Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is generic in nature with a pathway for registered nurses. The Program is designed to enable students to integrate knowledge from theory and research, high-level skills, and concepts of leadership into the practice of professional nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The BSN Program provides a foundation for graduate study. BSN generic graduates are eligible to apply to the Texas Board of Nursing to take the National Council Licensure Examination. After successfully completing this examination, the graduate is issued a license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Texas. 

The UTRGV BSN program is designed to prepare graduates at a high level of competency for beginning practitioners in a culturally diverse health care setting.  The program objectives are as follows:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the use of knowledge and theory from the behavioral, physical and nursing sciences to provide safe, holistic (mind, body, spirit) client care in multicultural health care settings 
  • Communicate effectively to establish trusting interpersonal caring relationships with individuals, families, groups, populations, and the community network
  • Assess the health care status of clients across the lifespan through the use of a knowledge base, data collection techniques and nursing skills.
  • analyze the nursing needs of clients to assist in the development of nursing diagnoses, client goals, nursing care priorities, and teaching plans
  • Plan methods of assistance, including teaching, that aid clients to enhance learning, encourage self-care and achieve optimal health
  • Implement the nursing care necessary to assist clients in reaching their health care goals
  • Evaluate health care activity and the responses of clients to that activity, modifying the nursing care plan as needed to promote optimum health
  • Practice culturally competent nursing within the bounds of professional standards and ethics, client rights, and legal statutes
  • Collaborate as a responsible member of a multidisciplinary health care team to advocate for safe, effective, and holistic culturally congruent client care, utilizing appropriate resources as necessary.
  • Demonstrate leadership, responsibility, and accountability in the practice of nursing and the management of health care personnel, being cognizant of societal, economic, political, and technological trends
  • Use the research process to identify nursing issues and evaluate research findings for applicability to nursing practice
  • Demonstrate commitment to the nursing profession 

client=individuals, families, groups, populations communities and society 

Spring 2021 BSN Application will be open on May 1, 2020,
Application Deadline May 31, 2020


How to Apply:

For UTRGV students: complete the BSN application online at

For detailed instructions on how to apply, click on the following: 
  application instructions


For non-UTRGV students: Complete the UTRGV (University) application and obtain a UTRGV email address which is required to apply to the BSN program. To apply to UTRGV (University) complete each of the following steps:

  • Apply online at and submit the “Transfer Undergraduate” application.
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Documents required for UTRGV (University) admission that are not included in the online application are to be mailed to the Registrar's office:
    • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions
      1201 West University Drive, VC 1.113
      Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999
  • If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call 888-882-4026 or 956-882-8983 or email

After completing the UTRGV (University) application, then complete and submit the BSN Program application at