RN-to-BSN Online Degree

We accommodate the employed nurse. This educational opportunity is a flexible and affordable option for Registered Nurses who desire a bachelor’s degree. Specific "RN Only" online courses build upon the educational and professional experience of Registered Nurses with an associate’s degree.

Application Process

  • An active, unencumbered  licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
  • Application and acceptance by UTEP Office of Admissions & Recruitment (See UTEP Undergraduate Catalog).
  • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 for full acceptance.
  • Completion of all University Core Curriculum courses and/or Elective course before beginning RN-to-BSN professional courses (See RN-to-BSN Option Degree Plan)
  • 9 hours of University Core Curriculum courses and/or Elective courses must be completed at UTEP

Admission Process

  • Apply to UTEP using the ApplyTexas application.
  • Submit verification of active, unencumbered license to practice professional nursing.
  • Upon full admission and licensure verification, students will be officially notified of admission status by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Mentorships

As this program is tailored to working licensed nurses- the UTEP RN-BSN program has a mentorship requirement as part of the student’s practicum experience courses.

  • Students will be selecting a mentor within their place of employment that will mentor them through the practicum assignments.
  • This requirement will require the students to meet with their mentor once a week and work together to create a project pertaining to their assignment/course.
  • With this requirement, there are many steps that are required to ensure that the student is prepared and cleared for the mentorship.

Graduation Requirements

  • A candidate must successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the University and the School of Nursing.
  • 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 Pete’s Payment Options or Student Business Services in the Mike Loya 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.

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 component or Didactic courses with a mentorship component

a.       Students must maintain a minimum average of 75% for the didactic evaluation of the 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.

b.       Additional assignments (Mentorship activities and projects) 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.       The grading scale is:

100 - 90 = A

89 - 80 = B

79 - 75 = C

74 - 60 = D

< 60 = F

Course Repeat Policy

Repeating a Nursing course because of failure or withdrawal is not automatic. The student must request permission from the Associate 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).

Progression

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.

Nursing Course Withdrawal and Repeat Policy

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 “Progression 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.  There is no appeal process for dismissals. A formal letter of academic dismissal will be sent to the student by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (refer to the Progression Policy in the Traditional BSN UG 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 Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

3. Third: 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.