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Prelicensure Nursing Program

Department of Nursing

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

Majors in Nursing

  • Pre-Nursing—(Major Code: 700)
    • A basic or transfer student who is not admitted to the WTAMU BSN program is considered to be a Pre-Nursing major.  When a student applies and is admitted to the WTAMU BSN program and begins Junior I nursing courses, the major code is changed to Code 701, unless the student is a registered LVN, in which case the major code is changed to 713.
  • 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 pre-nursing requirements.

Effective Fall 2019: All students who apply to the WTAMU BSN program must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, as of the date of your application to the nursing program.

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How to Apply to the WTAMU BSN Program:

Step 1: Apply and be admitted to West Texas A&M University.

  • The WTAMU Office of Admission is a great resource and can help students through the application process to the University.

All students should be aware of application deadlines for the undergraduate application to the University.

Step 2: Transfer & Post Bach students should contact the WTAMU Nursing Counselor at mmcfadden@wtamu.edu after the student has been admitted to the University and all transcripts have been officially evaluated.

Incoming Freshman will be required to attend a New Student Orientation prior to registering for courses at WTAMU.

  • Transcripts are required to be officially evaluated from each institution attended to determine cumulative GPA and remaining WTAMU pre-nursing required courses.

Step 3: 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.

  • Please note that NURS 2350/L and NURS 3310 must be completed at WTAMU.
  • Licensed Vocational nurses will receive credit for NURS 2350/L.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Complete an Application to the B.S.N. Nursing Program

  • See page 5 of the application for a complete checklist of required items to be submitted with your application.

Nursing Application Deadlines: **See Note

  • Fall Admission ‐ February 15th BY 5 PM
  • Spring Admission‐ September 15th BY 5 PM.

If these dates fall on a weekend, submit your WTAMU nursing application on the Monday after the 15th by 5 PM. Applications are valid for one year.

**Please note that the Nursing Application deadline has been extended.

  • Applications for SPRING 2020 are due by 5 PM on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

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 application and admission to West Texas A&M University. (Application fee required.)
  • 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 pre-licensure BSN students and LVN degree-completion students. Current license to practice as a 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 pre-nursing degree checklist.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, as of the date of your application to the nursing program.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, mathematics, and nursing courses.
  • It is preferred that three of the four science courses be completed when applying. Science GPA of 2.8 preferred.
  • 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 or appropriate department head is required. Detailed descriptions of nursing courses completed must be submitted and approved for transfer credit. See "Transfer Nursing Students" below for more information.
  • All pre-licensure 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 sitting.
  • 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 entry.

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.