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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.
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.
Registration as a Professional Nurse
Each student seeking registration as a professional nurse must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, administered by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the state of Texas. The Board of Nurse Examiners may refuse to admit persons to its examinations or may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration for any of the following reasons:
Information about these factors is required on the application for the licensure exam.
To avoid delay or denial of licensure following the expense of completing a nursing education program, or possible disciplinary action and criminal prosecution for later discovery of falsified records, those with a history of any of the noted factors are strongly urged to apply for a determination of eligibility for licensure. A request for a determination should be made as early as possible before or after enrolling in the nursing program. Such a determination, called a Declaratory Order, is issued by the Board of Nurse Examiners. For more information, send a written request for a Declaratory Order packet to the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, Education Department, P O Box 140466, Austin, Texas 78714-0466.
Issuance of a Declaratory Order may take from three to six months. Information obtained during the investigation phase of the petition process is confidential. Once issued, Declaratory Orders are subject to the Texas Open Records Act.
Application for registration as a professional nurse by examination requires submission of a complete application and transcripts of all work completed at least one month before the National Council Licensure Examination. Students receive the application form and instructions for completion about two months before graduation. The application must be completed, notarized, and returned to the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing as soon as possible, with the registration fee. All 142 or 143 hours for the degree must be completed before the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination and to obtain a temporary permit to practice professional nursing.
Students planning to take the National Council Licensure Examination in another state must obtain information about procedures from the agency responsible for professional nurse registration in that state.
Continuing Education Program
The School of Nursing supports the concept of education as a lifelong process consisting of both formal and informal learning experiences. Continuing education is viewed as supplementary to formal educational programs and, consequently, is considered most appropriate in the form of short-term noncredit learning opportunities. Each year the Continuing Education Program of the School of Nursing offers a selection of conferences, workshops, and seminars designed to meet the learning needs and interests of registered nurses in a variety of practice areas. Registration fees vary according to program costs and expected enrollment. When space is available, nursing students may attend.
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 leading to the BSN. The master's and doctoral degree programs are designed to prepare professionals for advanced clinical practice and research in nursing.
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
Objectives of the Bachelor's Degree Program
The graduate of the baccalaureate program in nursing is expected to
Applicability of Certain Courses
Physical Activity Courses
Physical activity courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the School of Nursing; however, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades in physical activity courses are included in the grade point average.
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.
Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science may be counted toward the nursing degree as electives by students who complete the ROTC program at the University.
Correspondence and Extension Courses
Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than nine of the semester hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may be taken by correspondence.
Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
This program consists of two and one-half academic years or four semesters and two summer sessions of nursing prerequisite courses (the preprofessional sequence) taken at an accredited college or university, followed by two and one-half years or four semesters and a summer session 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.
Students must complete the seventy-two or seventy-three semester hours of coursework (preprofessional sequence) listed below. Completion usually requires two and one-half academic years (or four semesters and two summer sessions). All courses must be completed before the student enrolls in upper-division courses in nursing.
The student may begin taking nursing courses in his or her sophomore year, but the final sixty-four semester hours of coursework in nursing must be completed after the student has achieved upper-division standing. The free elective may be taken during either the preprofessional sequence or the professional sequence. The following courses may be completed in two academic years and a summer session.
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