Traditional BSN Track

Health and Other Program Requirements

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Health Requirements
Good physical and mental health is required for study and practice of nursing. Health requirements include:

  • Ability to meet the essential functions and skills for the nursing program
  • Current CPR Certification - Only the following courses are accepted: American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers and the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
  • First Aid Certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross)


Prior to acceptance to the program, the following immunizations must be documented and validated:

  • Hepatitis B completed vaccine series and a titer documenting immunity to Hepatitis B due at program application. Failure to complete the titer (blood test) prior to application deadline and consult with a health care provider if the titer doesn’t document immunity may cause delays that preclude enrollment in the program.
  • 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 is due at application and annually. If contraindicated, a medical recommendation must be submitted.
  • Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical agencies.

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 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.

Criminal Background

A criminal background screening is completed on all students entering professional nursing programs in Texas.

The nursing program will notify applicants when it is time to begin the background check process. Students pay expenses related to all screening.

An applicant with a criminal background or a current conviction will 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.

Declaratory Order applications can be obtained from the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas (BNE) website.

Drug Screening

Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies or by the School of Nursing, if indicated. 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 to clinical courses.  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.