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College of Nursing and Health Innovation | The University of Texas at ArlingtonCollege of Nursing and Health Innovation | The University of Texas at Arlington


Touching Lives. Transforming Health Care.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-Licensure Program

The Bachelor 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.

To become a RN, students must

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

Acceptance to the upper division nursing program is highly competitive and based primarily on science and prerequisite GPAs.

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™, a virtual hospital in which computerized simulators serve as patients, is a learning laboratory for students to gain confidence and competence in giving safe patient care.

Program Overview

The upper division nursing curriculum is divided into four semesters to provide continuity, and integration in the learning experiences. 160 -180 students are admitted into the BSN campus-based program each fall and spring semester.

  • BSN Online Option
    • In the Sophomore year, Introduction to Professional Nursing is offered.
    • Prerequisite courses provide a foundation for the nursing major.
    • All prerequisite courses (including the elective course) must be completed before beginning the clinical nursing courses.
    • Online format requires significant computer skills and equipment.

The upper division nursing curriculum in the online program is taught in an accelerated 15 month format. Partner hospital clinical sites will vary each semester. Admission varies and is based on availability of partner sites. 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

Prospective Students:

Upper-Division Admissions Brochures

Resources for Current Students: