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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

General Information

Application Deadline: Aug. 1 for spring admission; Feb. 15 for fall admission
Length of Program: 4 years
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Part-Time Study Available? NO
Distance Learning Available? NO

About the BSN

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) 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 doctoral degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

BSN coursework emphasizes critical thinking and clinical judgment, integration of knowledge from nursing, biological and behavioral sciences, and the humanities in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of nursing care, application of research findings to demonstrate evidence-based nursing practice, and nursing leadership, and offers a variety of hospital and community settings for clinical experiences. Admission into the BSN program is highly competitive.

Once admitted into the program, BSN students are designated by the semester in which they are enrolled. Students in the first semester of their junior year are referred to as J1s, in the second semester of their junior year as J2s, in the first semester of their senior year as S1s, and in the second semester of their senior year as S2s.

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Admission Requirements for the BSN

Freshmen Admission

Prospective UT-Austin freshmen students should visit the Office of Admissions website, Be a Longhorn, for information on procedures and requirements. Select Nursing as your first choice major and follow directions to complete Essay C.

Beginning in Fall 2014, freshmen may be admitted directly to the School of Nursing through the University of Texas at Austin admissions process. The 2014-2016 catalog reflects a revised BSN curriculum.

Upper-Division Professional Sequence Admission for Pre-Nursing Students

Applications for the upper division professional sequence will be accepted from Pre-Nursing students for both Fall and Spring semesters until Spring 2016. Academic advisors will assist students to plan the sequence of required courses to determine when to initiate the application process. Beginning in Fall 2016, admission into the BSN program will primarily be for students entering UT-Austin as freshmen or by internal transfer or transfer. Students who are already classified as PreNursing in 2016 will be advised individually during this transition time to guide academic plans and progression.

Admission to the professional sequence requires the following:

  1. Admission to UT Austin for the semester of intended enrollment.
  2. Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (prior to enrollment in Junior level courses-not at the time of application). Prerequisite courses include 15 credit hours that must be taken in residence at UT Austin. These courses will NOT transfer in from another institution:
    1. N 309 Global Health
    2. N 310 Communication in Healthcare
    3. N 321 Ethics in Healthcare
    4. PHR 338 Pharmacology
    5. UGS 302/UGS 303 Undergraduate Signature Course
  3. See BSN Degree Plan for a listing of these courses, other prerequisite science and liberal arts courses, and the upper division professional sequence courses.

  4. Minimum cumulative UT GPA of 2.75 in each of the following areas: sciences, prerequisite courses, and all UT in-residence coursework.  Students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher will be more competitive.
  5. Work and Volunteer experience in health care and community
  6. Personal essay
  7. 3 Letters of reference
  8. Application to the Upper Division Professional Sequence submitted on-line to the School of Nursing by the deadline.

Internal Transfer Admission

Current UT-Austin students interested in changing majors to Nursing should see the Internal Transfer page for more information about and the admission and application process.

Internal transfer rules into the School of Nursing are consistent with the Internal Transfer policies at the University of Texas at Austin. Acceptance is competitive and on a space available basis.  

Transfer Admission

Prospective students who have already started their studies at another college or university may apply as a Transfer student.  Visit the Office of Admissions website and follow directions for applying as a Transfer student to UT-Austin. Select Nursing as your first choice major and complete appropriate essay as directed. Acceptance is competitive and on a space available basis.

Honors Program Admission

The Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program is designed to enhance the educational experience of highly motivated nursing students who are interested in undergraduate research and the development of scholarship. Admission to the Honors Program in the School of Nursing is initiated during the second semester of the freshmen year. Freshmen students who have achieved a 3.45 GPA or better during the first semester will be eligible to apply. Visit the Honors Program page for more information about and the admission and application process.

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Application Procedures to the BSN

Application Procedures for New Freshmen

Prospective UT-Austin freshmen students should visit the Office of Admissions website, Be a Longhorn, for information on procedures and requirements. Select Nursing as your first choice major and follow directions to complete Essay C.

Application Procedures for the Upper-Division Professional Sequence

Pre-Nursing students applying for admission to the BSN Upper-Division Professional Sequence must complete the following application procedure by the appropriate deadline.

  1. Complete and submit the School of Nursing online Upper-Division Application,
    1. The first page of the online application must be filled out completely before proceeding to other sections of the application.
    2. Letters of reference are to be submitted electronically and instructions for “how to submit letters of reference” are included in the online application.
    3. If any letters of reference are submitted by paper, the School of Nursing will file them with application materials for committee review.
  2. Submit a $50.00 application fee by check or money order made payable to the UT Austin School of Nursing (UTASN),
  3. As long as official transcripts have been submitted to the University, duplicates are NOT required to be submitted to the School of Nursing with the BSN application.

Direct questions to the Student Affairs Office at (512) 232-4780 or consult with an academic advisor during walk-in express advising or at application information sessions held in the weeks prior to the application deadlines.

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Important Forms/Documents

All files are in PDF format.

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