About the Program
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has a long history of innovation in nursing education. UT Arlington's high-quality nursing curriculum has one of the state's highest graduation and licensure rates. Graduation and first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates exceed 90 percent.
The College of Nursing offers an innovative, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Key elements of UT Arlington's BSN Academic Partnership program include:
- Course content is delivered via a blended learning model with online, technology-enhanced courses with UT Arlington faculty supervised clinical experiences at partner hospitals throughout the state.
- The instructional format is not linked to a traditional semester-based schedule, thus allowing students to enter and progress through the program in an expedited manner.
- Students receive the majority of clinical experiences in the healthcare partner's facilities. This approach enhances the new graduate's readiness to practice and minimizes the time needed for new nurse orientation resulting in a significant cost savings to the health care organization.
The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies reported the state's demand for full-time registered nurses in 2008 exceeded supply by 22,000. This gap is predicted to increase to 70,000 by 2020. Despite this increasing shortage, Texas nursing schools turned away approximately 8,000 qualified applicants due to lack of funding, available faculty and clinical slots.
"UT Arlington is providing a Texas solution for a Texas problem. The gap between the demand and supply of registered nurses is a significant health and business issue for the state," said Dr. Beth Mancini, College of Nursing associate dean. "By working with hospitals and health systems, we believe this new approach to nursing education provides an effective strategy to produce competent new graduate registered nurses at our hospital partner sites across Texas."
The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Texas at Arlington.
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Students applying to the BSN program must complete 17 prerequisite courses (67 credit hours) prior to starting the program. Prerequisite courses may be completed during the semester following application and prior to the start of the next semester. The nursing program consists of 14 required upper division nursing courses and one upper division elective for a total of 54 credit hours. The upper division elective must be completed prior to starting the upper division nursing courses. Nursing courses vary from 5 to 14 weeks in length. Students must follow the exact sequence of courses as prescribed by the College of Nursing. The upper division nursing program must be taken at select clinical sites in the state of Texas and can be completed in as little as 15 months. Clinical site locations for future start dates are in the following Texas metropolitan areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Please note the metropolitan areas listed may not host clinical locations for every BSN start date. For additional information for your targeted start date, please call an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.
1 Tuition is only reflective of the nursing curriculum. Additional coursework, such as general education requirements, may be necessary.
“...It's more than just a piece of paper. It's actually changing the way you see nursing.”
Melanie Aloutto, BSN
Graduate of UTA's Online BSN Program
Upon acceptance to our program, a course carousel indicating the course sequence will be provided. Please be aware that courses may be pushed back to the next start date if there is an insufficient number of enrolled students. Our expectation is that all students will enroll in courses as indicated on the carousel and that the program will be completed in a reasonable time frame.
Students who have Technical Writing or an equivalent will not be required to enroll in Technical Writing (ENGL 2338). The equivalent courses for Technical Writing are any sophomore level (2000 level course) Literature, Philosophy, or Speech course. Course equivalency Charts are available here.
- Prerequisite Courses
- Prerequisite Courses - Literature
- Pre-Nursing Courses
- BSN Program Clinical Nursing Courses
These courses are available online and must be completed before you can begin the AP BSN program. If you have taken these courses in the past, they can be transferred into the AP BSN program.
- In addition to the above list, one of the following literature courses must be completed before you can begin the AP BSN program. If you have taken one of these courses in the past, they can be transferred into the AP BSN program.
These courses are offered online and must be finished before you begin the AP BSN nursing courses.
Note: 51 credit hours of required Nursing Courses plus 3 credit hours of an upper division nursing course = 54 total credit hours.
The clinical courses can only be completed with select Academic Partnership Hospitals in Texas at this time.
Book purchasing instructions for BSN Program Nursing Courses
- Go to Majors Books.
- Under "Departments", select "Colleges", "UT Arlington", "APBSN"
- Select your level – e.g. Junior 1, Junior 2. This will bring up the package options for purchase.
- This program requires 3 credit hours of upper-division electives.
History Of The United States To 1865
An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States prior to 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills.
History Of The United States Since 1865
An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States since 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills.
Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing I
The critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, referential/expository discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures. Writing assignments focusing on identification and development of a subject, on organization, audience analysis, style, and the revision process.
Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing II
Continues ENGL 1301, but with an emphasis on critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, argumentative discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures such as types of proofs and claims and the Toulmin model. Writing assignments focusing on the identification, development, and support of propositions of fact, cause, value, and policy. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1301.
State & Local Government
The principles and organization of American state, county, and municipal government, together with current problems and the constitution and government of Texas.
Intended to develop an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of art in its many forms. Recommended as a fine arts elective for non-art majors.
Biology I for Nursing Students
This course focuses on the chemical and molecular basis of life, including metabolism, cell structure and function, and genetics to provide knowledge of these subjects for those pursuing a degree in nursing. Note: This course cannot be applied for credit toward a degree in Biology.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Functional morphology of humans, cellular function, principles of support and movement, and neural and endocrine control systems. Laboratory exercises involve both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and pre-nursing. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Functional morphology of humans, maintenance of the human body, and continuity of life. Topics will include the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises explore both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and pre-nursing. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent, BIOL 2457, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.
The intention of this course is to present basic information, relevant to nursing practice, with the principles of microbiology and the nature of microbial disease. This course will give the nursing student a fundamental background of knowledge that will be applicable to the care of infectious patients, to the control of microbial diseases, and an understanding of microorganisms. The laboratory will provide practice in aseptic techniques, the use of disinfectants and antimicrobial agents, and microscopic study of bacteria. This course cannot be applied for credit toward a degree in Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent.
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Processes of researching, drafting, editing, revising, and designing technical reports, proposals, manuals, resumes, and professional correspondence for specific audiences. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302. For RN to BSN students, this course can be a co-requisite with N3345 part A as long as it is taken in the AP 5 week course format.
Foundations for Contemporary Mathematics
This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit-bearing mathematics course. This course provides foundational preparation for MATH 1301. Topics include basic numeric and algebraic operations, expressions, linear and quadratic equations, solving techniques, graphing, mathematical logic and reasoning, as well as a brief introduction to probability and statistics. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a modified self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit-bearing mathematics course according to their degree plan, specifically MATH 1301. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirements.
Foundations for College Algebra
This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit-bearing mathematics course. This course provides foundational preparation for Math 1302 or Math 1315. Topics include basic numeric and algebraic operations and expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, factoring, exponents and radicals, graphing, and quadratic equations. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a modified self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit bearing mathematics course according to their degree plan, specifically MATH 1302 or MATH 1315. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirements.
Topics include the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, logarithmic, and exponential relations; functions and inequalities; graphs, basic characteristics, and operations on relations and functions; real and complex zeros of various functions; graphing techniques; systems of equations; and matrices. The use of mathematical software and a basic/scientific calculator is required. No graphing calculators are allowed. All exams will be proctored for a minimal fee using an online proctoring service requiring a webcam. See course syllabus and blackboard course site for specific details.
Elementary Statistical Analysis
Topics include collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, probability, relationships between variables and graphs, elementary statistical models, hypothesis testing, inference, estimation, correlation, regression and confidence intervals. The use of mathematical software and calculators is required. All exams will be proctored for a minimal fee using an online proctoring service requiring a webcam. See course syllabus and blackboard course site for specific details.
The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.
Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)
Human development and growth from conception through old age, concerned with the physical, behavioral, and social aspects.
Introduction to Psychology
The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.
Introduction to Sociology
A scientific approach to the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, and social organization. The social processes and mechanisms of interaction involved in the natural process of cultural development, dissemination, assimilation, and the institutions of the group.
Consideration of significant American works with a focus on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking; at least three genres and six authors considered.
Consideration of significant British works with emphasis on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking; at least three genres and six authors considered.
Consideration of significant works of world literature with emphasis on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking. Examines at least three genres and six authors.
Introduction to Professional Nursing
Designed to introduce and transition the freshman and transfer pre-nursing student to the language of nursing, critical thinking, the essential academic skills for incoming students and the interpersonal skills required for success in nursing school and the nursing profession. Selected concepts and processes for professional nursing will be included in the course, including an introduction to nursing’s theoretical, philosophical, ethical and legal dimensions.
Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics. Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.
Pathophysiologic Processes: Implications for Nursing
Pathophysiologic alterations, their interactions, and effects on persons across the life span as a basis for therapeutic nursing interventions. Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.
Holistic Health Assessment
Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the life span with emphasis on normal findings. Prerequisite: NURS 3333 (or concurrent enrollment).
Basic concepts, processes and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3561.
Health Promotion & Illness Prevention Across the Lifespan
Focus on health promotion and disease prevention strategies that can reduce morbidity and mortality, promote healthy lifestyles and empower individuals and aggregates to become informed health care consumers. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program.
Nursing of Adults
Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication for persons experiencing medical-surgical problems. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3632.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication and interpersonal skills as they relate to persons with psychiatric mental health conditions. Prerequisite: NURS 3632.
Clinical Nursing Foundations
Basic therapeutic nursing interventions with individuals and families in diverse settings using nursing process framework. Required to receive 90 percent or above (three opportunities) on medication competency test. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 3320, 3333.
Professional Nursing Trends
Analysis of societal issues and trends influencing health care. Application of ethical, legal, economic, and political concepts. Identification of strategies for personal and professional empowerment. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4431 and 4581.
Nursing of Older Adults
Selected concepts and issues related to aging and its impact on society and health care. Introduction to gerontologic nursing principles. Clinical application in diverse settings across the continuum of care.
Nursing Leadership & Management
Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in health care. Introduction to management skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581.
Nursing of Children & Adolescents
Nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 3561, 3581.
Nursing of the Childbearing Family
Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions as related to care of individuals and families during the childbearing experience. Prerequisite: NURS 3581 and 3561.
Community Health Nursing
Integrate knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing health care needs of aggregates, communities, and society. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581.
Nursing of Adults with Complex Needs
Use of critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions and communication skills in promoting quality of life for persons with complex health needs. Application of nursing roles in diverse settings. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 3561, 3581.
Capstone: Transition to Professional Nursing
Focus on the synthesis of knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum and the enactment of the professional nurse role in a concentrated practicum. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4223, 4261, 4351, and 4462.
Legacy of the Family
Explore and enhance understanding and application of principles of family science knowledge in therapeutic relationships with families across the lifespan. Course Conditions: Prelicensure APBSN students: Acceptance in UTACON program; Completion of NURS 1300 Introduction to Professional Nursing; Completion of NURS 3365 Pharmacology; Completion of NURS 3366 Pathophysiology. RN to BSN AP students: Acceptance in UTACON program.
Topics in biology not treated in the regular curriculum. Topic, format, and prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit as different topics are offered.
- Complete online application and submit application fee
- Submit official transcripts
- Official transcripts record all courses, bachelor's degrees or highest degree conferred by a regionally or nationally accredited institution. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
- 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) in required prerequisites, including all prerequisite nursing and natural sciences courses. (GPA is a minimum requirement, and does not guarantee admittance into the AP BSN program.)
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Additional information is available here. Exemptions can be reviewed in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation Academic Catalog.
- Top applicants will be ranked and admitted based on space availability.
College Of Nursing Requirements
Specific admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Complete the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2) exam in Math, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Personality & Learning Styles. Student must earn a minimum score of 75% each for math, vocabulary, reading comprehension and grammar scores) in order to be eligible for application to the College of Nursing.
- Applicants to the September 2014 cohort: Student's comprehensive HESI A2 score must be 300 or higher (total of math, vocabulary, reading comprehension and grammar scores) in order to be eligible for application to the College of Nursing. Students scoring below 75 on the math portion of the HESI A2 will be required to complete a math remediation program.
- Applicants to the January 2015 cohort and after: Student's comprehensive HESI A2 score must be 300 or higher (minimum score of 75% each for math, vocabulary, reading comprehension and grammar scores) in order to be eligible for application to the College of Nursing. Students who are accepted into the program and scored between 75-79% on the math portion of the HESI A2 will be required to complete a math remediation program.
- Complete twelve of sixteen credit hours of natural sciences by the application deadline.
- All prerequisites, including the three nursing prerequisites and an upper division elective, must be successfully completed prior to beginning the nursing program.
- Once you have completed your General courses and Pre-Nursing courses, you will need to fill out your second application to show your intent to start in the BSN nursing courses.
- Partner hospital clinical sites vary each semester. Priority will be given to students employed by partner hospital system offering clinical sites during that semester.
- View the BSN flyer (.pdf)
- View College of Nursing and Health Innovation policies (.pdf)
Affordability You Can Count On
|Program||Per Credit Hour||Per Course*||Per Program|
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing||$350||—||$17,850|
*Per-course tuition based on 3-credit hour courses. Spring 2012 rates are for students with an admit term of Spring 2012 or later. Tuition may vary by admit term.
The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).
No late payments will be allowed and no reinstatement granted if you are dropped for non-payment. If you plan to use the UT Arlington website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance on Sunday mornings. You may also contact Bursar Services at 817-272-2172 for additional information regarding payment.
All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.
$60 (Please note that the undergraduate application fee cannot be waived for Academic Partnership students.)
Application fee is non-refundable.
To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.
$40 for first diploma effective Spring 2012, $20 each additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application for graduation effective Spring 2012.
Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account.
- Pay by term
Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.
The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:
- Before the first class day: 100 percent.
- First class day: 80 percent.
- Second class day: 50 percent.
- After the second class day: No refunds.
The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:
- Before the first class day: 100 percent.
- First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
- Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
- After the sixth day: No refunds.
The refund policy for sessions ten weeks or greater is as follows:
- Before the first class day: 100 percent.
- First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
- Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
- Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
- Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
- After the twentieth day: No refunds.
The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W".
Cancellation for Non-Payment
If you are enrolled in more than one course and eligible for partial payment (AP BSN students only), but do not pay the balance, you will be dropped from all courses. If the amount you paid would cover the cost of one of the courses, you still will be dropped from all courses.
Additionally, if you enroll in and pay for a course or courses in one start date within a term, then subsequently enroll in another start date during the same term, and do not pay fully for that start, you will be cancelled from all classes for the term that have not yet been graded. Reinstatements will not be allowed unless there is documented university error.
“...It's more than just a piece of paper. It's actually changing the way you see nursing.”
Melanie Aloutto, BSN
Graduate of UTA's Online BSN Program