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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


For individuals seeking to become a registered nurse. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing prelicensure program provides the broad educational preparation necessary to make an efficient transition into the complex world of healthcare and move quickly into leadership positions.

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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 required of a registered nurse.

Becoming a Registered Nurse:

  • students must graduate from an accredited nursing program and
  • pass the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Accreditation: UT Arlington’s BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and prepares graduates to pass the NCLEX-RN with all the competencies recommended by the Texas Board of Nursing. (http://www.bon.state.tx.us)

More information on the competencies for various levels of nursing is available in the Educational Options Flyer.

Curriculum: The curriculum reflects current health care trends and the role of the registered nurse in today’s health care system.

Program Overview:

  • BSN On Campus Option
  • BSN Online Option

Acceptance to the upper division nursing program is highly competitive and based primarily on science and prerequisite GPAs.
The upper division nursing curriculum is divided into four semesters to provide continuity, and integration in the learning experiences. Only 120 are admitted into the BSN on-campus program each fall and spring semester.

In the online program, partner hospital clinical sites will vary each semester. Priority will be given to students employed by partners.

Courses: Clinical nursing courses are taught sequentially. Clinical courses in one semester may not be taken without completion of the clinical courses in the preceding semester.

Patient care:

  • Learning experiences are provided at a variety of institutions and agencies.
    • Acute care hospitals as well as community agencies including public schools, home health agencies, nursing homes and day care centers provide a broad variety of clinical nursing practice experiences.
  • The Smart Hospital™ is a virtual hospital in which computerized simulators serve as patients, is a learning laboratory in which students gain confidence and competence in giving safe patient care.