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The undergraduate curriculum provides an innovative, integrated, and conceptual model for teaching and learning wherein critical thinking and decision-making are emphasized.

The curriculum is grounded in the sciences and is focused on addressing nursing and health care across the life span. The degree plan consists of approximately two (2) years of lower-division course work followed by two or more years of upper-division Nursing courses taken at the School of Nursing. The entire program is possible to complete in eight (8) full-term semesters. The curriculum culminates in preceptored courses that include learning and practice with experienced professional nurses in acute care facilities and in community health care settings.

Pre Clinical Requirements

Students accepted into the Nursing Programs must meet all clinical clearance requirements.  Please refer to Clinical Compliance for specific requirements.  Failure to comply with clinical compliance requirements will result in students having holds placed on registration or being dropped from courses

Traditional BSN Option

The Traditional BSN option is primarily designed as a pre-licensure entry to professional nursing practice educational program for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.  Students with a pre-existing baccalaureate degree are not precluded from applying to the Traditional BSN Option, however they should also consider the Fast Track BSN Option described in the next section.

Traditional BSN Option Application Process:

  • Completion of the University Core Curriculum (grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the University Core).
  • The minimum cumulative GPA to apply is 2.50.
  • Completion of the Pre-Professional pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or better:
    MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C) (or higher)3
    BIOL 1305General Biology3
    BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
    BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
    BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
    BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
    BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
    CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
    CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
    CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
    MICR 2330Microorganisms and Disease3
    HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
    PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
  • Completion of TEAS exam with a Proficient or higher score (See TEAS Information below)

Traditional BSN Option Admissions Process:

  • Admission to the UTEP School of Nursing Traditional BSN Option is highly competitive.
  • Students are ranked for admission based on
    • Pre-Professional pre-requisites GPA (historically, the competitive Pre-Professional pre-requisites GPA is 3.0 or higher)
    • Completion of Pre-Nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better.
      NURS 2303Intro to Nursing Practice3
      NURS 2307
      NURS 2402Pathophysiology4
      • Students enrolled in Pre-Nursing courses at the time of selection may be conditionally accepted pending successful completion of courses as described above
  • Students will be officially notified of admission status by the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

Fast-Track BSN Option

The Fast Track BSN option is primarily designed for working professionals seeking a career change to professional nursing.  It is an intense, full time, 12 month accelerated BSN program inclusive of the same curriculum as the Traditional BSN Option.

Fast Track BSN Option Application Process:

  • Must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Degrees conferred in the semester immediately preceding the start of the Fast Track Option must be validated by the Office of Student Affairs by Census Date of the first Fast Track course (Check Academic Calendar)
  • Completion of the Pre-Professional pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or better.
    MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C) (or higher)3
    BIOL 1305General Biology3
    BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
    BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
    BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
    BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
    BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
    CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
    or CHEM 1305
    CHEM 1105
    General Chemistry
    and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
    MICR 2330Microorganisms and Disease3
    HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
    PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
  • Completion of the legislative requirements of six (6) hours of American History and six (6) hours of Political Science covering the Constitutions of the United States and Texas
  • The minimum cumulative GPA to apply is 2.50.
  • Completion of TEAS exam with a Proficient or higher score (See TEAS information below)

Fast Track BSN Option Admissions Process:

  • Admission to the UTEP School of Nursing Fast Track BSN Option is highly competitive
  • Students are ranked for admission based on:
    • Pre-Professional pre-requisites GPA (historically, the competitive Pre-Professional pre-requisites GPA is 3.0 or higher)
    • Completion of pre-Nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better.
      NURS 2303Intro to Nursing Practice3
      NURS 2307
      NURS 2402Pathophysiology4
       
      • Students enrolled in Pre-Nursing courses at the time of selection may be conditionally accepted pending successful completion of courses as described above.
  • Students will be officially notified of admission status by the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

RN-to-BSN Option

The RN-to-BSN Option is primarily designed for Registered Nurses who desire a bachelor's degree in nursing.  The specific "RN Only" online courses build upon the educational and professional experience of Registered Nurses with an associate degree or nursing degree.

RN-to-BSN Option Application Process:

  • Current licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
  • Graduate of an accredited associate degree, diploma, or foreign nursing program.
  • Application and acceptance by UTEP Office of Admissions & Recruitment (See UTEP Undergraduate Catalog).
  • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 for full acceptance.
  • Completion of all core and elective courses before beginning RN-to-BSN professional courses (See RN-to-BSN Option Degree Plan)
  • 10 hours of core or elective courses must be completed at UTEP

RN-to-BSN Option Admission Process:

  • Students are ranked according to completion criteria listed above and admitted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Students will be officially notified of admission status by the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

Additional Information for All Nursing Students

TEAS-V Information

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) is an admission requirement for the Traditional and Fast Track Options of the Nursing program.

  • The TEAS-V test is an internet-based, multiple-choice exam that assesses a student's abilities in four essential subject areas: reading, math, science, English and language usage.
    • Students may take the exam twice to achieve the minimal required score 
    • The minimum time frame between a first attempt and a repeat attempt is 30 days.
    • The minimum overall score needed for admission to the program is Proficient level or above.
    • If the minimal required score is not achieved by the second attempt, the student must wait 12 months from the second attempt date to retest.  A third set of scores taken within the 12 month "wait" period will not be accepted.
    • Test scores that are at or above the minimum required score are valid for 2 years.
  • The School of Nursing strongly suggests that students take the TEAS-V while taking the pre-requisite Science/Math courses, but prior to the designated admission cycle to enter the pre-nursing courses.
  • The School of Nursing strongly recommends for students to prepare for the TEAS-V exam.  Students can purchase the TEAS-V study material and online practice assessments through http://www.atitesting.com
  • Testing fees are determined by ATI.  Testing fees for the TEAS-V tend to change every July 1.  Please check the ATI Testing website for current TEAS-V prices.
  • Students can register for the TEAS-V by logging to http://www.atitesting.com.

Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, a student must have attained a minimum 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the baccalaureate degree plan and a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 in the Nursing Major.
  • A candidate must successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the University and the School of Nursing.
  • During the final semester, candidates for graduation must achieve a minimum score of 90% Predicted Probability of Passing the NCLEX-RN on the First Attempt on the Comprehensive Predictor Exam offered by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).  This is a course requirement in NURS 4612.
  • Eligible undergraduate degree candidates must submit a graduation application to the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.
  • The School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs will review and process the graduation application and assess a graduation fee to the student's Goldmine account.
  • Graduation fees may be paid through Goldmine or Student Business Services in the Academic Services Building.
  • A late fee will be assessed if the student submits the graduation application after the official submission deadline.

Student Employment

The UTEP School of Nursing Undergraduate program is very rigorous and time-consuming.  Students are strongly encouraged to carefully evaluate their personal and employment commitments to maximize their potential for success.

The School of Nursing assumes no responsibility for students' activities outside of the nursing curriculum.  Students are personally responsible and liable for any activities conducted while employed.  Student liability insurance provided by the University only covers students engaged in approved nursing curricular activities.  Individuals who illegally practice nursing may jeopardize their future as licensed professionals.

Students employed in a healthcare agency have the responsibility, personally and professionally, to engage in only those activities that fall within the job description.  Further, students have a responsibility to refuse to participate in activities that he or she has not been legally licensed to perform.

Additional Expenses

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) including study guide. 
  • Required dress and equipment for clinical practicums(See SON Undergraduate Handbook).
  • Ongoing assessment and testing in preparation for NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
  • Health and clinical clearances including a drug screen.
  • Background checks 
  • Application fee for licensure exam (NCLEX) and Jurisprudence Exam (Declaratory.

This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

Nursing Student Organization

All enrolled students are eligible for membership in the Nursing Student Organization, an affiliate of the Texas Nursing Students' Association and the National Student Nurses’ Association. The UTEP Chapter has goals consistent with those of the National Student Nurses' Association. Its purpose is to aid in the development of the individual student, the profession of Nursing and the delivery of health care.

Academic Progress

Rigorous study is required to succeed in the Nursing Program. Multiple hours of preparation are required beyond the classroom periods and clinical experiences. Students must be willing to accept this as a condition of succeeding in the program.

A Nursing student must meet or exceed the following minimum requirements for each course in the Nursing curriculum in order to pass that course:

  1. Didactic courses without a clinical lab
    1. Students must maintain a minimum average of 75% on exams and/or quizzes.  This constitutes the didactic evaluation of a course.  Achieving less than a minimum average of 75.0% in the didactic portion of the course results in course failure.  There is no rounding of grades and fractional points will be dropped.
    2. Additional assignments (papers, presentations, posters, etc.) grades/points are factored into the overall course grade only if the student has passed a course's exams and/or quizzes with the minimum of 75.0%.
  2. Didactic course with a clinical lab - In addition to meeting the conditions stated in the section above (didactic courses without a clinical lab), the following apply to courses with a clinical or lab component: 
    1. Clinical or lab related assignments must meet the minimum average of 75.0%.  Grades or points given for clinical or lab related assignments are factored into the overall course grade only if the student has passed course's exams and/or quizzes with the minimum of 75.0%.
    2. Students must pass both the didactic and the clinical or lab component of a course.  Failure of either component results in failure of the entire course, i.e. failing to meet the clinical or lab requirements results in a failing grade for the entire course regardless of meeting the minimum average of 75.0% for exams and/or quizzes.  Likewise, failing the didactic portion of the course results in failure of the entire course regardless of success in the clinical portion.
  3. The grading scale is:
    100-90A
    89-80B
    79-75C
    74-60D
    <60F
  4. Successfully pass the standardized exams associated with courses at or above the level designated by the School of Nursing 

Course Repeat Policy

Repeating a Nursing course because of failure or withdrawal is not automatic. The student must request permission from Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education to repeat a course by submitting the appropriate form as indicated in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook. The decision to allow a student to repeat a course is based on the following:

  1. Space availability
  2. Nursing GPA
  3. Previous failures
  4. Previous withdrawals
  5. Course faculty recommendation (which takes into consideration attendance, following remediation plans within the course, etc.)

Progression

Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses to progress through the curriculum sequence. Repeating a course disrupts the normal timeline of progression. Successful completion of a failed course does not guarantee automatic progression into succeeding courses. Students who vary from the normal timeline are placed in subsequent courses on a space-available basis each semester. Successful passing of selected standardized exams at or above a level designated by the School of Nursing is also linked with progression.

Students placed on academic probation or suspension while in the program cannot advance to the next level until they return to good academic standing.  Students on academic probation or suspension must meet with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to petition for reinstatement and develop an academic improvement plan.

Nursing Course Withdrawal and Repeat Policy

Nursing (including pre-Nursing) courses may only be attempted twice.  A withdrawal from a nursing course that results in a "W" counts as an attempt.  Students are not encouraged to withdraw from nursing courses as this impedes progression in the completion of the degree plan, but if a student chooses to withdraw from a course, this should be in writing (see SON Undergraduate Student Handbook).

Dismissal from the Nursing Program

A student is academically dismissed from the Nursing Program after failing two nursing courses or after two unsuccessful attempts of the same nursing course.  A student dismissed from the program may request, via a written letter, an exception to policy to remain in the program.  The letter is submitted to the Chair, Undergraduate Admission, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee.  The letter must explain the unique circumstances that led to the student's lack of success and justify why the APG Committee should recommend an exception to policy to remain in the program.  The APG Committee will review the request and make a recommendation to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education.

  • Students dismissed from the program are not eligible to re-apply to any of the other program's options without a recommendation by the APG Committee, and approval by the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and the Dean of the School of Nursing.

Safe and Effective Nursing Practice Policy

All nursing students must perform within the limits of safe practice. A faculty member can remove a student from a clinical site if the student's nursing practice is deemed unsafe as defined in the Safe Practice Policy of the School of Nursing, of which a copy is posted on the School of Nursing website and Undergraduate Student Handbook.  A violation of the Safe Practice Policy may result in a Faculty Drop from the course with an F (regardless of grade point average at the time).

Students Opting for Success (SOS)

Retention in the major is taken seriously. A Student Opting for Success (SOS) action plan is in place at the SON. Faculty and/or students can initiate the process. The SOS action plan helps determine areas of difficulty and recommendations for the student to apply to improve potential success.

Students are advised to discuss academic progress and/or situations first with the immediate faculty member, then with the faculty member with overall responsibility for the specific course (the course manager).

Faculty members are available to confer with students outside of class according to posted office hours. The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education is prepared to confer with students as needed. The student support staff is also available for referrals to appropriate UTEP student services.

Student grievances related to grades and/or other student issues:

A student may challenge his/her grade as determined by a member of the faculty of the University during or within one year after the end of any credit course, qualifying or comprehensive examination, for which the student has been enrolled. A challenge to a grade may be pursued only on the basis of: malice, bias, arbitrary or capricious grade determination, or impermissible discrimination. A challenge will not be pursued on the basis of the standards employed in setting grades, so long as those standards are employed impartially. 

The student must attempt to resolve grievances concerning grades through the following steps: Submit a written account of the event/situation that describes the actions taken or omitted and provide substantiating data that describes the basis for the grievance to the following persons:

Students must attempt to resolve issues relating to grades using the following sequence in the chain of command:

First: the faculty member or Course Manager who issued the grade
Second: the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Third: the Nursing Executive Officer
Fourth: the Dean of School of Nursing.

If a student is not satisfied with the outcome after using the chain of command, the student may consult with and/or file a grievance complaint with the Chairperson of the University Student Welfare and Grievance Committee (http://sa.utep.edu/studentlife/-grade-grievance).

Licensure as a Professional Nurse

Graduates seeking licensure must successfully complete the National Council of State Boards of Nursing-Registered Nurse Examination (NCLEX-RN) and the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam which are administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. Graduates must complete the licensure application, which includes criminal background check information. The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education will verify the eligibility status of applicants.

All students are required to read and sign the Licensure Eligibility Notification Form prior to being admitted into the clinical courses. This is usually completed during the first semester at the School of Nursing.

Students who have a reason to believe that they may be ineligible for licensure can submit a Declaratory Order petition to the Texas Board of Nursing to assess eligibility.  The Declaratory Order Request Form can be downloaded from the Texas Board of Nursing website. 

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Pre-Professional Prerequisites (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
4
Chemistry:
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Chemistry (C)
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Mathematics:
Select one of the following:3-5
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Precalculus (C)
Select one of the following:3
Microorganisms and Disease
CLSC Microbiology for Health Pros
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
Nursing Professional Courses (All courses listed require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 3314Nursing Research & Statistics3
NURS 3608Nurs Care of Child & Child Fam6
NURS 3609Family Situational Stressors6
NURS 4307Nurse as a Coordinator of Care3
NURS 4313Nrsg Care Persons w/Psyc Illns3
NURS 4611Promoting Health Along Border6
NURS 4612Acute Care Practicum6
NURS 4614Nurse Provider of Care/Crisis6
NURS 3401Health Assessment4
NURS 3604Fundamentals of Nurs Practice6
Select one of the following:3
Independent Study
Nurs Care of the Aging Client
Cult Perspectives on Hlth Care
Contem Nsg Appr to End of Life
Selected Topics in Nursing
Nrs Care Cli-Adt Periop Stres
Total Hours122-124

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6