Galveston College Nursing Pathway

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Very affordable 
  • Fully online
  • Finish in as few as 9 months

Applications for the Fall, 2023 cohort are open!

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Three program options: FT = 9 months; Standard PT = 4 academic semesters; Extended PT = 4 academic semesters plus summer
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Effective January 19, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on January 19, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the 
effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was 
approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of 
Commissioners granting initial accreditation

Have you been considering returning to college to earn your BSN? 

Galveston College's ADN-BSN Program is 100% online, affordable, and can be completed in as few as two (2) semesters!

Are you concerned about how you will fit the program into your busy schedule?

Courses are completely online and the weekly assignments can be completed at your convenience.  The Program is designed to allow you to continue to work while completing the degree. Actually, it is not just designed that way, we want it that way.

Are you wondering how you will be able to complete the clinical requirements?

The clinical courses are planned to take place in your workplace or a different setting of your choosing.

(BSN) Program Handbook 2022-2023

Welcome to Galveston College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. We are delighted you have chosen to further your education by embarking on the journey to earning your BSN. This handbook is designed to help guide you through the nursing program. You will be held accountable for following the policies and procedures contained in this handbook. Nurses are unique individuals who are a vital part of the healthcare team. Year over year, nurses have been voted one of the most trusted groups of professionals. Therefore, it is exciting that you chose to continue your education and strive to be the most educated, caring, and safe practitioner and leader possible. It is the hope and an expectation of the Galveston College administration, the BSN director, and the faculty that you will become a lifelong learner and continue your education both formally and informally.


In keeping with the mission of Galveston College, the BSN program strives to provide ADN prepared nurses access to a high quality, online program.  This program is dedicated to providing a collaborative environment focused on teaching relevant content, investing in student success, demonstrating the value of lifelong learning, and creating the next generation of nurse leaders.  

The faculty are here to help you build on your nursing foundation.  The knowledge gained during this program will assist the student with aligning their knowledge and skillset with those desired for leadership opportunities. The students will learn how to evaluate evidence emphasizing utilization in practice, expand their health promotion skills  focusing on individuals, families, groups and communities, increase legal, ethical, and management knowledge preparing them for tough clinical decisions, and expand health assessment skills emphasizing the whole person; mind, body and spirit.   

Graduates of the program will be able to:  

1.  Synthesize knowledge from behavioral, biological sciences, and previous nursing courses to provide sensitive caring to individuals, families, and communities.

2.  Demonstrate effective leadership and management skills to promote and manage healthcare using best practices.

3.  Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills in the professional environment.

4.  Begin to critically analyze research findings related to the nursing profession, healthcare systems, disease prevention, and health promotion.

5.  Pursue life-long learning as means to enhance nursing practice.

6.  Use clinical reasoning to provide safe care based on current evidence-based nursing practice guidelines.

7.  Examine healthcare policy and regulatory environments that impact the delivery of healthcare.

  • Acceptance for admission into Galveston College.  
  • CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average includes all courses attempted) – 2.5 or higher.  Science and Nursing GPA – 2.7 (courses in progress will not be calculated into CGPA or GPA for application purposes.)  
  • Proof of successful completion of an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).  
  • An active unencumbered Registered Nursing License in the state of Texas, not a compact state.  
  • Actively employed as a Registered Nurse by the first day of classes.   
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses prior to the first day of class.  Applicants can be enrolled in their final semester of prerequisite courses at the time of application.  
  • Two professional letters of reference.  At least one should be from a current supervisor.  The other one can be from anyone speaking to your professional manner. 
  • Valid Texas Driver’s license or State ID 

Applications for the Fall, 2023 Cohort is now open! 

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In order to be considered for admission into the BSN program, students need to apply to both Galveston College and complete an application packet and turn it into the BSN Program Director by the deadline.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of acceptance into the program.   


There are three application review periods each year. Please apply early so you have the best chance of gaining acceptance into the program. Each completed application received by the deadlines listed below will be considered for admission during the review period.  If a decision on the application is made during a review period, the applicant will receive one of three outcome letters (see next section). If no decision is made, the applicant will not receive any communication during that round of notifications. The application will be pending and re-considered during the next review period.  

  1. Early Acceptance Notification: April 1, 2023 

All complete applications received before March 15, 2023 will undergo initial review.  

  1. Regular Acceptance Notification: June 15, 2023.  

All previously pending and completed applications received between April 15 and May 30, 2023 will be considered for admission.   

  1. Final Fall 2022 Decisions: August 1, 2022 

All previously pending and completed applications received between June 1 and July 15, 2023 will be considered for admission. All applicants with complete applications will receive a notification letter by August 1, 2023.  


Course Number 

Course Title 


ENGL 1302 

Composition II 


MATH 1342   OR 

PSYC  2317 

Elem. Statistical Methods 

Stat. Methods in Psych 



BIOL   1322 




Approved Elective 


SOCI   1301 

Introductory Sociology 




Total CH 15

*************Business and Technical Writing or Introduction to Chemistry will fulfill this requirement.

Core Curriculum (can be taken as part of the BSN) 

Course Number 

Course Title 



History I 



History II 



Federal Government 



Texas Government 


Creative Arts OR 

Language, Philosophy and Culture Elective 







Fall Semester 


Role Transition to Professional Nursing 



Foundations of Nursing Knowledge 



Holistic Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 




Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 



Leadership and Management 



Leadership and Management Clinical 



Spring Semester 


Promoting Healthy Lifestyles 



Care of Vulnerable Populations 



Legal and Ethical Aspects of Professional Nursing 




Community and Public Health 



Community and Public Health Clinical 



Nursing Capstone 



Degree Completion Requirements 

ADN Degree Credits 


Prerequisite Courses 


Core Curriculum Courses 


BSN Nursing Courses 


Total for BSN 



As a BSN prepared RN you are poised for a career transition into leadership. As hospitals plan to and apply for Magnet Recognition the system will need to show it is working toward 80% of its nursing staff possessing a BSN degree.  Magnet recognition does not require all nurses be BSN prepared, but does require all nurse managers and leaders to have at least a BSN. 

The five-year projected demand for BSN prepared Registered Nurses is expected to outpace that for ADN prepared Registered Nurses in Texas. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the demand for bachelor, master and doctoral prepared RNs continues to increase. “Having too few RNs with advanced education available to provide care negatively impacts patient outcomes.”   


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Name Dr. Kelley Pennell
Title Director
Room R-270
Program Area BSN
Phone 409-944-1374

Admin Support Mari Macias Ext. 404



Jayne Withers

Ext 220


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Dr. Kelley Pennell
Director of BSN