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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—Licensed Vocational Nurse Degree Completion (Major Code: 713)
  • Major in Nursing—Registered Nurse Degree Completion (Major Code: 718)

University Core Curriculum Requirements

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

NOTE: BIOL 2401 and 2402 with concurrent lab, required for nursing majors, meets University Core Curriculum science requirements.

Additional Nursing Requirements

  • Four hours from BIOL 2420 or 2572 with concurrent lab.
  • PSYC 2301, 2314, SOCI 1301.
  • Basic chemistry course (CHEM 1405 or 1411).

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 for basic students, LVN and RN degree-completion students. Current license to practice as an LVN or RN is required for LVN and RN degree completion students requesting advanced standing (application fee required).
  • Completion of nursing core curriculum and additional requirements as listed on the degree checklists.
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.8 and a minimum grade of “C” in biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology and mathematics courses.
  • A transfer student must submit copies of all transcripts and if transferring from another school of nursing, recommendation letters from the dean and detailed descriptions of nursing courses.
  • 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: application fee, immunization records, all transcripts and background check.
  • 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 Lynda Robinson, Nursing Counselor at LRobinson@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 and (2) available space. 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

Transfer 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 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.

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