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RN-BSN & RN-MSN Admission Requirements

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RN-BSN Degree Completion Application Process
Students who plan to follow the RN-BSN Track should apply to the School of Applied Sciences for admission to the University.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
  3. A license to practice nursing in the State of Texas or compact states recognized by Texas.
  4. Evidence of current license in the United States for military personnel is acceptable. 

RN-BSN applicants work with an assigned advisor to complete the application  process. Admission requirements include:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Completion of all prerequisites with a minimum grade of C. 

RN-MSN applicants work with an assigned advisor to complete the application process. Admission requirements include: 

  1. Minimum of 3 years recent practice.
  2. Cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; GPA of 3.0 in major nursing courses.
  3. Completion of Associate's Degree or Diploma from a ACEN approved program.

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


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.
  • Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical agencies.

Needle Stick Insurance

Students are required to have proof of needle stick coverage.

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.

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.

Admission Requirements to Graduate Program (RN-MSN)

Students interested in advancing their education to the nursing graduate level, must complete all prerequisites for admission to the undergraduate program and 16 hours of the undergraduate nursing curriculum.

  • Application and a non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Three letters of professional and/or academic recommendations
  • Current resume
  • Successful interview with Program Coordinator (RN-MSN) and Graduate Chair