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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
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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.
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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.

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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 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. A student's answers to the following questions may determine eligibility.

  1. Have you been convicted, adjudged guilty by a court, plead guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to any crime in any state, territory, or country, whether or not a sentence was imposed, including any pending criminal charges or unresolved arrests (excluding minor traffic violations)? This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without prejudice of guilt. Please note that DUIs, DWIs, and PIs must be reported and are not considered minor traffic violations. (One-time minor in possession (MIP) or minor in consumption (MIC) violations do not need to be disclosed. However, if you have two or more MIPs or MICs, you must answer "yes" to this question.)
  2. Do you have any criminal charges pending, including unresolved arrests?
  3. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, or refused to renew a professional license, certificate, or multistate privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded, or otherwise disciplined you?
  4. Within the past five years have you been addicted to and/or treated for use of alcohol or any other drug?
  5. 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 eligibility 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.

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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 RN-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.

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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 judgment 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.
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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.

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Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program consists of 127 to 128 semester hours of coursework: sixty-six to sixty-seven 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.

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Preprofessional Sequence

Students must complete the sixty-six or sixty-seven 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.


Natural Sciences
  Physiology and functional anatomy: Biology 416K, 416L 8
  Biology: Biology 311C 3
  Microbiology: Biology 226N 2
  Chemistry (including three hours of biochemistry): Chemistry 313N, 314N 6
  Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, or 305G 3
  Nutrition 311 3
Liberal Arts
  Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K 6
  United States government, including Texas government: Government 310L, 312L 6
  Growth and development: Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L, or Psychology 304 3 or 4
  United States history: History 315K, 315L 6
  Introductory psychology: Psychology 301 3
  Fine arts elective 3
  Nursing 310, Communication in Health Care Settings 3
  Nursing 311, Ethics of Health Care [1] 3
  Nursing 264, Nursing Research 2
Other Courses
  Introductory statistics: Educational Psychology 371, Psychology 317, or Mathematics 316 3
  Introductory pharmacology: Pharmacy 338 3
TOTAL 66 or 67

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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. In order to meet prerequisites, students must take most of the courses in the professional sequence in the indicated semester. Courses that may be taken at any point in the professional sequence are Nursing 323, Genetics in Health Care, Nursing 347, Specialized Topics in Nursing, and Nursing 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Professional Sequence — First Semester
  N 224, Health Assessment Skills 2
  N 325, Adult Health Nursing I 3
  N 325P, Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum) 3
  N 226, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span I 2
  N 227, Conceptual Bases of Aging 2
  N 127P, Clinical Nursing Skills I (Practicum) 1
  N 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals 3
Professional Sequence — Second Semester
  N 455, Adult Health Nursing II 4
  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
  N 323, Genetics in Health Care 3
  N 265, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families 2
  N 365P, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Practicum) 3
  N 266, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 2
  N 366P, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum) 3
  N 377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care 3
Professional Sequence — Fourth Semester
  N 275, Public Health Nursing 2
  N 375P, Public Health Nursing (Practicum) 3
  N 377P, Clinical Care Management (Practicum) 3
  N 278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge [1] 2
  N 279P, Capstone Preceptorship 2

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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 | 2006-2008
School of Nursing
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