Accelerated Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Upper-Division Program

Admission Process

BSN applications must be submitted by the BSN application deadline; there are no exceptions. If applying as a new UT Arlington student, allow ample time for the admission process. Admissions processed after the BSN application deadline may result in a delayed application and subsequent denial from the upper-division nursing program.

 BSN Application Deadline BSN Application Term UT Arlington Admit Term
 January 15 Fall term post BSN application deadline Fall term prior to the BSN application deadline
 June 1 Spring term post BSN application deadline Spring term prior to the BSN application deadline

Upper-Division Program Admissions Process

All students are required to take a standardized entrance exam to evaluate prospective students and their potential for successful program completion. Pre-Licensure BSN students admitted to UT Arlington fall 2017 and after - as freshman or transfer students - are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam for their standardized admission exam to the upper-division nursing program. Scores must be submitted by the submission deadline for the application to be considered complete.

Deadline to Submit TEAS Scores

  • Spring Applicants: June 1
  • Fall Applicants: January 15

Test Information

  • The TEAS exam is a four-hour, computer-administered exam required for application to UT Arlington’s Pre-Licensure BSN programs.
  • The TEAS exam is an assessment of a student’s academic preparedness for health science-related programs. Higher scores indicate greater academic preparedness.
  • There are four exam sections: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage. 
    • UT Arlington's Pre-Licensure BSN program requires student meet a proficiency score in each section to be eligible to apply. Proficient scores range from 58.7%-77.3%. Test may be repeated to achieve a higher score.
    • The TEAS exam can be taken every 30 days with a maximum of 3 times a year.
    • If the TEAS exam is repeated, all sections must be re-taken. Submitted scores must be from the same test administration.
    • Passing scores are valid for 2 years. 

For more information about the three step registration process, score information, and test day procedures, please visit the UTA Testing Services webpage.

The CONHI requires students complete two criminal background checks (CBCs).

Texas Board of Nursing (BON): 

The Texas BON CBC is processed through IdentoGo. IdentoGo uses a scanner to digitally record fingerprints. Results are sent directly to the student. The BON does not share CBC results.

  • Completed prior to upper-division application deadline
    • Students receive instructions from their academic advisor and in the Introduction to Professional Nursing course
  • Students provide the College of Nursing with the following information, which is sent to the BON. Permission is required to share personal information with the BON.
    • Name (first, middle, last)
    • Student ID number
    • Date of birth
    • First five numbers of your social security number (please do not include all nine numbers)
    • UTA email address
    • Mailing address
    • Your permission to send your information to the BON
  • IdentoGo will email students with scheduling information to complete fingerprints
  • Results: The BON will send students either a blue postcard or letter within two to four weeks of submitting fingerprints.
    • Blue postcard/blue card indicates no criminal activity (no further action required)
    • Outcome Letter:
    • Questions: Please email conhiadmin@uta.edu

GroupOne criminal background check: Online criminal background check

  • Completed prior the JR I semester start. Program coordinators will communicate the instructions and deadline through JR I Orientation course in Canvas.
  • Results are sent directly to the College of Nursing.
    • An eligibility letter from the BON, indicating the student is eligible to take NCLEX, is required for a student with a history of criminal activity.

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Addendum

Update for the Spring 2021 upper-division nursing program selection process and beyond:

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Students may receive either priority or an additional consideration.

  • Students who have completed both non-expired Pathophysiology (NURS 3366) and Pharmacology (NURS 3365) courses on their first attempt with earned grades of B or higher by the application deadline, will be given priority in the ranking; OR
  • Students who have successfully completed either Pathophysiology (NURS 3366) or Pharmacology (NURS 3365) on the first attempt with an earned grade of B or higher by the application deadline, will receive an additional consideration. The student MUST complete the second course during the application semester with a grade of B or higher or the consideration will be removed and the student will be waitlisted.

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  1. Log in to your MyMav account using your NetID and password.
  2. From the home screen, select “Admissions”
  3. From the Admissions screen, select “NURS Upper-Division Application”
  4. At the “Application Definition Code” drop down menu, select the program for which you are applying
  5. The “Term” for which you can apply will default to the current application period
  6. Select “Begin Application”

Transfer Student Admission

Refers to students who have successfully completed prerequisite courses with a C or above including NURS 3366 Pathophysiology and NURS 3365 Pharmacology and Junior I courses for the BSN Program: Holistic Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing Foundations at another college or university.

Students are required to:

  • Complete the Transfer Nursing Student Application
  • Complete the minimum required scores on the admission exam as stated on the admission brochure
  • Provide a “good standing” letter from the outside institution’s nursing department
  • Submit a course syllabus and a content outline of the course(s). If the course is a clinical course, a list of nursing skills learned in the course(s) must also be submitted.

All requirements must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment and Student Services Assistant Dean.

If accepted:

  • a student must attend a mandatory in-person orientation.
  • a student may select the campus-based program or the accelerated online program.  

Students who have not completed the required courses will be ranked with the incoming junior class.

If previously admitted to a nursing program at an institution outside of UT Arlington, the “Transfer Nursing Student Policy” must be adhered to.  

Current Upper-Division Students

Upper-Division Course Sequencing

The upper-division nursing curriculum is divided into four semesters to provide continuity, and integration in the learning experiences. Approximately 200 students are admitted into the BSN campus-based program each fall and spring semester.  Summers may be offered depending upon space availability.

Student Success

We believe the Student Success Program is one of the key factors in the success of our nursing graduates.

The Student Success Program was initially implemented in 2004 to increase retention and graduation rates of nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses) by providing activities to support their success. As a more far-reaching need was identified, the program expanded to include all undergraduate nursing students in the off-campus and on-campus pre-licensure programs.

With the launching of the online program in 2010, the program was conceptualized to address the unique needs of online students. Year-round interventions include conference calls, one-on-one meetings, and test preparation and study webinars.

All pre-licensure nursing students can benefit from Student Success services. Beginning during JR I Orientation and continuing until graduation, the Student Success Coordinators assist students with the transition into nursing school, provide stress management strategies, and support students through classroom and online presentations that focus on clinical course content. Peer mentors are coordinated through Student Success. These current nursing students have excelled in the classroom and clinical setting; peer mentors provide guidance and support through their success tips.

Students may be referred to the Student Success Center by faculty or they may seek assistance directly with the coordinator and faculty. The most common areas of student need include: study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, math, HESI comprehensive exam and course preparation sessions. Referrals may be made to the Counseling and Psychological Services office and financial aid office.

A course, Learning Professional Nursing and Life Skills (NURS 2232), is offered to assist students who experience challenges with testing, time management, study habits, and/or professional behavior. This course is required for students who fail a nursing course and/or score below a preset standard on the course HESI tests. Refer to the course syllabi for more information related to the course.

The Center has relocated to the second floor of Pickard Hall, room 220. There are five computers housed in the area, a large open room for group studying or meetings, and resources that can be checked for current student use. The Center is open Monday through Friday throughout the year.

Top Five Tips from Students to be Successful in Nursing

  1. You must manage your time well, stay organized, and use a calendar.
  2. Limit the number of hours you work to 16 per week. This will allow you to complete the assignments and really learn the information.
  3. Study EVERY  Plan to study a minimum of 20-30 minutes EACH day for EACH course. Daily studying will help you retain the information.
  4. Use the resources available to you. This includes clinical faculty, lead teacher, peer mentors, student success, family, and friends. They can support and encourage you.
  5. And, to be successful in nursing school and in nursing, stay positive, take care of yourself, and believe in yourself!

Test Taking Skills

To be the most successful on nursing school tests, you must know the material and understand how to apply the information on a test. Good test taking strategies DO NOT replace knowledge, but they can enhance your ability to do well on tests when you are well informed. Review some test taking tips you can use.

Success Coordinator information can be found here.

Student Success Coordinators

Becky Baird, MS, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor; Director Faculty Development;

Student Success Coordinator

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Becky Baird

Email: becky.baird@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4869

Office: PKH 220C

Deana Furr, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Deana Furr

Email: dfurr@exchange.uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4865

Office: PKH 641