- Location Austin, Texas
- Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN to PhD, CNS, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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The University of Texas at Austin is a public institution that was founded in 1883.
In 1968, the School of Nursing was formed as part of the UT System School of Nursing and in 1969 became a four-year undergraduate program in nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ADN-BSN)
Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)
- Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma
- Current Registered Nurse License in the State of Texas
- Completion of all ADN-BSN Prerequisite Courses
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- If ADN is from outside Texas, graduated before 2004, or is a Diploma graduate, NLN Mobility Exams must be successfully passed
Benefits to the ADN-BSN Program at University of Texas at Austin include:
- Full-time or part-time coursework leaving flexibility for the nurse to work at his/her job
- Classes on campus one to two days a week along with online work
- Some online coursework available; classes scheduled one to two days per week
- Credit for ADN Nursing coursework automatically applied to the BSN through transfer credit or credit by NLN mobility exams
- General education courses required; only 12 upper level nursing courses
- One-third of the nursing courses online
The Alternate Entry Master of Science (AE-MSN) and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are designed for nurses who would like to advance their nursing degree. The University of Texas at Austin offers areas of nursing science that help nurses specialize in their professional nursing practice.
The AE-MSN program is offered to those who have a baccalaureate or graduate degree in disciplines other than nursing and meet other admission requirements. There are three tracks available for AE-MSN students.
The MSN program is for students who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma. Students must be licensed registered nurses as well.
Alternate Entry Doctoral and Doctoral PhD Program
The Alternate Entry Doctoral (AE-PhD) and Doctoral (PhD) programs are designed to prepare nurses for advanced leadership roles, based on researching and improving healthcare.
Requirements for programs (not all inclusive)
- The AE-PhD applicants must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degrees in disciplines other than nursing and meet other admission requirements.
- The PhD program requires that applicants hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and/or a Master of Science in Nursing degree.
- Students accepted into the program are encouraged to select an area of focus for their study. Students choose a topic to create their dissertation and apply for research funding, then begin a lifelong career with the focus on research.
- Registered Nurses holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may apply to the Doctoral Program in Nursing (BSN to PhD) or the Master of Science in Nursing program.
The BSN to PhD program will focus more on students who are interested in research and/or nursing faculty positions. Students who are accepted must complete three Master’s core courses.
About the AE-MSN
The Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE-MSN) program is for students who have degrees in another discipline other than nursing and would like to obtain a Registered Nurse (RN) License and Master of Science in Nursing degree.
There are three specialty degree tracks for the nursing student to choose:
- Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult – Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Leadership in Diverse Settings
AE-MSN Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)
Students who are interested in applying for the graduate study in nursing must meet all of the following requirements for entry into the program:
- Bachelor's degree in a discipline other than Nursing
- A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable GPA in upper-division work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate work completed previously
- Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the past five years. No exceptions apply.
- Completion of all AE-MSN Prerequisite Courses at the time of summer enrollment (not the time of application)
- Three electronic letters of recommendation forms. At minimum one reference must be from a healthcare professional such as a nurse, physician, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
- Statement of Purpose
- Curriculum Vitae
About the AE-PhD
The Alternate Entry Doctor of Philosophy (AE-PhD) degree is designed for those who hold baccalaureate or graduate degrees in disciplines other than nursing and would like to pursue a PhD degree.
AE-PhD program students are prepared to become researchers and assume leadership roles in the healthcare world. The coursework is based on graduate level foundation courses and master’s level courses.
About the DNP
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was designed to meet demands for practitioners to be able to practice and to provide advanced leadership of healthcare as well as meet the demand for highly prepared clinical faculty for schools of nursing. This 45-hour program curriculum includes hybrid format with classroom and online courses. The degree culminates in the DNP Scholarly Project.
- Advanced practice nursing
- Executive leadership
The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate programs are for nurses who have a master's in nursing and wish to complete the coursework necessary to sit for national certification as an APRN. No second MSN degree will be delivered to student.
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
NCLEX 2018 Pass Rates
- BSN - 94.83%
- MSN Alternate Entry - 95.00%
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master’s degree in nursing programs at the University of Texas Austin are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The University of Texas at Austin maintains accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
US News & World Report (2020)
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- #23 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
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- #24 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
- #24 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
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- #74 Top Colleges
- #16 in Public Colleges
- #40 in Research Universities
- #12 in the South
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The Princeton Review (2019)
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The University of Texas at Austin rose 10 spots to No. 39 in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UT Austin ranked No. 23 in the U.S. and No. 7 among U.S. public universities (Sept. 2018).
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