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RN-MSN Policies


In addition to UT Arlington’s academic policies (, the College of Nursing requires all RN to MSN students understand and adhere to the following policies:

  • Students must have at least a minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA to be admitted into the RN to MSN program. 
  • Students must sustain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the duration of the BSN program in order to transition into the MSN program.
  • A minimum of 19 nursing licensure credit hours, leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing, is required for admission into the College of Nursing RN to MSN program.  A minimum of 28 nursing licensure credit hours are required to satisfy the nursing licensure component of the BSN degree. Students deficient in nursing credits may take up to three additional nursing courses (9 credit hours) to attain the needed minimum 28 nursing credit hours.
  • Students must hold a current RN license with at least two-years of work experience as an RN in the United States.


  • Students who do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the current start date will be dropped from the next-level course, even if the courses are taken concurrently (e.g. If dropping ENGL 2338, students must also drop N3345).
  • Students must take ENGL 2338 Technical Writing prior to OR concurrently with NURSU 3345 Professional Nursing. If concurrently enrolled and the student decides to drop ENGL 2338, the student must be dropped from NURSU 3345. Financial penalties will be assessed.
  • Students must take NURSU 4465 prior to OR concurrently with NURSU 4685 Capstone. If concurrently enrolled and the student decides to drop NURSU 4465, the student must be dropped from NURSU 4685. Financial penalties will be assessed.

Failure of Nursing Courses:

  • Degree seeking students in the College of Nursing are not permitted to continue in the RN to MSN program, or enroll in additional courses, if they receive any combination of “D” or “F” in three or more nursing courses.
  • Transfer students who received a combination of “D” or “F” in three or more nursing courses in a RN to BSN or RN to MSN program at another institution are ineligible for the RN to MSN program.

Transition to MSN:

  • In order to continue in the RN to MSN program, students must complete the following courses with an overall 3.3 or higher GPA:
    • N3345- Role Transition to Professional Nursing
    • N3315- Holistic Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
    • N4325- Nursing Research
  • Students whose GPA falls below a 3.3 in the above courses are automatically switched to the RN to BSN program to continue taking courses. Students are eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to enrollment in any graduate level courses (upper division nursing electives).
  • Students may enroll in graduate level upper division nursing electives in the final 12 credit hours of the RN to BSN program.
  • The graduate level courses used as upper division electives satisfy six credit hours of RN to BSN course work and six credit hours of MSN course work. 
  • The following MSN courses are permitted to satisfy  the upper division electives requirement:
    • N5327- Analysis of Theory for Nursing (5 weeks)
    • N5366- Research (10 weeks)
  • Students must complete the MSN electives prior to Capstone or may only take one graduate level upper division elective concurrently with Capstone.
  • Students not enrolled concurrently for an entire calendar year after the BSN degree is conferred will be required to take an additional 6 credit hours to meet the upper division graduate level course requirements for the MSN program.
  • Once the BSN degree is conferred, an application to the graduate school will be required for students who do not enroll concurrently for an entire academic year.

Drop Policy:

Tuition Guarantee:

  • Students admitted to a cohort are guaranteed the tuition price in place at the start of their program under the following conditions:

International Students:

  • International students with either F1 or J1 visa status are ineligible to participate in the RN to MSN program.

TOEFL Requirement:

  • Students with a native/first language other than English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language to enter the College of Nursing. Please note the College of Nursing has more stringent TOEFL requirements than UT Arlington.
  • If the student’s native/first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution, the TOEFL exam is required for admission to the College of Nursing even if the student has met one of the stated UT Arlington University exemptions.
  • Students may provide documentation of graduation from an English secondary school in their native country or the United States to waive the TOEFL requirement.
  • Students who have graduated from a secondary school or college in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom.
  • Students must have a passing score in order to waive the TOEFL requirement. To view the required scores, visit the UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog:  


  • The Texas Success Initiative has been developed by the state legislature to ensure student success at institutions of higher education. If students are found liable in any area (Reading Writing, and/or Math) they must contact a University College Advisor. For more information, please visit
  • Students liable in Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) areas of Reading, Writing, and/or Math will not be admitted to the College of Nursing until they are complete in all three areas.
  • Students found liable and granted a term exemption by University College will be prohibited from enrolling in any courses until they are complete in all three areas.

Graduation Ceremony:

  • All requirements for graduation eligibility must be met in order to walk the stage for graduation.

Students, who are unsuccessful in completing all UT Arlington College of Nursing courses and/or other graduation requirements, will not be permitted to walk at the graduation ceremony. This includes courses in which an incomplete has been assigned.

  • Students who complete Capstone prior to graduation and are concurrently enrolled in a general course, in which the grade has not been recorded, may participate in commencement and pinning ceremonies if students provide documentation from the professor of the course verifying successful academic progress.