Standards for Nursing Practice
Practicing nurses and nursing students are held to a high standard of competencies in order to perform responsible safe care. Successful completion of the nursing program requires that students demonstrate ability to effectively and safely perform several essential skills. Students considering this major must meet the required standards. For more information, please view Professional and Technical Standards for Nursing Practice (PDF).
Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. We offer a professional education leading to the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Both the BSN program and the MSN program are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting organization for undergraduate and master's level professional nursing education, and the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.
The BSN program prepares graduates to become registered nurses who are able to work in a variety of clinical settings. The Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ADN-BSN) program is for registered nurses who want to obtain their baccalaureate degrees in order to advance in their profession.
The Alternate Entry-Master of Science in Nursing (AE-MSN) program is designed for people holding baccalaureate or graduate degrees in disciplines other than nursing and who are interested in pursuing both their Registered Nurse (RN) License and Master of Science in Nursing degree.
Our PhD program is targeted to those who are interested in becoming nursing faculty, researchers or who want to assume advanced leadership roles in nursing and health care delivery.
The School of Nursing offers a highly qualified faculty who are active in teaching, practice, and research. Faculty members who teach in the graduate program hold doctoral degrees in nursing and related fields; many also have advanced preparation in their clinical specialties. They represent diversified views and are highly qualified and productive scholars, both nationally and internationally. Many hold leadership positions in national nursing organizations.
Clinical instruction at UT Austin School of Nursing meets or exceeds the Texas State Board of Nursing’s standards for 12:1 student-teacher ratios. Generally, only 10 students are assigned to each clinical instructor because this ratio provides an optimal level of support and supervision.
If you are considering pursuing your education at the School of Nursing, whether it be the BSN program or the PhD program or anything in our scope, we encourage you to explore our website and contact us with any questions.