University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

RN-to-BSN Online Degree

We accommodate the employed nurse. This educational opportunity is a flexible and affordable option for Registered Nurses who desire a bachelor’s degree. Specific "RN Only" online courses build upon the educational and professional experience of Registered Nurses with an associate’s degree.

Marketable Skills

  1. Communication: Nurses need to effectively communicate patient information to all members of the health care team. By doing so the patient will receive high quality care that is relevant, timely and error free. Nurses also develop communication skills to coordinate care for patient discharge needs to community agencies.
  2. Critical thinking: Nurses develop critical thinking skills to monitor the health care status of their patients on an ongoing basis. This skill is also necessary to also develop clinical judgement. These are two of the most important skills that nurses need to effectively function in an often-fast paced health care environment.
  3. Listening: Nurses develop sharp listening skills to gain information from patients and their families to formulate a proper plan of care. Nurses also use their listening skills when communicating with all members of the health care team.

Application Process

  • An active, unencumbered  licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
  • 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 University Core Curriculum courses and/or Elective course before beginning RN-to-BSN professional courses (See RN-to-BSN Option Degree Plan)
  • 9 hours of University Core Curriculum courses and/or Elective courses must be completed at UTEP

Admission Process

  • Apply to UTEP using the ApplyTexas application.
  • Submit verification of active, unencumbered license to practice professional nursing.
  • Upon full admission and licensure verification, students will be officially notified of admission status by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.


As this program is tailored to working licensed nurses- the UTEP RN-BSN program has a mentorship requirement as part of the student’s practicum experience courses.

  • Students will be selecting a mentor within their place of employment that will mentor them through the practicum assignments.
  • This requirement will require the students to meet with their mentor once a week and work together to create a project pertaining to their assignment/course.
  • With this requirement, there are many steps that are required to ensure that the student is prepared and cleared for the mentorship.

Graduation Requirements

  • A candidate must successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the University and the College of Nursing.
  • Eligible undergraduate degree candidates must submit a graduation application to the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.
  • The College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs will review all graduation applications and conduct a final degree audit for each applicant. All graduation applications will be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
  • Graduation fees may be paid through Pete’s Payment Options or Student Business Services in the Mike Loya 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 College 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 College 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.

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 component or Didactic courses with a mentorship component

a.       Students must maintain a minimum average of 75% for the didactic evaluation of the 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.

b.       Additional assignments (Mentorship activities and projects) 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.       The grading scale is:

100 - 90 = A

89 - 80 = B

79 - 75 = C

74 - 60 = D

< 60 = F

Course Repeat Policy

Repeating a Nursing course because of failure or withdrawal is not automatic. The student must request permission from the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in order to repeat a course. (Please refer to current SON undergraduate student handbook).


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.

Nursing Course Withdrawal and Repeat Policy

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 (Refer to “Progression Policy” in current 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.  There is no appeal process for dismissals. A formal letter of academic dismissal will be sent to the student by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (refer to the Progression Policy in the Traditional BSN UG Handbook).

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 College of Nursing, of which a copy is posted on the College 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).

Undergraduate Student Remediation

Remediation will be available to students currently enrolled in the Undergraduate Nursing Program with identified challenges that may impede their success in a clinical or didactic course. Remediation may be recommended or required, depending on the identified need. (Refer to “Undergraduate Student Remediation Policy” in current SON undergraduate student handbook.

Student Grievances Related to Grades

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:

1. First: the faculty member or Course Manager who issued the grade

2. Second: the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

3. Third: the Dean of College 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 Grievance Committee.


Degree Plan

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Pre-Professional Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 2303Intro to Nursing PracticeCR
NURS 2307PharmacotherapeuticsRC
NURS 2402PathophysiologyCR
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I
MICR 2330Microorganisms and DiseaseCR
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of NutritionCR
Select one of the following:4
Intro to General Chemistry
and Intro General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Select one of the following:5
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Professional Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 3401Health AssessmentCR
NURS 3604Fundamentals of Nurs PracticeCR
NURS 3608Nurs Care of Child & Child FamCR
NURS 3609Family Situational StressorsCR
NURS 4402RN to BSN Role TransitionCR
NURS 4303Nursing Informatics & Technolo3
NURS 4414Evidence Based Research4
NURS 4502Nursing Leadership & Managemen5
NURS 4503Nursing in the Community5
Select nine additional hours of courses10
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

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

All courses require a C or better

I. Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl
Total Hours6

II. American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

III. Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-African Amer Studies
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

IV. Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

V. Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. 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 one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
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
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours 6

VI. Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

VII. Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Asian American Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
Community Service
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

VIII. Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Chicana/o Fine Arts Appreciat
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

IX. Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Introduction to Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6