Mar 17, 2018  
2017-2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog


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General Information

The RN-BSN nursing degree plan consists of a total of 120 semester credit hours: 64 credits devoted to the core and the required pre-professional nursing pre-requisite courses; 26 advanced placement credits awarded by successful completion of three National League for Nursing Mobility Exams; and 31 credits devoted to the courses in the RN-BSN nursing major.

The RN-BSN Nursing Major Track can be completed in as little as three semesters (Semester 1; Semester 2; and Semester 3). Completion of all 120 semester credit hours of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is required to be eligible to graduate. 

  • It is the goal of the University for the graduates to provide evidence-based nursing care congruent with the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing, which recommended that nurses should receive higher education and training, be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning health care, and be engaged in life-long learning to provide high quality safe care for a diverse population.
  • The program is built on a person-centered framework where the patient is the most important person of the healthcare team. The Overriding Pillars of the framework are Caring, Scholarship, and Imagination.

Core Curriculum and Nurising Major Prerequisites

  • All courses in the general education and nursing major prerequisite sections must be completed with a C or better.
  • All required science courses must be “For Science Majors.”
  • All the prerequisite general education courses may be taken at most community colleges or accredited universities, except PSYC 3301  which must be taken at UT Permian Basin. (This course is offered online)

General Education Requirements

Communication (6 sch)

Political Science (U.S., State of Texas and Local Government) (6 sch)

Creative Arts (3 sch)

UNIV courses are open to students in the Honors Program only.

Component Area (3 sch)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 sch)

Life and Physical Sciences (6 sch)

Other Component Area Option (2-3 sch)

RN to BSN Degree Option

Required RN-BSN Nursing Courses will be delivered by one of two options, Online or Campus Based. The student may choose either option, but not both. The content of the courses will be the same.

Online Option

The online option will be conducted totally online except for required clinical practicums held in the student’s local community, which will be arranged according to written agreements between the affiliating agency and UT Permian Basin.

Campus – Based Option

Students choosing the campus-based option will meet face-to-face one weekend per month, Friday and Saturday, on the UT Permian Basin campus or in pre-approved clinical settings, which require written agreements between the affiliating agency and UT Permian Basin. Other required activities will be web-enhanced or conducted through Blackboard.

Requirements for Admission to the RN-BSN Track are essentially the same as that of the generic BSN student with some variations. The essentials for the BSN are greater than and differ from the essentials for nurses educated at the associate degree and diploma levels in the skills for clinical reasoning, research, and public health, coordination of care, and leadership and management of patients with complex health care needs.

Admission Requirements for The RN-BSN Track:

  1. Must hold a current RN license to practice professional nursing in Texas or other state recognized by the NCLEX-RN Council of Nursing.
  2. Must be a graduate of a professional nursing program approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing, or appropriate State Board of Nursing.
  3. Must be a graduate of a nationally accredited professional nursing program.
  4. Must obtain successful admission to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. At the time of application to the university, students must apply to the RN-BSN nursing degree track. 
  5. After admission to UT Permian Basin, the student must contact the Nursing Admission Officer for completion of the nursing degree plan.

RN-BSN Track Transfer Credit (26 sch)

Twenty-six advanced placement credit awarded upon successful completion of the Nursing program for the following courses:

RN-BSN Track Nursing Curriculum Degree Plan/Required Courses (31 sch)

Semester 3 (5 sch)

  • NURS 4152 Seminar III: Practice of Professional Nursing III (1 sch)
  • NURS 4451 Clinical Nursing Leadership II (2 hrs didactic, 6 hrs clinical/week) (4 sch)

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