Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The undergraduate curriculum provides an innovative, integrated, and conceptual model for teaching and learning wherein critical thinking and decision-making are emphasized.

The curriculum is grounded in the sciences and is focused on addressing nursing and health care across the life span. The degree plan consists of approximately two (2) years of lower-division course work followed by two or more years of upper-division Nursing courses taken at the School of Nursing. The entire program is possible to complete in eight (8) full-term semesters. The curriculum culminates in preceptored courses that include learning and practice with experienced professional nurses in acute care facilities and in community health care settings.

Pre Clinical Requirements

Students accepted into the Nursing Programs must meet all clinical clearance requirements.  Please refer to Clinical Compliance for specific requirements.  Failure to comply with clinical compliance requirements will result in students having holds placed on registration or being dropped from courses

Traditional BSN Option

The Traditional BSN option is primarily designed as a pre-licensure entry to professional nursing practice educational program for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.  However, Students with a pre-existing baccalaureate degree are not precluded from applying to the Traditional BSN Option.

Traditional BSN Option Application Process:

  • Completion of the University Core Curriculum (grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the University Core).
  • The minimum cumulative GPA to apply is 3.00.
  • Completion of the Pre-Professional pre-requisites (MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or higher,BIOL 1305 General Biology and BIOL 1107 Topics in Study of Life I,BIOL 2311 Human Anat/Physiology I (C) and BIOL 2111 Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)BIOL 2313 Human Anat/Physiology II (C) and BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C), CHEM 1307 & 1107 General Chemistry (C) or CHEM 1305 General Chemistryand CHEM 1105 Laboratory for CHEM 1305, MICR 2330 Microorganisms and Disease, HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition, PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology (C)) with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of TEAS test (See TEAS Information below)

Traditional BSN Option Admissions Process:

  • Admission to the UTEP School of Nursing Traditional BSN Option is highly competitive.
  • Students are ranked for admission based on
  •  Pre-nursing courses GPA (Phase 2)
  •  Pre-professional courses GPA (Phase 1)
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Successful completion of the TEAS test

The Phase 2 pre-nursing courses include:

  • NURS 2303  Foundations of Nursng Practice   3
  • NURS 2307  Pharmacotherapeutics       3
  • NURS 2402  Pathophysiology      4
  • Students will be officially notified of admission status by the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

TEAS Information

The Test of Essential Academic Skills is an admission requirement for Phase 3 of the Nursing program.

  • The TEAS-V test is an internet-based, multiple-choice exam that assesses a student's abilities in four essential subject areas: reading, math, science, English and language usage.
    • Students are required to earn a minimum composite score of 62%.
    • Students have a total of three attempts in a 12-month period to achieve the required minimum composite score. 
    • The minimum time frame between a first attempt and a repeat attempt is 30 days.
    • The minimum composite score needed for admission to Phase 3 of the nursing program is above proficient level.
    • If the minimum composite score is not achieved by the third attempt, the student must wait 12 months from the third attempt date to retest. A fourth set of scores taken within the 12 month period will not be accepted.
    • Test scores that are at or above the minimum required score are valid for 2 years.
  • The School of Nursing strongly suggests that students take the TEAS while taking the pre-requisite Science/Math courses, but prior to the designated admission cycle to enter the Phase 2 nursing courses.
  • The School of Nursing strongly recommends for students to prepare for the TEAS test.  Students can purchase the TEAS study material and online practice assessments through
  • Testing fees are determined by ATI.  Testing fees for the TEAS test tend to change every July 1.  Please check the ATI Testing website for current TEAS test fees.
  • Students can register for the TEAS by logging on to

Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, a student must have attained a minimum 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the baccalaureate degree plan and a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 in the Nursing Major.
  • A candidate must successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the University and the School of Nursing.
  • During the final semester, candidates for graduation must achieve a minimum score of 90% Predicted Probability of Passing the NCLEX-RN on the Comprehensive Predictor Exam offered by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). This is a course requirement in NURS 4612, Please refer to the current SoN Undergraduate Student handbook for specific Comprehensive Predictor policy). 
  • Eligible undergraduate degree candidates must submit a graduation application to the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.
  • The School 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 Goldmine or Student Business Services in the 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 School 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 School 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.

Additional Expenses

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) including study guide. 
  • Required dress and equipment for clinical practicums(See SON Undergraduate Handbook).
  • Ongoing assessment and testing in preparation for NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
  • Health and clinical clearances including a drug screen.
  • Background checks 
  • Application fee for licensure exam (NCLEX) and Jurisprudence Exam (Declaratory.

This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

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
    1. Students must maintain a minimum average of 75% on exams and/or quizzes.  This constitutes the didactic evaluation of a 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.
    2. Additional assignments (papers, presentations, posters, etc.) 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. Didactic course with a clinical lab - In addition to meeting the conditions stated in the section above (didactic courses without a clinical lab), the following apply to courses with a clinical or lab component: 
    1. Clinical or lab related assignments must meet the minimum average of 75.0%.  Grades or points given for clinical or lab related assignments are factored into the overall course grade only if the student has passed course's exams and/or quizzes with the minimum of 75.0%.
    2. Students must pass both the didactic and the clinical or lab component of a course.  Failure of either component results in failure of the entire course, i.e. failing to meet the clinical or lab requirements results in a failing grade for the entire course regardless of meeting the minimum average of 75.0% for exams and/or quizzes.  Likewise, failing the didactic portion of the course results in failure of the entire course regardless of success in the clinical portion.
  3. The grading scale is:
    100 - 90 = A
    89 - 80 = B
    79 - 75 = C
    74 - 60 = D
    < 60 = F
  4. Successfully pass the standardized exams associated with courses at or above the level designated by the School of Nursing  (Please refer to “Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Policy and Procedures” in current SON undergraduate student handbook).

Course Repeat Policy

Repeating a Nursing course because of failure or withdrawal is not automatic. The student must request permission from the Assistant 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. Successful passing of selected standardized exams at or above a level designated by the School of Nursing is also linked with progression. (Please refer to “Progression policy” in the current SON undergraduate student handbook). 

Nursing Course Withdrawal and Repeat Policy

Nursing (including pre-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 “Progession 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.  A student dismissed from the program may petition to be reinstated into the nursing program one time only, by following the procedure outlined in the “Progression Policy” in the current SON Undergraduate Student 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 School of Nursing, of which a copy is posted on the School 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 Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
  3. Third: the Nursing Executive Officer
  4. Fourth: the Dean of School 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 (

Licensure as a Professional Nurse

Graduates seeking licensure must successfully complete the National Council of State Boards of Nursing-Registered Nurse Examination (NCLEX-RN) and the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam which are administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. Graduates must complete the licensure application, which includes criminal background check information. The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education will verify the eligibility status of applicants.

All students are required to read and sign the Licensure Eligibility Notification Form prior to being admitted into the clinical courses. This is usually completed during the first semester at the School of Nursing.

Students who have a reason to believe that they may be ineligible for licensure can submit a Declaratory Order petition to the Texas Board of Nursing to assess eligibility. The Declaratory Order Request Form can be downloaded from the Texas Board of Nursing website. 

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

Phase 1
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Pre-Professional Prerequisites (All courses require a grade of C or better)
(the PPC GPA is the first criterion used for ranking for Phase 2)
Required Courses:
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
Select one of the following:4
CHEM 1407
Intro to General Chemistry
and Intro General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Select one of the following:3-5
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Microorganisms and Disease
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Introduction to Psychology
Phase 2
Requirements to apply to
1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required.
2. A minimum TEAS-VI score of 58.7% is required.
3. Students must apply at the beginning of their last semester of completing Phase 1.
4. Students enrolled in the last semester of Phase 1 at the time of selection may be conditionally accepted pending successful completion of Phase 1.
5. Phase 1 must be complete to progress to Phase 2.
6. Last semester of completing Phase 1 must be at the University of Texas at El Paso to be eligible to rank.
7. Students will be officially notified of admission status by the School of Nursing, Office of Student Affairs.
8. Applicants transferring from another school of nursing must provide a letter from the Dean/Director of that school stating that she/he is in good academic standing and eligible for progression in that program.
Phase 2 Nursing: If selected, students will be approved to take the following nursing courses (11 credit hours):
Nursing Professional Courses (All courses listed require a grade of C or better)
Ranking criteria: Phase 1 pre-professional courses GPA, overall GPA, TEAS score
-The first criterion used for ranking to Phase 3 is the overall GPA of Phase 2 (NURS 2303, NURS 2402, and NURS 2407.)
-A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required to apply to Phase 2.
Required Courses:
NURS 2303Intro to Nursing Practice3
NURS 2402Pathophysiology4
NURS 2407Pharmacology for Nursing4
Phase 3
If selected, students will be approved to take the nursing professional courses.
Ranking criteria: Phase 2 nursing courses, Phase 1 pre-professional courses GPA, overall GPA, TEAS score
-A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required to apply to Phase 3.
-The School of Nursing will require a cleared criminal background check by the Texas Board of Nursing to be eligible to rank for Phase 3.
-Nursing professional courses
5th Semester12
NURS 3401Health Assessment4
NURS 3604Fundamentals of Nurs Practice6
NURS 3205Nursing Informatics and Tech2
6th Semester 13
NURS 3709Adult Health Nursing I7
NURS 3300Mental Behavioral Health Nurs3
NURS 3314Evidence-Based Research3
7th Semester 13
NURS 4714Adult Health Nursing II7
NURS 4608Nurs Care of Child & Child Fam6
8th Semester 13
NURS 4407Trans to Prof. Nursing Practic4
NURS 4511Population Focused Care5
NURS 4412Senior Practicum4
1 hour of a nursing elective will be required of students who transferred NURS 2307 (3 credit hours) prior to Spring 2017.
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

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

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better


Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
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


Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

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 six hours of the following: 16
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
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6