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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

Dean Dolores Sands of the School of Nursing filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes in the School of Nursing chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. The dean and the faculty of the school approved and submitted the proposed changes to the secretary on August 17, 2001. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on November 27, 2001, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on January 14, 2002. The committee forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty on February 1, 2002, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by January 11, 2002.


<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 4, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

In Chapter 10, on pages 472-473, in the section ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION, make the following changes:

[REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT IN UPPER-DIVISION NURSING COURSES] ADMISSION TO THE PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE IN NURSING

Admission to the School of Nursing is [limited and] competitive. Students may apply for admission when they [have completed at least fifty semester hours of prescribed lower-division coursework with a grade point average of at least 2.50 and] are enrolled in the last semester of required prerequisite coursework. The student must have a grade of at least C in each prerequisite course and a grade point average of at least 2.50 on University and transferred coursework. The application includes the application form and personal statement, three letters of reference, a transcript from any other college or university the student has attended, and a high school transcript. Admission decisions are based on (1) the strength of the student's academic background, with special consideration given to his or her grade point average in the required natural science courses[,] and in courses taken at the University[, and in the three nursing prerequisite courses]; (2) the number of hours the student has taken at the University; [(3) the number of science prerequisite hours the student has taken at the University;] ([4] 3) the number of repeated courses; and ([5] 4) the student's achievements and accomplishments, including volunteer work and activities in health care [that demonstrate commitment and maturity in making the decision to pursue a nursing career].

Rationale: This section has been modified to simplify and clarify description of the procedure for admission to the professional sequence in Nursing


STUDENTS FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

[Students] All students who wish to transfer to the University from another [college or university] institution must apply to the University Office of Admissions as described in General Information.

PREPROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

A student who plans to enter the preprofessional sequence in nursing should consult an academic adviser in the School of Nursing as early as possible for advising and transcript review. Students are encouraged to consult an adviser before applying for admission to the University.


PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

A student who wishes to transfer into the professional sequence from another nursing school must make an appointment with the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs for academic advising and transcript review. Students are encouraged to consult an adviser before applying for admission to the University. In addition to meeting the regular University admission requirements, [students seeking to transfer from another institution to the professional sequence of nursing courses] the student must apply for admission to the School of Nursing [and submit]. He or she must submit an official transcript from each institution attended, recommendations from faculty members at the previous nursing school, and course information for all completed nursing courses.

Transfer students must meet the same deadlines as University students seeking admission to the professional sequence; however, they are considered for admission to the School of Nursing only if they are admitted to the University.

Rationale: This section has been revised and expanded into two sections to further clarify the procedure of transferring to the School of Nursing from an outside institution.


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In Chapter 10, on page 474, in the section ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, make the following changes:

STANDARDS OF NURSING PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS

A student must earn a grade of at least C in each nursing course for the course to be counted toward degree requirements. Concurrent or sequential enrollment is required as stated in each course description.

If the student is not on scholastic probation at the University, permission may be granted to repeat a required nursing course in which he or she failed to earn a grade of C or better. To receive credit, the student must repeat the course at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The semester in which a course is repeated is at the discretion of the dean and is dependent on the space available.

A student may repeat a nursing course only once. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she cannot continue in the School of Nursing. If, while repeating the course, the student drops the course or withdraws from the University at a time when the student's performance in the course is considered to be inferior to that required for a grade of C, he or she may not reenroll in the course or continue in the School of Nursing.

No more than two nursing courses may be repeated.

A student may not repeat for credit a course in which a grade of C or better was awarded.

As a prerequisite to [five] clinical nursing courses [(Nursing 425P, 455P, 465P, 466P, and 477P)] students [is] are required to pass a medications and calculations test with a grade of at least 90. The student may repeat each test once. Calculators may not be used in any medications examination.

Rationale: The School of Nursing now requires that students pass a medications and calculations test before enrolling in any clinical nursing courses. This is necessary to ensure that students can safely administer medications in clinical settings.

In Chapter 10, on page 475, in the section ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, make the following changes:

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

The faculty believes that each educational experience should build on previous achievements to encourage fulfillment of each student's potential. Therefore, all students and registered nurses are urged to seek advice on arranging a logical sequence of work. The faculty subscribes to the principle that a candidate's competence should be validated and that credit should be awarded on the basis of satisfactory achievement on examinations as well as in the classroom. Twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours of credit presented for the degree must be earned in residence, rather than by examination, correspondence, or transfer. [Therefore, credit may be earned by examination for all nursing courses except Nursing 227, 264, 275, 475P, 277, 477P, 278, and 279P; non-RN students must also take six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in nursing in residence.]

[To petition for credit by examination for upper-division nursing courses, a student must have met all the requirements for admission to upper-division courses in the School of Nursing.] An examination for credit may not be taken in a course in which the student is enrolled, which the student has completed, or [from] which the student has [withdrawn] dropped with either a passing or a failing grade.

[A candidate for credit by examination may obtain the course material that would be given to a student enrolling in the course and has access to all material in campus learning centers. He or she may audit any or all of the lecture portion of any course in the School of Nursing, if approval is obtained in advance from the instructor


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and if space is available. The candidate is subject to the auditor's fee unless he or she is a University student.

Each candidate is assessed a fee by the Measurement and Evaluation Center for taking the examination. Credit is granted only after the student is enrolled in the School of Nursing, and only for a grade of C or better. The student may elect to have the credit recorded as the symbol CR or as the letter grade achieved. In the latter event, the grade is included in computing the cumulative grade point average. No notation appears on the student's record when the examination is failed. Credit earned by examination does not reduce by a corresponding amount the number of courses that may be taken on the pass/fail basis. A candidate may not retake an examination for any nursing course.]
University policies regarding credit by examination are given in General Information.

Rationale: The School of Nursing has the legal and professional responsibility to ensure that graduates are safe practitioners. The clinical competencies required of the BSN-prepared nurse include supervision, delegation, management, priority setting, and clinical judgment that cannot be evaluated adequately outside of the clinical setting. Therefore, clinical courses are exempt from credit by exam for generic nursing students. Students who are RN's with diploma or who hold ADN degrees may take national nursing exams over clinical course work they completed in their previous degree programs.

In Chapter 10, on pages 477-479, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES

[PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSES


Physical activity courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the School of Nursing; however, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades in physical activity courses are included in the grade point average.]

Rationale: The School of Nursing now accepts physical activity courses offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education toward degree requirements. Rationale is that the faculty recognize research findings showing that physical activity us an essential component of a healthy lifestyle and wish to facilitate students' inclusion of exercise in their lifestyle choices.


ROTC COURSES

The dean has the authority to substitute an equivalent air force science, military science, or naval science course or courses for a course or courses prescribed by the School of Nursing and to make adjustments to compensate for any differences in semester hour value. The total number of semester hours required for the degree remains unchanged.

[Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science may be counted toward the nursing degree as electives by students who complete the ROTC program at the University.]

Rationale: This section has been simplified for clarity.


CORRESPONDENCE AND EXTENSION COURSES

[Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than nine of the semester hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may be taken by correspondence.]


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Credit earned by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere will be counted toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree if approved by either the assistant dean for student affairs or the assistant dean for undergraduate programs. A student planning to meet preprofessional course requirements with correspondence or extension courses should consult the Office of Student Affairs to ensure enrollment in appropriate courses. Credit for professional sequence courses may not be earned by correspondence or extension.

Rationale: This section has been simplified for clarity.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

This program consists of [two and one-half academic years or four semesters and two summer sessions of nursing] 131 to 132 semester hours of coursework: seventy to seventy-one hours of prerequisite courses (the preprofessional sequence) taken at the University of Texas at Austin or another [an] accredited college or university, followed by [two and one-half years or four semesters and a summer session] sixty-one hours of upper-division nursing courses (the professional sequence) taken at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and have fulfilled the prescribed course of study and clinical practice required to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse.

[PRESCRIBED WORK] FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Students may fulfill the foreign language component of the University's basic education requirements by completing two years of a single foreign language in high school, by earning an appropriate score on one of the placement examinations administered by the University, or by completing two semesters of college coursework in a single foreign language in addition to the degree requirements given below. Nursing 354 may not be counted toward the foreign language requirement. For students who take college coursework to complete the foreign language requirement, Spanish is recommended.

Rationale: This section has been modified to emphasize that a new course offering, N354 Spanish for Health Care Professionals, may not be counted toward the University of Texas at Austin foreign language requirement.


[PREPROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE] PREPROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

Students must complete the seventy or seventy-one [seventy-two or seventy-three] semester hours of coursework (preprofessional sequence) listed below. Completion usually requires two and one-half academic years (or four semesters and two summer sessions). All courses must be completed before the student enrolls in upper-division courses in nursing.

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


Natural Sciences

 

Anatomy and physiology: [Zoology 314K, 316K, 116L] Biology 416K, 416L
[7] 8
  Biology: [302, 303, 126L, 226T] Biology 211, 212, 214
6
  Microbiology: Biology 126L, 226N
3
  Chemistry (including three hours of biochemistry): Chemistry 313N, 314N
6
  [Chemistry 313N, 113P, 314N, 114P]
[8]
  Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, [403K,] or 305G
3 [or 4]
  Nutrition 311 [(section for nonscience majors)]
3

Liberal Arts

 
Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K
6
[American] United States government, including Texas government:  

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  Government 310L, 312L
6
  Growth and development: Human Development and Family Sciences
  313 and 113L, or Psychology 304
3 or 4
  [American] United States history: History 315K, 315L
6
  Introductory psychology: Psychology 301
3
  Fine arts elective
3
Nursing
  [Nursing 305, Health Promotion 3
3]
  Nursing 310, Communication in Health Care Settings
3
  Nursing 311, Ethics of Health Care 1
3
  Nursing 264, Nursing Research
2
Other Courses
  Introductory statistics: Educational Psychology 371, Psychology 317,
  or Mathematics 316
 
3
  Introductory pharmacology: Pharmacy 338
3
 
  TOTAL
[72 or 73] 70 or 71

Rationale: This has been updated to reflect the actual number of semester hours required in the preprofessional sequence. The preprofessional sequence itself has been slightly altered to reflect the changing face of nursing in the 21st century. N264, Nursing Research has been moved to the preprofessional sequence from the professional sequence to assure that students entering the professional sequence have experience in scholarly research. N305, Health Promotion has been eliminated, and the content of that course has been incorporated into other, professional sequence nursing courses.


[PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE] PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

The final [sixty-four] sixty-one semester hours of coursework in nursing [must be] are completed after the student has achieved upper-division standing and has been admitted into the School of Nursing professional sequence. These hours consist of the courses listed below and Nursing 347, Specialized Topics in Nursing, which many students choose to take in the summer.

[Each student must complete a three-semester-hour free elective, to provide the total of 139 or 140 hours required for the degree; the free elective may be taken during either the preprofessional or the professional sequence. A course used as a free elective must be one for which the student has received University credit, either in residence or by examination, correspondence, or transfer. Courses taken at another college or university but not transferable to the University may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Nursing courses and physical activity courses may not be used. A list of recommended elective courses is available from the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.]

[Third Year — Fall Semester] Professional Sequence — First Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


N 323, Genetics in Health Care
3

N 224, Health Assessment Skills

2
N 325, Adult Health Nursing I
N [425P] 325P, Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum)
[4] 3
N 226, Conceptual and Applied Bases of Mental Health Nursing
2
N 227, Conceptual Bases of Aging
2
N 127P, Clinical and Applied Skills I (Practicum)
1
 
  TOTAL
[14] 16


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[Third Year — Spring Semester] Professional Sequence — Second Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


N 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals
3

N 455, Adult Health Nursing II

2
N [455P] 355P, Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum)
[4] 3
N 356, Conceptual Bases of Mental Health Problems
3
N [456P] 356P, Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum)
[4] 3
N 157P, Clinical Nursing Skills II (Practicum)
1
    TOTAL
[16] 17

[Fourth Year — Fall Semester] Professional Sequence — Third Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


N 160, Public Health Nursing I
1

N 260P, Public Health Nursing I (Practicum)

2
[N 264, Nursing Research
2]
N 265, Care of Childbearing Families
2
N [465P] 365P, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Practicum)
[4] 3
N 266, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families
2
N [466P] 366P, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum)
[4] 3
[N 167P, Clinical Nursing Skills III (Practicum)
1]
    TOTAL
[15] 13

[Fourth Year — Spring Semester] Professional Sequence — Fourth Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


N [275] 170, [Community] Public Health Nursing II
[2] 1

N [475] 170P, [Community] Public Health Nursing (Practicum) II

[4] 1
N 377, Management of Nursing Care
3
N [4] 377P, Clinical Care Management (Practicum) [2]1
[4] 3
N 278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge [2]1
2
[N 178P, Clinical Nursing Skills IV (Practicum)
1]
N 279P, Capstone Preceptorship
2
    TOTAL
[16] 12

Footnotes:

1. All students must take Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K. In addition, all students must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; at least one of these must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule; Nursing 311 and 278 and the section of Nursing [477P] 377P designated "RN" are generally certified. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements

[2. All students must take Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K. In addition, all students must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; at least one of these must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule;


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Nursing 311 and 278 and the section of Nursing 477P designated "RN" are generally certified. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements]

Rationale: These changes are to reflect the actual semester hours required to complete the degree program. This section has been simplified for clarity. The alterations in the professional sequence also reflect the recent changes in the field of nursing. N323, Genetics in Health Care has been added to aid students in understanding this emerging health field. N354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals has been added to give students a primer in the medical uses of Spanish, therefore aiding their ability to assist minority patients in a health care setting. N264, Nursing Research has been moved into the preprofessional sequence. This ensures that students are familiar with research before they enter the professional sequence. N275, Community Health Nursing and N475P Community Health Nursing (Practicum) have both been divided between two semesters. The new course numbers are N160, Public Health Nursing I, N260P Public Health Nursing I (Practicum), offered in the third semester of the professional sequence. N170, Public Health Nursing II, N170P, Public Health Nursing II (Practicum) are offered in the fourth semester of the professional sequence. The title ²Community Health NursingÓ has been changed to ²Public Health NursingÓ to be congruent with recommendations from Public


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Health Nursing professional associations. The courses N167P, Clinical Nursing Skills III (Practicum), and N178P, Clinical Nursing Skills IV (Practicum) have both been deleted, and their content assimilated into other nursing professional sequence courses. The School of Nursing has also reduced the semester credit hours of the following courses: N425P, Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum), N455P, Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum), N456P, Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum), N465P, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Practicum), N466P, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum), and N477P, Clinical Care Management (Practicum) from 4 semester credit hours to 3. However, the ratio of semester credit hours to contact hours has been raised from 1:2 to 1:3. Therefore, students will have fewer semester credit hours, and more contact hours.