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How to Apply to the Traditional BSN Program

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The 3-part application process must be completed prior to the deadline (July 1 for Spring Entry & February 1 for Fall Entry) in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program:

  1. Applicants must be accepted to the university by the deadline (July 1 or February 1), so application to the university needs to be completed at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance of the deadline.
  2. Application through NursingCAS must be completed prior to the deadline. Both the UIW and NursingCAS applications can be worked on concurrently. NursingCAS application can be submitted prior to acceptance to the university.
  3. Two documents must be submitted directly to Mrs. Alice Oldmixon in the UIW Nursing Office prior to 5 p.m. on the deadline. Students who are unable to deliver these two documents in person should mail the documents via US Postal Service (Attn: Traditional BSN Applicant, 4301 Broadway, CPO #300, San Antonio, TX 78209). If sending by mail, requesting a postal delivery confirmation is recommended.

Applicants can expect to receive e-mail confirmation from the School of Nursing that the ATI TEAS scores and Legal Acknowledgement Form were received within 5 business days of the documents’ submission or arrival in the nursing office. If e-mail confirmation is not received, the applicant should contact Mrs. Alice Oldmixon by e-mail (oldmixon@uiwtx.edu) as soon as possible.

The following will not be considered for admission:

  • Applicants who do not complete all the application steps
  • Applicants  who do not meet the deadlines
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum cumulative or science GPA
  • Applicants who have not completed and/or have not demonstrated proof of enrollment in the final prerequisites
  • Applicants who do not score Proficient or higher on the ATI TEAS 
  • Applicants who have been unsuccessful in another nursing program

Applicants who have enrolled in a nursing program in the past must disclose it on their application and ask their previous program director or dean to e-mail a letter of good standing to nadeau@uiwtx.edu.

 

Please click on each numbered step for more information and instructions. 

 

  • Apply to the University

     

    For applicants not already enrolled at UIW, the first step is to apply to the university at the following links:   

    Note: Applicants must be accepted to the university by the deadline, so application to the university needs to be completed at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance of the deadline.

    Applicants should inform the university admissions office that they plan to apply to the UIW nursing program.

    Deadlines for acceptance to the university:

    • by July 1st for Spring admission into the nursing program
    • by February 1st for Fall admission into the nursing program
  • Apply to the Traditional BSN via NursingCAS

    Deadline to complete NursingCAS application:

    • by July 1st for Spring admission into the nursing program
    • by February 1st for Fall admission into the nursing program

    Applicants should apply to UIW’s Traditional BSN program through NursingCAS.

    • Visit www.nursingcas.org
    • Click “Apply Here” to initiate the application.
    • Click on “Create Account”
    • Complete the required fields in order to start your application.
    • Select UIW’s program in the “Full Programs List” section of the NursingCAS application.
    • Applicants are charged $45 for the first school to which they apply, and $30 for the second school. Applicants MUST pay the application fee at the time of submission.

    Monitor the Status of Your Application:

    The “View My Notifications” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you.

    Messages will be sent to the “View My Notifications” inbox and your personal email address that you created your account with.

    Use the “Manage My Programs” option to check the status of your application including Transcripts, References, and Programs Selected. You can access your “Program Status” page in the “Manage My Programs” section of NursingCAS when logged into your account at https://nursingcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/myPrograms/myProgramStatus      

    Note: you need to submit your application to monitor the status.

    Instructions and FAQs are posted here.      

    For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS:

    Phone at 617-612-2880 (M– Th 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET, Fr 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET)

                OR

    E-mail at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

     

  • Send Official Transcripts

    Applicants must send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to both NursingCAS and the UIW Office of Admissions:

    • NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471

    • University of the Incarnate Word
      4301 Broadway, CPO 285
      San Antonio, TX 78209

    Important Information Concerning Transcripts:

    • Transcripts must be official and sent directly from your school’s Registrar’s Office.
    • NursingCAS cannot accept transcripts stamped “Issued to Student”.
    • Transcripts must show completion of, or proof of enrollment in, the prerequisite courses.
    • In order to expedite the processing, include the NursingCAS Transcript Request Form.
    • Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service, World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. Foreign evaluations should be mailed to NursingCAS at the address above.

    Reminder: The following is a list of prerequisite courses needed for admission into the Traditional BSN program. Candidates must have completed the course with a C or better or be currently enrolled in the following courses to be considered for admission into the program:

    • English Composition I and II (not required for second degree seeking students)
    • Biological or Organic Chemistry (with lab) - See degree plan for details. Transfer students must have two chemistries with a lab on the second chemistry. 
      Note for Alamo Colleges Students: The Alamo College equivalent of the required chemistry class is 1407, which includes the lab and lecture. However, 1407 has a prerequisite of 1405 so students transferring from the Alamo Colleges will be required to take 1405 and 1407 to satisfy the Biological or Organic chemistry requirement. (Some of the Alamo colleges may offer the lab and lecture separately, which is acceptable so long as both are taken. 1305+1105=1405, and 1307+1107=1407).  Click here to see articulation.
    • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
    • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
    • Microbiology with Lab
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Child/Adolescent and Adult Development OR Lifespan Development Psychology
    • Dimensions of Wellness (if new to UIW, may complete upon admission)
  • Complete the Immunization Record

    All nursing students are required to meet recommended standards for immunizations for Health Professions Personnel. Immunizations are required upon admission to the program and updated periodically as required. Accepted applicants will be required to submit documentation of the following completed immunizations and/or titers to Sentry MD upon their confirmation of acceptance to the nursing program. Some may require 6 months or more to complete, so applicants should ensure that all requirements, including the Hepatitis B titer, are met prior to application. Professional documentation is required for medical contraindications.

    • Hepatitis B Immunizations (may require more than 6 months to complete)
      • Hepatitis B vaccine series (at 0, 1, 6 month schedule), or
      • Hepatitis A/B vaccine series (at 0, 1, 6 month schedule), or
      • Hepatitis A/B vaccine series (alternative schedule of doses at 0, 7 days, 21–31 days, and a booster dose 12 months after the first dose).
    • Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer documenting post-vaccine series immunity to Hepatitis B is also required. 
    • Varicella vaccine (2 doses) or laboratory evidence of immunity (titer)
      • Note: History of having had the chickenpox disease will not be accepted as evidence of immunity.
    • MMR vaccine (2 doses) or laboratory evidence of immunity.
    • Seasonal Influenza (1 dose) annual fall/winter vaccine. Required annually in the fall.
    • Tdap (1 dose)
      • Note: Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) is the adult/older children vaccine. It is not to be confused with Td (Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine) or DTaP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine, intended for children). A titer is not accepted.
    • TB screen (PPD) within the past 6 months is required. Alternately, a medical plan for follow-up if PPD contraindicated.
      • Note: TB screen is required annually while in the nursing program, so it is ideal to have the first one done in May, June, or July. That way it will expire and get repeated during the summer break from nursing courses.

    Accepted students will receive instructions and deadlines for submission of immunizations from the Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions in the acceptance letter. Accepted students who do not submit required documentation by the deadline will forfeit their admission to the program. In preparation, applicants may download the Immunization Validation Form for completion and signature by their healthcare professional prior to applying to the nursing program.

  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skill  ATI TEAS

     

    • The ATI TEAS is the Test of Essential Academic Skills, which evaluates an applicant’s general academic knowledge. Individual (Reading, Math, Science, English) and composite scores will be considered. For more information about the ATI TEAS content, please see: http://www.atiteas.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ATI-TEAS-Content-Updates.pdf

      A copy of the exam scores must be sent to the School of Nursing on or before the deadline of February 1 or July 1. 

      School of Nursing
      Attn: Traditional BSN Applicant
      4301 Broadway, CPO #300
      San Antonio, TX 78209

      How should applicants prepare for the ATI TEAS?

      • The ATI TEAS tests the concepts learned in prerequisite math, science, and reading/writing courses. Prospective applicants should approach all prerequisite courses with a desire for lifelong learning. Students who study every day throughout the semesters and the breaks will score better on the ATI TEAS than those who memorize material for exams and then forget it.
      • Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC offers excellent preparatory options for the ATI TEAS at the following site http://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx.
      • Use the same link to register and schedule to take the ATI TEAS exam.
      • The most effective preparation involves studying every day for prerequisite courses and following up with the ATI resources.

    Can applicants take the ATI TEAS more than once?

      • ATI TEAS scores from the previous 6 months will be considered for an application cycle. The ATI TEAS exam may be taken twice during an application cycle. Scores from both attempts must be submitted. A minimum of three weeks must elapse between the first and second attempt if taken twice. The scores on the exam with the highest composite score will be considered. Applicants who posted high scores on their initial attempt will receive priority over those who required two attempts.
  • Criminal Background Check from Texas Board of Nursing  

    Acknowledgement of Legal Information:

    In order to begin the background check process, complete the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LEGAL INFORMATION

    The Acknowledgement of Legal Information form should be placed in a sealed envelope and mailed via United States Postal Service or hand delivered to Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing, Attn: Traditional BSN Applicant, 4301 Broadway, CPO #300, San Antonio, TX 78209. Do not upload to your NursingCAS online application or e-mail this information.

    Prior Clearance

    Applicants who have previously received documentation of clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing may submit that information when requested. Persons licensed in Texas as LVNs in the past 5 years may submit this clearances as documentation when requested. However, all applicants still need to complete the acknowledgement form and submit as instructed on or before the application deadline in order to begin the background check process.

    Mandatory Texas Board of Nursing Background Check

    The School of Nursing requires that each applicant complete a criminal background check through the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).  Following review, the BON reports directly to the applicant by mail.  If accepted, applicants must show clearance by the BON prior to enrollment in nursing courses. In the event that the applicant was required to petition for a declaratory order, a copy of the declaratory order must be presented to the BSN program chair. This BON documentation is a mandatory requirement for acceptance/enrollment in the program.

    Criminal Background Check Procedure

    Texas Residents.  Texas residents will receive directions for fingerprinting from the School of Nursing (SON) via email approximately 30 to 60 days after the application deadline. Applicants will have 10 days from the date of the notification to complete the fingerprint screening by the designated office. Fingerprint screening cannot be done in advance of the email notification which identifies the individual as an applicant to the University of the Incarnate Word School of Nursing.

    Applicants residing outside Texas.  If you are living outside of Texas and will be applying to the program, please contact Dr. Julie Nadeau about the fingerprinting process for out-of -state applicants (nadeau@uiwtx.edu).

    Legal Requirements for RN Licensure

    The following information is obtained from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). See www.bne.state.tx.us for further information or contact

    Texas Board of Nursing
    333 Guadalupe, Ste 3-460, Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: 512-305-7400 or submit questions to webmaster@bon.texas.gov

     

    Applicants should be aware that a declaratory order may be required from the BON if the applicant has a reportable criminal offense, history of alcohol or drug abuse, or a history of serious mental illness. The applicant will need to petition for a declaratory order. A petition for Declaratory Order is a formal disclosure to the Board of an outstanding eligibility issue that may prevent an applicant in taking the NCLEX examination upon completion of a nursing program. The Declaratory Order process permits the Board to make decisions regarding a petitioner's eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.

    The applicant should be aware that answering “yes” to any of the following will require the applicant to petition for a declaratory order.

    • For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

    A. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?

    B. been convicted of a misdemeanor?

    C. been convicted of a felony?

    D. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?

    E. received deferred adjudication?

    F. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?

    G. been sentenced to serve jail time, prison time, or court-ordered confinement?

    H. been granted pre-trial diversion?

    I. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?

    J. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?

    K. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?

     

    • Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
    • Has any licensing authority ever refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
    • In the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with or treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder which impaired or does impair your ability to function in school or work?
    • Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?

    Additional questions and details on required documentation may be found at the Texas Board of Nursing Website.

    Applicants who believe they have a reportable background should promptly file/petition for a declaratory order as soon as possible. Also promptly file/petition if there is a history of addiction or mental illness. If a record of criminal conduct is received by the BON an application for a Declaratory Order must be filed. Processing the application may require 4 or more months. Delay in receiving clearance may exclude the applicant from acceptance/enrollment in the nursing program.

    Legal Requirements for RN Licensure

    This information was obtained from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). See www.bne.state.tx.us for further information or contact:

    Texas Board of Nursing
    333 Guadalupe, Ste 3-460, Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: 512-305-7400 or submit questions to webmaster@bon.texas.gov

     

  • Additional Documentation After Admission into the BSN
    REQUIRED: Official Immunization records, CPR certification (American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers). First Aid certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross).

 

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