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Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ADN-BSN)

General Information

Application Deadline: March 1 for fall admission
Length of Program: 1-1.5 years
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Part-Time Study Available? YES
Distance Learning Available? 4 web-based courses offered and 8 face-to-face courses offered

About the ADN-BSN

Recent studies have shown that having nurses with higher levels of education greatly improves healthcare outcomes for patients and prepares nurses to lead interprofessional teams in a variety of clinical settings. With this in mind, many hospitals hire a higher percentage of BSN-prepared nurses and require their ADN-prepared nurses to go back to school for their bachelor’s degree in nursing. The ADN-BSN program at UT-Austin offers students an innovative and convenient pathway to complete the BSN at one of the top-ranked programs in the country, with a mix of practicum, on-campus classes and online coursework. 

The ADN-BSN program is designed with flexibility for the working nurse, including:

An Investment in your Future and the Profession of Nursing.

  • Full-Time or Part-Time coursework options; some online coursework available; classes scheduled on one to two days per week.
  • Credit for ADN Nursing coursework is applied to the BSN through Field of Study transfer credit or credit by NLN mobility exams (which are required for ADNs who graduated before 2004 or outside of Texas).
  • After completion of general education prerequisite courses, only 12 upper division nursing courses are required. (Prerequisites can be complete at community college or university, credit by exam, or correspondence course). One-third of the required professional sequence upper-division nursing courses are available on-line.

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Admission Requirements for the ADN-BSN

Admission to the ADN-BSN program is based on the strength of the application, academic performance in prerequisite courses, as well as in nursing courses completed as a part of the Associate Degree in Nursing program. Selection can be competitive due to limited space available in some classes. It is very important for all interested students to seek an appointment with the ADN-BSN academic advisor prior to submitting application materials. Contact the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office at (512) 232-4780 or (512) 471-8246.  

Students are admitted to the ADN-BSN program in the Fall semester. Note that most general education courses required for the BSN can be transferred from community college programs. The University will do the evaluation of transcripts, and the ADN-BSN advisor can confirm how the credits will transfer to complete degree requirements. In addition, the advisor can assist students to make a plan to complete prerequisite courses, and with the process for the NLN mobility exams, should that be necessary.

Below are the ADN-BSN Degree Plans and Course Plan in PDF format:

Admission to the ADN-BSN requires the following:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma
  • Current Registered Nurse License in the State of Texas
  • Completion of all ADN-BSN Prerequisite Courses
  • School of Nursing ADN-BSN Application (due March 1st)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (forms included in Application) 
  • $50 application fee (check or money order payable to UT Austin SON)
  • If ADN is from outside Texas, graduated before 2004 or a Diploma graduate, NLN Mobility Exams must be successfully passed.

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Application Procedures to the ADN-BSN

All students applying for admission to the ADN-BSN Program must complete the following application procedure by the appropriate deadline:

  • Apply to the University of Texas at Austin either as a transfer student or, if applicable, as a returning UT-Austin student.
  • Complete the School of Nursing Application for the ADN-BSN Program.

Requirements for UT Austin Transfer Admissions

  • Apply Texas Transfer Application
  • Select Nursing as First Choice
  • Two Essays (Essay A must be specifically written about Nursing)
  • College transcripts from every college ever attended
  • Expanded Resume
  • $75 application fee

More information can be found at Be a Longhorn.

Requirements for UT Austin Readmission

  • Complete the UT Readmission Application
  • $75 application fee
  • Transcripts for all coursework taken since leaving UT, w/ a minimum GPA of 2.5 in that coursework.

Please note that the deadline for readmission to The University is July 1st for the fall, but the deadline for the ADN-BSN program is March 1st.

All transfer or readmission documents should be sent to the UT Office of Admissions at:
University of Texas at Austin
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058

Required School of Nursing Admission Materials

  • School of Nursing ADN-BSN Application.
  • Three letters of recommendation (form is attached to the application).
  • $50 fee payable with check or money order to School of Nursing NLN Mobility Test scores IF graduated from ADN program outside of Texas or graduated prior to 2004. 

All supplemental Nursing documents should be sent into the School of Nursing at:
Office of Student Affairs
ADN-BSN Admissions
UT Austin School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701-1499

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Important Forms/Documents

All files are in PDF format.

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