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The College of Nursing



Dean: Elizabeth Poster, R.N., Ph.D.
669 Pickard Hall · Box 19407 • 817-272-2776
www.uta.edu/nursing

Message from Dean Elizabeth Poster, R.N., Ph.D.

Dean Elizabeth Poster, R.N., Ph.D.

We are delighted that you are considering our UT Arlington College of Nursing as your choice for advancing your education and your career. We have a long tradition of innovation and a reputation of excellence that has resulted in our being one of the 15 largest nursing programs in the USA.

This is a time when many new opportunities are available to students who are seeking a career in nursing or an advanced nursing degree. Increased enrollments in Baccalaureate programs throughout Texas are being made possible with collaborative efforts between educational institutions and our health care partners as well as special funding. Responding to the critical need for nurses in Texas, UT Arlington College of Nursing is committed to increasing its BSN enrollment in order to help meet patient care needs in our state. In partnership with our healthcare partners and with special funding from the Texas Legislature, we are doubling our enrollment from 400 to 800 BSN students by 2012. Our commitment to quality nursing education is demonstrated by our being ranked as one of the top 13 "High Performing" programs in Texas with both our graduation rate and first-time pass rate on the registered nurse (RN) licensing exam over 90%. 97% of our new RN graduates are employed before or shortly after graduation.

Getting a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree is an asset to nurses whose broad educational background and strong foundation in the sciences facilitates their upward mobility on the health career ladder. BSN credentialed nurses are prepared to enter advanced nursing programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree in roles such as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator. A Master's degree is a prerequisite for admission into a doctoral program in Nursing or other fields.

We offer a diverse set of traditional, blended online and accelerated educational options including entry-level freshman courses, a four-year initial licensure BSN program, and RN to BSN program, MSN options in Nurse Practitioner (NP), Nurse Educator and Nursing Administration programs, post-Master's NP certifications, as well as MSN-to-PhD and BSN-to-PhD programs and a post-NP Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Annually our NP graduates have a 98-100% pass rate on national certification exams and US News and World Report has recognized our graduate program as being in the top 25% of schools in the country.

We also offer Continuing Nursing Education courses at UT Arlington and rural facilities through our Rural Health Outreach Program. These programs share important common threads: Quality education delivered by outstanding faculty who believe in fostering student and professional success. The many students who came to the College of Nursing from throughout Texas and around the country will tell you that they made the right choice.

A nursing degree from UT Arlington is an affordable choice both financially as well as in terms of your time. We have listened to the recommendations of our students, alumni, community and health care partners to constantly improve our programs and ensure that we are in the forefront of knowledge, technology and resources. Online and web-enhanced courses enable our students to meet the challenges of combining school and work. Scholarship and traineeship support is growing dramatically. Over the past eight years, the annual Dream Makers Scholarship Program alone has distributed over $1,000,000 to our students.

The time to become a professional nurse has never been better. With predictions that the nursing shortage will continue for the next decade, a nursing career means many choices in work settings and types of positions available. In addition, according to the annual Gallop polls, nurses continue to be rated as the most trusted of all professionals. As one of over 9,000 College of Nursing alumni, doors will be open to you as a graduate of choice.

We are committed to excellence in education, scholarship, clinical practice, community service and collaboration as well as leadership; and we invite you to join us in the pursuit and celebration of nursing excellence. Please see our website for details and call to make an appointment with one of our advisors or program directors. We are all here for you and are confident that your decision to join us will be a good one.


Philosophy

The College of Nursing is an integral component of The University of Texas at Arlington and subscribes to the mission of the University. The College of Nursing prepares quality nurse health care providers through excellence in education, scholarship, and service. The undergraduate and graduate academic programs prepare individuals for professional nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of holistic health care.

The faculty believes learning is a continuous lifelong process and a personal responsibility. Students must be actively involved in the learning process to acquire clinical proficiency and to be socialized into professional roles. Learning experiences are implemented to achieve sequence, continuity and synthesis of knowledge and expertise as defined by the educational outcomes. Teaching and learning are dynamic processes involving curriculum evaluation and revision based on research evidence, the needs of a multicultural society, and the changing health care system. The educational process facilitates the development of each person's potential and promotes cultural competence and assimilation of ethical principles.

Faculty and students foster an educational climate of mutual respect, honesty, intellectual inquiry, creativity, and effective communication. We contribute to the development of our profession through the conduct of research and the dissemination and application of evidence-based knowledge. Faculty and students provide service to the community through clinical practice and leadership.

Undergraduate nursing education builds on a foundation of studies in the sciences, humanities and arts. The baccalaureate program prepares competent, self-directed generalist nurses (Registered Nurses) who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care.

Masters education builds on a foundation of undergraduate nursing education and provides specialty practice with an expanded theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepare Registered Nurses for advanced functional roles that require increased accountability, expertise, and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based health care in collaboration with other health care providers and consumers.

Doctoral education develops and advances empirical knowledge to promote evidence-based practice in the discipline of nursing. Graduates have a background to develop theories and conduct research with vulnerable populations and to assume academic, research, and leadership roles. The doctorate provides a basis for future research programs and other scholarly activities.

Lifelong learning is the responsibility of each professional nurse. Continuing education programs developed by the College of Nursing are sensitive to the influences of a changing society and respond to the continuing education needs of professional nurses in Texas.



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Smart Hospital

The Smart Hospital is a simulated hospital environment complete with state-of-the-science equipment and furnishings. In this facility, nursing students interact with and provide care to a full array of simulated patients who occupy the Emergency Room, ICU, Labor & Delivery (LDRP) suites, pediatric unit, Neonatal ICU, adult medical /surgical beds and the large team training resuscitation room.

The "patients" who populate our Smart Hospital are life-sized computerized manikins that actually interact with the learners. Patients include infants, children, adults, and even a mother in labor who goes through the labor process and delivers a newborn. Some manikins are static but others are interactive and responsive-they can speak and breathe, have heart sounds and lung sounds, and can progress through the various stages of numerous clinical states from birth through death. In addition, we have specially trained actors who can serve as patients or family members in clinical teaching scenes. In each clinical scenario, the students are exposed to situations and changes in patient conditions, both subtle and obvious, that they will experience in actual practice. With repeated exposure to these situations, students develop a deeper understanding of clinical conditions and become more adept at critical and clinical thinking. With this foundation, our students move more quickly from novice to expert and in so doing enhance the quality of patient care they provide.



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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The undergraduate nursing degree, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 1 and governed by the Texas Board of Nursing, consists of two programs, BSN and RN to BSN. We also offer two delivery options: traditional in-the-seat and online. The Academic Partnership Program (AP BSN and AP RN-BSN) is an online format developed by UT Arlington's College of Nursing to serve nurses in Texas and beyond by offering high quality, affordable and convenient nursing programs. As there are some differences in policies between the programs, there may also be differences between the traditional program and the online program; those will be noted throughout the catalog.

The faculty of the College of Nursing takes academic honesty and ethical behavior very seriously. Nurses are entrusted with the health, safety and well-being of the public. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be punished to the full extent permitted by the rules and regulations of UT Arlington.

1 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 (202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu).

BSN (pre-licensure) Program

This is a four-year program consisting of nursing courses, university core courses and other prerequisite required courses. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

RN to BSN Program

This program is designed for Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program. Full-time students may complete the upper division nursing courses in one academic year. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Undergraduate Outcomes - for the BSN degree

The University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares graduates to provide professional nursing care to persons/clients (individuals, families, groups, and communities) in diverse settings through the roles of provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of the profession.

On completion, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply the art and science of nursing using current evidence in the delivery of competent, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate holistic care.
  • Utilize analytical, systematic, and critical reasoning for clinical judgment and nursing decision-making.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for: optimal nursing care, legal and ethical standards, lifelong learning, professional development, promoting the nursing profession, and participating as a citizen in society.
  • Collaborate and communicate respectfully and effectively with persons/clients and interdisciplinary teams using oral, nonverbal, written and electronic communication to promote and maintain optimal health outcomes to persons/clients.
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors and conflict management skills that inspire others and create effective working relationships to shape and implement change.
  • Coordinate human and material resources in providing comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective care to persons/clients.
  • Articulate the importance of active and intentional life-long learning that includes self-reflection and awareness.
  • Utilize standards of practice to provide safe nursing care in all patient care settings with an awareness of one's role in preventing errors and promoting quality improvement.
  • Access and utilize information and computer sciences to perform nursing functions.


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BSN Pre-licensure Program

Essential Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the College of Nursing

It is the philosophy of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing (UTACON) that the baccalaureate program is designed to prepare a competent, self-directed, general practitioner of nursing who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of nursing care. In consideration of the preparation of a general practitioner, all individuals who apply for admission and are enrolled in the undergraduate program must be able to perform the essential functions of a student of nursing.

The College of Nursing has identified areas of essential functioning: communication, hearing, visual and motor. The student enrolled in the program must demonstrate mastery of components comprising each of these four areas. Because providing direct patient care is physically demanding, students need to meet the physical requirements of a staff nurse in the same setting in which they are completing a clinical rotation.

Qualified applicants are admitted without discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability (reasonable accommodations will be made within the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines).

More detailed information is available on the nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted as freshmen or may transfer to UT Arlington upon meeting the admission or transfer requirements established by the University. Students who designate themselves as nursing majors will be advised by the College of Nursing in Undergraduate Student Services. Official transcripts must be submitted to the UT Arlington Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.

NOTE: All freshmen are also advised by University College.

BSN students desiring admission to the sequence of upper-division nursing courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing must:

  • Submit College of Nursing application and official transcripts by January 5 for following fall semester or June 1 for following spring semester.
  • Complete with a C or better all specified nursing prerequisites and pre-nursing courses (FS-NURS 1300 Introduction to Professional Nursing; NURS 3366 Pathophysiologic Processes: Implications for Nursing, and NURS 3365 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice) prior to starting Junior I nursing courses. (See lower-division course list for details.)
  • Have a minimum of 48 Freshman/Sophomore prerequisites/core credits prior to the Junior I semester.
  • Complete 12 or more prerequisite science credit hours at time of application.
  • Have 2 GPAs calculated: science and prerequisite.
  • Have minimum science and prerequisite GPAs of 2.75.
  • Completion of designated sections of the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admissions Assessment Exam (HESI A2) with a minimum score of 300 or higher and a minimum Math score of 65% or higher.

Admission to Junior level (upper-division course work) is by ranking order based on space available.

Additional consideration will be given to students with 30 or more credit hours ONLY related to the nursing degree plan and/or 12 or more science credit hours completed at UT Arlington. Students with a previous degree will also receive additional consideration as will students with nine hours or more of Honors College courses at UT Arlington. Students applying to the Academic Partnership (AP) Program will receive additional consideration for being employed at a partner hospital.

NOTE: Students entering the Academic Partnership BSN online program must complete all prerequisites including the upper division elective prior to beginning the program.

Lower Division Courses

Students must complete all nursing prerequisites and Sophomore level nursing courses with a C or better. A grade of D or lower in a prerequisite course indicates unsatisfactory preparation for further nursing education. Any such course in which a D or lower is received must be repeated before enrolling in any nursing course. This requirement is subject to the Three-Attempt Rule. A student unable to raise his or her grade to at least a C in a specified prerequisite course within three enrollments at UT Arlington and/or at any other institution shall be required to change his or her major to a field outside the College of Nursing. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt.

TOEFL Requirement

Applicants must receive a minimum score, as defined by the University, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native/first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution. The exam is required for admission to the College of Nursing even if the student has met one of the stated University exemptions for the TOEFL.

Applicants who have graduated from secondary schools or colleges in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom.

Students who are not exempt based on the countries listed above, but who can provide documentation of attendance and graduation from a secondary English speaking school in their native country or the U.S., will be exempt from the requirement.

Transfer from Another Nursing Program

Nursing transfer students are defined as those students who have successfully completed prerequisite courses with a C or above and Junior I courses for the BSN Program: Holistic Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing Foundations at another college or university. Students who have not completed the required courses will be ranked with the incoming junior class. Admission as a transfer student to the College of Nursing is contingent upon available space. Transfer students must attend orientation. Students may not transfer into the AP BSN Program.

  • Transfer students must transfer all nursing courses and the grade received from those courses.
  • The student must submit a course syllabus and a content outline of the course(s) to Undergraduate Student Services. If the course is a clinical course, a list of nursing skills learned in the course(s) must also be submitted.
  • The lead teacher in the course, using the Field of Study Criteria Guidelines and other criteria related to the course, will review courses provided by the student for substitution of UT Arlington courses. Faculty may request additional information to clarify their decision. The course is then accepted as a substitution for a core nursing course, as an elective, or denied.

Students must submit:

  • Letter from previous school stating that the student is in good standing

Students must have:

  • Minimum Science & Pre-requisite GPA of 2.5
  • No Ds or Fs in nursing courses
  • Must meet application deadlines of:
    • April 1 - Fall Semester
    • October 1 - Spring Semester

Processing of the transfer procedure will not be initiated until the student has applied to the College of Nursing.

Orientations

All Junior I BSN students and transferring students are required to attend the general orientation held prior to the fall and spring semesters.

Clinical orientation is mandatory for all BSN students, as established by the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council. BSN students are required to attend Junior Level and Senior Level Orientation annually.

  • BSN students - prior to Junior I clinical courses and Senior I clinical courses. Part-time and transfer students must attend annually.

Honors Degree in Nursing

Nursing students who wish to graduate with an Honors Degree in Nursing must be members of the Honors College in good standing. Students must complete the Nursing degree requirements and the requirements of the Honors College. Contact the College of Nursing Honors Coordinator for further information.

Special Paraphernalia/Equipment Requirements

All Nursing students entering the Undergraduate BSN pre-licensure program are required to have equipment that is required by health care settings in which students have practice experiences (such items shall include, but are not limited to: uniforms, identification badge, UTACON patch, Nurse Pack, stethoscope, watch with second hand, PDA or Smart Phone with stated specifications by the College of Nursing, etc). A complete list of equipment requirements is outlined on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Student Personal Laptop Policy

Effective August 2010, all nursing students entering the undergraduate BSN pre-licensure program may be required to have a personal laptop computer configured to the College of Nursing's specifications. This requirement responds to the technical changes in the computerized testing platform for the RN licensing examination as well as the widespread adoption of computer technology in healthcare. Specifications are outlined on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Immunizations

Persons accepted to the College of Nursing must be immunized or provide information reflecting immunization as required by the College of Nursing. Specific requirements are listed on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Certification-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Evidence of successful completion of an approved course for health care providers is required upon admission and must be maintained throughout the program. Recommended CPR course includes BCLS & AED for health care providers from the American Heart Association.

Health Insurance Coverage

All UT Arlington nursing students enrolled in clinical course(s) will be required to provide verification of medical insurance coverage that includes Emergency Department evaluation and follow-up treatment for needle-stick and bloodborne disease exposure. This mandatory clinical requirement has been authorized by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

As such, UT Arlington will not cover initial and follow up treatment for needle-stick injuries and/or exposure to bloodborne diseases which may occur while students are enrolled in clinical courses.

While the UT Arlington College of Nursing recognizes the financial impact this clinical requirement presents for students, we also support the need for students to have health coverage for sudden illness, accidents, emergencies and exposure treatments that may occur in the clinical setting in a variety of clinical agencies.

Drug Screen Policy

Confirmation of a positive drug screening will result in removal from clinical courses for a period of one calendar year. Upon returning to the program, random drug screenings will be conducted throughout the program. A second positive test will render the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Random and / or for cause drug screens are at the student's expense and must be conducted at the UT Arlington Health Center. Failure to undergo a drug screen on the designated day will result in immediate withdrawal from the nursing program.

Criminal Background Screen

A student with a positive criminal background screen will not be admitted into the program without a Declaratory Order from the Texas Board of Nursing stating that the individual has been granted permission to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN Examination) upon completion of the requirements for graduation and payment of any required fees. Eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN Examination may be affected by any inaccuracies in the petition, and any subsequent violations of the Nursing Practice Act that may affect eligibility to sit for the examination or the later revocation of a license obtained through misrepresentation.

Eligibility to Write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) - Declaratory Orders

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has set out guidelines and criteria on the eligibility of persons with criminal convictions to obtain a license as a registered nurse. The BON may refuse to admit persons to its licensure examinations, may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration, or may refuse to issue a temporary permit to any individual who has any criminal offense. Detailed information related to determining eligibility and required processes to determine eligibility for your specific circumstances is available from the Texas Board of Nursing and on their website (www.bon.state.tx.us).

Professional Liability Insurance

Nursing students are required to have evidence of professional liability insurance coverage for a minimum of $1,000,000 limit each claim and $3,000,000 limit aggregate. The charge for coverage will be assessed as a mandatory fee at the time of registration.

Fees

Course fee information is available at www.uta.edu/fees. Additional costs beyond tuition, fees and books that may be incurred by a nursing student will include those items listed in the catalog under the Special Paraphernalia / Equipment Requirements and Student Personal Laptop Policy and detailed on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Oral Communication Proficiency Requirement

Oral proficiency is recognized to be a critical component of providing safe nursing care. In addition to content-specific presentations in various nursing courses, all nursing students are required to communicate effectively with clients, members of the health care team and faculty. Contact Undergraduate Program Director for more information.

E-mail Accounts

Each student will be provided a UT Arlington e-mail address. Official communications from the College of Nursing will be distributed to this e-mail address and Blackboard accounts required by many courses. Students will be held responsible for information distributed in this manner.

Nursing Course Withdrawal Policy

Students within the program, enrolled in an upper division NURS course, are permitted to drop the course one time. Upon attempting the course for the second time, the earned grade is retained. Students may drop no more than three upper division NURS courses during their undergraduate career.

Elective and pre-nursing courses are exempt from this policy.

Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances.

Movement Between Programs

Students who have started the BSN traditional in-the-seat programs cannot move to the AP BSN online program.

Online AP BSN Students Who Drop or Fail a Course

Students who either withdraw from or fail a Jr I AP-BSN course can repeat that course online the next time the course is offered for the same partner. Refer to the AP Students Dropping or Failing a Course Procedure found in the Student Handbook for further details. If a student requests to move to the traditional in-the-seat program, they will be placed in the pool of students applying for the next traditional BSN program start date. AP students will be ranked along with the other applicants who are in the pool and will not be given preference because they had previously been accepted into the AP-BSN program.

AP-BSN students who withdraw or fail a course in Jr II, Sr I, or Sr II can repeat the course online with the same partner hospital the next available time the course is offered, or at another partner hospital if space is available. If the student requests to move to the traditional, in-the-seat program, they may do so if space is available in the classroom and clinical. Refer to the GUIDELINES FOR PRIORITY COURSE/CLINICAL PLACEMENT WITH LIMITED AVAILABLE SPACE FOR PRE-LICENSURE, TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM policy located in the student handbook for details related to priority given students when placing them out of sequence.

Clinical Courses

To pass a clinical course, the student must pass both the didactic and the clinical components of that course.

Clinical Attendance During Scheduled University Closings

Some programs in the College of Nursing, such as the Academic Partnership Program, may require students to attend clinical on evenings, nights, weekends, or holidays. Students are expected to attend their assigned clinical rotation as scheduled, even when the University is otherwise scheduled for closure, i.e. Spring Break. This policy does not include inclement weather closings.

Progression

Students in the BSN Program will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program nor to enroll for additional courses if they:

  • Receive a grade of D or F in more than one nursing course including Pathophysiology and Pharmacology or
  • Receive any combination of grades of D or F on two attempts of the same course.
  • Do not obtain a passing score on the HESI Comprehensive Exam.
  • The University grade replacement / exclusion policy is limited by the College of Nursing and is not applicable to nursing courses.

A student in the RN to BSN Program who earns a second D or F in a nursing course will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.

Required Testing

Students are required to take nationally normed tests throughout the Junior and Senior years of the BSN program and to make a satisfactory score on such tests. In the Senior year, students are required to take a comprehensive exam and to make a satisfactory score on such an exam prior to graduation.

Prior to Enrollment

The following semester hours must be completed prior to enrollment in upper-division nursing courses except as noted:


Hours

Natural Sciences

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

8 1,2,4,5

Microbiology

4 2,5

General Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

4 2,5


subtotal hours:

16 2

Behavioral Sciences

Introduction to Psychology

3 5

Sociology or Anthropology

3 4,5,6

Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

3 5


subtotal hours:

9

Nursing

FS-NURS 1300 Intro to Professional Nursing

3 5

NURS 3365 Pharmacology

3 5

NURS 3366 Pathophysiology

3 5


subtotal hours:

9

Other

Fine Arts (architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts)

3 4,6

College Algebra (Mathematical Modeling or higher)

3 4

Statistics

3 4,5

U.S. History I and II

6 3,4,6

U.S. and Texas Government

6 3,4,6

English Composition I and II

6 4

English Literature

3 4,6

Technical Writing

3 4,6



subtotal hours:

33


TOTAL (Courses)

67 hours

1 If part of a two-semester sequence, both courses are required.
2 Must contain a lab component.
3 House Bill 935, passed by the Sixtieth Legislature, provides that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless she/he has taken and passed six semester hours in American political science and six semester hours in United States history.
4 Degree Plan Core Curriculum courses.
5 Degree Plan Program Specific courses.
6 On-campus students may complete after enrollment in junior nursing courses.
NOTE: AP BSN students must complete all courses, including the upper division elective, prior to enrollment in junior nursing courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

The following semester hours must be completed for graduation.

Junior Year

First Semester: NURS 3320, 3333, 3632

Second Semester: NURS 3481, 3561, 3321, 3261

Summer Session: 3 hours of upper-division electives.

Senior Year

First Semester: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581

Second Semester: NURS 4350, 4462, 4351, 4223



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RN to BSN Program

Essential Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the College of Nursing

It is the philosophy of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing (UTACON) that the baccalaureate program is designed to prepare a competent, self-directed, general practitioner of nursing who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of nursing care. In consideration of the preparation of a general practitioner, all individuals who apply for admission and are enrolled in the undergraduate program must be able to perform the essential functions of a student of nursing.

The College of Nursing has identified areas of essential functioning: communication, hearing, visual and motor. The student enrolled in the program must demonstrate mastery of components comprising each of these four areas.

Qualified applicants are admitted without discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability (reasonable accommodations will be made within the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines).

More detailed information is available on the nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted or may transfer to UT Arlington upon meeting the admission or transfer requirements established by the University. Students who designate themselves as nursing majors will be advised by the College of Nursing in Undergraduate Student Services. Official transcripts must be submitted to the UT Arlington Office of Admissions.

Registered nurses desiring admission to this program must:

  • Complete listed prerequisites with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5
  • Meet the TOEFL requirement (if applicable)
  • Have a current license as an RN in the U.S.A.

Credit by RN Licensure

Transcripts of RN students are evaluated with consideration of the Coordinating Board Field of Study Curriculum guidelines. Credit is given for all courses listed in the Field of Study Curriculum as transferable as well as any additional courses that may be applicable for transfer for a total of 28 hours.

Certain other conditions apply:

  • If the student earned one D or F in a nursing course at another college or school of nursing, they will be admitted unconditionally. If the student earns a subsequent D or F at UT Arlington, he/she will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.
  • If the student has earned more than one D or F in nursing courses at another college or school of nursing, the student will enter UT Arlington on a probationary basis. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses at UT Arlington in order to remain in the program.

TOEFL Requirement

Applicants must receive a minimum score, as defined by the University, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native/first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution. The exam is required for admission to the College of Nursing even if the student has met one of the stated University exemptions for the TOEFL.

Applicants who have graduated from secondary schools or colleges in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom.

Students who are not exempt based on the countries listed above, but who can provide documentation of attendance and graduation from a secondary English speaking school in their native country or the U.S., will be exempt from the requirement.

Orientation

All Junior RN-BSN students and transferring RN-BSN students are required to attend the general orientation held prior to entering their Junior semester.

Progression:

The University grade replacement/exclusion policy is limited by the College of Nursing and is not applicable to nursing courses.

  • A student in the RN-BSN Program who earns a second D or F will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.

Fees

Course fee information is available at www.uta.edu/fees. Additional costs beyond tuition, fees and books that may be incurred by a nursing student in this program will be detailed on the College of Nursing website www.uta.edu/nursing.

Oral Communication Proficiency Requirement

Oral proficiency is recognized to be a critical component of providing safe nursing care. In addition to content-specific presentations in various nursing courses, all nursing students are required to communicate effectively with clients, members of the health care team, and faculty. Contact Undergraduate Program Director for more information.

E-mail Accounts

Each student will be provided a UT Arlington e-mail address. Official communications from the College of Nursing will be distributed to this e-mail address and Blackboard accounts required by many courses. Students will be held responsible for information distributed in this manner.

Movement Between Programs

Normally students who have started the RN-BSN traditional in-the-seat programs cannot move to the AP RN-BSN online program.

Prior to Enrollment


Hours

Natural Sciences

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

8 1,2,4,5,6

Microbiology or Bacteriology

4 2,5,6




subtotal hours:

12 2

English

Composition I and II

6 4,7

Literature

3 4,6

Technical Writing or Equivalent: Technical Writing is preferred. Equivalents include Literature, Speech, or Philosophy, as long as the courses are sophomore-level or higher, have a writing component, and are approved by an advisor.

3 4,7


subtotal hours:

12

History and Government

American History I and II

6 3,4,6

U.S. Government and Texas State and Local Government

6 3,4,6


subtotal hours:

12

Behavioral Sciences

Introduction to Psychology

3 5,6

Sociology or Anthropology

3 4,5,6

Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

3 5,6


subtotal hours:

9

Other

Fine Arts (architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts)

3 4,6

College Algebra (may be substituted with Mathematical Modeling or with a higher level mathematical course)

3 4,6

Statistics

3 4,5,7




subtotal hours:

9

Upper division elective

3 6*


TOTAL (Courses)

57 hours

1 If part of a two-semester sequence, both courses are required.
2 Must contain a laboratory component.
3 House Bill 935, passed by the Sixtieth Legislature, provides that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless she/he has taken and passed six semester hours in American political science and six semester hours in United States history.
4 Degree Plan Core Curriculum courses.
5 Degree Plan Program Specific courses.
6 May be completed after enrollment in nursing program.
7 Course must be completed with a grade of C or above prior to enrolling in the nursing program.

*The upper division elective course is in addition to the 3 credit hour upper division nursing elective requirement included in the 35 credit RN to BSN Nursing Course listing. This general 3 credit requirement can be met by taking any upper division elective course (including a second nursing elective), or by providing documentation of being certified through a nationally recognized nursing certification examination, or by completing a work-based project in the Nursing Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program

Junior Semester:NURS 3325, 3645, 3425, 3335-Total Credit 16 hours.

Senior Semester:NURS 4325, 4455, 4465, 4585-Total Credit 16 hours.

Electives: 3 hours of upper-division nursing electives. Elective credit may be awarded for national certifications.



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Nursing Faculty
Dean

Professor Poster

Professors

Bond, Cason, Mancini

Associate Professors

C.Anderson, Barnes, Courtney, Gray, Hegstad, LeFlore, Raudonis, Schmelzer

Assistant Professors

Adegbola, M. Anderson, Cazzell, Daniel, Mintz-Binder, Newcomb

Clinical Professor

Snow

Clinical Associate Professors

Adams, Baker, Barr, Cipher, Schira, Turpin

Clinical Assistant Professors

Baxley, Behan, Bittle, Carlson, Collom, Foglia, Fowler, Gonzalez, Gurica, Handy, Huycke, Ibitayo, John, Michael, Palmer, Perley, Reid, Stiller, Taylor, Trevino, Walker, Willson, Zdanuk

Clinical Instructors

Aguilar, Arena-Marshall, Bacchus, Baird, Bates, Bertram, Boyd, Cherry, Cleary, Cope, Crenshaw, Cross, Denison, Dihigo, Duvall, Engle, Estrada, Ewing, Flores, Franks, Furr, Gainer, Griffith, Hadley, Harber, Harmon, Harris, Hennes, Hinojosa, Hoolapa, Hughes, Jenkins, Jennings, Justice, Kahveci, Lindley, Lowry, Mackey, Madsen, Mangold, Marshall, Martin, Maryol, McClean, McKay, McLean, Miland, G. Miles, S. Miles, Moake, Moore, Morr, A. Myers, H. Myers, Norman, Parker, Patrick, Plumer, Priddy, Riggs, Roye, Scheid, Shidler, Simpson, Stephens, Stevenson, Thames, Thomason, Thurman, Tinajero, Tindell, Todd, Trejo, Walsh, Washington, Wood, T. Wright, Wyrick

Professors Emeritus

Pickard, Heusinkveld, Kyba, Grove, Burns



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Course Descriptions

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Nursing (NURS)



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