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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

15 Months

121 Credit Hours

$17,850 Tuition1

5-13 Week Courses

Quick Facts

15 Months

121 Credit Hours

$17,850 Tuition1

5-13 Week Courses

About the Program

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has a long history of innovation in nursing education. UTA's high-quality nursing online 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 UTA's BSN Academic Partnerships program include:

  • Course content is delivered via a blended learning model with online, technology-enhanced courses with UTA 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.

"UTA 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."

Accreditation Information

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate at the University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Program Overview

The 51-credit hour (14 course) online BSN program is designed to be completed in as few as 15 months. Individual courses in the program vary in length from 5 to 14 weeks. Once accepted into the program, students must complete the required courses in the exact sequence prescribed by the College of Nursing. While course content is delivered in an online format, students will be assigned to complete their required supervised clinical experiences at a clinical site located in one of the following Texas metropolitan areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, McAllen-Edinburg, College Station, and Temple. (Please note that clinical locations for new students may vary each semester.)

Requirements to Apply to the Program

Students applying to the online accelerated BSN program must have completed 70-credit hours (22 courses) prior to starting the program. Students may complete most prerequisite courses prior to the application deadline, and certain prerequisite and pre-nursing courses may be completed during the semester of application and one semester after the application deadline. The required upper division nursing elective must be completed prior to starting the upper division portion of the program.

For additional nursing degree online information, please call an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.

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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 Aluotto, BSN

Graduate of UTA's Online BSN Program

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Online Courses

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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.

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The principles and organization of American state, county, and municipal government, together with current problems and the constitution and government of Texas.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Intended to develop an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of art in its many forms. Recommended as a fine arts elective for non-art majors.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers material in a traditional algebra course together with real-world applications of mathematics. It develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Topics include the mathematics of dimensional analysis, mathematical logic, population growth, optimization, voting theory, number theory, graph theory, relations, functions, probability, statistics, and finance. The use of mathematical software and calculators is required. See course syllabus for details. Credit may be received for only one of MATH 1301, MATH 1302, or MATH 1315.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Human development and growth from conception through old age, concerned with the physical, behavioral, and social aspects.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Students must complete all prerequisites and pre-nursing courses prior to starting the upper-division program. Patho and Pharm are valid for three (3) years. The time is calculated from the time the student completes the course and enrolls in the upper division program.

View list of required Pre-Nursing textbooks (.pdf)

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to introduce the pre-nursing student to specific professional and clinical concepts in nursing. Selected concepts and processes for professional nursing will include an introduction to nursing's theoretical, philosophical, ethical, and legal dimensions. Course activities will focus on development of teamwork and collaboration skills, critical thinking, and reflective practice.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

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 Partnerships Hospitals in Texas at this time.

Download Junior 1 textbook list (.pdf)
Download Junior 2 textbook list (.pdf)
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Book purchasing instructions for BSN Program Nursing Courses

  1. Go to Majors Books.
  2. Under "Departments", select "Colleges", "UT Arlington", "APBSN"
  3. Select your level – e.g. Junior 1, Junior 2. This will bring up the package options for purchase.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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).

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic concepts, processes and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3561.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 healthcare consumers. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program.

Duration: 13 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

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.

Duration: 12 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

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.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Analysis of societal issues and trends influencing healthcare. Application of ethical, legal, economic, and political concepts. Identification of strategies for personal and professional empowerment. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4431 and 4581.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Selected concepts and issues related to aging and its impact on society and healthcare. Introduction to gerontologic nursing principles. Clinical application in diverse settings across the continuum of care.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in healthcare. Introduction to management skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 3561, 3581.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Integrate knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing healthcare needs of aggregates, communities, and society. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581.

Duration: 13 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

This program requires 3 credit hours of upper-division electives.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

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Admissions

Admission Requirements for General and Pre-requisite courses

  • 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.
  • Top applicants will be ranked and admitted based on space availability.

College Of Nursing Requirements

Pre-Licensure BSN students admitted to UTA Fall 2017 and after—as freshmen or transfer students—are required to take the TEAS exam for their standardized admission exam to the upper-division nursing program. Students advised by their BSN Academic Advisor prior to the Fall 2017 semester can take either the TEAS exam or the HESI A2 exam. If needing the TEAS exam for admission to a different university's nursing program, verify with that institution what sections and scores may be needed for admission. Click here for more information about the TEAS. If you have previously taken the Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2) exam, please click here for HESI A2 information and requirements.

Specific admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • 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 AO BSN program.)
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam:
    • The TEAS exam is a four-hour, computer-administered exam required for application to UTA’s Pre-Licensure BSN programs.
    • There are four exam sections: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.
    • UTA's Pre-Licensure BSN program requires a minimum score of 70 in each section to be eligible to apply.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 College of Nursing and Health Innovation policies (.pdf)
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Costs

Affordability You Can Count On at UTA

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program
General Courses $168 $504
Bachelor of Science in Nursing $350 $17,850
Pre-Nursing Courses $350

*Per-course tuition based on 3-credit hour courses. Tuition may vary by admit term.

 

Tuition Guarantee

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).

Starting Fall 2017, the accelerated online programs have new registration deadlines, please visit this updated Registration and Payment information for Accelerated Online Programs.

If you plan to use the UTA website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance at any time. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817.272.2172 for additional information regarding payment.

Fees

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

$60 (Please note that the undergraduate application fee cannot be waived for Academic Partnerships students.)

Application fee is non-refundable.

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.

Graduation Fees

$40 for first diploma, $20 each additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application for graduation.

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account.

Payment Options

  • Pay by term

Refund Policy

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 10 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.

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Student Profiles


“...It's more than just a piece of paper. It's actually changing the way you see nursing.”

Melanie Aluotto, BSN

Graduate of UTA's Online BSN Program

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