There is lot of misunderstanding manifested in these posts. I'm currently enrolled in the Academic Partnership. I'll clear things up.
There are two different programs:
1. RN to BSN for people who already have an RN. If you have about 90 semester hours of the right coursework (you are given about 30 hours for your RN), you take 30 or so hours online to finally get your BSN. I am not discussing this further in this post. There are no clinicals. Get the facts here
2. BSN for people who are not RNs. There are clinicals just like any other BSN program.
The BSN program essentially has a three step process:
1. Get admitted as a general student to the University of Texas at Arlington. Submit the Texas common application and all of your transcripts.
2. Get admitted to the nursing program as an Academic Partnership pre
nursing student. This can be done at the same time as the first step, but it is a separate, distinct step. You are NOT a nursing student when you are admitted at this point.
3. Get admitted as an actual nursing student. You'll take all of the HESI sections except the science tests.
Once you are accepted as an official prenursing student, only then can you register for online prenursing courses. They offer every prerequisite course online and they start frequently, although not all courses start as frequently as others. Courses vary in length with most being 5 weeks long. Others are longer. Get the facts here
Once you've completed both anatomy and physiology classes (which have their own prerequisites), you are allowed to take what are called prenursing courses. The three prenursing courses are:
1. intro to nursing
Can you take patho and pharm right after completing the A&P courses? No. You have to complete intro to nursing first. That's what I'm taking now. I've registered for patho and pharm.
I've applied for admission as a nursing student starting in January. My admission will be contigent on successful completion of all prerequisite and all prenursing courses.
Once you are admitted to the nursing program, didactic (lecture) coursework is online. You will attend clinicals somewhere in the state of Texas. I don't yet know which hospitals in Houston are used. You are not guaranteed night or weekend clinicals. This is an accelerated program. If you think you can work full-time and be in this program, you are naive. It is not possible.
Enrolling at UTA as a prenursing student makes a lot of sense even if you enroll in nursing school somewhere else. UTA online can't be beat for convenience and availability. Costs are reasonable, actually lower than Lone Star College (I'm out of district for Lone Star) for prerequisites.
The three prenursing courses are not as transferrable as the prerequisites are. TAMU Corpus Christi will accept UTA prenursing courses (but they won't accept pharm from a community college). UTEP might not because one of their corresponding courses is 4 semester hours instead of 3 semester hours. I haven't gotten Lone Star to commit to accepting pharm from UTA.