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RN to BSN Admission Criteria

Application Scoring Criteria

Prospective students often want to know what it takes to be admitted to the programs within the Texas A&M College of Nursing. It is strongly recommended applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Prerequisite Coursework GPA
  • Nursing Science GPA: nutrition, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, chemistry, lifespan growth & development psychology and elementary statistics
  • GPA on associate degree in nursing coursework
  • Professional or academic reference
  • Essay/Personal statement
  • Other information presented in the application
  • History of withdraws, 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 2 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.

Admissions Decisions

All applicants will be notified of admission decision via the Texas A&M Applicant Information System (AIS). Decision dates vary by entry term.

Last edited by: kmccallum 09/02/2019


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