Designated an institution of “the first class” in the Texas Constitution, Prairie View A&M University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through seven colleges and the school of Architecture. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service.

Prairie View A&M University partners with RELLIS in offering a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with Specialization in Criminalistics, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN). These are pending approvals, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Criminalistics Concentration

PVAMU PoliceThe Criminal Justice Program at Prairie View A&M University partners with RELLIS in offering a concentration in Criminalistics, which incorporates the fields of technology, natural sciences, and criminal justice.  Specifically, the concentration includes courses in computer forensics, crime scene investigation, and technology and crime. The multidisciplinary nature of the program provides a hands-on approach to learning through lab simulations, case studies, and an internship with experienced professionals in the field.

The Department of Justice Studies offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in criminalistics. The applicants must complete 42 credit hours of general studies and liberal arts courses, 6 hours of foreign language, and 3 hours in statistics. The Major requirements include 27 hours of core courses in criminal justice, 18 hours of major electives in the Criminalistics concentration, and 24 hours of unrestricted electives from other disciplines.

The contact person for the Criminal Justice program is Dr. Sesha Kethineni, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at Prairie View A&M University. The Criminal Justice program is proposed to begin in Fall 2019.

Only courses passed with grades of “C” or higher may be applied to the forty-five (45) semester hours constituting the Major Requirements for Criminal Justice with Criminalistics Concentration.

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Core curriculum includes two courses from the Basic Sciences
* Pre-requisites for CRJS 2341 : Basic Science Courses (Two from the following) 6
BIOL 1113 College Biology I
BIOL 1123 College Bio II
BIOL 1054 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 1064 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 1033 General Organic Chemistry
CHEM 1053 Introduction to General Chemistry
College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology Language Requirements
Foreign Language Electives (One Language; One Sequence) 6
Support Area Requirements 3
Select one from the following:
MATH 2003 Elementary Statistics
PSYC 2613 Fundamental of Statistics
SOCG 4053 Social Statistics
Major Requirements 27
CRJS 1133 Principles of Criminal Justice 3
CRJS 2413 Police Systems and Practices 3
CRJS 2513 Corrections: Systems and Practices 3
CRJS 2613 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRJS 2713 Juvenile Justice Systems 3
CRJS 3623 Criminal Law I 3
CRJS 3823 Criminal Justice Research Methods I 3
CRJS 4923 Criminology 3
CRJS 4983 Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice 3
Major Elective Requirements for Criminalistics 18
CRJS 2341 Practical Forensic Science * (required) 3
CRJS 3351 Crime Scene Investigation * (required) 3
CRJS 3352 Forensic Investigation of Sex Crimes ** 3
CRJS 3353 Technology and Crime ** 3
CRJS 3354 Forensic Photography ** 3
CRJS 4354 Interview & Interrogation Techniques 3
CRJS 4355 Death Investigations ** 3
CRJS 4356 Enterprise Crime Investigations ** 3
CRJS 4361 Courtroom Testimony and Procedure (Capstone) 3
CRJS 4362 Evidence Processing ** 3
CRJS 4671 Internship in Criminalistics 3
Unrestricted electives1 24
Total Hours 120

1 Students may use their unrestricted electives from any field to complete a minor. The student is responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements are met. Students are advised to select minors in areas that are supportive of the criminal justice field such as psychology, human development, sociology, social work, political science, economics or foreign language. If the minor requires less than 27 credit hours the difference should be made up in unrestricted electives. If no minor is selected, the total unrestricted electives would be 27 hours. Students are advised to select electives in areas that are supportive of the criminal justice field.

** Pre-requisites: CRJS 3351 is a pre-requisite for many of the criminalistics electives.

For more information about the BS in Criminal Justice Program at RELLIS, please contact:

Dr. Tamara L. Brown

Dr. Tamara L. Brown
Dean, College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology

Prairie View A&M University
P.O. Box 519; MS 2600
Prairie View, Texas 77446
Phone: (936) 261-5265
Email: tlbrown@pvamu.edu

Dr. Sesha Kethineni

Dr. Sesha Kethineni
Program Coordinator

Prairie View A&M University
P.O. Box 519; MS 2600
Prairie View, Texas 77446
Phone: (936) 261-5226
Email: srkethineni@pvamu.edu

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Students at the PVAMU College of Nursing schoolThe RN-BSN Program partners with RELLIS to produce even more Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepared Registered Nurses (RN) to decrease the nursing shortage in the future. The RN-BSN Completion track was created in 1978 and delivered by telecommunication to distance sites at Bryan-College Station, reaching out to the University Center in Montgomery County and to the Huntsville Medical Center in Huntsville, Texas. In 2011, the program was approved to be offered fully online, and this is how the program is administered today.

The RN-BSN program prepares Registered Nurses (RN) who hold an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in two years. The program is offered largely online with key laboratory components utilizing interactive simulation technology at the RELLIS campus. Applicants must complete 60 credit hours of general studies and liberal arts courses of which many may have been earned in completing the initial RN Program. Prairie View A&M University’s College of Nursing is a fervent exemplar in educating professional nurses for now and the future. Our nursing graduates have extensively contributed to the quality and excellence in nursing and health care delivery throughout Texas, the nation and the world.

The RN-BSN Program Coordinator is Wynetta McMullin, Ed. D., MSN, BSN, AAS, RN. She started her education in the Vocational Nursing Program at Blinn College and then received her B.S.N from Prairie View A&M University. The RN-BSN program is proposed to begin in Fall 2018.

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All Nursing Core Curriculum Requirements are shown in the suggested degree program.
Support Area Requirements (18 SCH)
HDFM 2553 Human Development: Life Span 3
HUSC 1343 Ecology of Human Nutrition and Food 3
PSYC 2613 or MATH 2003 Statistics for Psychology I or Elementary Statistics 3
CHEM 1053 General Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 1051 General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
BIOL 1073 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 1054 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 1064 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
Advanced Placement Articulation 36
Major Requirements (30 SCH)
NURS 3013 Individual Health Assessment 3
NURS 3023 Basic Pathophysiology 3
NURS 4003 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURS 4013 Introduction to the Research Process 3
NURS 4173 Community Health Nursing 3
NURS 4193 Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NURS 4272 Community Health Nursing Practicum 2
NURS 4292 Nursing Leadership and Management Practicum 2
NURS 4032 Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing 2
Nursing Electives (2) 6
Total Hours 126

Applicants to the RN-BSN program have the option of taking 6 credit hours of graduate courses towards the MSN degree in Nurse Education; Nurse Administration; and Family Nurse Practitioner. The six credit hours of courses must be approved by the dual undergraduate (BSN) and graduate (MSN) program advisors.

  • NURS 5003 Transcultural Family; NURS 5033 Advanced Pathophysiology; NURS 5023 Advanced Pharmacology; NURS 5243 Advanced Health Assessment; CNSL 5093 Educational Statistics

International Experiences

NURS 3383 Nursing Without Borders: Global Health Perspectives (3SCH). Lecture/lab. Emphasis on the nurse’s role in health promotion, health maintenance and illness prevention in families from cultures in a national and international setting.


There are two clinical requirements for RN-BSN students, NURS 4272 Community Health and NURS 4292 Leadership & Management. Clinical practicums are conducted in a variety of settings for RN-BSN students. Program Coordinator Dr. McMullin will seek to establish new contractual agreements with institutions close to an RN’s work or home for convenience.


The College of Nursing (CON) has the capability to provide remote lecture courses and/or meetings via TTVN. It also uses WebEx to allow face-to-face meetings and conferences with students. All students are provided a laptop computer while enrolled in the online RN-BSN program.


  • CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 2015)
  • ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 2013)

Success Stories

A graduate of the program conducted several in-services on Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff.) which led a major Houston hospital to institute a new policy on this topic (currently in practice). Another graduate conducted an in-service on a hypercalcemia cocktail for emergency room practice, which led to improved understanding of the procedure and patient outcomes.

Alumni Placements

Graduates of the RN-BSN program are employed in hospitals on various units (cardiac cath labs, research units, adult health units, emergency centers, pediatric and maternal care settings, etc.), and in both rural and metropolitan settings.

For more information about the RN-BSN Program at RELLIS, please contact:

Dr. Betty Adams
Dean, College of Nursing

Prairie View A&M University
6436 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 797-7009
Email: bnadams@pvamu.edu

Dr. Wynetta McMullin
Program Coordinator

Prairie View A&M University
6436 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 797-7078
Email: wamcmullin@pvamu.edu