RN to BSN, Pre-Nursing and Health Professions Programs

St. Edward’s is proud to offer three exceptional programs that provide pathways and preparation for earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The unique flexibility of our Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program gives practicing registered nurses several options for earning their BS in Nursing. Students can choose between full-time and part-time course schedules, with classes offered in online, in-person and hybrid formats.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Pre-Nursing Track and Bachelor of Science in Biology, Health Professions Track prepare traditional undergraduate students to transition into BS in Nursing and Accelerated BS in Nursing programs.

RN to BSN Program Webinars

These webinars will provide prospective RN to BSN students with an overview of the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at St. Edward's University. Important information about coursework requirements, the application process, clinical hours, practicum and more will be covered. Prospective students can get their questions answered by contacting Founding Director of Nursing, Donna Beuk or Jesica Naiman, assistant professor of Nursing; RN to BSN advisor.

View the live recording of an RN to BSN Webinar.

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Hear Our Program Highlights

Dr. Donna Beuk, Director of Nursing, talks with KXAN News to discuss the unique benefits of our new Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. Dr. Beuk highlighted how the program equips working RNs with innovative training and hands-on experience, preparing them to advance as highly skilled and compassionate professionals in nursing.

Answering the Growing Demand for Nursing Professionals in Texas and Beyond

Across Texas and the nation, the need for nursing professionals is at an all-time high. St. Edward’s is dedicated to partnering with communities to meet critical workforce needs. Our nursing education prepares highly skilled, compassionate nurses from all walks of life for careers at the forefront of healthcare equity and access for everyone.

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To enhance their BS in Nursing degree and career mobility, students can earn bilingual certification while pursuing their undergraduate degree through an Advanced Spanish for Health and Helping Professions Certificate from St. Edward’s. Our BS in Nursing graduates are also educationally and experientially prepared to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to further advance their career. 

Nursing Programs Reflect Our Commitment to a More Just World

The social-justice mindset of St. Edward’s reaches far beyond our hilltop campus, impacting Austin and contributing to the greater good and wellbeing of communities and the world. Guided by our Holy Cross mission and strategic plan, the core values of our Nursing programs focus on academic excellence, respectful care, integrity, ethics and social responsibility.

Graduates of our programs are uniquely positioned to address issues of disparity, justice and equity within healthcare, and to support culturally relevant care. In addition, the diversity of our graduates helps strengthen diversity within the nursing profession. Research shows that increasing diversity in the nursing workforce can help mitigate health disparities. 

A Message from Our Director of Nursing

St. Edward's is pleased to welcome Dr. Donna Beuk in the role of Founding Director of Nursing. Beuk is a longstanding educator and scholar, and a practicing nurse of 12 years. She leads the development of programs that prepare competent and compassionate nurses who will meet workforce needs in the rapidly growing healthcare field. See her welcome message to nursing students.

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Explore Our BSN Program and BSN Pathway Programs

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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Designed specifically to fit the busy schedule of working RNs, this flexible program offers full-time and part-time options, with a choice of online, in-person and hybrid formats. You’ll learn in small classes taught by experienced professional nurses who are experts in teaching coursework that is engaging and interactive.

The RN to BSN program builds on a variety of clinical knowledge that RNs already possess, with robust experiential learning embedded into the curriculum. Through research-based projects, leadership training and independent clinical practicums, you’ll gain additional expertise, skills and perspectives needed to be an effective leader in healthcare. You’ll be prepared to use evidence-based practice, informatics and teamwork, collaboration and systems thinking to address health policy and advocacy in the ever changing healthcare environment.                                            

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Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Pre-Nursing Track
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Health Professions Track

Incoming freshmen wishing to pursue a nursing degree can enroll in the Pre-Nursing Track or the Health Professions Track of our bachelor’s in Biology program. These tracks are an excellent opportunity to complete many of the prerequisite studies that provide a pathway to earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With your BA in Biology, Pre-Nursing degree or BS in Biology, Health Professions degree, you’ll be ready to enter an accelerated program to achieve your BS in Nursing.

At St. Edward’s, you’ll benefit from impactful academics that make a difference in your career. Our small classes (15:1 student-faculty ratio) make individualized attention, advanced experiential learning and innovative research opportunities more accessible to you than at larger schools. And Austin is ranked the #1 college town in the nation in 2023 by WalletHub!

Program Approval and Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at St. Edward's University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN) at St. Edward's University is pursuing initial approval by the Texas Board of Nursing Education for pre-license BSN pathways.  Applying for approval does not guarantee that approval will be granted.

Nationwide employment for registered nurses is predicted to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031, accounting for 203,200 openings each year over the decade.

– The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (September 2022)