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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

General Information

Application Deadline for Prospective Freshman: October 1 for spring admission; December 1 for fall admission
Application Deadline for Prospective Transfers: October 1 for spring admission, March 1 for fall admission
Length of Program: 4 years
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Part-Time Study Available? NO
Distance Learning Available? NO

About the BSN

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) offers students a dynamic course of study that is both theoretical and practical. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctoral degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

BSN coursework emphasizes critical thinking and clinical judgment, integration of knowledge from nursing, biological and behavioral sciences, and the humanities in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of nursing care, application of research findings to demonstrate evidence-based nursing practice, and nursing leadership, and offers a variety of hospital and community settings for clinical experiences. Admission into the BSN program is highly competitive.

Once admitted into the program, BSN students are designated by the semester in which they are enrolled. Students in the first semester of their junior year are referred to as J1s, in the second semester of their junior year as J2s, in the first semester of their senior year as S1s, and in the second semester of their senior year as S2s.

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Admission Requirements for the BSN

Freshmen Admission

Prospective UT-Austin freshmen students should visit the Office of Admissions website, Be a Longhorn, for information on procedures and requirements. Select Nursing as your first choice major and follow directions to complete Essay C.

Beginning in Fall 2014, freshmen may be admitted directly to the School of Nursing through the University of Texas at Austin admissions process. The 2014-2016 catalog reflects a revised BSN curriculum.

Internal Transfer Admission

Current UT-Austin students interested in changing majors to Nursing should see the Internal Transfer page for more information about and the admission and application process.

Internal transfer rules into the School of Nursing are consistent with the Internal Transfer policies at the University of Texas at Austin. Acceptance is competitive and on a space available basis.  

Transfer Admission

Prospective students who have already started their studies at another college or university may apply as a Transfer student.  Visit the Office of Admissions website and follow directions for applying as a Transfer student to UT-Austin. Select Nursing as your first choice major and complete appropriate essay as directed. Acceptance is competitive and on a space available basis.

Honors Program Admission

The Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program is designed to enhance the educational experience of highly motivated nursing students who are interested in undergraduate research and the development of scholarship. Admission to the Honors Program in the School of Nursing is initiated during the second semester of the freshmen year. Freshmen students who have achieved a 3.45 GPA or better during the first semester will be eligible to apply. Visit the Honors Program page for more information about and the admission and application process.

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Application Procedures to the BSN

Application Procedures for New Freshmen

Prospective UT-Austin freshmen students should visit the Office of Admissions website, Be a Longhorn, for information on procedures and requirements. Select Nursing as your first choice major and follow directions to complete Essay C.

Direct questions to the Student Services Office at (512) 232-4780 or consult with an academic advisor during walk-in express advising or at application information sessions held in the weeks prior to the application deadlines.

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Important Forms/Documents

All files are in PDF format.

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