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University of Texas - Arlington (School of Nursing)




This is a time when many new opportunities are available to students who are seeking new careers in nursing or advanced nursing degrees. Increased enrollments in Baccalaureate programs throughout the state are being made possible with collaborative efforts between educational institutions and our health care partners as well as special funding. UT Arlington School of Nursing began to increase its BSN nursing enrollment in 1999, from admitting 80 students per semester in the junior year to now over 100 students. We are one of the largest BSN program on a single campus in Texas, with over 400 BSN students in the Junior and Senior years, and graduating about 200 students each year to become new RN’s. Last year, 100% of BSN students passed the RN (Registered Nurse) licensure (NCLEX) exams.

Getting a BSN degree is an asset to nurses whose broad educational background and strong foundation in the sciences facilitates their upward mobility on the health care career ladder. BSN credentialed nurses are prepared to enter advanced nursing programs leading to a Masters degree as a Clinical Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Anesthetist or Nurse Midwife. A Masters degree is a prerequisite for admission into a doctoral program in Nursing or other fields.

We now offer a diverse set of educational options in Nursing from the entry level freshman prerequisites to a four-year BSN program, an RN to BSN program, MSN options in Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Administration programs, post-Masters NP certifications, as well as MSN to PhD and BSN to PhD programs. Our Nurse Practitioner graduates have a 98-100% pass rate on national certification exams and the graduate program has been recognized in the top 25% of schools by US News and World Report.

We also offer Continuing Nursing Education courses at UT Arlington and in our Rural Health Outreach Program CE courses are taken to the rural facilities to provide CEUs in topics of their choice facilitated by UT Arlington nursing faculty. These programs share important common threads: Quality education delivered by outstanding faculty who believe in fostering student and professional success. The many students who come from Oklahoma, Louisiana and throughout Texas to one of our programs will tell you that they made the right choice.

We have listened to the recommendations of our students, alumni, community and health care partners to constantly improve our programs and ensure that we are in the forefront of knowledge, technology and resources. On-line and web-enhanced courses enable our students to meet the challenges of combining school and work. Scholarship and traineeship support has grown dramatically over the lasts few years, with over $700,000 provided to our students in the last five years from the Dream Makers scholarship program alone.

A degree from UT Arlington is an affordable choice both financially as well as in terms of your time. As one of over 7000 alumni of UT Arlington School of Nursing, doors will be wide open to you. And, the time to become a nurse has never been better. With predictions that the Nursing shortage will continue for the next decade, a Nursing career will mean choices in work settings, types of positions, and security knowing that there is a well-paying and prestigious position waiting for you upon graduation. According to annual Gallop polls, nursing is considered as the most trusted profession.

We are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, clinical practice, community service and collaboration as well as leadership; and we invite you to join us in the pursuit and celebration of nursing excellence. Please see this website for details and call to make an appointment with one of our advisors or program directors. We are all here for you and are confident that your decision to join us will be a good one.

HISTORY

Located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, UT Arlington is a modern 300 acre campus a few blocks from downtown Arlington. In addition to campus activity, the area provides a full range of interests including museums, concerts, ballet, theater, family amusement parks, and professional baseball, basketball and football.

The University of Texas School of Nursing, established in 1890 as the John Sealy Hospital Training School of Nurses, is one of the oldest schools of nursing in the Southwest. It was originally organized as an independent school under a board of lay managers. In 1986 it was transferred to The University of Texas and became the School of Nursing, one of the divisions of the Medical Branch with the diploma granted by the University. In 1932 the name of the school was changed to the John Sealy College of Nursing. A curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing was established in 1923 in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Texas at Austin.

Through the financial assistance of the Texas Graduate Nurses Association, courses for graduate nurses were first offered in 1930 in the Department of Physical and Health Education of the School of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1940 a complete curriculum was established leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education. Funds for the support of this program were given to the University of Texas Graduate Nurses Association in the form of a scholarship fund to be used for Texas nurses. In 1945 this curriculum was transferred to the Medical Branch administration, bringing both the John Sealy College of Nursing and the newly-created Department of Nursing Education together to form the School of Nursing with its own Dean. In September 1949, a curriculum leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing for graduates of diploma programs was established.

Through the generosity of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, a program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Nursing Service Administration was offered in 1952. Participating in the program of the Southern Regional Education Board for Graduate Education in Nursing, the School of Nursing first offered additional specialization in 1955.

In 1957 the School of Nursing admitted the last class to the diploma program. Since that time it has offered one basic program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

In the fall of 1960 Austin became an extension campus of the School of Nursing which was still headquartered in Galveston, and nursing courses were offered on the Austin campus for the first time.

The School of Nursing was reorganized in 1967 as The University of Texas Nursing School (System-wide) and administrative offices were moved to Austin. As The University of Texas Nursing School (System-wide) developed, the system administration, Tarrant County Hospital District officials, and the Medical Committee of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce explored the possibility of a University of Texas Nursing School campus in Fort Worth. In May 1971 the Chamber of Commerce introduced a bill in the State Legislature to authorize a baccalaureate school in Fort Worth. By July 1971 a school was authorized with plans to start nursing courses in September 1972. The John Peter Smith Hospital School of Nursing was phased out in favor of The University of Texas Nursing School. In the fall of 1972, sixty-seven students were admitted to The University of Texas (undergraduate) Nursing School in Tarrant County. In October 1972 the name of the School was changed to The University of Texas School of Nursing at Fort Worth. At the same time, the (System-wide) Nursing School was renamed The University of Texas System School of Nursing.

In March of 1976, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas made each of the System Schools a part of the nearest University of Texas institution. Thus, as of the first of September 1976, the Fort Worth campus became The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing (UTASN), and in September 1977, the School of Nursing physically moved from Fort Worth to the UT Arlington campus and into the Business Building. In Fall 1982, the School of Nursing moved into a 12.4 million dollar, 154,000 square foot Nursing Building. In 1995 the building was renamed Pickard Hall to honor the founding dean, Dr. Myrna Pickard.

The PhD in Nursing program which enrolled its first students in Fall 2003, prepares nurse scientists to meet the health needs of a rapidly changing, culturally diverse society. Students select focused study in either: Clinical Research or Academic Role Development. With the Fall 2006 semester, students can enroll through new entry option, BSN to PhD.

Since 1995, Dean Elizabeth Poster and the team of Associate Deans, Program Directors, faculty and staff have continued to build on the school's history of innovative growth and development. Within an environment of collegiality, faculty have embraced new technologies to enhance classroom and clinical teaching. The full array of academic programs, BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, Post-MSN, Certificate and PhD have provided the community with resources to meet the growing needs of the metropolex and beyond.

Over the past three and a half decades, the UT Arlington School of Nursing has grown and developed into a nationally recognized program and one of the sixteen largest schools of nursing in the United States with more than 100 faculty and 1,000 nursing students. The school’s 9,000 alumni attended UTASON as their first choice to prepare them for their nursing careers as professionals with baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

The UTASON has and will continue to be relied upon as a leader in nursing education in each of its undergraduate and graduate programs. We look forward with great pride to a future that is built on a strong foundation.

PHILOSOPHY

The School of Nursing is an integral component of The University of Texas at Arlington and subscribes to the mission of the University. The School of Nursing prepares quality nurse health care providers through excellence in education, scholarship and service. The undergraduate and graduate academic programs prepare individuals for professional nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of holistic health care.

The faculty believes learning is a continuous lifelong process and a personal responsibility. Students must be actively involved in the learning process to acquire clinical proficiency and to be socialized into professional roles. Learning experiences are implemented to achieve sequence, continuity and synthesis of knowledge and expertise as defined by the educational outcomes). Teaching and learning are dynamic processes involving curriculum evaluation and revision based on research evidence, the needs of a multicultural society, and the changing health care system. The educational process facilitates the development of each person's potential and promotes cultural competence and assimilation of ethical principles.

Faculty and students foster an educational climate of mutual respect, honesty, intellectual inquiry, creativity, and effective communication. We contribute to the development of our profession through the conduct of research and the dissemination and application of evidence-based knowledge. Faculty and students provide service to the community through clinical practice and leadership.

Undergraduate nursing education builds on a foundation of studies in the sciences, humanities and arts. The baccalaureate program prepares competent, self-directed generalist nurses (Registered Nurses) who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care.

Master’s education builds on a foundation of undergraduate nursing education and provides specialty practice with an expanded theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepare Registered Nurses for advanced functional roles that require increased accountability, expertise and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based health care in collaboration with other health care providers and consumers.

Doctoral education develops and advances empirical knowledge to promote evidence-based practice in the discipline of nursing. Graduates have a background to develop theories and conduct research with vulnerable populations and to assume academic, research, and leadership roles. The doctorate provides a basis for future research programs and other scholarly activities.

Lifelong learning is the responsibility of each professional nurse. Continuing education programs developed by the School of Nursing are sensitive to the influences of a changing society and respond to the continuing education needs of professional nurses in Texas.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM

With their broader educational preparation, the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse functions at a higher level than a vocational or associate degree nurse and often moves quickly into a leadership position. Registered Nurses must graduate from accredited programs and must pass the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The UTA BSN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and prepares graduates to pass the NCLEX-RN with all the competencies recommended by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. Educational Options Flyer

The BSN program has a long-standing reputation of excellence and currently admits up to 100 students each fall and spring semester following the completion of prerequisite courses. Graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing programs enjoy the reputation of excellence in health care delivery among employers and nursing leaders.



School name:University of Texas - ArlingtonSchool of Nursing
Address:411 South Nedderman Drive, Pickard Hall, UTA Box 19407
Zip & city:TX 76019-0407 Texas
Phone:817-272-2776
Web:http://www.uta.edu/nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
Designed to introduce the freshman level prenursing student to the language of nursing, the critical thinking process, and the interpersonal skills required for success in nursing school and the nursing profession.

SERVICE LEARNING IN NURSING
Strategies will be taught to enable students to plan, execute, and evaluate a service learning project under the guidance of nursing faculty. Activities will include reflection journal and a group reflection activity and 10 hours of service learning.

CONCEPTS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Selected concepts and processes for professional nursing. Introduction to nursing's theoretical, philosophical, ethical, and legal dimensions. Socialization into nursing roles.

COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE
Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated with various topics.

SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING
Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics.

NURSING LEARNING SKILLS
A one semester course designed to enhance skills needed for success in the BSN program. Emphasis will be on identifying individual strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, problem solving, critical thinking, test taking skills, stress management, time management, computer skills and writing and math skills specific to nursing.

COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE
Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit.

SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING
Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

NURSING RESEARCH
Basic concepts, processes and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice.

RN-BSN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Introduction to gerontologic nursing principles and standards. Selected concepts and issues related to aging and its impact on society and health care. Registered Nurse students only.

SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING
Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics.

THE LEGACY OF THE FAMILY
Explore and enhance understanding and application of the principles of family science knowledge in therapeutic relationships with families across the lifespan.

NURSING ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS FOR THE VIOLENT FAMILY
Explores the dynamics of family violence as to etiologies, assessments and interventions for both survivors and perpetrators of violence. An interdisciplinary approach is followed.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Focus is on a national and international comparison of health care systems with consideration of social, economic, and delivery structures. Emphasis is on U.S. health care delivery systems and roles of the advanced practice nurse.

NURSING CARE AT THE END OF LIFE
An overview of the nursing care of the terminally ill patient and family. Explores the impact of personal values and beliefs about death on nursing care, the physiology of end stage disease processes, clinical approaches to pain and symptom management, societal issues and trends in end of life care and models of care delivery.

GENETICS AND NURSING
An overview of genetics principles and their application to health care, the genetic impact on health care, and the nursing implications of this health care revolution.

ETHICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HEALTH CARE
Examines philosophic foundations of ethical decision making in contemporary health care. Methods of moral reasoning based upon traditional ethical frameworks will be applied to selected ethical issues.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE
Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC PROCESSES: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING (3-0) Pathophysiologic alterations, their interactions, and effects on persons across the life span as a basis for therapeutic nursing interventions.

HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the life span with emphasis on normal findings.

HEALTH PROMOTION AND ILLNESS PREVENTION ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Focus on health promotion and disease prevention strategies that can reduce morbidity and mortality, promote healthy lifestyles and empower individuals and aggregates to become informed health care consumers.

RN-BSN HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the life span with emphasis on normal findings. Registered Nurse students only.

RN-BSN HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Health and health promotion for individuals, families, and communities. The nurse's role in health promotion. Registered Nurse students only.

RN-BSN CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING (4-0) Introduction to foundational concepts for professional nursing practice. Essential values, behaviors, and processes required for implementing professional nursing roles. Registered Nurse students only.

SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING
Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics.

CLINICAL NURSING FOUNDATIONS
Basic therapeutic nursing interventions with individuals and families in diverse settings using nursing process framework.

SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING
Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics.

NURSING OF ADULTS
Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication for persons experiencing medical-surgical problems. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS
Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication and interpersonal skills as they relate to persons with psychiatric mental health conditions.

SPECIALIZED TOPICS IN NURSING
Areas of special interest. May be repeated with varied topics. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

RN FIRST ASSISTANT
Focuses on the delivery of care to surgical patients in all aspects of the surgical experience: preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative. Meets the requirements for RNs to assume the role of a registered nurse first assistant (RNFA). Registered Nurse students.

COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE
Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit.

COOPERATIVE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE
Designed for nursing cooperative education students to integrate classroom study with career-related practical experience in the workplace. May be repeated for credit.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING TRENDS
Analysis of societal issues and trends influencing health care. Application of ethical, legal, economic, and political concepts. Identification of strategies for personal and professional empowerment.

US ARMY ROTC NURSE SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM
A voluntary, paid three-week clinical elective for nurse cadets. The primary focus is to provide nurse cadets with at least 120 hours of clinical experience utilizing military, leadership, clinical nursing, administrative and interpersonal skills working side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps officer preceptor.

FORENSICS FOR NURSING
Explore the emerging field of forensic nursing, including the nurse's role in data collection, documentation, recognition of perpetrators, participation in the court system, and prevention of future violence.

RN-BSN NURSING RESEARCH
Basic concepts, processes and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. Registered Nurse students only.

RN-BSN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Ethical, legal, legislative, and political processes that have impact upon the practice of professional nursing in contemporary health care. Identifying strategies for personal and professional empowerment. Registered Nurse students only.

BSN CAPSTONE
Focus on the synthesis of knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum and the enactment of the professional nurse role in a concentrated practicum.

BSN NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in health care. Introduction to management skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings.

RN-BSN NURSING LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in health care. Introduction to management skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. Registered Nurse students only.

NURSING OF OLDER ADULTS
Selected concepts and issues related to aging and its impact on society and health care. Introduction to gerontologic nursing principles. Clinical application in diverse settings across the continuum of care.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Integrate knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing health care needs of aggreates, communitites, and society.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING II
Exploration of population-focused settings for community health nursing practice. Application of models and methods of community health, health planning, epidemiology, and research. Registered Nurse students only.

RN-BSN CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Synthesis of theories and concepts for professional nursing practice. Focuses on evolution and transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within a context of emerging societal issues and trends. Registered Nurse students only.

NURSING OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Theory and clinical application in diverse settings.

NURSING OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions as related to care of individuals and families during the childbearing experience.

RN-BSN COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Exploration of population-focused settings for community health nursing practice. Application of models and methods of community health, health planning, epidemiology, and research. Registered Nurse students only.

NURSING OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS
Use of critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions and communication skills in promoting quality of life for persons with complex health needs. Application of nursing roles in diverse settings.

PERINATAL NURSING
Enhances foundations of nursing concepts learned. Focuses on skills, issues and care required for childbearing families in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum or neonatal intensive care settings. Contains both theoretical and clinical components with emphasis on development of clinical and critical thinking skills.

CULTURAL VARIATION IN HEALTH CARE: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF TWO CULTURES
A comparative analysis of two cultures and the influences of cultural beliefs and practices upon the delivery of health care. Includes field study in a foreign country.

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