Two BSN students at UT Tyler practice taking patient vitals on a dummy in a simulation environment

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Help Others and Prepare for an In-Demand Career

Direct your future with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler. Look ahead toward career advancement, expand your knowledge of the profession and prepare for graduate study or advanced practice nursing. For the traditional BSN program, students may attend courses on one of three campuses. The RN to BSN and concurrent programs are online.

Many employers prefer hiring RNs with a BSN. A 2020 survey of healthcare organizations by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing found that 41% of hospitals and facilities require new hires to hold this credential. More than 82% of employers strongly preferred hiring BSN program graduates.

Why Get a BSN at UT Tyler?

Nurses drive the healthcare system at all levels. Through our BSN program, learn to provide high-quality patient care and prepare to qualify for positions with more responsibility, including leadership roles. UT Tyler’s School of Nursing helps guide the health of East Texas and is home to one of the state’s top nursing programs.
UT Tyler’s BSN gets you closer to your goals through:

  • Convenience: Take classes at the Tyler, Longview or Palestine campuses. Students are assigned a campus where they take all courses and complete their clinicals at a nearby location.
  • High Pass Rates: UT Tyler BSN students are fully prepared to take the NCLEX-RN® and have higher-than-state-average pass rates on the first try.
  • Hands-on Experience: Learn side-by-side with an RN preceptor to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care.
  • Leading-Edge Facilities: Benefit from high-tech facilities, including our NextGen Hospital, which simulates a real hospital environment with “patient” rooms, a nursing station and interactive learning tools.
  • RN-to-BSN Option: Advance from an associate degree or diploma to receive your BSN with as little as 12 months of intensive online study. Complete your degree part time while accessing flexible clinical experiences.
  • Acclaimed Faculty: Awards like the Outstanding Faculty Award, Texas Alpha XI Chapter of Alpha Chi, the White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the Iota Nu Chapter, STTI, Award for Excellence in Research recognize our faculty members and attest to the instructional quality they provide.
  • National Accreditation: Our nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Student Community: Network with current and future nursing professionals in the National Student Nurses' Association affiliation group and the Nurses Christian Fellowship group.


Earn your BSN through one of three tracks: the generic BSN, the concurrent ADN-BSN or the RN-BSN.

All students must complete the Texas core curriculum and prerequisite nursing requirements with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 basis) in order to qualify for admission.

Core Requirements

Prerequisite courses required for all BSN tracks include:

  • Physical and Biological Sciences
    • Anatomy and physiology with laboratory
    • Chemistry with laboratory
    • Microbiology with laboratory
    • Nutrition
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Lifespan growth and development
    • General (intro) psychology
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics

Generic BSN

Complete the BSN curriculum and graduate to qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN®. UT Tyler produces professional nurses ready for practice.

Generic BSN Requirements

Concurrent ADN-BSN

Complete UT Tyler’s generic BSN at the same time you’re enrolled in an accredited ADN program. Work through 30 credit hours of BSN-level classes while finishing your ADN courses.

Concurrent ADN-BSN Requirements


With the online RN-BSN degree track, earn a career-advancing degree while continuing to work. Full-time UT Tyler nursing faculty specializing in online learning teach these courses. Enroll year- round to take the next step in delivering patient care.

RN-BSN Requirements

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 6% more roles for registered nurses through 2031. Hospitals and other medical facilities require more registered nurses to meet their healthcare needs. Career opportunities for nurses extend beyond the hospital, as the possibilities are limitless.

At graduation, 98% of our nursing program graduates either have a job or plan to pursue graduate studies.

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the Top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

Start Your Application

The School of Nursing considers students for full undergraduate admissions if they have completed all the Texas core curriculum requirements and nursing prerequisites with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Please send all supporting transcripts to the Admissions Office.

The School of Nursing grants conditional admissions if a student has no more than five outstanding courses to fulfill core curriculum and prerequisite requirements by the deadline and has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all completed core curriculum and nursing prerequisite classes.

UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

The concurrent Associate Degree in Nursing/Bachelor of Science in Nursing accommodates motivated students currently enrolled in an accredited ADN program. Students complete 30 hours of BSN-level coursework at the same time they finish their ADN requirements. Our partners include:

Complete the entire Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum on the Longview University Center or Palestine campus.

Learn More About the Longview Campus

Learn More About the Palestine Campus

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.


Rachel Smith, BSN and Honors College student at UT Tyler
Inside the classroom, UT Tyler feels like a small school in that almost every professor I’ve had has been genuinely interested in helping me to succeed not only in their classroom but in my career as well. Their advice and willingness to help you find the resources you need are invaluable.

Rachel Smith, '25

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Next Steps

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