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BSN Special Programs

Undergraduate Special Programs

The School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Special Programs includes 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 Special Programs, which will be specific to the semester in which they plan to enroll.

For the Spring admission cohort, the BAMBI (Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative) Advocacy Student Scholars (BASS) program is available for select students to apply. The BASS program will foster skills in advocacy and policy with a special focus in women's health equity. BASS students will also explore health disparities for vulnerable populations while developing real-time, student-led education and bedside support to pregnant incarcerated women. Selected students participate in the BASS Program curriculum simultaneously while attending the BSN program.

For the Summer admission cohort, the Policy and Leadership Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program is available for select students to apply. The PLUS program will foster leadership skills, explore healthcare policy, and the nurse's role in influencing change. Selected students participate in the PLUS Program curriculum simultaneously while attending the BSN program.

Each co-curricular opportunity offers a unique learning experience for our BSN students to develop a variety of skills which may include leadership, policy, research, quality improvement in healthcare, and advocacy. Engaging with program faculty and leadership on a regular basis, students will acquire marketable skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, students will have opportunities to participate in special events and community engagement activities designed to promote leadership, professionalism, and service.

From education to research, the UTMB School of Nursing continually pursues excellence and achieves to be the best in everything it does. As a leader in innovation, the school strives to give students life — changing experiences to become the future leaders of healthcare and beyond.

Semester of Entry Spring Summer
Program BASS PLUS
Recurrence Annually Annually
Number of students accepted - maximum 10 5
Length of Program 4 Semesters 4 Semesters
Application Requirements Application, 1 Letter of Recommendation Application, 1 Letter of Recommendation
Interview Yes Yes
Extracurricular time requirement Yes Yes
Tracks/Foci Advocacy, Maternal Health, Correctional Healthcare Policy, Leadership
** Must meet minimum overall GPA requirements (see application for details)