Nursing - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The undergraduate nursing degree consists of two programs, BSN and RN to BSN. We offer two delivery options: traditional in-the-seat and online (off campus). The off campus Accelerated On-line Program (AO BSN and AO RN-BSN) is an online format developed by UT Arlington's College of Nursing to serve nurses in Texas and beyond by offering high quality, affordable and convenient nursing programs. As there are some differences in policies between the programs, there may also be differences between the traditional program and the online program; those will be noted throughout the catalog.

The faculty of the College of Nursing takes academic honesty and ethical behavior very seriously. Nurses are entrusted with the health, safety and well-being of the public. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be punished to the full extent permitted by the rules and regulations of UT Arlington.

BSN (prelicensure) Program

This is a four-year program consisting of nursing courses, university core courses and other prerequisite required courses. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  This is offered as an on-campus or off-campus (on-line) option.

RN to BSN Program

This program is designed for Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program. Full-time students may complete the upper division nursing courses in one academic year. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  This is offered as an on-campus or off-campus (on-line) option.

RN to MSN Program (Nursing Administration or Nursing Education)

The RN to MSN program is an option for RNs who want to move seamlessly between the RN to BSN program and the MSN program. The university calls this a Fast Track program. The Fast-Track RN to MSN program will enable outstanding undergraduate students who are registered nurses to satisfy degree requirements leading to a master's degree (MSN) online in either Nursing Administration or Nursing Education while completing their undergraduate studies through the RN to BSN online program.

Undergraduate Outcomes - for the BSN degree

The University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares graduates to provide professional nursing care to persons/clients (individuals, families, groups, and communities) in diverse settings through the roles of provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of the profession.

On completion, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply the art and science of nursing using current evidence in the delivery of competent, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate holistic care.
  • Utilize analytical, systematic, and critical reasoning for clinical judgment and nursing decision-making.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for: optimal nursing care, legal and ethical standards, lifelong learning, professional development, promoting the nursing profession, and participating as a citizen in society.
  • Collaborate and communicate respectfully and effectively with persons/clients and interdisciplinary teams using oral, nonverbal, written and electronic communication to promote and maintain optimal health outcomes to persons/clients.
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors and conflict management skills that inspire others and create effective working relationships to shape and implement change.
  • Coordinate human and material resources in providing comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective care to persons/clients.
  • Articulate the importance of active and intentional life-long learning that includes self-reflection and awareness.
  • Utilize standards of practice to provide safe nursing care in all patient care settings with an awareness of one's role in preventing errors and promoting quality improvement.
  • Access and utilize information and computer sciences to perform nursing functions.

BSN Prelicensure Program

Essential Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the College of Nursing

It is the philosophy of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing (UTACON) that the baccalaureate program is designed to prepare a competent, self-directed, general practitioner of nursing who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of nursing care. In consideration of the preparation of a general practitioner, all individuals who apply for admission and are enrolled in the undergraduate program must be able to perform the essential functions of a student of nursing.

The College of Nursing has identified areas of essential functioning: communication, hearing, visual and motor. The student enrolled in the program must demonstrate mastery of components comprising each of the four areas. Because providing direct patient care is physically demanding, students need to meet the physical requirements of a staff nurse in the same setting in which they are completing a clinical rotation.

Qualified applicants are admitted without discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability (reasonable accommodations will be made within the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines).

More detailed information is available on the nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted as freshmen or may transfer to UT Arlington upon meeting the admission or transfer requirements established by the University. Students who designate themselves as nursing majors will be advised by the College of Nursing in Undergraduate Student Services. Official transcripts must be submitted to the UT Arlington Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.

NOTE: All freshmen are advised by University College.

BSN students desiring admission to the sequence of upper-division nursing courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing must:

  • Submit College of Nursing application and official transcripts by January 15 for following fall semester or June 1 for following spring semester.
  • Complete with a C or better all specified nursing prerequisites and pre-nursing courses (N2300 Introduction to Professional and Clinical Concepts in Nursing; N3366 Pathophysiologic Processes: Implications for Nursing, and N3365 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice) prior to starting Junior I nursing courses. (See lower-division course list for details.) Both  N3365 and N3366 must be taken within 3 years of starting the nursing program.
  • Have a minimum of 48 Freshman/Sophomore prerequisites/core credits prior to the Junior I semester.
  • Complete 12 or more prerequisite science credit hours at time of application.
  • Have 2 GPAs calculated: science and prerequisite.
  • Have minimum science and prerequisite GPAs of 2.75.
  • Completion of designated sections of the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admissions Assessment Exam (HESI A2)  with the following  minimum scores:
    • Grammar: 75%
    • Math 75%, however, if accepted to the program, students scoring between 75-79% on the math portion of the HESI A2 will be required to complete a math remediation program prior to beginning the program.
    • Reading Comprehension: 75%
    • Vocabulary: 75%
  •  Learning Styles and Personality are also required; however, the results are not part of the application criteria.

Admission to Junior level (upper-division course work) is by ranking order based on space available.

Additional consideration will be given to applicants who complete the following by the application deadline:

  • Thirty (30) or more required College of Nursing prerequisite lower division credit hours earned at UT Arlington
  • Twelve (12) or more required College of Nursing prerequisite lower-division natural science credit hours earned at UT Arlington.
  • Nine (9) hours of UT Arlington Honors College courses (Must be active in Honors College) (On-campus only)
  • Nine (9) hours of UT Arlington ROTC courses (Must be active in ROTC) (On-campus only)
  • Previous baccalaureate. masters or doctorate degree earned in the United States.

NOTE: Students entering the Accelerated On-line BSN off-campus program must complete all prerequisites including the upper division elective prior to beginning the program.  Priority will be given to off-campus AO applicants employed by partner hospital systems offering clinical sites during that semester of admission.  Partner hospital clinical sites vary each semester.  To receive off campus AO  priority, applicant must be employed at the time of ranking and the first day of class.  Employment at a partner hospital is not a guarantee of admission into the upper-division nursing program.

Lower Division Courses

Students must complete all nursing prerequisites and Sophomore level nursing courses with a C or better. A grade of D or lower in a prerequisite course indicates unsatisfactory preparation for further nursing education. Any such course in which a D or lower is received must be repeated before enrolling in any nursing course. This requirement is subject to the Two-Attempt Rule.  Under this policy, each course taken at UT Arlington and/or any other approved institution may be attempted a maximum of two times to earn a passing grade.  By the second attempt a grade of “C” or better must be earned. 

  • Withdrawals (W) are exempt from this policy
  • Any non-passing grade is valid for a five year period.  At the conclusion of five years, a non-passing grade is no longer considered an attempt.

CRITERIA FOR READMISSION OF STUDENTS

Students who withdraw from the UT Arlington College of Nursing Program for more than one semester in good standing who wish to return to complete the program must submit a written request for readmission to Undergraduate Student Services (USS) by the following deadlines:

Returning spring –November 15

Returning fall- April 15

  • Readmission is dependent upon space availability.
  • A student is eligible for readmission to the program only once.
  • If a clinical course is to be repeated, the student must repeat both the theory and clinical components of the course.
  • Student must repeat the drug screening process.

Criteria for Readmission:

One semester:

  • All of requirements listed above plus:
  • Completion of a clinical skills assessment at the Smart Hospital™. This assessment will be completed no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student is planning to return. The assessment will focus on the skills associated with the last clinical course completed. Input related to skills to be assessed may be sought from faculty in the previous course(s) completed. Should clinical deficiencies be identified, Smart Hospital™ or other designated faculty will remediate clinical skill areas that are questionable or inadequate and provide the results to the lead teacher of the course the student is scheduled to enter. Failing to demonstrate adequate clinical skills after three attempts will result in the student being required to retake the last clinical course taken to re-establish clinical competency.
  • If the student is in the AO BSN program, he/she will be required to come to the UT Arlington campus to complete the special skills assessment.

Two Semesters:

  • All of requirements listed above plus:
  • Satisfactory scores on previous HESI exams. Student must take NURS 2232 if they score below 850 on more than one end of course HESI.
  • As the school adopts standardized tests, satisfactory scores covering previous nursing courses must be achieved (i.e. mid-curricular tests).
  • Repeat criminal background check if more than one year.

More than two semesters:

  • Not eligible for readmission. Student must apply for admission as a beginning student. 

TOEFL Requirement

Applicants must receive a minimum score, as defined by the University, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native/first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution. The exam is required for admission to the College of Nursing even if the student has met one of the stated University exemptions for the TOEFL.

Applicants who have graduated from secondary schools or colleges in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom.

Students who are not exempt based on the countries listed above, but who can provide documentation of attendance and graduation from a secondary English speaking school in their native country or the US, will be exempt from the requirement.

Transfer from Another Nursing Program

Nursing transfer students are defined as those students who have successfully completed prerequisite courses with a C or above and Junior I courses for the BSN Program: Holistic Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing Foundations at another college or university. Students who have not completed the required courses will be ranked with the incoming junior class. Admission as a transfer student to the College of Nursing is contingent upon available space. Transfer students must attend orientation. Transfer students ready to start as a Junior 2 can be admitted in either the campus based or AO programs.  

  • Transfer students must transfer all nursing courses and the grade received from those courses.
  • Minimum required HESI A2 scores as stated on the admission brochure.
  • The student must submit a course syllabus and a content outline of the course(s) to Undergraduate Student Services. If the course is a clinical course, a list of nursing skills learned in the course(s) must also be submitted.
  • The lead teacher in the course, using the Field of Study Criteria Guidelines and other criteria related to the course, will review courses provided by the student for substitution of UT Arlington courses. Faculty may request additional information to clarify their decision. The course is then accepted as a substitution for a core nursing course, as an elective, or denied.

Students must submit:

  • Letter from previous school stating that the student is in good standing

Students must have:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in the prerequisite natural science and prerequisite lower-division courses.
  • No D's or F's in nursing courses
  • Must meet application deadlines of:
    • April 1 - Fall Semester
    • October 1 - Spring Semester

Processing of the transfer procedure will not be initiated until the student has applied to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Orientations

All Junior I BSN students and transferring students are required to complete the general orientation held prior to the fall and spring semesters.

Clinical orientation is mandatory for all BSN students, as established by the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council. BSN students are required to complete Junior Level and Senior Level Orientation annually.  Clinical requirements must be valid through the entire semester.  If the annual orientation will expire during the current semester, it must be updated.  

Honors Degree in Nursing

Nursing students who wish to graduate with an Honors Degree in Nursing must be members of the Honors College in good standing. Students must complete the Nursing degree requirements and the requirements of the Honors College. Contact the College of Nursing Honors Coordinator for further information.

Special Paraphernalia/Equipment Requirements

All Nursing students entering the Undergraduate BSN pre-licensure program are required to have equipment that is required by health care settings in which students have practice experiences. A complete list of requirements is outlined in the College of Nursing Student Handbook at: http://www.uta.edu/nursing/bsn-program/.

All students enrolling in courses/programs must have access to a reliable computer,  internet connection, and updated software that meet program specifications. A list of computer specifications is outlined on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Smart Phone or similar device highly recommended.

Immunizations

Persons accepted to the College of Nursing must be immunized or provide information reflecting immunization as required by the College of Nursing.  Specific requirements are listed on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Certification-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Undergraduate nursing students are required to obtain American Heart Association Basic Life Support  (BLSC) CPR for Healthcare Providers.

Evidence of current CPR certification is required during clinical course enrollment from admission to graduation.  The CPR must be valid throughout  an entire semester with a clinical.  If the  current card will expire during the semester, the student must retake the course and have a card that will not expire during the semester.

Health Insurance Coverage

All UT Arlington nursing students enrolled in clinical course(s) will be required to provide verification of medical insurance coverage that includes Emergency Department evaluation and follow-up treatment for needle-stick and blood borne disease exposure. This mandatory clinical requirement has been authorized by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

As such, UT Arlington will not cover initial and/or follow up treatment for needle-stick injuries and/or exposure to blood borne diseases which may occur while students are enrolled in clinical courses.

While the UT Arlington College of Nursing recognizes the financial impact this clinical requirement presents for students, we also support the need for students to have health coverage for sudden illness, accidents, emergencies and exposure treatments that may occur in the clinical setting in a variety of clinical agencies.

Drug Screen Policy

Confirmation of a positive drug screening will result in removal from clinical courses for a period of one calendar year. Upon returning to the program, random drug screenings will be conducted throughout the program. A second positive test will  result in immediate dismissal from the nursing program.

Random and / or for cause drug screens are at the student's expense and must be conducted at the UT Arlington Health Center or a contracted vendor site for Off-Campus Accelerated BSN students. Failure/refusal to undergo a drug screen on the designated day will result in immediate dismissal from the nursing program.

Criminal Background Screen

A student with a positive criminal background screen will not be admitted into the program without a Declaratory Order from the Texas Board of Nursing stating that the individual has been granted permission to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN Examination) upon completion of the requirements for graduation and payment of any required fees. Eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN Examination may be affected by any inaccuracies in the petition, and any subsequent violations of the Nursing Practice Act that may affect eligibility to sit for the examination or the later revocation of a license obtained through misrepresentation.

Eligibility to Write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN) - Declaratory Orders

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has set out guidelines and criteria on the eligibility of persons with criminal convictions to obtain a license as a registered nurse. The BON may refuse to admit persons to its licensure examinations, may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration, or may refuse to issue a temporary permit to any individual who has any criminal offense. Detailed information related to determining eligibility and required processes to determine eligibility for your specific circumstances is available from the Texas Board of Nursing and on their Web site (www.bon.state.tx.us).

Once admitted to the nursing program, any student that commits an offense that would require a Declaratory Order will be removed from current and future clinical courses until the Declaratory Order is obtained from the Texas BON and submitted to the Assistant Dean in the Office of Enrollment and Student Services..

Professional Liability Insurance

Nursing students are required to have evidence of professional liability insurance coverage for a minimum of $1,000,000 limit each claim and $3,000,000 limit aggregate. The charge for coverage will be assessed as a mandatory fee at the time of registration.

Fees

Course fee information is available at www.uta.edu/fees. Additional costs beyond tuition, fees and books that may be incurred by a nursing student will include those items listed in the catalog under the Special Paraphernalia / Equipment Requirements and detailed on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing. In addition, some clinical agencies charge a nominal fee for parking passes and utilizing their scrubs.

Oral Communication Proficiency Requirement

Oral proficiency is recognized to be a critical component of providing safe nursing care. In addition to content-specific presentations in various nursing courses, all nursing students are required to communicate effectively with clients, members of the health care team, and faculty. Contact Undergraduate Program Director for more information.

E-mail Accounts

Each student will be provided a UT Arlington e-mail address. Official communications from the College of Nursing will be distributed to this e-mail address and Blackboard accounts required by many courses. Students will be held responsible for information distributed in this manner.

Nursing Course Withdrawal Policy

Students within the program, enrolled in an upper division NURS course, are permitted to drop the course one time. Upon attempting the course for the second time, the earned grade is retained. Students may drop no more than three upper division NURS courses during their undergraduate career.

Elective and pre-nursing courses are exempt from this policy but may be affected by the two attempt policy.

Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances.

Movement Between Programs

Students who have started the BSN traditional in-the-seat programs cannot move to the AO off-campus BSN program.

OFF CAMPUS AO BSN Students Who Drop or Fail a Course

Students who either withdraw from or fail a Jr I AP-BSN course can repeat that course online the next time the course is offered for the same partner or at another partner hospital if space is available. Students who have not successfully completed Jr I courses cannot move to the on-campus program.  If a student requests to move to the on-campus program, they will be placed in the pool of students applying for the next on campus program start date. Off campus AO students will be ranked along with the other applicants who are in the pool and will not be given preference because they had previously been accepted into the off campus AO-BSN program.

AO-BSN students who withdraw or fail a course in Jr II, Sr I, or Sr II can repeat the course online with the same partner hospital the next available time the course is offered, or at another partner hospital if space is available. If the student requests to move to the traditional, in-the-seat program, and they have successfully completed Junior 1 courses, they may do so if space is available in the classroom and clinical. Refer to the below order of preference for clinical placement guidelines.

  • Students who seek readmission after withdrawing for any reason will be placed at the same partner site at the next admission date.
  • If the partner is not providing a site when the student requests to return, the student who has withdrawn will be place at another site dependent upon available space. (The site has filled all of their partnered seats and has un-partnered seats open)*
  • Students who seek readmission after failing a course will be placed at the same partner site that next admission date.
  • If the partner is not providing a site when the student requests to return, the student who has failed a course will be placed at another site dependent upon available space, (The site has filled all of their partnered seats and has an un-partnered seat open)*
  • If no sites are available, the student will have to wait until a seat is available at a future admission date.
  • Students who have completed Jr. 1, or above, and are wishing to move to the on-campus program will follow the guidelines in the “Student Movement” policy.

*If there are more students than seats available, the students will be placed in the order in which they request the move (first come, first placed).

Clinical Courses

To pass a clinical course, the student must pass both the didactic and the clinical components of that course.

Clinical Attendance During Scheduled University Closings

Some programs in the College of Nursing, such as the Off-Campus AO BSN Program, may require students to attend clinical on evenings, nights, weekends, or holidays. Students are expected to attend their assigned clinical rotation as scheduled, even when the University is otherwise scheduled for closure, i.e. Spring Break. This policy does not include inclement weather closings.

Progression

Students in the BSN Program will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program nor to enroll for additional courses if they:

  • Receive a grade of D or F in more than one nursing course including Pathophysiology and Pharmacology or
  • Receive any combination of grades of D or F on two attempts of the same course.
  • Do not obtain a passing score on the HESI Comprehensive Exam
  • The University grade replacement / exclusion policy is limited by the College of Nursing and is not applicable to nursing courses.

A student in the RN to BSN Program who earns a second D or F in a nursing course will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.

Required Testing

Students are required to take nationally normed tests throughout the Junior and Senior years of the BSN program and to make a satisfactory score on such tests. In the Senior year, students are required to take a comprehensive exam and to make a satisfactory score on such an exam prior to graduation.

RN to BSN Program

Essential Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the College of Nursing

It is the philosophy of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing (UTACON) that the baccalaureate program is designed to prepare a competent, self-directed, general practitioner of nursing who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of nursing care. In consideration of the preparation of a general practitioner, all individuals who apply for admission and are enrolled in the undergraduate program must be able to perform the essential functions of a student of nursing.

The College of Nursing has identified areas of essential functioning: communication, hearing, visual and motor. The student enrolled in the program must demonstrate mastery of components comprising each of the four areas.

Qualified applicants are admitted without discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability (reasonable accommodations will be made within the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines).

More detailed information is available on the nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted or may transfer to UT Arlington upon meeting the admission or transfer requirements established by the University. Students who designate themselves as nursing majors will be advised by the College of Nursing in Undergraduate Student Services. Official transcripts must be submitted to the UT Arlington Office of Admissions.

Registered nurses desiring admission to this program must:

  • Complete listed prerequisites with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5
  • Meet the TOEFL requirement (if applicable)
  • Have a current license as an RN in the U.S.A.

Credit by RN Licensure

Transcripts of RN students are evaluated with consideration of the Coordinating Board Field of Study Curriculum guidelines. Credit is given for all courses listed in the Field of Study Curriculum as transferable as well as any additional courses that may be applicable for transfer for a total of 28 hours.

Certain other conditions apply:

  • If the student earned one D or F in a nursing course at another college or school of nursing, they will be admitted unconditionally. If the student earns a subsequent D or F at UT Arlington, he/she will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.
  • If the student has earned more than one D or F, but no more than two, in nursing courses at another college or school of nursing, the student will enter UT Arlington on a probationary basis. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses at UT Arlington in order to remain in the program.

TOEFL Requirement

Applicants must receive a minimum score, as defined by the University, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native/first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution. The exam is required for admission to the College of Nursing even if the student has met one of the stated University exemptions for the TOEFL.

Applicants who have graduated from secondary schools or colleges in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom. Students who are not exempt based on the countries listed above, but who can provide documentation of attendance and graduation from a secondary English speaking school in their native country or the US, will be exempt from the requirement.

Orientation

All Junior RN-BSN students and transferring RN-BSN students are required to attend the general orientation held prior to entering their Junior semester.

Progression

The University grade replacement/exclusion policy is limited by the College of Nursing and is not applicable to nursing courses.

  • A student in the RN to BSN Program who earns a second D or F will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.

Fees

Course fee information is available at www.uta.edu/fees. Additional costs beyond tuition, fees and books that may be incurred by a nursing student in this program will be detailed on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Oral Communication Proficiency Requirement

Oral proficiency is recognized to be a critical component of providing safe nursing care. In addition to content-specific presentations in various nursing courses, all nursing students are required to communicate effectively with clients, members of the health care team, and faculty. Contact Undergraduate Program Director for more information.

E-mail Accounts

Each student will be provided a UT Arlington e-mail address. Official communications from the College of Nursing will be distributed to this e-mail address and Blackboard accounts required by many courses. Students will be held responsible for information distributed in this manner.

Movement Between Programs

Normally students who have started the RN to BSN traditional in-the-seat programs cannot move to the AO:RN-BSN online program.

BSN Prelicensure Program

Prior to Enrollment

The following semester hours must be completed prior to enrollment in upper-division nursing courses except as noted:

Natural Sciences
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 1,2,3,48
Microbiology 2,44
General Chemistry and Biological Chemistry 2,44
Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology 43
Sociology or Anthropology 3,4,53
Developmental Psychology (Lifespan) 43
Nursing
NURS 2300INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL AND CLINICAL CONCEPTS IN NURSING3
NURS 3365PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE 43
NURS 3366PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC PROCESSES: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING 43
Other
Creative Arts (architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts) 3,53
MATH 1301CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS (An applicant taking math at UT Arlington is encouraged to complete Contemporary Mathematics (MATH 1301)) 33
Statistics 3,43
U.S. History I and II 3,5,66
U.S. and Texas Government 3,5,66
English Composition I and II 36
English Literature 3,53
Technical Writing 43
Total Hours67
1

If part of a two-semester sequence, both courses are required.

2

Must contain a lab component.

3

Degree Plan Core Curriculum courses.

4

Degree Plan Program Specific courses.

5

On-campus students may complete after enrollment in junior nursing courses.

6

House Bill 935, passed by the Sixtieth Legislature, provides that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless she/he has taken and passed six semester hours in American political science and six semester hours in United States history.

Note: AP BSN students must complete all courses, including the upper division elective, prior to enrollment in junior nursing courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

The following semester hours must be completed for graduation.

Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
NURS 33203NURS 34814Upper-division electives3
NURS 33333NURS 35615 
NURS 36326NURS 33213 
 NURS 32612 
 12 14 3
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
NURS 44314NURS 43503 
NURS 44414NURS 44624 
NURS 45815NURS 43513 
 NURS 42232 
 13 12
Total Hours: 54

RN to BSN Program

 Prior to Enrollment

Natural Sciences
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 1,2,3,4,58
Microbiology or Bacteriology 2,4,54
English
Composition I and II 3,66
Literature 3,53
Technical Writing or Equivalent 4,6,73
History and Government
American History I and II 3,5,86
U.S. Government and Texas State and Local Government 3,5,86
Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology 4,53
Sociology or Anthropology 3,4,53
Development Psychology (Lifespan) 4,53
Other
Fine Arts (architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts) 3,53
MATH 1301CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS (An applicant taking math at UT Arlington is encouraged to complete Contemporary Mathematics (MATH 1301)) 33
Statistics 3,4,63
Upper division elective 5,93
1

If part of a two-semester sequence, both courses are required.

2

Must contain a laboratory component.

3

Degree Plan Core Curriculum courses.

4

Degree Plan Program Specific courses.

5

May be completed after enrollment in nursing program.

6

Course must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to enrolling in the nursing program.

7

Technical Writing is preferred. Equivalents include Literature, Speech, or Philosophy, as long as the courses are sophomore-level or higher, have a writing component, and are approved by an advisor.

8

House Bill 935, passed by Sixtieth Legislature, provides that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless she/he has taken and passed six semester hours in American political science and six semester hours in United States history.

9

The upper division elective course is in addition to the 3 credit hour upper division nursing elective requirement included in the 35 credit RN to BSN Nursing Course listing. This general 3 credit requirement can be met by taking any upper division elective course (including a second nursing elective), or by providing documentation of being certified through a nationally recognized nursing certification examination, or by completing a work-based project in the Nursing Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program

Course Sequence

Third YearHours
NURS 33253
NURS 33453
NURS 33153
NURS 33753
NURS 33353
Upper-division nursing electives13
 18
Fourth YearHours
NURS 43253
NURS 44554
NURS 44654
NURS 46856
 17
Total Hours: 35
1

Elective credit may be awarded for national certifications. Electives may be taken as a junior or as a senior.

New Footnote

Will accept up to 28 credit hours transferred from a diploma or Associate Degree in nursing.