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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


Dean Dolores Sands of the School of Nursing has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the School of Nursing chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on October 14, 2005. The dean then submitted them to the secretary on October 18, 2005. 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 March 23, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 28, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 10, 2006, 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 noon on May 9, 2006.

Greninger signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 2, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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CHANGES TO THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On pages 508-509, under the heading DEGREES, in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING section in the School of Nursing chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

This program consists of [128 to 129] 127 to 128 semester hours of coursework: [sixty-seven to sixty-eight] sixty-six to sixty-seven 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 [sixty-seven to sixty-eight] sixty-six to sixty-seven semester hours of coursework (preprofessional sequence) listed below. Completion usually requires two and one-half academic years (or four semesters and one summer session). All courses must be completed before the student enrolls in upper-division courses in nursing.

COURSES
SEMESTER
HOURS
Natural Sciences
8
  Physiology and functional anatomy: Biology 416K, 416L  
  Biology: Biology [211, 212] 311C
[4] 3
  Microbiology: Biology 226N
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] Writing 306, English 316K
  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


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Nursing
  Nursing 310, Communication in Health Care Settings
3
  Nursing 311, Ethics of Health Care1
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
[67 or 68 ] 66 or 67


Professional Sequence

The final sixty-one semester hours of coursework in nursing 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. In order to meet prerequisites, students must take most of the courses in the professional sequence in the indicated semester. Courses that may be taken at any point in the sequence are Nursing 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals, Nursing 323, Genetics in Health Care, and Nursing 347, Specialized Topics in Nursing.

Professional Sequence -- First Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  N 224, Health Assessment Skills
2
  N 325, Adult Health Nursing I
3
  N 325P, Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum)
3
  N 226, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span I
2
  N 227, Conceptual Bases of Aging
2
  N 127P, Clinical Nursing Skills I (Practicum)
1
  N 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals
3
 
TOTAL
16


Professional Sequence -- Second Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  [N 323, Genetics in Health Care
3]
  N 455, Adult Health Nursing II
4
  N 355P, Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum)
3
  N 356, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span II
3
  N 356P, Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum)
3
  N 157P, Clinical Nursing Skills II (Practicum)
1
 
TOTAL
[17] 14


Professional Sequence -- Third Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


N 323, Genetics in Health Care
3
  N 265, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families
2
  N 365P, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Practicum)
3
  N 266, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families
2
  N 366P, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum)
3
  N 377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care
3
 
TOTAL
[13] 16


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Professional Sequence -- Fourth Semester

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


  [N 270, Public Health Nursing—Aggregate and Community
2]
  [N 370P, Public Health Nursing—Aggregate and Community (Practicum)
3]
N 275, Public Health Nursing
2
N 375P, Public Health Nursing Practicum
3
  N 377P, Clinical Care Management (Practicum)
3
  N 278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge1
2
  N 279P, Capstone Preceptorship
2
 
TOTAL
12



1. All students must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; at least one of these courses must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements.



RATIONALE: Preprofessional sequence: Biology 211 and 212 have been replaced by the School of Biological Sciences with Biology 311C. The name of the field of study “rhetoric and composition” has been changed to “rhetoric and writing.” Professional sequence: This is a clarification of course sequencing. Nursing 354, 323, and 347 are offered in the summer to give students more flexibility in scheduling courses. We currently advise students that these courses may be taken in the long-session semesters or the summer. The replacement of N 270 and 370P with 375 and 375P reflect nonsubstantive changes to the course inventory.