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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CURRICULUM CHANGES TO THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Dean Dolores Sands of the School of Nursing has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes in the undergraduate program in the School of Nursing chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The dean and the faculty of the school approved and submitted the proposed changes to the secretary on October 2, 2002. 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 December 3, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on December 4, 2002. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on January 22, 2003, 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 February 10, 2003.


<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on January 26, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CURRICULUM CHANGES TO THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On page 484 in the section DEGREES, after the heading DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING make the following changes:


This program consists of [131 to 132] 128 to 129 semester hours of coursework: [seventy to seventy-one] sixty-seven to sixty-eight hours of prerequisite courses (the preprofessional sequence) taken at the University of Texas at Austin or another accredited college or university, followed by 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.

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.

PREPROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

Students must complete the [seventy or seventy-one] sixty-seven or sixty-eight 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  
  Physiology and functional anatomy: Biology 416K, 416L
8
  Biology: Biology 211, 212[, 214]
[6] 4
  Microbiology: Biology [126L,] 226N 
[3] 2
  Chemistry (including three hours of biochemistry): Chemistry 313N, 314N 
6
  Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, or 305G 
3
  Nutrition 311 
3
Liberal Arts
  Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K
6
  United States government, including Texas government: Government 310L, 312L
6
  Growth and development: Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L, or Psychology 304
3 or 4
  United States history: History 315K, 315L
6
  Introductory psychology: Psychology 301
3
  Fine arts elective
3
Nursing
  Nursing 310, Communication in Health Care Settings
3
  Nursing 311, Ethics of Health Care1
3
  Nursing 264, Nursing Research 
2

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Other Courses
  Introductory statistics: Educational Psychology 371, Psychology 317, or Mathematics 316
3
  Introductory pharmacology: Pharmacy 338
3
 
TOTAL
[70 or 71] 67 or 68

Professional Sequence

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footnote:
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 designated “RN” are generally certified. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements.


Rationale: This decision was made after extensive consultation from the College of Natural Sciences faculty. The content in BIO 214 and BIO 126L are considered not to be essential prerequisite content for the professional sequence. Nursing students in the pre-professional sequence will continue to take BIO 211, BIO 212, BIO 226, BIO 416K, and BIO 416L (14 semester hours in biology). Additionally, nursing students admitted to the professional sequence will also be required to take N323, Genetics in Health Care. This additional 3 semester hour course (N323) will enable nursing students to apply and build on content from BIO 212, Intro. Biology: Genetics and Evolution, which will enhance their nursing practice. This change was designed to reduce the total number of student credit hours in order to align the School with other nursing programs in Texas and the nation.