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Campus Based versus Online BSN Comparison

This page outlines important similarities and differences between the Campus Based and Accelerated Online (AO) Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs.

Similarities

BSN Application Eligibility
  • Complete at least 12 of the 16 hours of required natural sciences (A&P I and II, Microbiology, and General Chemistry).
  • Earn a minimum 2.75 GPA in the two GPAs calculated in the selection process:
    1. Prerequisite natural science (A&P I and II, Microbiology, and Chemistry)
    2. BSN lower-division prerequisite courses (excluding the upper-division elective)
  • Complete the required designated sections of the HESI A2 test (Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary) with a minimum score of 75 percent per scored section. Learning Styles and Personality are also required, however; the results are not part of the application criteria.
  • Submit English Language Requirement documentation if required. For additional information, contact a your academic advisor.
  • Complete an upper-division BSN and/or Accelerated Online BSN application.
BSN Selection Process
  • For admission to the upper-division nursing program, an applicant will be ranked based on the following two (2) GPAs earned by the BSN and/or Accelerated Online BSN application deadline:
    1. Prerequisite natural science (A&P I and II, Microbiology, and Chemistry).
    2. BSN lower-division prerequisite courses (excluding the upper-division elective).
  • Additional consideration will be given to an applicant who completes the following by the BSN application deadline:
    1. Twelve (12) or more Nursing lower-division prerequisite natural science credit hours earned at UT Arlington.
    2. Thirty (30) or more Nursing lower-division prerequisite credit hours earned at UT Arlington.
    3. Previous baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree earned in the United States.
BSN Program Characteristics
  • Offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UT Arlington.
  • Taught by UT Arlington professors.
  • Prepares for taking the RN licensing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam.
Grants & Scholarships
  • AO and campus based students ARE eligible for CONHI scholarships and some external scholarships.
  • Common scholarship deadlines: April 1 and November 1.
Work Limits
  • Due to the rigorous nature of the upper-division nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants refrain from working while in the upper-division nursing program. If not feasible, it is recommended that working accepted applicants limit the work week to a maximum of 15-20 hours per week. Some applicants may find that is too much, depending on personal study habits and other commitments.

Differences

Campus-Based BSN Accelerated Online BSN
Campus-Based BSN Accelerated Online BSN
BSN Application Eligibility If accepted, an applicant must complete ALL prerequisites marked with * before STARTING the first semester of the upper-division nursing program (refer to Campus-Based admission brochure). If accepted, an applicant must complete ALL prerequisites, including the upper-division elective, before STARTING the first semester of the upper-division nursing program (refer to the Accelerated Online BSN admission brochure).
BSN Selection Process Additional consideration also given to applicants who by the BSN application deadline complete:
  • Nine hours (9) of UT Arlington Honors college courses (must be active in Honors College).
  • Nine hours (9) of ROTC college courses (must be active in ROTC).
  • Preference will be given to applicants employed by partner hospital systems offering clinical sites during that semester of admission.
  • Partner hospital clinical sites vary each semester.
  • To receive priority, applicants must be employed at the time of the ranking and the first day of class.
  • Employment at a partner hospital is not a guarantee of admission into the upper-division nursing courses.
BSN Course Format
  • Campus courses taught on UT Arlington’s campus with limited online course options for prerequisites & pre-nursing courses.
  • Nursing coursework only offered in the campus format.
  • Only online courses available for prerequisites, pre-nursing and nursing coursework.
  • Once accepted in the BSN program, lab and clinical experiences are faculty supervised and delivered at partner hospital systems and other healthcare facilities. Course testing and clinical assessments are proctored.
Time Frame for Upper-Division BSN Courses 21 months total during four 16 week traditional semesters. 15 months total during four 12-15 week consecutive sessions.
Upper-Division Summers & Winter/May Schedule No upper-division nursing courses scheduled during these breaks. Upper-division nursing courses taught year round with periodic 1-2 week breaks.
Clinical Experience
  • Typically Monday-Friday.
  • Accepted applicants have a variety of clinical experiences in hospitals and other healthcare facilities around Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
  • Typically on weekends, may have clinical scheduled during the week.
  • Accepted applicants complete most of their clinical experience at one partnership hospital, although may take specialties at other healthcare facilities if needed.
  • Partner hospital locations across Texas.
Student Resources
  • Clinical training is supplemented by labs in the simulated patient care Smart Hospital™ at UTA.
  • Access to campus resources (e.g. counseling services, health center, library, writing center).
  • Advising by professional academic advisors.
  • Student Success Program (test prep & study skills).
  • Clinical training is supplemented by simulated labs at partner hospitals.
  • Access to online resources (e.g. academic coach, library, writing center).
  • Advising by professional academic advisors.
  • Student Success Program (test prep & study skills) and Academic Coaches for online coursework.
Grants & Scholarships Accepted applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants available through the University. Selected scholarships & grants offered through the University are not available to accepted applicants enrolled in the Accelerated Online BSN program. Verify with Financial Aid what funds will be available.
BSN Application Information
  • Must fill out and submit an Accelerated Online BSN application.
  • May also apply to the Campus-Based program.
  • Must submit a separate application if applying to the Campus-Based program.