11. School of Nursing
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.
Students who wish to major in nursing begin their studies by taking prerequisite course requirements as prenursing majors. Prenursing majors must also be advised by the School of Nursing every semester. During their final semester of preprofessional sequence coursework, they may apply for admission to the professional sequence in nursing.
Admission to the School of Nursing upper-division professional sequence is competitive. Students may apply for admission when they are enrolled in the last semester of required prerequisite coursework. The student must have a grade of at least C in each prerequisite course and a grade point average of at least 2.50.
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 consideration given to his or her grade point average in the required natural science courses and in courses taken at the University; (2) the number of hours the student has taken at the University; (3) the number of repeated courses; and (4) the student's achievements and accomplishments, including volunteer work and activities in health care.
All students who wish to transfer to the University from another institution must apply to the University Office of Admissions as described in General Information.
A student who plans to enter the preprofessional sequence in nursing should consult an academic adviser in the School of Nursing as early as possible for advising and transcript review. Students are encouraged to consult an adviser before applying for admission to the University.
A student who wishes to transfer into the professional sequence from another nursing school must make an appointment with the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs for academic advising and transcript review. Students are encouraged to consult an adviser before applying for admission to the University. In addition to meeting the regular University admission requirements, the student must apply for admission to the School of Nursing. He or she must submit an official transcript from each institution attended, recommendations from faculty members at the previous nursing school, and course information for all completed nursing courses.
Transfer students must meet the same requirements 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 must come to the School of Nursing before registration each semester for academic advising. Prenursing students are assigned to academic advisers on staff in the Office of Student Affairs. Appointments are recommended. Nursing students in the professional sequence are advised by faculty members during their regular office hours or by appointment.
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 medication administration in clinical nursing courses, students are required to pass a medications and calculations test with a grade of at least 90. 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. Students must provide the School of Nursing with evidence of compliance with immunization requirements before they begin upper-division work.
Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is required for participation in clinical nursing courses. The CPR course must include training in infant, child, adult, one-person, two-person, and obstructed airway resuscitation. Students must provide the School of Nursing with evidence of current certification before they begin upper-division coursework.
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 pay the insurance premium at the Office of Student Affairs before he or she begins upper-division coursework. 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. Specific requirements and information about suggested equipment are distributed before the beginning of the first semester of the professional sequence.
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.
Sigma Theta Tau International has active chapters on more than four hundred 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.
An examination for credit may not be taken in a course in which the student is enrolled, which the student has completed, or which the student has dropped with either a passing or a failing grade.
University policies regarding credit by examination are given in General Information.
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