Online RN to BSN

$2,000 scholarships for an accredited Online RN-to-BSN in the San Antonio, Texas area

Schreiner University's Online RN to BSN program equips RNs to advance their career opportunities and nursing skills to meet the ever-changing needs of the profession and society. This completely online Online RN to BSN program provides students with innovative coursework that aims to produce nurse leaders and lifelong learners with high ethical standards. Interwoven with ethical principles, the program's curriculum trains graduates to provide holistic and compassionate patient-centered care to diverse populations.

Built with student success in mind, Schreiner's online program offers students the flexibility to earn an accredited online RN to BSN degree while maintaining a career. The program offers five start dates per year. This accelerated online RN to BSN program allows students to complete the program in as little as twelve months (or one year). In addition to required coursework, students can choose from a wide range of electives that include opportunities to train outside the continental United States.

Scholarship Opportunity

Schreiner University is committed to providing an affordable online RN to BSN program.  Students employed with partner healthcare providers are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.  This helps reduce the average cost of the RN to BSN program for those that quality. 

Professional Nursing ConceptsNURS 3201
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to professional nursing and the role of the professional nurse in customizing the promotion and maintenance of health to individuals. Course content includes the nature and history of professionalism and processes underlying professional nursing, basic concepts of health and illness, and ethical and legal issues in nursing practice.
Nursing Research—Evidence-Based PracticeNURS 3202
The purpose of this course is to examine the role of research in professional nursing. The value of research-based knowledge as a means to promote quality patient care, the use of the research process as a means to evaluate quality of care, and the role of evidence-based practice in the development of nursing intervention strategies will also be examined.
Topics in Nursing–Health Assessment for the Experienced NurseNURS 4370
This course emphasizes the skills essential to the assessment parameter of the nursing process. The purpose of this course is to broaden the nurse's knowledge base, increase their assessment skills, and facilitate their ability to apply these skills in a clinical setting. The knowledge from this course is immediately applicable to everyday patient care. Another focal point of the course is the evaluation and utilization of research and additional sources of information necessary to address patient needs and provide quality care.
Professional Nursing Issues and EthicsNURS 4201
The purpose of this course is to examine ethical and professional issues and corresponding laws affecting the individual, and practice of professional nursing, and the nursing profession utilizing concepts of autonomy, accountability and advocacy.
Nursing Leadership and ManagementNURS 4403
The purpose of this course is to focus on the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager in the collaborative design and delivery of customized health care. Traditional management theories and practices are examined utilizing a strong emphasis on the development of transformational leadership, including the organization, planning, staffing, directing, and controlling of various resources in today's diverse health care systems. Students are provided the opportunity to partner with leaders and managers in the clinical practicum setting to explore and influence health care delivery system issues that affect quality of care.
Community Health NursingNURS 4501
The purpose of this course is to focus on the role of nursing in establishing partnership with communities with emphasis on customizing therapeutic care in order to protect, promote, and restore optimal community health. The student will be given the opportunity in the clinical setting to deliver quality community health care across all levels of prevention and to explore the planning and implementation of customized community health programs. Utilizing a leader/manager role as a partner in community health, the student will be provided the opportunity to collaborate with various agencies/institutions and health care delivery systems.
Topics in Nursing—CapstoneNURS 4370
This course is completed by students in one of their last two terms. Each student conceives and completes an application-based project in the nursing subject area of their choice. Students work with individual faculty members who approve the projects and mentor students through the process. The capstone project gives students the opportunity to synthesize the material they have learned across multiple nursing courses and apply it in a practical setting.
Topics in Nursing—Nursing InformaticsNURS 4370
Nursing Informatics examines the history of healthcare informatics, basic concepts, current issues, as well as health information management systems. Students will apply informatics concepts to a current clinical practice setting and will suggest methods for using technology to improve patient safety and work place effectiveness
Topics in Nursing—Politics and PolicyNURS 4370
This course will provide the RN-to-BSN student coursework that will assist in developing an understanding and the tools needed to comprehend how nursing policy and politics interact. Each student will develop the opportunities to apply knowledge from liberal arts and nursing theory in understanding the relationship between nursing policy and politics. Individuals will be evaluated through didactic assessments for their readiness in the comprehension of concepts.
Topics in Nursing—Global Health NursingNURS 4370
This course explores global issues affecting personal, community, and international health and development using approaches from health promotion, population health, and primary health care to help frame analyses.  Nursing students will learn about the basic perspectives on health policy issues in various geographical regions and the effects of significant world events. Global Health Nursing demonstrates how the nurse creates and environment of inclusion and demonstrates evidence-based, quality nursing care in complex situations as well as across health care systems and diverse settings.
Topics in Nursing—Financial Management and NursingNURS 4370
This course explores the economic issues relevant to nursing practice and health care and uses a systems approach to analyzing the financial impact of health care decisions. The course further assesses the financial implications of nursing decisions from a clinical perspective. Topics include a myriad of financial concepts ranging from staffing and budgeting to measuring productivity and forecasting costs. The goal of this course is to enable nurses in managerial roles to implement change without negatively affecting patient care outcomes.

Schreiner University BSN faculty specialize in educational leadership, diversity, and curriculum and instruction. All faculty are professional educators with multiple years of teaching and administration experience.

image  Dr. Lena Rippstein 
Director of Nursing Assistant Professor of Nursing 
Office: Trull Science 223D 
(830) 792-7343 |

 image Midori Acker
Clinical Adjunct of Nursing
Office: Weir 018
(830) 792-7335 |

 image Lillian Barron 
Assistant Professor of Nursing 
Office: Trull Science 223C

 image Emily Campeau 
Nursing Retention Counselor 
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Nursing
Office: Weir 018
(830) 792-7335 |

 image Dr. Patti Grota 
Assistant Professor of Nursing 
Office: Trull Science 123 
(830) 792-7463 |


Dr. Ruth Grubesic 
Assistant Professor of Nursing 
Office: Trull Science 220
(830) 792-7250 |


Mary Pautler 
Clinical Education Center Coordinator 
Office: Trull Science 223A


Dr. Carlo Piraino 
Clinical Adjunct of Nursing 
Office: Weir 018 
(830) 792-7335 |

Schreiner's Online RN to BSN is a bachelor's completion program for licensed RNs in Texas. In order to earn the degree, students must satisfy nursing core, nursing elective, and general education requirements. All nursing core courses must be taken through Schreiner University. All nursing electives must be taken through Schreiner University, although nurses can be awarded three (3) credit hours towards their nursing electives if they hold a national certification. The sequencing of nursing courses is flexible. NURS 3201 must be taken in the first term, and the capstone course must be taken in one of the final two terms.

In addition to 31 nursing hours, students need 89 hours of general education credit for a total graduation requirement of 120 credit hours. Students may satisfy their full general education requirement with transfer credits; however, all students are required to have world history and advanced composition credits.

For more information about required clinicals for the Schreiner University online RN to BSN program, use the “Request More Information”form to the right.

There are five start dates and six terms per year. Students with minimal outstanding general education requirements can complete this accelerated online RN to BSN program in as little as 12 months (or one year).

Online RN to BSN in Texas

Although the program is fully online, Schreiner University is located in Kerrville, Texas.  A short commute from San Antonio and surrounding areas.  Students living anywhere in the state of Texas (including Houston, Austin, Dallas, and more) that are licensed RNs are eligible for the easy application to the online RN to BSN program.

Course requirements

Nursing Core—19 hours

NURS 3201 Professional Nursing Concepts, 2 hours
NURS 4370 Health Assessment for the Experienced Nurse, 3 hours
NURS 4201 Professional Nursing Issues and Ethics, 2 hours
NURS 4403 Nursing Leadership and Management, 3 hours
NURS 3202 Nursing Research-EBP, 2 hours
NURS 4501 Community Health Nursing, 4 hours
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing – Capstone, 3 hours
Electives—12 hours required
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing—Nursing Informatics, 3 hours
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing—Politics and Policy, 3 hours
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing—Global Health Nursing, 3 hours
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing— Financial Management and Nursing, 3 hours
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing—National Certification, 3 hours awarded
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing—Travel course to Cuba
NURS 4370 Topics in Nursing—Travel course to Costa Rica
Selected General Education Offerings—89 hours required
ART 1340 Intro to Visual Arts, 3 hours
ART 2330 Intro to Digital Photography, 3 hours
BIOL 3360 Medical Terminology, 3 hours
ENGL 3307 Advanced Composition, 3 hours
HIST 1301 US History through the Civil War, 3 hours
HIST 1302 US History since the Civil War, 3 hours
HIST 1350 World Civilizations to 1600, 3 hours
HIST 1351 World Civilizations to 1600, 3 hours
IS 2301 Computer Concepts and Applications, 3 hours
PHIL 2313 Healthcare Ethics, 3 hours
SOCI 1301 Intro to Sociology, 3 hours

Note: For information on how your employer can become a partner, contact Lori Smith at or (844) 602-1864.

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The BSN program has been awarded initial accreditation with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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