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RN-BSN Electives

Upper Division Elective Options

For the RN to BSN program two upper division electives are required. One must be a nursing course and the other one can be a general course or a nursing course.

For the Upper Division Electives you can take any two of the following courses offered at UTA:

  • NURS-EL 3300 Cooperative Nursing Work Experience I
  • NURS 4300 Cooperative Nursing Work Experience II
  • NURS 3352 Legacy of the Family
  • NURS 3309 Medical Terminology


If you have a nationally recognized nursing certification it may take the place of the nursing upper division elective if approved by the Student Success Coordinator. Examples of approved certifications include: CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse), CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse), Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, or Certified Obstetric Nurse. If you have a certification please submit a copy to your academic advisor who will submit it for approval.

Transfer Coursework

Students who have transferred with coursework from a four year university may have already completed one or both electives. Please refer to your degree plan to see if you are required to take both electives.

What is Cooperative Nursing Work Experience?

Cooperative Nursing Work Experience is an applications based course in which you apply concepts learned in class to your work setting during work hours. You must work a minimum of 120 hours during the five-week course.  The three concepts used as the basis for the course are: Team work, Professionalism, and Evidence-based practice (EBP).