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Q. What is a health science center?
A. As the most comprehensive health science center in Texas, the Texas A&M Health Science Center is dedicated to addressing today’s health care needs through forward-thinking medical research, service and health professions education. Impacting nearly every county in the State of Texas with education, research and outreach programs, the health science center operates eight campuses across Texas consisting of the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and School of Public Health. This geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary model allows for innovative team training that supports the common goal of transforming health.

Q. What degree opportunities are available through the College of Nursing?
A. We currently offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health Care. The bachelor’s program has three tracks to select from: Traditional, Second Degree, or RN-to-BSN. The master's program has three tracks to select from: Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Forensic Nursing. Our Traditional and Second Degree BSN programs are offered at both our Bryan-College Station and Round Rock campuses. Our RN-to-BSN and graduate programs are all offered online. 

The College of Nursing is currently exploring adding the following graduate programs: DNP and Ph.D. in nursing.

Q. Where are you located?
A. We currently have campuses and locations in  Bryan-College StationRound RockMcAllen and Lufkin.

Q. How do I become a registered nurse?
A. Students who complete the undergraduate program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are then eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, students are awarded their Registered Nurse license.

Q. I already have a bachelor’s degree. How long will it take me to get my BSN?
A. Students with a first bachelor’s degree may apply to the Second Degree BSN program which begins each January (spring term) only. Completion of prerequisite course work is required prior to the program start date. All required nursing courses and clinical experiences will be completed in four semesters or 15 months. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students with a first bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply to the Traditional BSN track, which begins three times per year and takes two years to complete six semesters.

Q. I am in still in high school. Can I apply directly to the program to enter as a college freshman?
A. No. This applies to high school students who may have earned college credits and/or an associate’s degree during the course of their high school program. Applicants must attend at least one semester at Texas A&M University in a non-nursing field of study or qualify as a transfer applicant in order to apply to the BSN program. Students attending Texas A&M University may be accepted into the upper division nursing sequence as internal transfers if they meet certain requirements. Students attending other institutions must apply to the College of Nursing as external transfer students.


Q. How many students does the College of Nursing admit?
A. Please see the individual program pages for average admitted student statistics. Typically, 95 students are admitted to the Traditional BSN and 46 students are admitted to the Second Degree BSN annually. The RN-to-BSN and MSN track admission numbers vary depending on the applicant pool.

Q. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?
A. It is strongly recommended that applicants have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all prerequisite coursework and a minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the prerequisite courses. For BSN applicants, both the Prerequisite GPA as well as the Nursing Science GPA will be considered. The courses used to calculate the Nursing Science GPA include: mathematics, lifespan growth & development, nutrition, A&P I & II, chemistry and microbiology. MSN students will be evaluated by their overall and last 60 hours GPA from undergraduate course work in addition to other application requirements.

Q. How can I get an application?
A. The College of Nursing currently requires the NursingCAS application for all students, as well as Apply Texas for External Transfer Students. For more information on admission requirements, visit the program track page you are interested in.

Q. Is an entrance test required?
A. Yes. Traditional and Second Degree BSN applicants must take the HESI A2 Admissions Assessment Exam. RN-to-BSN and MSN applicants are not required to take an entrance test.

Q. Are letters of recommendation required?
A. One professional or academic reference evaluation is required for RN-to-BSN applicants and three professional or academic reference evaluations are required for the MSN programs. Reference evaluations must be submitted through the NursingCAS application. Reference evaluations are not accepted for the Traditional and Second Degree BSN tracks.


Q. What is the deadline for applications and required credentials?
A. NursingCAS and Apply Texas application deadlines are posted on the individual program track pages.


Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the Traditional BSN program?
A. Traditional prerequisites include courses in English, history, government, psychology, philosophy, math, human development, nutrition, biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. For more details regarding course work, visit the Traditional program page.

Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the Second Degree BSN program?
A. Second Degree prerequisites include mandatory Texas common core curriculum courses and Nursing Science courses in human development, math, nutrition, biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. For more details regarding coursework, visit the Second Degree program page. 


Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the RN-to-BSN program?
A. RN-to-BSN prerequisites include courses in communications, history, government, psychology, philosophy, math, human development, nutrition, biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. For more details regarding course work, visit the RN-to-BSN program page.


Q. Do all of the prerequisite courses have to be completed before I can apply to your programs?
A. No, but all courses must be completed by the first class day. Students will be required to list all course work planned or in progress on the application. Acceptance offers will be contingent on successful completion of all of these courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

Q. Do I need a minimum number of prerequisites completed when I apply?
A. Yes. 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).

Q. Where should I take the prerequisite courses?
A. Any accredited two- or four-year college or university is acceptable, but an institution with strong science departments is suggested.

Q. Do prerequisite courses have to be completed within the past five years?
A. No. There is no restriction on the age of courses. However, if it has been a significant amount of time since prerequisite courses have been completed, we strongly encourage students to at least review the material, especially for nursing science courses.

Q. Can I apply for the M.S.N. program while completing my BSN?
A. Yes. Students may apply to the MSN program during the semester in which they are finishing coursework for the BSN degree as long as the degree will be conferred prior to the start of the MSN program.

Q. Do you require a minimum number of practice years as a condition of admission to the MSN program?
A. No. There is no minimum number of practice years required for admission to our MSN programs, however, years of experience is considered in the selection process.

Q. When will I be notified of my admission decision?
A. Spring applicants will be notified in October and summer/fall applicants will be notified in April. Notification is electronic via the Applicant Information System (AIS) portal or via NursingCAS for internal applicants. Admission decisions and wait list placement will not be given through email or by phone.

Q. Will I be able to work while enrolled in the upper division curriculum?
A. It is possible, although highly discouraged, for traditional and second degree students to work part-time while enrolled in the upper division curriculum. The coursework and course load in this sequence are very strenuous and require an extensive amount of study and preparation. Also, placements in clinical courses change each semester as far as days and times, which makes it difficult for students to coordinate their work schedules. If you are considering working, please speak with an academic adviser.

Q. Can I participate in the program on a part-time basis?
A. Students admitted to the Traditional or Second Degree BSN program must be full-time students. Those admitted to the RN-to-BSN and MSN programs may have the option of choosing a full-time or part-time schedule.

Q. If I want to attend Texas A&M University to complete my prerequisite courses, what should I list as a major since nursing is not a choice?
A. Students may select any major at Texas A&M University, however, the degree plan for the major should be flexible enough to allow the student to complete the required nursing prerequisite courses. Suggested majors include: allied health, public health, community health, kinesiology,  psychology, or sociology. Many students elect to finish a first degree before applying  to the College of Nursing so it is important to select a major that aligns with your interests and future career goals.

Q. Can I earn the Aggie Ring if I attend the Health Science Center?
A. Every student who receives a Texas A&M University diploma will be eligible to receive an Aggie Ring. Many of our students will be eligible to order, receive and wear their ring before they officially graduate. In some cases, like the RN-to-BSN, the students will not be able to pick up their ring until they graduate and their degree is officially conferred (on commencement day). A timeline for order and delivery of rings may be found by visiting the Aggie Network website.

Q. Am I allowed to repeat coursework to improve my grade? How will repeated courses be averaged in to my GPA?
A. Students may repeat a course, however, both grades earned will be used in the calculation of the GPA.

For more information, contact an adviser in the Office of Student Affairs

Last edited by: jlmorgan 04/26/2018


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