Nursing- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN)
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare individuals to become professional nurses with a commitment to lifelong learning by providing educational excellence and promoting student success.
The philosophy of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program evolves from and concurs with the core values of Laredo College to empower students to achieve their educational goals in a positive learning environment and to promote nursing excellence in a diverse population. The faculty believes that nursing evolves from an eclectic body of knowledge based on evidenced based practice which forms the foundation of the nursing profession. The nursing curriculum is derived from the student learning outcomes. The nursing curriculum is designed to assist the student in meeting program outcomes, student learning outcomes, and competency levels. The essential curriculum concepts are outlined in the program’s Conceptual Framework which include leadership, research, informatics, and community health. The national and state standards are part of this eclectic curriculum. The Differential Entry Level Competencies of Graduates of Texas Nursing Program which are Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of the Health Care Team comprises and leads the student learning outcomes.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
End of program student learning outcomes are statements of expectations written in measurable terms that express what a student will know, do, or think at the end of a learning experience; characteristics of the student at the completion of a course and/or program. Learning outcomes are measurable, learner-oriented abilities that are consistent with standards of professional practice. These concepts are incorporated into each course and display skill level progression which is noted in each course syllabus. The B.S.N. program curriculum is derived from the end of program student learning outcomes.
- Coordinate nursing care by collaborating and communicating with communities of interest.
- Construct focused teaching plans that focuses on the needs and preferences of communities of interest
- Exhibit leadership and advocacy when providing nursing care for communities of interest.
- Appraise cost effectiveness of comprehensive nursing care for communities of interest.
- Evaluate nursing care outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions using published research as the basis for decision making for communities of interest.
- Anticipate the health care needs of communities of interest using a variety of informatics systems.
- Formulate comprehensive solutions to actual and potential unsafe practices for communities of interest by incorporating management and leadership skills.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
The Future in Nursing
Data provided by Workforce Solutions of South Texas, identifies registered nurse as high demand occupation for the South Texas Workforce delivery area. Currently, the demand for RN is at an all-time high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), 432,100 new jobs or vacancies will emerge for registered nurses between 2016-2026 in the U.S. This increasing demand is driving up salaries and creating a number of employment options for nurses with the necessary experience in the South Texas Workforce delivery area. According to South Texas Workforce projections, by 2022, there will be an increase of registered nursing job vacancies of 27.2% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).
As noted, there continues to be a nursing shortage throughout the United States. In addition, there is a movement for nurses to continue their education and obtain a BSN.
The associate degree education remains a pathway to the nursing profession with the continued emphasis to meet the recommendation from the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 80% baccalaureate prepared workforce by 2020.
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2015 Assessing Progress on the IOM Report The Future of Nursing recommends expanding educational opportunities, including efforts to: (1) support academic pathways toward the baccalaureate degree; (2) explore ways to create and fund transition-to-practice residency programs; (3) promote the pursuit of doctoral degrees, with an emphasis on the PhD.; and (4) promote interprofessional and lifelong learning. The Institute of Medicine stated:
For nurses to be prepared to meet increasingly complex patient needs, function as leaders, and advance science, they should achieve higher levels of education, at the time they enter into the profession and throughout their careers” (Institute of Medicine, 2015, p. 2).
The BSN is the stepping stone to an advanced degree which is needed to teach in registered nurse programs. Only 16.2% of initially ADN trained RNs eventually earned a BSN, 5.8% completed a Master of Science in Nursing, and 0.3% completed a doctoral degree in nursing (TCNWS, 2015). However, 15.6% of initially BSN educated RNs eventually obtained a master’s and about 1.1% achieved a doctorate degree (TCNWS, 2015).
Accreditation and Licensure
Effective March 16, 2020, the baccalaureate nursing program at Laredo College South Campus, located in Laredo, Texas, was awarded initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
This initial accreditation expires in Spring 2026.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs (acenursing.com)
Acknowledged by the Texas Board of Nursing on February 13, 2019.
Statistical Data (Licensure/Exam/Retention Rates)
A.D.N. TO B.S.N. DATA
|Nursing Program Graduates||12||9||21|
|Completion Rates||85.7% (12/14)||100% (9/9)||91% (21/23)|
|Graduates Obtaining Leadership Position||Pending||100%||**94.1%|
**9 of 9 students that completed the 6 month post survey
89% of students ranked their BSN at Laredo College as excellent.
- 100% (9/9) of students completed the 6-month post-survey.
- 89% of students ranked their BSN at Laredo College as excellent.
- 100% of students are currently employed in a leadership capacity which includes charge nurse, nurse manager, supervisor, and other.
- 100% of students stated confidence to pursue a graduate degree after completing a BSN at Laredo College.
- 56% of students stated career advancement/promotion, financial gain, increased job responsibility, and increased sense of peer respect after completing a BSN at Laredo College.
- 67% of students are currently enrolled in a graduate program.
Application Deadline :
Online applications are accepted from February 1, 2023 8:00am to April 28, 2023 @ 5pm
(No handwritten applications will be accepted)
First priority: Graduates of Laredo College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program will be considered for admission into the B.S.N. program first.
Second priority: Nurses living and/or working in the Laredo College service area who are not Laredo College graduates will receive second priority.
Within the priorities, GPA will determine rank.
Conditional admission: Students admitted under “conditional admission status” will be allowed to enroll in the 1st semester and 2nd semester BSN courses with no more than 6 hours of pre-requisite courses pending.
All pre-requisite courses must be completed successfully with a grade of “C” or better before continuation to the Spring semester (refer to Conditional Admission Agreement Form).
1. The student must have an unencumbered registered nursing license.
2. Have a minimum of a C in all previous pre-requisite and core coursework and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
3. One letter of recommendation from ADN completed program school.
4. One letter of recommendation from previous or current employer.
5. Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.
6. Current immunization record and Criminal Background.
7. GPA’s will be ranked by a sliding scale.
Plan of Study
|CORE CURRICULUM||Semester Offered||Credit Hours|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||Fall, Spring||3|
|ENGL 1302||Composition II||Fall, Spring||3|
|MATH 1342||Statistics||Fall, Spring||3|
|BIOL 2301||Anatomy and Physiology I||Fall, Spring||3|
|BIOL 2302||Anatomy and Physiology II||Fall, Spring||3|
|ENGL||LANGUAGE AND PHILOSOPHY*||Fall, Spring||3|
|ARTS||CREATIVE ARTS*||Fall, Spring||3|
|HIST 1301||United States History I||Fall, Spring||3|
|HIST 1302||United States History II||Fall, Spring||3|
|GOVT 2305||Federal Government||Fall, Spring||3|
|GOVT2306||Texas Government||Fall, Spring||3|
|PSYC||SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE*||Fall, Spring||3|
|SPCH||COMPONENT AREA*||Fall, Spring||3|
|KINE 1304||COMPONENT AREA*||Fall, Spring||3|
|BIOL 2101||Anatomy and Physiology I- Lab||Fall, Spring||1|
|BIOL 2102||Anatomy and Physiology II- Lab||Fall, Spring||1|
|BIOL 2320||Microbiology for Non Science Majors||Fall, Spring||3|
|BIOL 2120||Microbiology for Non Science Majors-Lab||Fall, Spring||1|
|PSYC||SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE*||Fall, Spring||3|
|*Language, Philosophy, and Culture: ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333,|
|*Creative Arts: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, DRAM 1310, MUSI 1306, MUSI 1308, MUSI 1309, MUSI 1310|
|Students who have 6 hours of component area credit upon submitting their BSN application will not be required to take any additional hours.|
The ADN-RN to BSN Program is a one-year program.
|Only for ADN-RN Transition Students|
|1st Semester - Summer II||Semester Offered||Credit Hours|
|NURS 3315||Professional Role Development for the Bachelor’s Prepared Nurse||Summer Session II||3|
|NURS 3312||Holistic Health Assessment||Summer Session II||3|
|Total Semester Hours||6|
|2nd Semester - Fall||Credit Hours|
|NURS 3316||Nursing Research: Evidence-based Decision Making||Fall||3|
|NURS 3314||Legal and Ethical Principles of Nursing||Fall||3|
|NURS 4433||Applied Nursing Research: Quality health care and Best practices||Fall||4|
|Total Semester Hours||13|
|3rd Semester - Spring||Credit Hours|
|NURS 4431||Leadership & Management: Professional approach to Healthcare Issues||Spring||4|
|NURS 4432||Nursing Informatics||Spring||4|
|NURS 4401||Community Nursing: Population and Culture (Capstone)||Spring||4|
|NURS 4260||Community Nursing Clinical (Capstone)||Spring||2|
|Total Semester Hours||14|
|Total ADN-BSN Program Semester Hours||33|
|Total Program Hours||120|
|*Students must have a valid and unrestricted RN license|