• BSN Scholars Programs

BSN Scholars Programs

Undergraduate Scholars Programs

The School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Scholars Programs include three co-curricular engagement opportunities for our pre-licensure BSN students. Each semester, we will invite qualifying students who have been accepted to the pre-licensure BSN program to apply for one of the BSN Scholars Programs, which will be specific to the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Semester of Entry Fall Spring Summer
Entry to BSN Program Begins in 2nd semester Begins in 2nd semester Begins in 2nd semester
Program Honors BASS PLUS
Recurrence Annually Annually Annually
Number of students accepted - maximum 8 10 5
Length of Program 3 Semesters 3 Semesters 3 Semesters
Criteria All Fall admits are welcome to apply ** All Spring admits are welcome to apply ** All Summer admits are welcome to apply **
Application GPA 3.5 at UTMB SON at the end of 1st semester 3.5 Pre-requisite preferred 3.5 Pre-requisite preferred
Application Requirements
  • Letter of Intent in Fall semester
  • Application
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • UTMB SON Faculty Recommendation Form
  • Application
  • Recommendation Form
  • Application
  • Recommendation Form
Interview Yes Yes - possible Yes - possible
Extracurricular time requirement Yes Yes Yes
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research
  • Scholarship
  • Advocacy
  • Maternal Health
  • Correctional Health Care
  • Policy
  • Leadership
Concentration Experience Summer, Population Health Course Fall, Population Health Course Spring, Population Health Course
Exemplars of Engagement
  • Research, QI, EBP seminar RISE center
  • IRB Meeting
  • Shadow days in the Translational Research and NEAR Departments
  • Nurse Residency Collaborative and EBP Poster Session
  • Expert Panel sessions
  • Interviews – community, leaders & clients
  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Lactation Specialist – mentoring
  • Day at the Capitol
  • Day at the Capitol
  • Interviews – institutional, state & national
  • Follow Nursing Leaders
  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Leadership Training
Example Activities
  • TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer
  • IHI Open School Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety
  • CITI Training
  • Presentation to Nurse Residency Program
  • Student-led Education in Prison
  • Labor, birth & postpartum support
  • Portfolio Development
  • Podcast – Interviews
  • Youtube Presentation
  • Health care policy symposium
  • Visit Representative(s)
** Must meet minimum overall GPA requirements and maintain Program Specific GPA requirements to remain in Scholars Programs (see application for details)

BSN Scholars Program Director

Jacquelyn Svoboda | SON Undergraduate Studies

Jacquelyn Svoboda DNP, APRN, WHNP-C