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Program Overview

The Second Degree BSN track is a 15 month, accelerated-program available only to applicants with a previous bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field of study. Prior to entry, students must complete approximately 59 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses in the humanities and biological, physical and behavioral sciences to provide a foundation for growth in the nursing major if not completed in their first degree. Prerequisite coursework may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university.

The five-semester Traditional BSN degree track is delivered on the Bryan-College Station campus while the four-semester Accelerated Second Degree BSN degree track is delivered on the Round Rock Campus. Both degree tracks have fall and spring admissions. Admission to the Texas A&M School of Nursing is highly competitive. Applicants may only apply and be considered for one program and/or campus location each application cycle. Students may not apply to both campus locations.

The program utilizes traditional, face-to-face instruction as well as simulation activities, clinical experiences, team teaching and video conferencing of lectures. Students are admitted to a specific campus location and must attend all classes, simulation labs and clinical experiences at that location throughout the duration of the program. Due to strict regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing which govern clinical rotations, the School of Nursing does not allow students to transfer from one campus to another.

Upon completion of course requirements, graduates of the bachelor's program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn their RN license. The School of Nursing will guide students through the Texas RN licensure process during their last semester in the BSN program.

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The Traditional BSN, Second Degree BSN and MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner degree programs at Texas A&M University School of Nursing lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state. Texas A&M University School of Nursing has made the following determination regarding our curriculum:

ProgramMeetsState or U.S. Territory RequirementsDoes not meetA determination has not been made
Bachelor of Science in NursingTX, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, District of Columbia (DC), Virgin Islands (VI),American Samoa (AS), Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU)Puerto Rico (PR), Marshall Islands (MH), Federated States of Micronesia (FM), Palau (PW)
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse PractitionerTX, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico (PR), Virgin Islands (VI), American Samoa (AS), Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU)Marshall Islands (MH), Federated States of Micronesia (FM), Palau (PW)
We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.Additional licensing board information is available here.

Second Degree BSN Curriculum

The following plan of study is for students entering in fall terms. Other points of entry will follow a similar plan.

Course Number
Course TitleCredit Hours
Semester 1Fall 1 Term
17 sch

NURS 305

Dimensions and Informatics3
NURS 306Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory3
NURS 307Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical5
NURS 312Introduction to Pathophysiology3
NURS 316Pharmacology Principles3
Semester 2Spring 1 Term16 sch
NURS 315Nursing and the Aged3
NURS 320Adult Nursing I6
NURS 411Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 412Care of Mental Health Clients4
Semester 3Summer 1 10-Week13 sch
NURS 420Adult Nursing II6
NURS 421Care of Community Health Clients5
NURS 424Professional Issues2
Semester 4Fall 2 Term15 sch
NURS 323Nursing Care of Women, Families & Newborns4

NURS 413

Nursing Care of Children

4
NURS 430Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
NURS 434Case Studies in Patient Safety & Quality2
Total61

*Only eligible for part-time financial aid (if receiving state and/or institutional aid)

sch = semester credit hours

Graduation in December

The following plan of study is for students entering in spring terms. Other points of entry will follow a similar plan.

Course Number
Course TitleCredit Hours
Semester 1Spring 1 Term
17 sch
NURS 305Dimensions and Informatics3
NURS 306Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory3
NURS 307Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical5
NURS 312Introduction to Pathophysiology3
NURS 316Pharmacology Principles3
Semester 2Summer 1 - 10 week Term13 sch
NURS 315Nursing and the Aged3
NURS 320Adult Nursing I6
NURS 412Care of Mental Health Clients4
Semester 3Fall 1 Term
16 sch
NURS 411Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 420Adult Nursing II6
NURS 421Care of Community Health Clients5
NURS 424Professional Issues2
Semester 4Spring 2 Term
15 sch
NURS 323Nursing Care of Women, Families & Newborns4
NURS 413Nursing Care of Children4
NURS 430Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
NURS 434Case Studies in Patient Safety & Quality2
Total61

*Only eligible for part-time financial aid

sch = semester credit hours

Graduation in May

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Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance including estimated cost of tuition & fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Application Deadlines

The Second Degree BSN track is a 15-month, accelerated program available only to applicants with a previous bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field of study. This degree track option is offered at our Round Rock location.

Students are admitted twice per year, in both the spring and fall terms. All prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed by the first day of class. The program utilizes traditional, face-to-face instruction as well as simulation activities, clinical experiences, team teaching and video conferencing of lectures. Pre-licensure students (Traditional and Second Degree BSN) are admitted to a specific campus location and must attend all classes, simulation lab and clinical experiences at that location throughout the duration of the program. Due to strict regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing which govern clinical rotations, the School of Nursing (with rare exception) does not allow students to transfer from one campus to another.

Step 1: NursingCAS Application

All Applicants

Entry TermSpringFall
NursingCAS OpensJune 1November 1
NursingCAS & HESI A2 DeadlineAugust 1January 15
First Class DayJanuaryAugust
Mandatory Orientation DayJanuaryJuly
NursingCAS is required of all applicants. Current Texas A&M University students who will be earning a bachelor's degree prior to the start date are required to submit both a Nursing CAS and Apply Texas external transfer application.

Step 2: ApplyTexas Application

External Transfer Applicants Only

Entry TermSpringFall
Transfer Application OpensAugust 1January 1
Transfer Application DeadlineOctober 15March 1
First Class DayJanuaryAugust
Mandatory Orientation DayJanuaryJuly

Apply Texas application dates vary for international applicants. See the for further details.An Apply Texas application is required for all Second Degree BSN applicants. Current Texas A&M University students who will earn a bachelor's degree prior to the start date should also follow this process. Applicants should submit only one NursingCAS application per admission cycle.

Prerequisite Coursework

Courses may be in progress during the application cycle, however, all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" by the first class day. Please see below for a list of required courses. All courses are subject to approval by the School of Nursing when the student applies for admission.

In addition to the required prerequisites listed below, students receiving a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M must satisfy the coursework requirements of the Texas A&M University Core Curriculum.

By the application deadline, applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 prerequisite course credit hours of the 59 hours required. Of those 40, twelve (12) credit hours must be from the following Nursing Science courses: Lifespan Psychology (3), Nutrition (3), Texas A&M Core Math (3 or 4), Chemistry (4), Anatomy & Physiology (8), and Microbiology (4).

Students may repeat prerequisite courses, however,grades earned from both the first and a second attempt will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered. If a grade of "C" is not earned within 2 attempts, the student will not be eligible for admission.

Nursing Science courses are in italics.

SubjectCourse NameTexas Common Course NumberSemester Credit HoursTAMU Course
CommunicationsComposition, Technical Writing, Public SpeakingAny two courses from core list6See TAMU Core Curriculum
History 1US History I or TX HistoryHIST 1301 or 23013HIST 105 or 226
History 1US History II or TX HistoryHIST 1302 or 23013HIST 106 or 226
GovernmentFederal GovernmentGOVT 23053POLS 206
GovernmentTX GovernmentGOVT 23063POLS 207
Social and Behavioral ScienceGeneral PsychologyPSYC 23013PSYC 107
Creative ArtsArt, Dance, Music, Drama, or TheaterAny acceptable course from core list3See TAMU Core Curriculum
Humanities 2Intro to Ethics or Intro to PhilosophyPHIL 2306 or 13013PHIL 111 or 251
Science
Introductory BiologyBIOL 1406 or 14134BIOL 111 or 107
Psychology*Developmental Lifespan PsychologyPSYC 23143PSYC 225
Statistics**StatisticsMATH 13423STAT 201
Math3See footnote below3See TAMU Core Curriculum
NutritionNutritionBIOL 13223NFSC 202, 203, or 222
ScienceAnatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 24014BIOL 319 or VIBS 305
ScienceAnatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 24024BIOL 320 or VTPP 423
ScienceGeneral/Introductory Chemistry I with labCHEM 1405/1105 or 14114CHEM 101 and 111 (CHEM 119 effective fall 2019)
Science
MicrobiologyBIOL 2420 or 24214BIOL 206, 351, or VTPB 405

*PSYC 307 is acceptable if completed prior tospring 2022

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**Statistics requirement effective for students entering fall 2020 term

1 Two history courses are required, one of which may be dedicated to Texas history.

2 Second Degree and RN-to-BSN applicants may meet requirement by taking any humanities course that meets Texas A&M core.

3 Students applying from other Texas public institutions may take up to three hours of math which meet that institution's core curriculum requirements.Out-of-state or private university applicants must have three hours of math from the Texas A&MCore Curriculum.

Proficiency in a foreign language is required to graduate from Texas A&M. This requirement can be met by having completed two years of the same foreign language in high school, by completing two semesters of the same foreign language at the university level or by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language by examination.

For questions about what courses may or may not transfer from other institutions, see the . If a course is not listed in the matrix or is listed as "TRNS" (transfer by title), please contact an adviser to identify the appropriate course of action to determine course transferability.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Texas A&M School of Nursing is competitive. It is strongly recommended that applicants present a GPAabove3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Applicants will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Prerequisite Coursework GPA. Graduate coursework is not considered.
  • Nursing Science GPA to include seven courses: nutrition, anatomy & physiology I & II, microbiology, chemistry, lifespan growth & development and Texas A&M University core equivalent math course
  • HESI Admissions Assessment Examscore
  • Timed verbal responses and written assessments
  • Community service
  • Leadership/involvement in extracurricular and/or professional activities
  • TOEFL score, required of international applicants only
  • History of withdrawals, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

Repeated Course Policy

Students may repeat prerequisite courses, however,grades earned from both the first and a second attempt will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered. If a grade of "C" is not earned within two attempts, the student will not be eligible for admission.

When deciding to repeat a course, consider the impact the course will make on your GPA. Courses from the Nursing Science prerequisites (nutrition, lifespan developmental psychology, chemistry, Texas A&M core math, anatomy & physiology, and microbiology) may make an impact on your GPA when repeated, versus courses repeated that are non-nursing science prerequisites (i.e. English, history, etc.). For example, repeating biology where one earns a “C” the first attempt and an “A” the second attempt, may not significantly impact the prerequisite GPA since this calculation includes all grades for completed prerequisite coursework. Applicants must consider the time and cost of repeating courses as it can be difficult to greatly improve one’s GPA.

Please visit How to Calculate GPA for assistance in determining your prerequisite coursework and Nursing Science course GPA.

Criminal Background Check

Because health care providers are entrusted with the health, safety and welfare of patients, have access to controlled substances and confidential information, and operate in settings that require the exercise of good judgment and ethical behavior, criminal background checks are required of all applicants. Prior criminal convictions may cause one to be ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Applicants will be responsible for obtaininga background check and paying appropriate fees to be fingerprinted for the Texas Board of Nursing. The board will provide applicants with notification of their eligibility (or not) for future RN licensure following their successful completion of a nursing degree. Results are typically returned within six weeks of fingerprinting, if there is no record of criminal history.

In order to apply for licensure as an RN, students must declare any eligibility issues with the Texas Board of Nursing. The board will notify applicants who may not meet conditions for future RN licensure after results of the fingerprinting are received. Individuals who have significant criminal history will likely be ineligible for licensure. If there is any history of criminal charges, alcohol or drug abuse or mental health concerns, students must file a declaratory order petition to the Board of Nursing. Thetime required toreviewa petitioncan be lengthy so students are encouraged to begin the process earlyin the application process.

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An offer of admission from the School of Nursing will not be final until the completion of the background check with results that are deemed favorable. Admission may be denied or rescinded based on the review.

Admitted Student Statistics

August 2022 admissions

The school received 154 applications for 40 seats at the Round Rock campus. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.61, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.63 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 91.4. Prerequisite GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.12 to 4.0.

January 2022 admissions

The school received 177 applications for 40 seats at the Round Rock campus. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.77, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.75 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 93.4. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.23 to 4.0.

January 2021 admissions

Bryan/College Station Campus
The school received 135 applications for 39 seats. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.72, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.70 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 92.4. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.12 to 4.0.

Round Rock Campus
The school received 101 applications for 32 seats. Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.60, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.70 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 93.3. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.24 to 4.0.

January 2020 admissions

The school received 230 applications for 54 seats (28 in College Station and 26 in Round Rock). Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.71, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.77 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was 92.5. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.04 to 4.0.

January 2019 admissions

The school received 234 applications for 46 seats (24 in College Station and 22 in Round Rock). Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.66, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.76 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was a 93. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.07 to 4.0.

January 2018 admissions

The school received 241 applications for 46 seats (24 in College Station and 22 in Round Rock). Among the students enrolled, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.64, the average Nursing Science GPA was 3.71 and the average cumulative Admissions Assessment HESI score was a 93. Overall GPAs of admitted students ranged from 3.18 to 4.0.

Application Requirements

  1. NursingCAS application and nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official college transcripts from each institution attended sent to NursingCAS. This includes Texas A&M University, if applicable.
  3. HESI Admissions Assessment Examwith critical thinking.Official test report must be received by the School of Nursing to be eligible. An official report is not needed from those who test through Texas A&M.
  4. Apply Texas application and nonrefundable application fee. Complete this upon notification through NursingCAS. This is required of external as well as currently enrolled Texas A&M students who will earned their first degree prior to Nursing.
  5. Online interview and online written assessments through the secondary assessment provider, Kira Talent. Eligible applicants will be sent invitations to complete this portion following review of their NursingCAS application.
  6. Completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” by the first class day.
  7. Unofficial high school transcript (only required for students not currently or previously enrolled at Texas A&M University). An official copy will be required if admitted.
  8. International applicant credentials (if applicable).

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend a Prospective Student Information Session (PSIS) to learn more about our programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).These sessions will provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend a PSIS prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome
  • Sessions last approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half

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