University of Texas - El Paso
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968
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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Master's degree
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Master's degree
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery - Master's degree
Nursing Administration - Master's degree
Public Health/Community Nursing - Master's degree
RN to BSN Programs
RN to MSN Programs
RN to BSN Program Details
The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing is pleased to offer a flexible and affordable educational opportunity for Registered Nurses to continue their professional development. We offer two (2) options: RN-BSN and RN-MSN. The UTEP School of Nursing is fully accredited by the State of Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.(CCNE).
The RN-BSN option builds upon previous nursing knowledge and experience. Specific “RN-Only” courses have been designed to enhance the educational experience gained in an associate degree. These courses, designed for the Registered Nurse, will assist in the transition into the professional role of nursing.
BSN Program Details
The undergraduate nursing program at The University of Texas at El Paso is fully accredited by the accrediting body of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Upon completion of the program, students receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and are eligible to take the licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) required to practice as a professional registered nurse in Texas.
The professional curriculum consists of 120 semester credit hours. The first 49 credit hours include courses in the Natural, Physical, Behavioral Sciences, and general education requirements. Pre-Nursing students completing these required courses with a minimum 2.5 grade point average apply for acceptance into the Nursing Major. Students planning to enter the Nursing Program must meet all university admission requirements and are subject to the academic requirements stated in the current UTEP Undergraduate Catalog. Acceptance to the Nursing Program is dependent upon the number of applicants, academic performance in required courses and space availability. Enrollment is limited due to availability of clinical learning facilities and the availability of qualified faculty to maintain appropriate faculty-to-student ratios in all clinical settings.
The professional nursing curriculum provides an innovative integrated and conceptual model for teaching and learning. It is grounded in the sciences upon which increasingly more difficult and complex nursing care concepts and practice are developed. Each course includes care across the life span with increasing complexity, breadth and depth. Critical thinking and decision making are emphasized to provide comprehensive nursing care. The nursing curriculum can be completed in 5 semesters.
Financial aid, scholarships, ROTC eligibility and academic assistance are available to individuals currently enrolled at UTEP. Concurrent enrollment at UTEP and the El Paso Community College is possible for completing lower division requirements. This concurrent enrollment will not jeopardize eligibility for the support services described.
MSN Program Details
The mission of the School of Nursing is to offer educational opportunities that prepare professional nurses to address multiple complex human needs, compete in the workforce through life-long learning, and improve the quality of life in a bi-national and multi-cultural community along the United States-Mexico border region.The curriculum of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares professional nurses for advanced leadership through enhanced practice, research, and role expansion. Enhancement of practice occurs through expansion, refinement, and application of knowledge and theory. Research skills are enhanced through opportunities to carry out supervised evidence-based practice projects. Role expansion occurs through advanced practice, education, and management functions related to health care delivery and increased professional responsibilities to society. Graduates are eligible for national certification in specialties that offer an examination. Students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing program may select from the following majors:
1. Nurse Practitioner with concentrations (NP)
2. Nurse Clinician Specialist with Concentration in Education (NCE)
3. Nursing Systems Management (NSM)
4. RN-MSN Option
RN to MSN Program Details
Registered nurses with an unencumbered license, and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, may apply directly to the Graduate School.
Experienced registered nurses qualify for the nursing program under the RN to MSN option. The RN to MSN option is a uniquely designed degree path for graduates of an accredited associate degree nursing (ADN) program who wish to become advanced nursing professionals. This option meets the essentials of undergraduate education but does not include the traditional bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree.
Students must first apply to the undergraduate program. You must meet the university core requirements and complete the five RN to BSN online professional courses. While enrolled in the RN to BSN curriculum, you may apply to the Graduate School and select a major.
The nurse practitioner major in the master’s of science in nursing is competitive. It is recommended that students consider earning a traditional BSN as they are not guaranteed admission to the School of Nursing in the nurse practitioner major.
Accelerated BSN Program Details
The Accelerated Fast Track BSN Program is a 12 month program designed for second-degree students interested in making a career change. Students may be accepted into the program with a degree from an accredited college or university that meets the Texas Core requirements. The program is an intensive, full time program, the curriculum of which follows the traditional nursing program. After completing the program, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Accelerated Fast Track BSN graduates have consistently exceeded the national pass rate on the NCLEX.