Bachelor of Nursing added to program inventory, gifts and donations acknowledged at Thursday regents meeting

TEXAS — The Texas State University System Board of Regents authorized Sul Ross State University to add a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to the program inventory at SRSU’s Alpine campus during Thursday’s virtual spring meeting.

Sul Ross is developing a proposal to the State Board of Nursing to implement a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) to be submitted this spring. The proposed program, pending Board of Nursing approval, will permit students to complete a four-year BSN program as a matriculating freshman and will be administered through the Department of Nursing in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sul Ross also has a Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) program inventory for SRSU – Rio Grande College. Because the THECB stipulates the current RN to BSN program is expressly for students who are currently Registered Nurses (RN), and because both the BSN and RN to BSN programs lead to the same final degree, it was requested that the proposed program be added to the Alpine inventory and reflect that the BSN may be earned by both current RN and non-RN students.

The curricula for the proposed BSN and the existing RN to BSN are complementary, and lead to the same bachelor’s degree as recognized by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The request will remove the existing BSN program from the Rio Grande College program inventory and add it to the Alpine inventory under the administration of the Department of Nursing in the College of Arts and Sciences. No changes in degree plan, course titles or descriptions are required, only a change in program location.

In other business from last week’s meeting, the regents acknowledged over $5 million in gifts and donations to SRSU, almost entirely given during the beginning of 2020.