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The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

Degree and Course Abbreviations



11. School of Nursing




Special Requirements of the School of Nursing

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the School of Nursing must also fulfill the following requirements:

  1. All University students must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 to graduate. In the School of Nursing, students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the coursework used to fulfill the upper-division requirement.
  2. A candidate must complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the School of Nursing.
  3. A student must supply the School of Nursing with transcripts of courses taken outside the school as the courses are completed.

Degree Audit

A degree audit is prepared in the dean's office when the student begins the junior year of nursing courses. The student is then notified of the courses he or she must take and the requirements he or she must fulfill to receive the degree. The degree audit is normally done according to the catalog in effect when the student was admitted to the School of Nursing, but the student may choose to have it done according to any catalog under which he or she is eligible to graduate. Rules on graduation under a particular catalog are given in chapter 1.

In advising and in registering students, the dean and advisers try to prevent errors. Avoidance of errors is the main purpose of the degree audit, but it remains the responsibility of the student to fulfill all catalog requirements.

Graduation Application Form

In the long-session semester or summer session in which the degree is to be awarded, the candidate must be registered at the University and must file a Graduation Application Form in the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs. The form must be filed by the deadline to apply for an undergraduate degree, which is given in the official academic calendar.

Licensure as a Professional Nurse

Each student seeking licensure as a professional nurse must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The state Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, which determines eligibility to take the NCLEX, has identified certain circumstances that may render a candidate ineligible for state licensure as a registered nurse. Student who must answer "yes" to any of the eligibility questions on the application must consult with the Enforcement Department of the Board of Nurse Examiners for further instructions to determine eligibility questions are

  1. Have you ever been arrested for anything other than a minor traffic violation?
  2. Have you ever been convicted of any crime (felony of misdemeanor)?
  3. Do you have any criminal charges pending against you in any court?
  4. Has any licensing authority refused to issue a license or ever revoked or cancelled, or refused to renw a professional license or certificate held by you?
  5. Within the past five years have you been addicted to and/or treated for use of alcohol or any other drug?
  6. Within the past five years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

Criminal background checks, including fingerprinting, are a required part of the application process for licensure in Texas. Students who have concerns about this requirement are encouraged to seek confirmation of their eligibilty for licensure prior to considering a career in nursing. Consult the Board of Nurse Examiners Web site or call (512) 305-7400 for further information.


Programs in the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in nursing. The undergraduate program is designed for students who wish to enter the profession of nursing. Students who have earned an associate's degree or a diploma in nursing and wish to obtain the baccalaureate degree may apply to the accelerated track, the RS-BSN program. The master's and doctoral degree programs are designed to prepare professionals for advanced clinical practice and research in nursing.

The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas.

Purpose of the School of Nursing

The purpose of the School of Nursing is to contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the University of Texas at Austin through

  1. Preparing generalists in professional nursing practice at the baccalaureate level.
  2. Preparing specialists at the graduate level in nursing to assume roles in practice, administration, education, and research.
  3. Promoting excellence in nursing scholarship.
  4. Contributing to the body of nursing knowledge.
  5. Offering educational, consultative, and other health care services to the community.

Objectives of the Bachelor's Degree Program

The graduate of the baccalaureate program in nursing is expected to

  1. Use critical thinking to integrate knowledge from nursing, biological and behavioral sciences, and the humanities in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.
  2. Use critical thinking and clinical judgement within a problem-solving process to meet the health care needs of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities in a variety of settings.
  3. Accept responsibility and accountability for one's own actions as a health care professional.
  4. Participate in the delivery of health care through case management, interdisciplinary collaboration, delegation, coordination, and consultation.
  5. Participate in nursing and interdisciplinary efforts to improve the delivery of high-quality health care to diverse individuals, families, aggregates, and communities.
  6. Demonstrate core professional values to complement continued personal and professional growth.
  7. Practice nursing according to professional and ethical standards.
  8. Critically appraise and apply research findings to demonstrate evidence-based nursing practice.
  9. Examine health policy and its effects on individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and health agencies.
  10. Integrate the appropriate use of information and health care technology in nursing practice, administration, education, and research.

Applicability of Certain Courses

ROTC Courses

The dean has the authority to substitute an equivalent air force science, military science, or naval science course or courses for a course or courses prescribed by the School of Nursing and to make adjustments to compensate for any differences in semester hour value. The total number of semester hours required for the degree remains unchanged.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit earned by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere will be counted toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree if approved by either the assistant dean for student affairs or the assistant dean for undergraduate programs. A student planning to meet preprofessional course requirements with correspondence or extension courses should consult the Office of Student Affairs to ensure enrollment in appropriate courses. Credit for professional sequence courses may not be earned by correspondence or extension.

Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program consists of 128 to 129 semester hours of coursework: sixty-seven to sixty-eight hours of prerequisite courses (the preprofessional sequence) taken at the University of Texas at Austin or another accredited college or university, followed by sixty-one hours of upper-division nursing courses (the professional sequence) taken at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and have fulfilled the prescribed course of study and clinical practice required to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students may fulfill the foreign language component of the University's basic education requirements by completing two years of a single foreign language in high school, by earning an appropriate score on one of the placement examinations administered by the University, or by completing two semesters of college coursework in a single foreign language in addition to the degree requirements given below. Nursing 354 may not be counted toward the foreign language requirement. For students who take college coursework to complete the foreign language requirement, Spanish is recommended.

Preprofessional Sequence

Students must complete the sixty-seven or sixty-eight semester hours of coursework (preprofessional sequence) listed below. Completion usually requires two and one-half academic years (or four semesters and one summer session). All courses must be completed before the student enrolls in upper-division courses in nursing.

Courses Semester Hours

Natural Sciences
 Physiology and functional anatomy: Biology 416K, 416L8
 Biology: Biology 211, 212 4
 Microbiology: Biology 226N2
 Chemistry (including three hours of biochemistry): Chemistry 313N, 314N6
 Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, or 305G3
 Nutrition 3113

Liberal Arts
  Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K6
 United States government, including Texas government: Government 310L, 312L6
 Growth and Development: Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L, or Psychology 3043 or 4
 United States history: History 315K, 315L6
 Introductory psychology: Psychology 3013
 Fine arts elective3

 Nursing 310, Communication in Health Care Settings3
 Nursing 311, Ethics of Health Care[1]3
 Nursing 264, Nursing Research2

Other Courses
 Introductory statistics: Educational Psychology 371, Psychology 317, or Mathematics 3163
 Introductory pharmacology: Pharmacy 3383

Total67 or 68

Professional Sequence

The final sixty-one semester hours of coursework in nursing are completed after the student has achieved upper-division standing and has been admitted into the School of Nursing professional sequence. These hours consist of the courses listed below and Nursing 347, Specialized Topics in Nursing, which many students choose to take in the summer.

Professional Sequence - First Semester

Courses Semester Hours

 N 224, Health Assessment Skills2
 N 325, Adult Health Nursing I3
 N 325P, Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum)3
 N 226, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span I2
 N 227, Conceptual Bases of Aging2
 N 127P, Clinical Nursing Skills I (Practicum)1
 N 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals3

Professional Sequence - Second Semester

Courses Semester Hours

 N 323, Genetics in Health Care3
 N 455, Adult Health Nursing II4
 N 355P, Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum)3
 N 356, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span II 3
 N 356P, Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum)3
 N 157P, Clinical Nursing Skills II (Practicum)1

Professional Sequence - Third Semester

Courses Semester Hours

 N 160, Public Health Nursing I--Family1
 N 260P, Public Health Nursing I--Family (Practicum)2
 N 265, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families2
 N 365P, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Practicum)3
 N 266, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families2
 N 366P, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum)3

Professional Sequence - Fourth Semester

Courses Semester Hours

 N 170, Public Health Nursing II--Aggregate and Community1
 N 170P, Public Health Nursing II--Aggregate and Community (Practicum)1
 N 377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care3
 N 377P, Clinical Care Management (Practicum)[1]3
 N 278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge[1]2
 N 279P, Capstone Preceptorship2

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree for Registered Nurses

The Accelerated Track, designed for registered nurses with associate's degrees or diplomas in nursing, builds on individuals' backgrounds while offering preparation in areas such as public health nursing, genetics, decision making, leadership, and management. The BSN degree provides the basis for graduate preparation at the MSN and PhD levels.

Students should call the RN-BSN/MSN adviser at (512) 232-4780 for an appointment before registering for prerequisite courses for help in planning a program of study.


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Undergraduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - School of Architecture
Chapter 3 - Red McCombs School of Business
Chapter 4 - College of Communication
Chapter 5 - College of Education
Chapter 6 - College of Engineering
Chapter 7 - College of Fine Arts
Chapter 8 - School of Information
Chapter 9 - College of Liberal Arts
Chapter 10 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 11 - School of Nursing
Chapter 12 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 13 - School of Social Work
Chapter 14 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B - Degree and Course Abbreviations

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