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Program Information and Deadlines for Second Degree BSN
STEP 1 Nursing CAS Application: Opens June 1
Nursing CAS Application Deadline: Aug. 1
HESI A2 Exam Deadline: Aug. 1
STEP 2 ApplyTexas Transfer Application: Opens July 1
ApplyTexas Transfer Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Notification of Acceptance into Upper Division Nursing Sequence: October
First Class Day: Mid-January

Two-Step Application Process

Step 1

  1. NursingCAS Application
  2. Official transcripts from all schools attended must be sent to NursingCAS using the NursingCAS Transcript Request Form (this includes Texas A&M University transcripts); request all transcripts early in the application cycle. Carefully review further instructions under the Official Transcripts heading below
  3. NursingCAS nonrefundable application fee
  4. HESI A2 Admissions Assessment exam with critical thinking
  5. Prerequisite coursework must be completed by the first class day with a grade of "C" or higher; contact an adviser for any course questions; all courses are subject to approval by the College of Nursing when the student applies for admission
  6. Essay/Personal statement submitted through NursingCAS. Write to the following prompt: Why have you chosen nursing as a career? Provide life experiences or direct knowledge of nursing that support your choice.

Once the NursingCAS application shows a complete status, the application will move to be verified. At that time, the College of Nursing will receive the application. The college will contact the applicant, via email through NursingCAS, once all content meets requirements for review.

Await communication from the College of Nursing before proceeding to Step 2.

  • Complete Status

    Complete status means the applicant has e-submitted, paid the application fee(s) and all transcripts have been processed and posted to the application. In complete status, the application is in line for verification.
  • Verified Status

    Verified means an application is complete and NursingCAS analysts will review the applicant’s self-reported coursework and degree, compare it line for line for accuracy with the official transcripts and calculate GPAs.

Step 2

  1. - Complete a transfer application to apply to Texas A&M University
  2. ApplyTexas nonrefundable application fee
  3. Activate Texas A&M admissions portal (Applicant Information System-AIS) upon receipt of email instructions

NOTE: You do not need to resend transcripts or answer another essay as part of the ApplyTexas process. The AIS site will show that your application is incomplete since all nursing applicants must send transcripts and answer the essay in NursingCAS; do not let this alarm you. The College of Nursing will notify you directly when your application is complete. For information regarding application evaluation, see Admission Criteria.

Professional or academic references/letters of recommendation are not required and will not be accepted with a student's application.

Early applications and submission of HESI scores are strongly recommended.

Application Requirements

  • Application & Fee

    Applicants must submit the NursingCAS Application by the deadline in order to be considered for admission. However, students are encouraged to apply and submit all documentation as early as possible. Applicants will receive confirmation of application after the application deadline. Please do not call the College of Nursing prior to that date. Admission is highly competitive. A nonrefundable $50 application fee is required.

    Grades earned from the most recent term must be included with application submission. If final grades in coursework are not known by the time the application is submitted, re-enter the application and follow the NursingCAS instructions for re-entering the course with grade. If admitted, the final transcript will be requested to verify grade(s) earned.

    The College of Nursing will notify applicants once their NursingCAS application is complete and moves to the next phase of the decision process. At that time, you will be asked to apply through ApplyTexas to Texas A&M University. A nonrefundable $75 application fee is required. Fee waivers may be requested by eligible students through Texas A&M Office of Admissions.

    Applicants may only apply and be considered for admission into one BSN program per application cycle.  Should an applicant need to make any changes to the program applied to in Nursing CAS, please contact the College of Nursing. Applicants should NOT submit multiple applications for the same application cycle. Second choice nursing majors on the Apply Texas application will not be considered. For other majors, applicants should contact the appropriate department to find out if their application will be considered as a second choice major.

  • Official Transcripts

    Transcript Instructions

    • Request official transcripts from all schools attended as soon as the application cycle opens (these can be requested before submitting the application to NursingCAS). It is imperative that transcripts be enroute to NursingCAS as soon as possible.
    • You must use the Transcript Request Form which can be printed as soon as you complete the Colleges Attended section of the application. See NursingCAS instructions for this step.
    • Check receipt of transcripts in your CAS application under Check Status. Once all transcripts are received, NursingCAS will move to the next step of verifying your coursework which can take up to 15 business days. Note: verification does not have to be complete by the application deadline.


  • Prerequisite Coursework

    Courses may be in progress during the application cycle, however, all courses must be completed by the first class day. Please see below for a list of required courses. All courses are subject to approval by the College 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 University must satisfy the coursework requirements of the Texas A&M University Core Curriculum. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the first class day with a minimum grade of "C".

    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, both grades earned will be used to determine the final GPA. Any additional attempts will not be considered.

    Nursing Science courses are in italics.

    Subject Course Name Texas Common Course Number Semester Credit Hours TAMU Course
    Communications Composition, Technical Writing, Public Speaking Any two courses from core list 6 See TAMU Core Curriculum
    History 1 US History I or TX History HIST 1301 or 2301 3 HIST 105 or 226
    History 1 US History II or TX History HIST 1302 or 2301 3 HIST 106 or 226
    Government Federal Government GOVT 2305 3 POLS 206
    Government TX Government GOVT 2306 3 POLS 207
    Social and Behavioral Science General Psychology PSYC 2301 3 PSYC 107
    Creative Arts Art, Dance, Music, Drama, or Theater Any acceptable course from core list 3 See TAMU Core Curriculum
    Humanities 2 Intro to Ethics or Intro to Philosophy or other Humanities PHIL 2306 or 1301 3 PHIL 111 or 251
    Science Introductory Biology BIOL 1406
    4 BIOL 111
    Psychology Developmental Lifespan Psychology PSYC 2314 3 PSYC 307
    Math 2 courses from core curriculum 3 See institution core curriculum
    6 See TAMU Core Curriculum
    Nutrition Nutrition BIOL 1322 3 NFSC 202, 203, or 222
    Science Anatomy & Physiology I
    BIOL 2401 4 BIOL 319 or VIBS 305
    Science Anatomy & Physiology II
    BIOL 2402 4 BIOL 320 or VTPP 423
    Science General/Introductory Chemistry I with lab CHEM 1405/1105 or 1411 4 CHEM 101 and 111 (CHEM 119 effective fall 2019)
    Microbiology BIOL 2420 or 2421 4 BIOL 206, 351, or VTPB 405

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

    2 Second Degree applicants who met core curriculum at a Texas public institution may use humanities taken in first degree; Second Degree applicants from private or out of state institutions may wish to speak with an adviser.

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

    Proficiency in a foreign language is required to graduate from Texas A&M University. 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 Texas A&M University Transfer Course Equivalency Matrix. If a course is not listed in the matrix or is listed as "TRNS" (transfer by title),  contact an adviser to identify the appropriate course of action to determine course transferability.

  • NursingCAS Coursework Entry

    • List every course with college credit in the NursingCAS application as they appear on each of your transcripts
    • Use a personal copy of your transcripts to enter all courses chronologically
    • List all planned or in progress coursework to be completed before the program start date
    • NursingCAS will verify your self-reported courses against your official transcripts once received
    • NursingCAS will return your application if corrections are needed. Failure to update corrections needed by the deadline date will constitute an incomplete application.
    • You can make updates to your coursework for grades earned after submitting the application but these cannot be made until your first submission has been verified. Once you receive final grades, log into your CAS application and enter these courses again as new courses along with the grade earned. Final grades earned through the summer term are required. Failure to update final summer grades will deem your application incomplete
  • HESI A2 Admissions Assessment Exam

    Exam Scheduling and Deadline

    Applicants are allowed to test once per application cycle. Official scores must be received by the College of Nursing by the published application deadline and must be from a recent test date; within the previous 12 months of the application deadline.

    Exam Registration

    View the HESI Registration Instructions PDF and set up an Evolve account to register for the exam. You may test at any Prometrics testing site for Elsevier Evolve exams. The Texas A&M College of Nursing Department ID is 198175.

    Complete the following five components plus critical thinking:

    • Math
    • Reading comprehension
    • Vocabulary and general knowledge
    • Grammar
    • Anatomy and physiology

    The cost of the exam is approximately $110.

    Score Requirements

    A minimum score of 75 percent is required for each of the component sections noted above. Applicants who do not achieve the minimum score in any one section will be denied based on test score deficiency.

    There is one exception to this requirement for applicants who have not completed both A&P courses at the time of testing and do not achieve the 75 percent minimum score. These applicants may be allowed to move forward in the admissions process as long as they achieve a minimum cumulative score of 82. (Calculate this by averaging the five sections: math, anatomy and physiology, reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary). 

    Note: The average cumulative score for most admitted students is 90 percent or greater.

    Score Reporting

    Scores MUST be sent from Elsevier directly to the HSC College of Nursing to be received no later than the deadline.

    For those who register to take the exam through the link above, scores will be received electronically within 24 hours of the date of the exam. Those who opt to take the exam through another nursing school must plan ahead and take the exam at least two to three weeks before the deadline in order to allow time for results to be sent from Elsevier to the college. These students must contact Elsevier directly at 800-950-2728 to request scores be sent to Texas A&M Health Science Center.

    The preferred delivery method is electronic email from Elsevier to the College of Nursing Admissions. Please allow up to three weeks for these reports to be received by the college from Elsevier. Students may not submit paper copies of their score report.

    Students Requesting Disability Accommodations

    Students that require exam accommodations due to a disability-related need (such as extra time, reader, screen magnification, etc.) will need to submit their accommodation requests and supporting disability documentation directly to Elsevier for review.

    In the Evolve Portal, click on “Student Access” for the HESI assessment.  Under the “Distance Testing” menu, select “Accommodation Request”.  Complete the “Request for Distance Testing Accommodation” form and then submit the completed form and supporting disability documentation through Elsevier’s accommodation request portal (called “HighTail”).

    Do not schedule your testing appointment until you have received a response from the Elsevier Special Accommodations Team. Typically, a response to an accommodation request is given within six (6) weeks.

    General questions about scheduling the HESI Admissions Assessment exam should be directed to Prometric, the company that administers the HESI exam. Other exam questions should be directed to Elsevier.

Last edited by: frank 09/05/2018

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