BSN Degree in Texas

With no waitlist, WCU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the Dallas Metro area lets you start studying now so you can begin making a difference sooner.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Dallas Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Dallas

39 Months

Earn your BSN in as few as 39 months at the Accelerated program pace

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Highlights

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Career-ready preparation including NCLEX prep and support

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Diverse clinical partners in the Dallas Metroplex area where you can gain real-life experience

Why Pursue a BSN Degree at WCU-Texas?

Are you looking for a career that makes a difference in the world? The care and support nurses provide every day — whether in hospitals or doctors’ offices — make a real impact in patients’ lives. Nurses have the potential to bring comfort when it’s most needed, alleviating both symptoms and worries.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurses comprise the largest component of the healthcare workforce. They are the primary providers of hospital patient care and long-term care.1 Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program helps equip you with the skills you need to enter the nursing profession as a registered nurse.

Our WCU-Texas campus, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, has technologically advanced simulation labs where you can practice and master your skills. You’ll work with manikins that cry, sweat, and react like real patients, all while getting applicable and immediate feedback from your professors.

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Overview: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in the Dallas Metro Area

Program Details

WCU-Texas offers a BSN program that you can complete in 39 months. This program is designed for students who can commit to full-time study, providing a more streamlined path to graduation and giving you the skills you need to start a career in nursing.

Accelerated Pace

On-Campus

120 Credits

39 Months

8 Semesters

Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students matriculating or reentering after December 1, 2022.

General Education Requirements

All science courses must have been taken within the last five calendar years, unless the student possesses a degree or advanced degree in the specific field of study for which the student is seeking transfer credit. Additional information regarding transfer credit is located in the university’s catalog under Transfer Credit policy or below.

Category and Requirements WCU Course Requirements Transferable / Options
Foundational Course FYS 001 (0): First Year Seminar (only offered at Los Angeles and Ontario prior to Spring II 2024)

FHE 100 (3): Foundations of Higher Education (offered at all Campuses; Los Angeles and Ontario Campuses starting Spring II 2024)

Non-transferable
A. Written Communication (6 Semester Credits) * ENGL 140 (3): Written Communication I
* ENGL 240 (3): Written Communication II
Equivalent to ENGL 140
Equivalent to ENGL 240
B. Oral and Interpersonal Communications
(3 Semester Credits)
*SPCH 142(3): Oral Communication Equivalent to SPCH 142
C. Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning
(3 Semester Credits)
*PHIL 341(3): Critical Reasoning Equivalent to PHIL 341
D. Quantitative Literacy
(6 Semester Credits)
MATH 108(3): College Mathematics I
MATH 211(3): Statistics
Equivalent to MATH 108

Equivalent to MATH 211

E. Social and Behavioral Sciences Awareness
(6 Semester Credits)
*PSYC 160(3): Psychology
*PSYC 290(3): Life Span Psychology
Equivalent to PSYC 160
Equivalent to PSYC 290
F. Historical, Cultural, and Aesthetic Recognition
(3 Semester Credits)
* HUM 370 (3): Cultural Pluralism Equivalent to HUM 370
G. Scientific Reasoning
(16 Semester Credits)
  • ANAT 260(4): Human Anatomy
  • PHYS 261(4): Human Physiology
  • Physiology (TX and FL Campuses) Non-transferable (all CA Campuses starting Spring II 2024)
  • CHEM 280(4): Chemistry
  • MICR 290(4): General Microbiology
  • Equivalent to ANAT 260
  • Equivalent to PHYS 261
  • Non-transferable at starting Summer I 2023 and all CA Campuses starting Spring II 2024
  • Equivalent to CHEM 280
  • Equivalent to MICR 290
General Education Capstone
(3 Semester Credits)
CAPS 401(3): General Education Capstone
(only offered at Los Angeles, Ontario Campuses prior to Spring II 2024)
Non-transferable
A minimum of 46 credits is required for graduation.
*As of April 2019, this course will be delivered online, asynchronously, through the institution’s Learning Management System except where otherwise authorized by the Program Dean/Director.

 

General Education within the Area of Study
PATH 370 Pathophysiology 3
PHIL 434 Medical Ethics and Issues 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Note: If scheduled, the following courses are to be taken at WCU: FYS 001, FHE 100, CAPS 401, and  PATH 370 and PHYS 261 (OC Campus starting Summer I 2023 and all CA Campuses starting Spring II 2024)..

 

Core Nursing Courses
NURS 100 Fundamentals of Nursing 3
NURS 101L Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab 2
NURS 110 Introduction to Professional Nursing 2
NURS 120 Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing 3
NURS 121L-A Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing Practicum 2
NURS 121L-B Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing Practicum – On-Campus 1
NURS 180 Pharmacology 3
NURS 190 Physical Assessment 2
NURS 201 Medical Surgical Nursing-Promoting Wellness 3
NURS 211L Medical Surgical Nursing 3
NURS 222 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing: Promoting Wellness in the Mentally Ill 3
NURS 223L Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum 2
NURS 225 Nutrition in Health and Disease 3
NURS 306 Expanding Family and Community (OB) 2
NURS 307 Developing Family and Community (PEDS) 2
NURS 316L-A Expanding and Developing Family and Community Practicum (OB) 1.5
NURS 317L-A Developing Family and Community Practicum (PEDS) 1.5
NURS 340 Public Health Nursing 3
NURS 342L Public Health Nursing Practicum 2
NURS 350 Research in Nursing 3
NURS 420 Principles of Leadership and Management 3
NURS 431 Disaster Management 2
NURS 440 Issues and Trends in Nursing 3
NURS 480 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum 3
NURS 481L Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum 3
NURS 493* Integration of Nursing Concepts 3
NURS 497 Nursing Capstone 1
NURS 498L Integration of Nursing Practices 3
Total Credit Hours: 68.0
NURS 100, NURS 101L: pre-licensure students only *NURS 493R – Taken if student is unsuccessful in NURS 493.

 

Program Credit Distribution
General Education Semester Credits 46.0
General Education within the Area of Study 6.0
Core Nursing Courses 68.0
Total Program Semester Credits 120.0
Tuition & Financial Aid

How Much Does the Dallas-Area Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Dallas-area Bachelor of Science in Nursing tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several financial aid options — including scholarships, grants, and loan access — to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses. For more information about your financial support options, visit our Financial Aid page.

Tuition and Fees

Accelerated*

Degree Type Bachelor of Science (Prior to Fall I 2024) Bachelor of Science (Starting Fall I 2024)
Total Program Credits 120 120
Program Length 8 semesters 8 semesters
Full-Time Status (12 to 18 credits) $12,930 $12,930
3/4-Time Status (9 to 11 credits) $10,750 $10,750
1/2-Time Status (6 to 8 credits) $8,405 $8,405
Less than 1/2-Time Status (under 6 credits) (per credit) $1,425 $1,425
Total Tuition Cost (Full-Time) $103,440 $103,440
Registration Fee (refundable) $75 $75
Estimated Total Book Costs1 $5,283 $5,333
Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost1 $528 $533
Estimate for Uniforms Fee1 $130 $250
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees1 $2,345 $2,345
Technology Fee2 ($100 per semester) $800 $800
General Education Resource Feesup>3 $500 $500
Estimated Total Program Costs $113,101 $113,276

Indirect Costs

10 Month Academic Year4
Prior to Fall I 2024 Starting Fall I 2024
with parents off campus with parents off campus
Federal Student Loan Fees 100 100 100 100
Course Materials (Personal Electronic Device-1st year only) $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Living Expenses (Food & Housing) $2,980 $9,920 $3,120 $10,410
Transportation $2,060 $2,060 $2,160 $2,160
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $6,740 $6,740 $7,070 $7,070
Total $12,880 $19,820 $13,450 $20,740

*Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course per term.

1The Estimated Book, Uniform and Supply fees reflect the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price totals compiled in January 2022 and are subject to change.

2Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and require electronic course materials/software.

3The General Education Resource Fee includes costs associated with ATI Smart Prep materials. The General Education Resource Fee will be waived for Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent’s veteran’s education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

4The purpose of the Cost of Attendance (COA) is to provide students and families with an estimated cost to attend West Coast University. The COA includes both direct and indirect cost estimates. Direct costs are paid directly to West Coast University and are shown separately for each program. Indirect costs are not paid to West Coast University and are estimates students may use to budget expenses they may incur while attending school. While actual indirect costs may vary, West Coast University estimates these amounts based on the number of months in an academic year and whether students will live with parents or off campus.

Note 1: Students who wish to take Challenge Exams will be subject to a fee of $100 for each Challenge exam. Please see the campus Bursar Office for a full price listing.

Note 2: Course Audits – If a course(s) is being audited, credits for these courses will be included for the student’s schedule status for billing, based on the schedule statuses and amounts shown above. Pre-licensure Nursing students should refer to the program’s Dismissal Policy for information surrounding course auditing.

Note 3: The Total Tuition Cost can be converted to Cost per Credit Hour by using the following calculation:

Total Tuition Cost ($103,440) divided by the Total Program Credits (120) = Cost per Credit Hour ($862).

Admission Requirements (FL & TX)

BSN and LVN/LPN-BSN Admissions Requirements-Florida and Texas

For Admissibility into the BSN & LVN/LPN to BSN Program, Applicants Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  1. Submit a completed WCU application for admissions
  2. Submit WCU approved documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
    1. Foreign high school diplomas/credentials or their equivalent must have an official evaluation performed by an approved organization)
  3. Participate in an admissions interview arranged by a University admissions advisor
  4. Achieve a HESI composite score of 76 or higher
    1. HESI exam scores must be within three (3) years of enrollment date.
    2. HESI exam scores below 76 are denied admission
    3. Examination Retake Details
      1. BSN applicants will have a maximum of two attempts, a week apart, to successfully pass the admissions exam.
      2. If an applicant does not pass the admissions exam after two attempts, he or she must wait a period of 1 months to retest and must provide proof of remediation.
    4. Additional acceptable external scores are eligible for full admission:
      1. TEAS score of 43 or higher
        1. TEAS exam scores must be within three (3) years of enrollment date
      2. SAT score of 835 or higher or ACT score of 16 or higher
        1. SAT or ACT must be within three (3) years of enrollment date
        2. WCU only collects Verbal and Quantitative scores for SAT and ACT
  5. Complete an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
  6. Meet program-specific entrance requirements.
    1. Applicants to the LVN-BSN program must provide proof of current unobstructed licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

BSN & LVN-BSN Post Secondary Transcripts for Transfer Credit Evaluation

BSN and LVN/LPN-BSN applicants requesting transfer credit evaluation must provide official transcripts by the Add/Drop deadline on the second Tuesday of the term.  All general education, prerequisite, and core nursing coursework must have been taken at an appropriately accredited institution. For nursing credits to be considered for transfer credit, there can be only one year between the end of the last nursing course taken at a previous institution and the beginning of the first course at West Coast University. Exceptions may be considered. Science courses must be taken within the last five years to be accepted for transfer credit. Course syllabi for courses previously taken at another nursing program should be submitted for review to the campus dean for nursing. The maximum allowable transfer credits applied to the BSN program shall not exceed 52 credits of general education, and for the ADN (Florida only) program shall not exceed 27 credits of general education. See the Challenge Credit policy for additional information on receiving nursing credit for previously completed nursing courses. Authority for all final transfer credit decisions is given to the Program Dean/Chair.

Transfer credit will not be awarded based on unofficial transcripts, however, students may be scheduled for their first semester of courses based on unofficial transfer credit review . Financial packaging for the first semester will be estimated without transfer credit unless/until official transcripts are received and evaluated. If transfer credit is evaluated after the add/drop date of the first semester, it will be reflected in financial aid offers for the subsequent semester.

Concurrent Enrollment:   Individuals who are concurrently enrolled at another institution at the time of their matriculation to West Coast University, may be allowed to request transfer credit for courses that are in-progress. In this situation, official transcripts must be received by the end of the first term of matriculation in order to receive transfer credit.

BSN & LVN-BSN Post Secondary Transcripts for Veterans

All applicants who are veterans or seeking transfer credit must submit all official applicable postsecondary transcripts by the Add/Drop deadline on the second Tuesday of the term regardless of applicable transfer credits for timely certification of the veterans request for benefits and receipt of funds.  Please see the Veterans Educational Benefits policy in the Financial Policies and Information Section of the Catalog.

LVN/LPN-BSN Licensure Requirements

LVN/LPN to BSN applicants who possess a current unobstructed LVN/LPN license may be admitted into the West Coast University LVN/LPN to BSN program without requiring transcripts if they meet all other specific program admission requirements, which would include military training. LVN/LPN’s who were able to obtain their LVN/LPN license using their military training as the academic qualifier and those who have graduated from a school that has since closed and transcripts are no longer available.

For additional information, such as transfer credit evaluation requirements, visit our catalog.

Academic Calendar

New academic terms begin, on average, every 10 weeks. To get an idea of when each term starts and ends, view our Academic Calendar.

Simulation Centers

Simulation Lab Texas

Technologically Advanced Sim Labs

If you’re looking for a nursing school in Texas that emphasizes hands-on learning, the WCU-Texas BSN program offers technologically advanced simulation labs equipped with industry-current technology. Practice your skills using manikins that mimic real-life patients. Their blood pressure rises and falls, their pupils dilate, and they show signs of pain. In the simulation labs, students learn what to do when a patient crashes, and they gain the confidence to tackle real-world challenges.

The simulation labs are equipped for a variety of scenarios, including in the following areas:

  • Medical and surgical units
  • Pediatrics
  • Maternity/OB
  • Mental health

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Clinical Placements

Clinical Placements Team Supporting BSN-Texas Students

At WCU-Texas, we know real-life experience is pivotal in helping you become a confident nursing professional. Our dedicated Clinical Placements team is available to help you find a local healthcare facility that fits your goals. They can facilitate clinical site and preceptor selection, help streamline approvals, and assist with compliance tracking.

NCLEX Support

Helping BSN Students Prepare for the NCLEX

After passing all your classes and completing your clinical hours, there’s still one more step to becoming a registered nurse: passing the licensure exam.

WCU-Texas brings you the support you need to prepare for the NCLEX-RN. You’ll have access to NCLEX advisors, bootcamps, study guides, and no-cost tutoring. Through these tools and resources, you’ll gain an understanding of topics covered and the types of questions asked in the exam.

Graduation Cap

“The day we graduated, I was like ‘I’m going to go take my NCLEX tomorrow.’ That’s how prepared I felt.”
– Alexis C., BSN ’20*

Graduation Cap

“Because I felt so confident after the program, I actually went back and rescheduled my exam to take it earlier and, thankfully, I passed on the first try.”
– Radha D., BSN ’20*

Career Services

A Team Providing Hands-On Support

WCU-Texas graduates have access to our Career Services team for every step of their job search.2 Get help with career planning, locating open jobs, writing resumes, completing applications, and preparing for interviews.

Potential Job Opportunities

Registered nurses can work in a variety of healthcare facilities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs most commonly work in the following settings:

  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Ambulatory healthcare services
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government
  • Educational services (state, local, and private)3

Additionally, RNs can also work in departments and facilities with a range of specializations, including addiction treatment, cardiovascular care, critical care, genetics, neonatal care, nephrology, and public health.3 Our Career Services department can help you find a role that fits your long-term career goals.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from West Coast University, students will have met the following program learning outcomes:

  • Support professional nursing practice decisions with concepts and theories from the biological, physical, and social sciences
  • Plan preventive and population-focused interventions with attention to effectiveness, efficiency, cost, and equity
  • Support therapeutic nursing interventions for patients and families in a variety of healthcare and community settings using evidence-based practice
  • Apply nursing process and critical thinking when providing holistic, patient-centered nursing care to diverse populations
  • Design healthcare education for individuals, families, and communities
  • Comply with the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct in practice
  • Develop an effective communication style to interact with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary health team
  • Model leadership with providing safe, quality nursing care; coordinating the healthcare team; and when tasked with oversight and accountability for care delivery
  • Use patient care technology and information systems when providing nursing care in a variety of settings

Featured Faculty

Richild Berrick, WCU Texas

Richild Berrick, PhD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE

Campus Dean of Nursing, WCU-Texas

Richild Berrick is the Campus Dean of Nursing at West Coast University-Texas. In her current role, she specializes in NCLEX preparation, curriculum development and management, teaching methodology, and assessment development and analysis.

Dr. Berrick is a certified nurse educator with 17 years of experience in nurse education, during which time she worked in both public and private schools. She was licensed as an RN in 1994, and her clinical experience includes nursing in labor and delivery, emergency room, critical care settings.

Dr. Berrick has a PhD in Nursing Education, a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education (MSN/Ed), and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, attending music festivals, and doing anything outdoors.

Brenna Nix, WCU Texas

Brenna Nix, MHA

Campus Associate Dean of Nursing, Administration

Brenna Nix is the Campus Associate Dean of Nursing and Administration for West Coast University’s Texas campus. Prior to assuming the associate dean role, Nix was a Program Assistant for Clinical Education for WCU-Texas. She has nearly a decade of administrative experience.

Some of Nix’s duties as an associate dean include assisting with training and onboarding of new faculty members, maintaining the nursing program budget, and overseeing federal work-study students and program assistants.

Nix has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Texas Tech University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In her free time, Nix loves traveling and spending time with her family. She also enjoys finding new coffee shops to visit.

FAQs

How long does it take to complete the BSN program at WCU-Texas?

The BSN program at WCU-Texas allows you to complete your degree in 39 months (a little over 3 years).

Can I get a BSN if I already have a bachelor's degree?

Yes. WCU’s BSN program is for any students who are seeking to become a registered nurse (RN), even those who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in a different area of study.

What kind of master’s degree can I get with a BSN?

West Coast University offers various master’s programs for BSN graduates who want to continue their educations. One popular option is our Master of Science in Nursing program, which allows you to specialize in a specific area of nursing. We offer advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialties such as our Family Nurse Practitioner track, as well as non-APRN specialties such as our Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator tracks.

We also have an RN to MSN program available for those pursuing their graduate degree post-licensure. Non-nursing graduate degrees that some of our nursing students pursue include our Master of Health Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Public Health programs.

What is the difference between an RN and a BSN?

An RN is a state-granted license that lets you work as a registered nurse. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is an academic degree from an accredited institution. A BSN helps prepare you to pass your RN licensure exam, but it is not a requirement for licensure. Many nurses choose to pursue their BSN because it helps prepare them for new career opportunities. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 77.4% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.4

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. At WCU-Texas, we have a dedicated team of financial aid advisors to help guide you through the process and find the solution that is right for you. For more information about institutional scholarships available at WCU-Texas, such as the Greg Jarvis Simulation Scholarship and the Nursing Excellence Grant, please visit the Undergraduate On-Ground Scholarships and Grants page on our online catalog.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 877-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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1 American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Nursing Fact Sheet, Updated Sept. 2022

2 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, “Work Environment,” Updated Sept. 8, 2022

4 American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses,” October 2021

*The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or position of the school or of any instructor or student.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.