Nursing RN-BSN

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online, Hybrid
Program Level: Degrees
Department: Nursing Education
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SAC

What is the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bridge program?

The RN-BSN Bridge program consists of three semesters of nursing courses to be completed in one year. The intent of the program is to allow graduates from the San Antonio College Associate Degree in Nursing who have obtained licensure, to begin working, and then continue higher education while working in the community.

There are two program tracks offered: hybrid and online. The hybrid option requires 50% face to face and 50% online instruction. The online option offers instruction remotely. The program contains clinical, however the clinical courses for the RN-BSN program are project based and allow students an opportunity to utilize their work based experiences to identify a problem and use research to support change.

What will I learn?

The RN-BSN Bridge program consists of courses pertaining to leadership, community health, research, and ethics. Students enrolled in the program will learn essential tools to be a nurse leader and transition into the new role designated for a Baccalaureate-prepared nurse. The coursework will provide a foundation for students interested in advancing education and leadership opportunities.

What can I do with this course of study?

Associate-prepared nurses have assumed the role of the bedside nurse. Opportunities for leadership and community health are limited to baccalaureate-prepared nurses. With this course of study, the student will be expanding their knowledge and skill set to assume another role in the community. Students will also be able to understand and apply research to practice and gain the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles in the clinical practice setting. Lastly, students will be able to assess a population and determine the appropriate recommendations that are necessary to support health promotion and illness prevention.

What educational opportunities are available?

The educational opportunities that are available for students that earn the baccalaureate degree are that they would be prepared to apply for admission into a graduate program. Accrediting and regulatory bodies have recognized San Antonio College RN-BSN Bridge program as a school that meets regulations to be able to grant a baccalaureate degree.

What's special about this program?

The RN-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.

Program of Study

Nursing - Bachelor of Science

Program Admission

All 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.  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 RN-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
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Proof of completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing.
  • Pending Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approval, F-1 visa holders are not eligible to apply for the program at this time.

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.

Prerequisite Courses

Complete all prerequisite core requirement courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a C or higher in each course.

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 (36)
ADN Degree Required Course (60)


BSN Prerequisite Courses (Credit)

  • MATH 1342 or MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods (3)
  • ENGL 1302 English Composition OR ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing (3)
  • HIST 1301 US History I (3)
  • HIST 1302 US History II (3)
  • GOVT 2305 US Government (3)
  • GOVT 2306 Texas State and Local Government (3)
  • SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication, SPCH 1311 Intro. to Speech  Communication, SPCH 1315 Public Speaking, or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication (3)
  • CHEM 1405 Intro. to Chemistry, CHEM 1305 and CHEM 1105, CHEM 1411 Gen. Chemistry (4)
  • BIOL 1322 Nutrition Introduction (3)
  • LANGUAGE, CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY Elective (3): Select 1 course from the following:
    • Engl 2322, Engl 2323, Engl 2332, Engl 2333, Phil 1304, Phil 2303, Huma 1301, Huma 1302, Huma 1319, Huma 2323, Hist 2321, Hist 2322, HUMA 1301, HUMA 1302, HUMA 1305, HUMA 2319, HUMA 2323, ITAL 2311, ITAL 2312, JAPN 2311, JAPN 2312, LATI 2311, LATI 2312, PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306, SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312

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.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation either from a previous employer or from a current employer on official letterhead.


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

Official Filing Periods

The applicant is eligible to apply twice a year for the fall and spring terms with limited space available. The application will remain open, identify which semester is preferred.  

Please Note: All additional documentation including letters of recommendation and ADN diploma can be scanned and submitted with the application under “Upload Transcript.” 


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 about the program visit

Nursing Department