rio.

The nursing program director is Dr. Geraldine Goosen.

CCNE Program Accreditation

SACSCOC Institution Accreditation

Degree Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Numbers in parentheses correspond to the Texas Common Course Numbering System. Many of these departmental requirements may also meet Texas Core Curriculum requirements.

Departmental Requirements 
English Composition I and IIENGL 1301 and 1302
United States HistoryHIST 1301 and 1302
Government6 hours
Humanitieseither ethics or philosophy
Visual/performing Arts
one course in Art, Drama, or
Introduction to PsychologyPSYC 2301
Human Growth & DevelopmentPSYC 2314
Chemistryone course with or with out lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and IIBIOL 2401 and 2402
MicrobiologyBIOL 2420
Nutrition or Diet TherapyBIO 132 or HECO 1322
College AlgebraMATH 1314
PathophysiologyNURS 1311
SpeechSPCH 1311 or 1321
Nursing Courses 
NURS 3301Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing
NURS 3303Nursing Theories and Concepts
NURS 3305Nursing Research and Application
NURS 3307Role of Evidence-Based Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 4301Nursing Management and Leadership
NURS 4303Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
NURS 4305Population-Focused Community Health
NURS 4307Risk Analysis, Quality Management and Implications for Practice
NURS 4610Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (Internship area selected by student)
Other required courses 
MATH 3302Probability and Statistics
ORGL 3304Professional Communication for Organizations
PHIL 3301Bioethics
Note: 120 credit hours are required for graduation with 39 of those hours earned from Sul Ross RGC. 

SR RGC RN to BSN Nursing Program Mission:

The mission of the RN to BSN nursing program is to develop an innovative educational program to meet the challenge to raise the educational preparation of diploma and associate degree prepared RN’s to the baccalaureate degree level to better meet the health care needs of populations in the South Texas area.

The Nursing Program Goals are:

  • To promote high quality nursing practice and education for RNs desiring BSN education by effectively bridging the gap between ADN/Diploma nursing competencies and BSN competencies.
  • To provide students with a background in the sciences, liberal arts and nursing knowledge by which to apply a wider theoretical framework for reflection, respect and understanding of cultural diversity, concept based practice, critical thinking and clinical decision-making.
  • To provide the opportunity for students to acquire the skills and techniques which enable them to engage in self-learning and a spirit of intellectual curiosity leading to independent and purposeful life-long learning. 
  • To prepare graduates who possess the in-depth knowledge and preparation necessary to develop areas of specialization, achieve advanced levels of professional development and successfully complete masters and doctoral study in nursing.   

Student Expected Outcomes

At the successful completion of the Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply the art and science of nursing to comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of individualized patient care needs across the life span.
  2. Provide safe and competent nursing care to diverse patients, aggregates, and communities based on professional standards and state rules and regulations incorporating scientific theory, evidence from research, and competencies.
  3. Demonstrate accountability, responsibility, and critical reasoning for clinical judgment and nursing decision making.
  4. Communicate and collaborate with patients, families, interdisciplinary team members, aggregates, and communities using oral, nonverbal, written, and electronic methods to promote and maintain optimal working environments and health outcomes.
  5. Integrate ethical behaviors, legal and practice standards, conflict management skills, and political principles in nursing practice across the life span.
  6. Practice within established professional roles to provide cost-effective, quality health care to consumers in structured and unstructured settings with acute and long term needs. 
  7. Assume responsibility for lifelong learning, self-care, professional development, promoting the nursing profession, and active participation in nursing and community organizations through leadership and advocacy.
  8. Utilize education as a foundation for continued nursing education, academic achievement and national/professional certifications.