Nursing BSN Bridge

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online, Hybrid
Program Level: Degrees, Online
Department: Nursing Education
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SAC
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What is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bridge program?

The BSN Nursing Bridge is a program that allows registered nurses (RNs) to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree in one year or less while continuing to work, preparing them for higher-level nursing roles.

What will I learn?

You’ll expand on your nursing knowledge and skill sets with courses that incorporate leadership, community health, research, and ethics. You’ll understand and apply research to practice and gain the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles in the clinical practice setting. You’ll know how to assess a population and determine the appropriate recommendations that are necessary to support health promotion and illness prevention. You’ll develop leadership skills related to financial, human resource, clinical and professional issues in providing and evaluating care.

What can I do with this course of study?

The RN to BSN degree program prepares students for professional nursing practice across multiple healthcare settings and provides the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to move into higher-level nursing roles. A BSN expands your career opportunities, taking you from the role of the associate-prepared bedside nurse and preparing you for opportunities for leadership and community health. The program also provides a foundation for continuing your education in nursing, such as earning a graduate degree to work as a practitioner, administrator, educator or clinical nurse specialist.

What is special about this program?

This program offers an affordable, convenient way to help RNs advance in their careers while meeting the ongoing demand for BSN-prepared nurses. Applicants who are graduates of San Antonio College Nursing Program have priority on admission. The program is available both online and as a hybrid, combining face-to-face and online instruction. A fast-track program track is available with a completion time of eight months. SAC also offers additional program tracks to include a concurrent BSN & AAS to students enrolled in the associate degree program.

Degrees and Certificates

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Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidenced- based practice outcomes, and research studies as the basis for decision-making and comprehensive, safe patient and population care.
  2. Demonstrates inquiry and analysis in applying patient care technologies and information systems to support safe nursing practice and population risk reduction.
  3. Leads safety and quality improvement activities as part of the interdisciplinary team and as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
  4. Manage care transitions and promote population risk reduction with diverse communities in collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  5. Participates in monitoring institutional, professional and public policy to maintain adherence to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.
  6. Demonstrate leadership skills related to financial, human resource, clinical and professional issues in providing and evaluating care.
  7. Demonstrate leadership and advocacy that reflects the values and ethics of the nursing profession.
Completion Rate

Academic Year

Program Option

On Time Completion

1.5x Completion


Hybrid / Online

21/22 (95%)




7/9 (78%)

2/9 (22%)


10/16 (63%)

5/16 (31%)

Overall Program Track 2-year Completion







Overall Program Completion




Additional Information

The BSN Bridge program is recognized for many reasons and in comparison to other programs the differences include:

  • Utilizes the concept-based curriculum model.
  • Curriculum aligned with the Texas Board of Nursing Differentiated Essential Competencies for Baccalaureate Nurses, AACN Baccalaureate Essentials, and QSEN.
  • Capstone project provides an opportunity to allow students to apply knowledge and skills to aid in developing a proposal for a community/clinical project.
  • Two program tracks online and hybrid (blended programs with face to face and online instruction).
  • Reasonable cost for education.
  • Convenient and accessible to graduates of the SAC ADN program.
  • Familiar faces and administration to graduates from SAC ADN program.
  • A fast track program track is available with a completion time of eight months.

Program Admission

Based on the program option, applicants must be in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing and have an active nursing license. All prerequisite courses must be completed, however the admissions committee will review the transcripts and develop a plan to complete any missing prerequisites.  For the concurrent AAS + BSN program, applicants must first be accepted into the AAS program and receive the Texas Board of Nursing clearance. All transfer credit must be submitted to the College for approval. We encourage all to apply for consideration regardless of completion status with prerequisites. All prerequisite courses have earned transfer credit if an individual is transferring from another institution.

The admission requirements for the BSN Bridge program is:

  • Photocopy of Texas Board of Nursing RN Licensure and verification of license status on the state Board of Nursing Website.**
  • Copy of official transcripts and all official transcripts need to be sent to Admissions and Records.
  • Proof of completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing.
  • Pending Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approval, F-1 visa holders are now eligible to apply for the RN-BSN program. Further details regarding the international student application process for I-20 issuance will be provided in the near future. Please monitor for updates.
  • Graduates with a Graduate Nurse License from an accredited college/university are eligible to apply and start the program contingent upon licensure examination results. If for any reason a student is unable to pass the NCLEX prior to the start of the BSN second semester of courses, the student will need to take a leave of absence and resume the program upon passing the NCLEX. 
  • Applicants of the SAC AAS-Generic Nursing program with 100% of the 60 pre-nursing hours are eligible to apply for the Concurrent AAS-BSN program track.  Interested students should apply for both AAS and BSN concurrent option. Student must be accepted into the AAS program.

Undecided about which BSN Nursing track is for you? Look at the different program tracks we offer.

Hybrid & Online Track

• F-1 visa holders are not eligible for the online track due to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulations that limit online coursework. The SEVP has approved the Hybrid program for F-1 Visa holders.

Accelerated Track

• F-1 visa holders are not eligible for the Accelerated Track due to SEVP approval limitations.

Part Time Track

• F-1 visa holders must enroll full-time (12 credit hours); therefore are not approved for the Part Time track.

Concurrent AAS-BSN Track

• Under the SEVP regulations, F-1 visa holders are not permitted to concurrently enroll in two different degree or program levels.


Application Process

Step 1: Apply Texas

All applicants for nursing studies MUST be fully enrolled in San Antonio College. Submit your application through the Apply Texas website and verify that you are applying for the semester that you will be entering.

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Step-by-step information on the enrollment process can be found in Admissions & Aid / How to Apply.

Please Note: Individuals need to be 18 years or older to apply for the Nursing Program.


Complete the online application and submit all required documentation by uploading them.

All additional documentation can be scanned and submitted with the application under “Upload Transcript” in PDF-only format. Name/identify the document by using the “College/University name” area.

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The application process is an ongoing process and notifications are sent within 2 weeks of application submission. Notification can include pending documentation needed, acceptance, or denials. Initially, notification letters will be sent to the personal email address provided on the Nursing application. All subsequent emails will be sent to ACES email address ( It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain appropriate contact information at all times. For status updates on your application please email at

Prerequisite Courses

Complete all prerequisite core requirement courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a C or higher in each course. The Admission Committee will evaluate and develop a plan to ensure all degree required courses are completed prior to finishing the program.

RN to BSN Degree Required Prerequisites (Credit)

  • BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • BIOL 2420 Microbiology & Pathology/BIOL 2421 (4)
  • ENGL 1301 Composition I (3)
  • PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development (3)

AAS prerequisite courses(24)
Nursing (RNSG) courses*
AAS Total Credit Hours (60)


Students earn up to 36 semester credit hours of advanced placement credit for successful completion of nursing courses from their A.A.S or diploma program and a subsequent unencumbered, current Texas Registered Nurse license.

BSN Prerequisite Courses (Credit)

  • BIOL 1322 Nutrition Introduction (3)
  • CHEM 1405 Intro. to Chemistry, CHEM 1305 and CHEM 1105, CHEM 1411 Gen. Chemistry (4)
  • ENGL 1302 English Composition OR ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing (3)
  • GOVT 2305 US Government (3)
  • GOVT 2306 Texas State and Local Government (3)

Other Core Required courses:

Mathematics (20) Core

1 Course (3 credit hours)

  • MATH 1342 - Elementary Statistical Methods
  • MATH 1442 - Elementary Statistical Methods

American History (60) Core

2 Courses (6 credit hours)

Select any combination from the following:

  • HIST 1301 U.S. History I & HIST 1302 U.S. History II
  • HIST 1301 U.S. History I & HIST 2328 Mexican-Amer. History II
  • HIST 1301 U.S. History I & HIST 2382 African Amer. History II
  • HIST 2327 Mexican-Amer. Hist. I & HIST 2328 Mexican-Amer. Hist. II
  • HIST 2327 Mexican-Amer. History I & HIST 1302 U.S. History II
  • HIST 2327 Mexican-Amer. Hist. I & HIST 2382 African Amer. Hist. II
  • HIST 2381 African-Amer. Hist. I & HIST 2382 African Amer. Hist. II
  • HIST 2381 African-Amer. History I & HIST 1302 U.S. History II
  • HIST 2381 African-Amer. Hist. I & HIST 2328 Mexican-Amer. Hist. II
  • HIST 2301 Texas Hist. & any Amer. Hist. (60 Core) course listed here.

Creative Arts (50) Core

1 course (3 credit hours)

  • ARCH 1301 - History of Architecture I
  • ARCH 1302 - History of Architecture II
  • ARCH 1311 - Introduction to Architecture
  • ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
  • ARTS 1303 - Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century)
  • ARTS 1304 - Art History II (14th century to the present)
  • COMM 2366 - Introduction to Cinema
  • DANC 1305 - World Dance
  • DANC 2303 - Dance Appreciation
  • DRAM 1310 - Introduction to Theatre - Theatre Appreciation
  • HUMA 1311 - Mexican-American Fine Arts Appreciation
  • HUMA 1315 - Fine Arts Appreciation
  • MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation
  • MUSI 1310 - American Music

Additional Communication (90) Core

1 course (3 credit hours)

  • SPCH 1311 - Introduction to Speech Communication
  • SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking
  • SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication
  • SPCH 1321 - Business and Professional Communication

Additional Language, Philosophy and Culture (90) Core

1 course (3 credit hours)

  • ARAB 2311 - Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARAB 2312 - Intermediate Arabic II
  • CHIN 2311 - Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 2312 - Intermediate Chinese II
  • ENGL 2322 - British Lit. I: Anglo Saxon through Neoclassical
  • ENGL 2323 - British Lit. II: Romanticism to the Present
  • ENGL 2327 - American Lit. I: Precolonial thru Romantic Period
  • ENGL 2328 - American Lit. II: Realism to the Present
  • ENGL 2332 - World Lit. I: Antiquity through the Renaissance
  • ENGL 2333 - World Lit. II: Neoclassical to the Present
  • ENGL 2341 - Forms of Literature
  • ENGL 2351 - Mexican American Literature
  • FREN 2311 - Intermediate French I
  • FREN 2312 - Intermediate French II
  • GERM 2311 - Intermediate German I
  • GERM 2312 - Intermediate German II
  • HIST 2321 - World Civilizations I
  • HIST 2322 - World Civilizations II
  • HUMA 1301 - Introduction to the Humanities I
  • HUMA 1302 - Introduction to the Humanities II
  • HUMA 1305 - Introduction to Mexican-American Studies
  • HUMA 2319 - American Minority Studies
  • HUMA 2323 - World Cultures
  • ITAL 2311 - Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 2312 - Intermediate Italian II
  • JAPN 2311 - Intermediate Japanese I
  • JAPN 2312 - Intermediate Japanese II
  • LATI 2311 - Intermediate Latin I
  • LATI 2312 - Intermediate Latin II
  • PHIL 1301 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 1304 - Introduction to World Religions
  • PHIL 2303 - Introduction to Logic
  • SPAN 2311 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II

BSN Prerequisite Courses (30)
BSN NURS Courses (30)
Total Credit Hours for BSN Degree (120)


Provide evidence that the license is unencumbered current for Texas or an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact RN License.

Scholarship Opportunity

The BSN Bridge program qualifies for grants and scholarship.  You must first complete a FASFA application for the year you are applying. Then you can apply for scholarships through the Alamo Colleges Foundations Scholarship, Sign In - Alamo Colleges District Scholarships (

Official Filing Periods

The applicant is eligible to apply twice a year for the fall and spring terms. The spring term will have limited space availability. The BSN Bridge application period for the Fall terms opens on February 15 and closes on July 31. The Spring term application opens on August 15 and closes on December 31.


The RN-BSN baccalaureate nursing program at San Antonio College located in San Antonio, Texas is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the RN-BSN baccalaureate nursing program is initial accreditation.

Program Administration

Dr. Eve Rodriguez
Executive Director of RN-BSN Program                 

(210) 486-1217


Nursing & Allied Health Complex (NAHC) 378


For more information and a link to a virtual consultation, visit:

Nursing Department