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Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Program


UT Arlington’s College of Nursing has been awarded a grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Division of Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to develop and administer a VBSN program. 

To be eligible to apply for the VBSN program, a student must

  • be a veteran (honorably discharged and able to provide a DD214);
  • have been classified with a Healthcare Specialist Rating (i.e. medic, corpsman) while in the service  (If accepted into the upper-division nursing program, a DD214 showing proof of a medical rating must be submitted.); and
  • have fulfilled the “Upper-Division BSN Application Eligibility Requirements,” including the lower-division prerequisites, as the posted on the VBSN admission brochure.

VBSN Program Information

  • Initial group to begin January 2014 and each subsequent January through 2017
  • All course content to be delivered online via Blackboard
  • For VBSN program information, refer to the VBSN admission brochure and/or the 25 minute virtual information session
  • The VBSN and AP BSN program are identical except for two significant differences:
  1. student must:
    be a veteran and
    have been classified with a Healthcare Specialist Rating (i.e. medic, corpsman) while in the service.
  2. VBSN applicants receive priority based on veteran status, not employment with a partner hospital system.

Lower-Division Prerequisite Courses
A student has the option of taking the lower-division prerequisite courses through UT Arlington’s AP BSN (online format) program, in the campus format, or at a local community college. 

The difference between taking courses at UT Arlington or elsewhere is in the upper-division BSN selection process; additional considerations as outlined on the VBSN admission brochure.

To enroll in courses at UT Arlington, fill out and submit the www.applytexas.org application.  Submit transcripts from any coursework completed at any outside institutions.  

Lower-Division Prerequisite Courses vs. Upper-Division Nursing Program
A student who meets the UT Arlington standards for admission (uta.edu/admissions) and has not violated any College of Nursing policies is eligible to take lower-division prerequisite courses. 
To register for upper-division nursing courses, a student must

  • have fulfilled the “Upper-Division BSN Application Eligibility Requirements”, including the lower-division prerequisites, as posted on the VBSN admission brochure  
  • submit an AP BSN Application;
  • be accepted to the upper-division nursing program;
  • submit copy of DD 214 to Nursing Advisor; and
  • meet all clinical requirements.

Military Training and Education in Lieu of College Credit

Can lower-division prerequisites be waived?
No; certifications, military training, and/or a previous degree does not waive or exclude missing lower-division prerequisite coursework requirements.

One exception is the upper-division elective requirement. For the upper-division elective course requirement, credit earned for an advanced medical training certification(s) acquired via the military may be considered in lieu of college course credit.

Can upper-division nursing courses be waived?
The upper-division VBSN program is 16 months. A student will need to satisfy this amount of program time.

The first nursing clinical course contains competency based assessment tools that allow a VBSN student to spend less time on skills acquisition and more time on role development for the professional nurse. The VBSN program is designed to minimize repetition of skills already mastered; instead spending additional time transitioning to the professional nurse role.

Tuition Rates
For AP BSN courses (online format) tuition rates, visit the official AP BSN website

For UT Arlington courses (campus format) tuition rates, visit the Tuition Information and Resources website

Financial Aid
The grant does not cover the cost of student tuition or expenses.

Veterans may elect to use VA education benefits to pursue the VBSN program.  For information on how to utilize your benefits at UT Arlington, visit www.uta.edu/vets.

Working Hours

  • Lower-division prerequisite coursework may be taken at the student’s desired pace.   There is one course, Pharmacology (NURS 3365), that has a time limit, which is three years.  Based on the number credit hours enrolled, a student may need to adjust his/her work schedule.
  • Due to the rigorous nature of the upper-division nursing program and the time commitments of the coursework and clinical, if accepted to the upper-division nursing program, it is strongly recommended that a student refrains from working while in the program.  If not feasible, it is recommended that a working student limit his/her work week to a maximum of 15 – 20 hours per week.  Some students may find that is too much, depending on personal study habits and other commitments.

 Clinical Rotations

  • will be at VA facilities except for specialty fields such as Pediatrics & Obstetrics, which will be negotiated with other partner facilities;
  • are supervised by onsite UT Arlington College of Nursing Faculty;
  • are generally two (2) days a week;
  • may be on weekends or combination of weekdays and weekend days, clinical days may change from term to term based on facility availability; and
  • are required, students must be prepared to arrange their life schedules to accommodate the assigned clinical schedules and expect to be present during every scheduled clinical time.

Lynne W. Kinnan                                                        kinnan@uta.edu
UT Arlington VBSN Program Nursing Advisor           817-272-2776, select option 5