Traditional BSN Program
Good physical and mental health is required for study and practice of nursing. Health requirements include:
- Proof of completed health history questionnaire
- Current health insurance
- Current American Heart Association Health Care Provider Certification (CPR certification) or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Certification
- First Aid Certification (AHA or ARC)
Prior to acceptance to the program, the following immunizations must be documented and validated:
- Hepatitis B completed series due at program application. Titer not accepted.
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (2 doses due at program application)
- Varicella (2 doses OR positive titer due at program application). History of chickenpox is not accepted.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (1 dose TdaP due at program application)
- Seasonal Influenza (due annually in Fall)
- TB screen test (due at application and annually). If contraindicated, a medical recommendation must be submitted.
Liability, Health Insurance and Needle Stick Insurance
Nursing students are required to be covered by liability and health insurance. The liability insurance fee will be included in the nursing course fees. Students must be able to show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance coverage. Students must also show proof of needle stick coverage or take out the needle stick insurance plan offered through the university.
A criminal background screening is completed on all students accepted into the nursing program. The school will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the school. Students pay expenses related to all screening. An applicant with a significant criminal background or a current conviction may not be allowed to register for nursing courses until the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas (BNE) issues a declaratory order stating that the individual is eligible for initial licensure or license renewal or determines that the individual is eligible to return to practice. The criminal background screen (FBI screen) will be repeated in the senior year when the student applies for the licensing exam.
Declaratory Order applications can be obtained from the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas (BNE) website.
Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies. The School will designate a company to do the drug screen and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. The student will pay the cost of the screening at the time of the testing.
A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses. The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, if recommended by a drug assessment. Any student with a positive drug screen will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted. If readmitted, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen. This testing is at the student’s expense.