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Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.
Admission to the School of Nursing is limited and competitive. Students may apply for admission when they have completed at least fifty semester hours of prescribed lower-division coursework with a grade point average of at least 2.50 and are enrolled in the last semester of required prerequisite coursework. The application includes the application form and personal statement, three letters of reference, a transcript from any other college or university the student has attended, and a high school transcript. Admission decisions are based on (1) the strength of the student's academic background, with special considerations given to his or her grade point average in the required natural science courses, in courses taken at the University, and in the three nursing prerequisite courses; (2) the number of hours the student has taken at the University; (3) the number of science prerequisite hours the student has taken at the University; (4) the number of repeated courses; and (5) the student's achievements and accomplishments, including volunteer work and activities that demonstrate commitment and maturity in making the decision to pursue a nursing career.
Students who wish to transfer to the University from another college or university must apply to the Office of Admissions as described in General Information.
In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, students seeking to transfer from another institution to the professional sequence of nursing courses must apply for admission to the School of Nursing and submit an official transcript from each institution attended.
Transfer students must meet the same deadlines as University students seeking admission to the professional sequence; however, they are considered for admission to the School of Nursing only if they are admitted to the University.
General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.
All prenursing and nursing students are required to come to the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs for academic advising as well as for information about professional nursing. The Office of Student Affairs is open Monday through Friday. Staff members are available to advise students during office hours; telephone inquiries and appointments are accepted. Faculty members advise nursing students during registration and during their regular office hours or by appointment. Preregistration advising is required for all undergraduates in the School of Nursing.
A student must earn a grade of at least C in each nursing course for the course to be counted toward degree requirements. Concurrent or sequential enrollment is required as stated in each course description.
If the student is not on scholastic probation at the University, permission may be granted to repeat a required nursing course in which he or she failed to earn a grade of C or better. To receive credit, the student must repeat the course at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The semester in which a course is repeated is at the discretion of the dean and is dependent on the space available.
A student may repeat a nursing course only once. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she cannot continue in the School of Nursing. If, while repeating the course, the student drops the course or withdraws from the University at a time when the student's performance in the course is considered to be inferior to that required for a grade of C, he or she may not reenroll in the course or continue in the School of Nursing.
No more than two nursing courses may be repeated.
A student may not repeat for credit a course in which a grade of C or better was awarded.
As a prerequisite to five clinical nursing courses (Nursing 425P, 455P, 465P, 466P, and 477P) a student is required to pass a medications and calculations test with a grade of at least 90. The student may repeat each test once. Calculators may not be used in any medication examination.
Clinical experiences for nursing students are provided in hospitals and other health care facilities with which the School of Nursing is affiliated. A number of these facilities require that nursing students assigned to them have evidence of immunity to certain diseases. If the student has not provided the School of Nursing with evidence of compliance with these requirements, the student's registration for clinical courses may be canceled.
Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is required. The class must include training in infant, child, adult, one-person, two-person, and obstructed airway resuscitation.
Students are strongly encouraged to purchase health insurance.The cost of personal health care, including care required as the result of clinical practicum experiences, is not covered by either the University, the School of Nursing, or clinical agencies. Information about low-cost group health insurance is available through University Health Services.
Professional liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in the professional sequence in the School of Nursing. Each student must present evidence of insurance before enrolling in a clinical nursing course. The insurance premium is paid at registration. All student policies expire on the date of graduation.
Students must purchase uniforms, shoes, name pin, identification patch, and other supplies before taking the first clinical nursing course.
The designation University Honors, awarded at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered. Criteria for University Honors are given in chapter 1.
Students who, upon graduation, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement are eligible to graduate with University Honors. Criteria for graduation with University Honors are given in chapter 1.
Each semester the Dean's Honor List recognizes superior scholastic achievement by students enrolled in nursing prerequisite courses or in the professional sequence of nursing courses. Prenursing students must complete fifteen semester hours in residence on the letter-grade basis and earn at least fifty-two grade points with no grade below a C for the semester. Students enrolled in the professional sequence of nursing courses are required to earn forty-eight grade points when enrolled in twelve semester hours and sixty grade points when enrolled in fifteen semester hours.
Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, was chartered at the University on May 16, 1980; before that time, membership in Sigma Theta Tau on the Austin campus was conferred through Alpha Delta Chapter, chartered at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1963. Epsilon Theta Chapter presents scholarly programs each semester; program meetings are open to anyone interested in the program topic. An annual meeting, at which new members are inducted, is held in May.
Membership in Sigma Theta Tau is an honor conferred by active chapters on students who demonstrate academic excellence and on nursing leaders who advance the scientific base of the profession. The society recognizes superior achievement in many areas, facilitates the development of leadership qualities, fosters high professional standards, encourages creative work, and strengthens commitment to the ideals of nursing.
Each year qualified students in the undergraduate and graduate programs may apply for consideration for membership. Invitations to membership are extended to students who are in the top 35 percent of their graduating class. Undergraduates must have a grade point average of at least 3.00; graduate students must have a significantly higher grade point average. Qualified community nursing leaders may also be invited to membership. Applications for membership in Epsilon Theta Chapter are available from the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Nursing.
At the annual meeting each spring, Epsilon Theta Chapter announces its awards, grants, and scholarship recipients. A scholarship is awarded to an upper-division nursing student who has demonstrated leadership potential and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above. Recognition awards are given to those who have made significant contributions to the promotion of excellence in nursing through outstanding participation in professional organizations, enhancement of the standards of nursing practice or education, noteworthy involvement in community or public areas that affect health, creative delivery of nursing care, or other substantial professional activities. Small research grants are awarded annually to Epsilon Theta Chapter members and/or students enrolled in the graduate program in nursing.
In 1995, Sigma Theta Tau International had active chapters on 356 campuses with nationally accredited nursing programs granting baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International offers opportunities for involvement at the chapter, regional, national, and international levels. Programs are offered each year in different parts of the United States under joint sponsorship of chapters and Sigma Theta Tau International. International research congresses are held in cooperation with scholarly nursing organizations in other countries; these programs focus on scholarly topics of relevance to the advancement of nursing knowledge and to the improvement of public health. Research grants are awarded annually by Sigma Theta Tau International as well as by Epsilon Theta and other chapters.
The faculty believes that each educational experience should build on previous achievements to encourage fulfillment of each student's potential. Therefore, all students and registered nurses are urged to seek advice on arranging a logical sequence of work. The faculty subscribes to the principle that a candidate's competence should be validated and that credit should be awarded on the basis of satisfactory achievement on examinations as well as in the classroom. Twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours of credit presented for the degree must be earned in residence, rather than by examination, correspondence, or transfer. Therefore, credit may be earned by examination for all nursing courses except Nursing 227, 264, 275, 475P, 277, 477P, 278, and 279P; non-RN students must also take six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in nursing in residence.
To petition for credit by examination for upper-division nursing courses, a student must have met all the requirements for admission to upper-division courses in the School of Nursing. An examination for credit may not be taken in a course in which the student is enrolled, which the student has completed, or from which the student has withdrawn with either a passing or a failing grade.
A candidate for credit by examination may obtain the course material that would be given to a student enrolling in the course and has access to all material in campus learning centers. He or she may audit any or all of the lecture portion of any course in the School of Nursing, if approval is obtained in advance from the instructor and if space is available. The candidate is subject to the auditor's fee unless he or she is a University student.
Each candidate is assessed a fee by the Measurement and Evaluation Center for taking the examination. Credit is granted only after the student is enrolled in the School of Nursing, and only for a grade of C or better. The student may elect to have the credit recorded as the symbol CR or as the letter grade achieved. In the latter event, the grade is included in computing the cumulative grade point average. No notation appears on the student's record when the examination is failed. Credit earned by examination does not reduce by a corresponding amount the number of courses that may be taken on the pass/fail basis. A candidate may not retake an examination for any nursing course.
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