West Texas A&M University

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Prelicensure Nursing Program

Department of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Degree

Majors in Nursing

  • Major in Nursing—Basic and Transfer Students (Major Code: 701)
  • Major in Nursing—LVN to Pre-licensure RN (Major Code: 713)
    • For students who are licensed vocational nurses.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of the catalog.

NOTE: Core 20 (Math), BIOL 2401 and 2402 with concurrent lab and PSYC 2301, required for nursing majors, meets University Core Curriculum requirements.

Additional Nursing Requirements

  • SOCI 1301
  • PSYC 2308 or 2314
  • Four hours from BIOL 2420 or 2572 with concurrent lab
  • Basic chemistry course (CHEM 1405 or 1411) with concurrent lab
  • NURS 2330, NURS 2350, NURS 3304, and NURS 3310

NOTE: Licensed Vocational nurses will receive credit for NURS 2350.

See the WTAMU Pre-Nursing Degree Checklist for full list of nursing requirements.

Greenlighting / Advising for SPRING 2019

Current pre-nursing students with 30+ completed hours should attend a group advising session. When you RSVP for a date I will review your file, if I think it is best that we meet one-on-one, I will respond with an email for you to set up an appointment.

Pre-Nursing students with 0-30 completed hours should contact WTAMU Advising Services.

RSVP is required to attend a group advising session.

Students will have an opportunity to plan/review their student planning schedule and timeline. Students will be green lighted after the meeting. Additional one-on-one advising sessions for students will be available, if necessary, after the student has attended one of the group advising meetings. 

If you applied for the SPRING 2019 BSN Program start, please wait to receive your admission decision letter regarding specific advising/ green lighting instructions.

To RSVP for pre-nursing group advising, click here! 

How to Apply to the WTAMU BSN Program

Applications for FALL 2019 are due by 5 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019.

  • Apply and be admitted to West Texas A&M University. Check out WTAMU Admissions for details on how to apply.
    • Transfer students and students who are not currently enrolled should be admitted to the University and have all transcripts officially evaluated by the WTAMU Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.
      • Fall application deadline- apply to University by December 1st
      • Spring application deadline- apply to University by August 1st
  • Complete an Application to the B.S.N. Nursing Program
  • Complete or be enrolled in the last six or fewer Pre-Nursing required courses. See WTAMU Pre-Nursing Degree Checklist.
    • See additional admission requirements below
  • Take the pre-admission HESI A2 exam and pass the math, reading and vocabulary sections with a minimum score of 80 in a single setting.

NOTE: After a student is admitted to the WTAMU B.S.N. program a fingerprinting and background check process will be conducted through the Texas Board of Nursing.

For additional questions regarding the application process, please contact the Nursing Counselor at mmcfadden@wtamu.edu.

Admission Requirements for the Department of Nursing

  • Formal acceptance into West Texas A&M University.
  • A separate, competitive application process is required for admission into the Department of Nursing. Admission is required prior to 3000-level nursing courses (with the exception of NURS 3304 and NURS 3310) for basic students and LVN degree-completion students. Current license to practice as an LVN is required for LVN degree completion students requesting advanced standing (application fee required).
  • Completion of University core curriculum and additional nursing requirements as listed on the degree checklists.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.80, as of the date of your application to the nursing program.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, mathematics, and nursing courses.
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, must be submitted to the Department of Nursing with application.
  • If the applicant was previously enrolled in another nursing program, a letter of good standing from the dean/director is required. Detailed descriptions of nursing courses completed must be submitted and approved for transfer credit.
  • All basic and LVN applicants are required to take a pre-admission HESI A2 exam and pass the math, reading and vocabulary sections with a minimum score of 80 in a single setting.
  • To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted with the application: $50 application fee, immunization records and Documentation Form, HESI A2 report, and copies of all transcripts. See page 5 of the Application to the B.S.N. Nursing Program for a full checklist.
  • Applications to the Department of Nursing should be submitted by Feb. 15 for fall semester entry and Sept. 15 for spring semester admission.
  • For additional questions regarding admission to the Nursing Department, please contact the Nursing Counselor at Nursing@wtamu.edu.

Students may appeal Admissions Committee decisions, first to the committee and then to the head of the Department of Nursing. Exceptions, resulting in conditional admission, will be considered on an individual basis by the head of the Department of Nursing.

Advanced Standing

Registered nurses or others with previous experience and education in nursing must be admitted to the Department of Nursing through the same procedure as all students. Advanced standing will be determined after evaluation of transcripts. For further information, refer to “Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination” in the catalog.

Re-admission to the Department of Nursing

Re-admission to the Department of Nursing is not automatic. Students must re-apply to the department in writing to the Admission and Progression Committee after withdrawal or failure in any semester. Students who make grades of “D” or below two times in nursing courses will not be allowed to continue in the program. A student who leaves the program for any other reason may be permitted to re-enroll based on (1) individual qualifications, (2) available space, and (3) ability to complete the program in a 3 year time frame beginning from their time of admission into the nursing program. The student’s record of dropped courses or withdrawals from the University will be considered. Satisfactory scores on comprehensive examinations covering nursing theory and clinical course work previously completed will be required for basic students who have not been enrolled in nursing courses at WTAMU for five or more years.

Major in Nursing—For Basic and Transfer Students (Major Code: 701)

Transfer Nursing Students (who were previously enrolled in an ADN or BSN Program)

Transfer nursing students must:

  • Be in good academic standing and eligible for readmission at the last nursing program attended.
  • Provide documentation from the dean or appropriate department head of the last nursing program attended that states readmission eligibility and academic standing.
  • Submit copies of official transcripts from each institution attended to the Department of Nursing.

Senior or Community College

Students transferring from a senior college or community college nursing program into the basic nursing program must submit copies of nursing course syllabi. If the transferring courses are less than five years old, courses will be evaluated for transfer on an individual basis. If courses are more than five years old, see “Returning Basic WTAMU Students and Transferring Basic Students” in this section.

Returning Basic WTAMU Students and Transferring Basic Students

Any basic/traditional student, WTAMU or transferring, who has not been enrolled in clinical nursing courses in the past five years, must demonstrate competency by examination prior to being rescheduled into the nursing curriculum. A course-specific exam, which will be a standardized test, will be given. The exam may be taken one time. A fee is charged for each exam. If the student is unsuccessful, the student will be scheduled into that/those clinical course(s) as space is available. For further information, refer to “Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination” in your catalog.


SPRING 2019 BSN Acceptance