11. 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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The graduate of the baccalaureate program in nursing is expected to
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Professional Sequence - Second Semester
Professional Sequence - Third Semester
Professional Sequence - Fourth Semester
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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17 August 2004. Registrar's Web Team
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