Integrating Work Experience Into Your Education
The Cooperative Education Program at UT Arlington College of Nursing is designed to offer a means for students to gain work experience appropriate to their educational and career needs, to monitor and evaluate their work experience, and to help students integrate work experiences into their total education.
A pre-licensure student who begins the Co-Op experience in their Junior year (N3100 and N3200) after completing Junior I courses, is prepared to work as a nursing assistant. You will be asked to provide 3-5 goals – your goals need to be reflective of what you want to accomplish in taking this course and must be measurable and achievable.
Registered Nurses currently in the RN-to-BSN program (having completed at least one semester in the program) can work as a nurse in an approved facility if under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Goals for the RN in Co-Op will differ in scope from those of the pre-licensure student. Goals need to be measurable and achievable and must be approved by the Co-Op Coordinator.
The RN-to-BSN student now has the option of developing their goals or accepting standard goals as listed on this flyer.
Course credit will be given for cooperative education experiences at the rate of 1 credit per 50 paid work hours. The Co-Op Coordinator (Dr. Beth Mancini) approves all experiences and the course is pass/fail.
In order to complete your application, you must submit your goals for the program with your application – remember that goals must be measurable and achievable and will be part of your guide for your self-learning experience. The paper you will write as part of the course requirements should reflect your experiences on the job and relate back to your goals with supporting data citations. (you must have an approved job in order to participate in this program)
REMEMBER: You are enrolling in a course(s) and you will have to submit your Co-Op application and other materials in time to be approved and register before the registration deadline for the semester. Applications may take 7-10 days to process, so plan ahead!