The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

School of Nursing

Nursing Degree Programs

  • + Doctor of Philosophy

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Doctoral program prepares students to become researchers and to assume advanced leadership roles in nursing and health care delivery. A combination of conceptual approaches, challenging interactions in seminar discussions, and work with active researchers produces a stimulating environment for scholarly development.

    Each student selects a focus area based on their nursing background, interests, and goals. The focus area provides a broad structure for the student's individualized course of study. Courses from nursing and from non-nursing disciplines offer options for tailoring the program of study to a student's particular focus area. The program is designed to help students identify a dissertation topic, apply for research funding, and begin a lifelong research career.

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  • + Doctor of Nursing Practice

    Location: Campus and Online

    Degree Overview:

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice was developed to meet the demand for practitioners able to practice and to provide leadership at the highest levels of healthcare and to meet the demand for highly prepared clinical faculty for schools of nursing.

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  • + Alternate Entry Doctor of Philosophy

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    The Alternate Entry Doctor of Philosophy (AE-PhD) degree is designed for those who hold baccalaureate or graduate degrees in disciplines other than nursing.

    The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing AE-PhD program prepares students to become researchers and to assume advanced leadership roles in nursing and health care delivery. A combination of conceptual approaches, challenging interactions in seminar discussions, and work with active researchers produces a stimulating environment for scholarly development.

    Each program of study allows an individualized plan of coursework consisting of prescribed graduate level RN foundation courses, and master’s level courses.

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  • + Master of Science in Nursing

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the opportunity for advanced study in select areas of nursing science, professional foundations, related sciences, and modes of systematic inquiry related to advanced and specialized professional nursing practice. This program requires students to have a current Registered Nurse license and hold either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, or a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma. If you do not meet this requirement, please review the Alternate Entry MSN program information. MSN students can choose from one of the following concentration areas on which to focus:

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  • + Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    The AE-MSN program is designed for advanced study in select areas of nursing science, professional foundations, related sciences, and modes of systematic inquiry related to advanced and specialized professional nursing practice. It requires students to have a baccalaureate or graduate degree in disciplines other than nursing and to meet other pre-admission requirements. AE-MSN students can choose from one of three concentration areas on which to focus: 

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  • + Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) offers students a dynamic course of study that is both theoretical and practical. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctoral degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

    BSN coursework emphasizes critical thinking and clinical judgment, integration of knowledge from nursing, biological and behavioral sciences, and the humanities in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of nursing care, application of research findings to demonstrate evidence-based nursing practice, and nursing leadership, and offers a variety of hospital and community settings for clinical experiences. Admission into the BSN program is highly competitive.

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