Standards for Nursing Practice
Practicing nurses and nursing students are held to a high standard of competencies in order to perform responsible safe care. Successful completion of the nursing program requires that students demonstrate ability to effectively and safely perform several essential skills. Students considering this major must meet the required standards. For more information, please view Professional and Technical Standards for Nursing Practice (PDF).
Admission Requirements to the Pre-Nursing Sequence
The majority of undergraduate nursing students enter the school as incoming freshmen or transfer students who apply to the University as a nursing major. The School of Nursing does not process applications for incoming freshmen or external transfers. Students must be formally admitted to the University with the Pre-Nursing major code in order to complete the BSN prerequisite courses and apply to the upper-division professional sequence. Please visit the undergraduate admissions website, Be a Longhorn, for information on procedures and requirements
Prospective freshmen or transfer students may attend an Information Session at the School of Nursing.
Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Professional Sequence
The School of Nursing admits students into the upper-division professional sequence during the fall and spring semesters. Admitted students must complete all prerequisites before beginning the professional sequence. Admission to the professional sequence requires the following:
- Admission to UT Austin for the semester of intended enrollment
- Successful completion of final prerequisite courses at the time of enrollment (not the time of application)*
- Minimum cumulative UT GPA of 2.75 in each of the following areas: sciences, prerequisite courses, and all UT in-residence coursework (students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be more competitive)
- Work/Volunteer experience in health care
- Personal essay
*Please note: 15 credit hours of the prerequisite courses must be taken in residence at UT Austin. These courses will NOT transfer in from another institution. They are N 309, N 310, N 321, PHR 338, and UGS 302 or UGS 303. See BSN Degree Program for a listing of these courses.
Admission Requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ADN-BSN)
Admission to the ADN-BSN program is for currently licensed Registered Nurses in the state of Texas and consists of two separate application processes. Prospective students must apply to The University of Texas at Austin Office of Admissions and to the School of Nursing. Please note, the deadline for fall admission is February 15; there is no spring or summer admission. Please see ADN-BSN Application Procedures page for more information.
Admission to The University of Texas at Austin
To apply to the University, students must complete the Apply Texas online application and submit all required documents for undergraduate transfer students. For more detailed information on this process, please visit Be a Longhorn.
Admission to the School of Nursing ADN-BSN Program requires the following:
- Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma
- Current Registered Nurse License in the state of Texas
- Completion of all prerequisite coursework
- Academic credit for previous Nursing coursework awarded by transfer credit and/or credit-by-exam (NLN ACE II Mobility Exams)
- Admission to The University of Texas at Austin as a “Nursing Professional with RN” major
- Admission for fall semester only
Students must complete a separate application to the School of Nursing and submit all required application materials before the February 15 deadline. Although there are no required ADN-BSN information sessions, applicants are advised to meet with the ADN-BSN advisor to insure all application requirements are met. For more information please visit ADN-BSN Application Procedures.