MAJOR: NURSING
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The field of nursing offers a vast array of career choices. The nursing profession represents the largest segment of the health care workforce, with more than three million nurses in the U.S. alone. Nursing graduates work in many practice environments, such as hospitals, schools, academia, homes, retail health clinics, long-term care facilities, military service, flight nursing, management and hospital administration, global health organizations, and community and public health centers. Some specializations in nursing require an advanced degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program offers students a dynamic course of study that is both theoretical and practical. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctor degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Passing this examination is one of the requirements for licensure through the Board of Nursing (BON) for the State of Texas.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled in another college or school at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to pursue a degree in Nursing need to apply for an internal transfer to the School of Nursing to enter into the Pre-Professional Nursing Program (pre-nursing). To be eligible to apply, students must attend an internal transfer info session. Students must also meet the School of Nursing's Internal Transfer Eligibility Requirements. Only students who meet these requirements will be considered for a change of major.

Application deadlines:

  • October 1 for admission the following spring.
  • March 1 for admission the following fall.

Please visit The School of Nursing's internal transfer information page for more details.

Once a student successfully transfers to the School of Nursing as a pre-nursing major, then he or she must work toward applying to the upper-division Professional Nursing Sequence. To apply, students must complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or better and have a GPA of at least a 2.75. Admission to the Professional Sequence is competitive, and admitted students usually far exceed these minimum requirements. The upper division application includes an application form and personal statement, three letters of references, a transcript from every other college or university the student has attended, and a high school transcript.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Nursing Degree Plan to view all required courses for the Nursing major. Students must be pre-nursing majors in the School of Nursing in order to take Nursing (N) courses. Please view the BSN website for more information.

The BSN program consists of 65 prerequisite credit hours (Pre-Professional Sequence) and 61 upper-division credit hours (Professional Sequence). Students must be enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin with the pre-nursing major code in order to complete the final nine credit hours of prerequisite courses. Students must then apply to the Professional Sequence (upper-division coursework). For more information on applying for admission to the University and the School of Nursing Professional Sequence, please visit BSN admissions.

Specializations

There are no specializations within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

However, the School of Nursing does offer other programs that may be of interest to students with certain backgrounds.

For highly motivated students interested in enhancing their educational experience, the school offers an Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program. Nurses with an associate's degree can pursue the ADN-BSN program. Students with prior degrees in another discipline may opt to complete a second bachelor's degree or pursue a master's degree as part of the Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing program.

Personality

There are many different personality traits that make one well suited for multiple career options in nursing. A nurse should be compassionate, empathic, and optimistic. He/she should be driven to succeed, should genuinely like people and have a desire to take care of others.

Skills

All students accepted into the nursing program are expected to safely perform their responsibilities in clinical settings. Students must have sufficient motor, sensory, and observation skills, and they must be able to communicate well and analyze data in a timely manner. In addition, there are certain skills, competencies, and requirements necessary for licensure by the Texas Board of Nursing. For an overview of these requirements, please see the Board of Nursing website.

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