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  • Undergraduate Application Instructions

    Prior to Application Deadline:

    • All Math and Science courses must be completed prior to the application deadline.
    • Complete at least 51 of the required 60 semester course hours of prerequisite courses at the time of application. For a list of required courses, click here. The remaining 9 semester credit hours in the areas of art, social science, and humanities can be completed after deadline and prior to the first day of orientation (example: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, History).
    • Submit an online application via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs by 10:59pm on the day of the application deadline
    • Submit the School of Nursing non-refundable $45 application fee by the application deadline
    • Essay Questions (Complete via the NursingCAS application)
    • Takes the TEAs (For information regarding the TEAs exam content and registration, click here.) TEAS Version 6.0 Exam must be taken prior to the application deadline and may only be taken once per application cycle.
    • Submit official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS by the application deadline. International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential service.

      Please submit all official transcripts to:
      NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471

    • Official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if international applicant. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old. A minimum score of 550 is required on the paper examination; minimum 250 on the computer-based examination; or, minimum 68 on the internet based examination

    Following Application Deadline:

    • Check your Email!
    • Continue to complete required prerequisite courses if applicable
    • Begin Hepatitis B Series

    Following Nursing Program Conditional Acceptance

    • Pay the $500.00 Pre-Matriculation Seat Deposit
    • If the admitted student begins the program, $250 will be refunded to the student. The additional $250 is a School of Nursing processing fee and is non-refundable. If the admitted student does not begin the nursing program, the full $500 is non-refundable.
    • **Please note that all below listed items must be completed at least one month prior to orientation**
    • Clear Background Check (instructions will be emailed to you)
    • Complete Required Immunizations
    • Current Health Insurance Coverage.
    • Complete the Required Computer Selection Form (The form will be emailed to incoming students.) To learn more about the SoN required computer selection process, please click here.
    • Complete CPR certification for Adult & Child Health Care Professionals through the American Heart Association
    • Complete required prerequisites (if applicable)
    • Send final official transcripts, which list successful (grade C or higher) completion of all required prerequisites from accredited institution(s)
    • Official Transcript listing completion of non-nursing baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (Accelerated BSN Applicants Only)
    • Complete Americans with Disabilities Request for Accommodations form (if applicable)
    • Complete HIPAA, BSAT, and Student Web Orientation Trainings via Internet (training information will be emailed to you)

    New students will not be allowed to register for courses until all above listed requirements are completed.

  • Graduate Application Instructions

    Prior to Application Deadline:

    • Submit an online application via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs by 10:59pm on the day of the application deadline.
    • Submit the School of Nursing non-refundable $45 application fee by the application deadline. (Instructions are included inside the NursingCAS application)
    • Submit official transcripts for each college/university attended to NursingCAS by the application deadline. If you attended a non-U.S. college/university, please refer to international applicant instructions by clicking here.

      Please submit all official transcripts to:
      NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471

    • Three Professional References (Complete via the NursingCAS application)
    • Essay Questions (Complete via the NursingCAS application)
    • PhD Only: Submit official copy of standardized test score (MAT or GRE)

    Following Nursing Program Conditional Acceptance

    • Pay the $500.00 Pre-Matriculation Seat Deposit
    • If the admitted student begins the program, $250 will be refunded to the student. The additional $250 is a School of Nursing processing fee and is non-refundable. If the admitted student does not begin the nursing program, the full $500 is non-refundable
    • **Please note that all below listed items must be completed at least one month prior to orientation**
    • Clear Background Check (instructions will be emailed to you)
    • Complete Required Immunizations
    • BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification through the American Heart Association. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner majors will need to possess Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association.
    • Provide copy of Texas RN license
    • Current Health Insurance Coverage.
    • Complete Americans with Disabilities Request for Accommodations form (if applicable)
    • Complete HIPAA, BSAT, and Student Web Orientation Trainings via Internet (training information will be emailed to you)

Residency Questionnaire

Applicants are required to upload the Residency Questionnaire with the NursingCAS application when applying. To access the Residency Questionnaire, please click here.

Immunizations

Students must complete all required immunizations prior to enrolling in a nursing program. This policy is in accordance with Texas administrative code and university policy, which requires all nursing students to complete immunizations prior to contact with patients or with biological fluids/tissue. Students in all nursing programs have patient contact early in the program and must have completed all immunizations prior to enrolling in nursing courses since students will not be allowed to attend clinical rotations without having been immunized.

To see a complete list of all required immunizations, click here. Please note, your immunization record MUST be completed by your physician or health care provider and returned 30 days prior to orientation. You will NOT be allowed to enroll in courses until your immunization record has been received and all immunizations verified.

Background Checks

Undergraduate:

All applicants offered admission to a program in the School of Nursing are required to undergo a background check. If you are offered admission, instructions regarding how to complete your background check will be included in your offer letter. Generally, background checks need to be completed at least six months prior to the beginning of your first semester in the nursing program.

If results of the background check are deemed favorable, the offer of admission will be considered final if all other admission requirements have been fulfilled. However, if results are not favorable the offer of admission will be rescinded.

The Texas Board of Nursing (TBoN) has legally granted power to deny permission for a candidate to take the NCLEX-RN examination if it is deemed the individual has not demonstrated "good professional character." The Board may refuse to:

  • approve persons to take the licensure examination
  • issue or renew a license or certificate of registration to any individual who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or engaged in conduct resulting in revocation of probation imposed pursuant to such conviction
  • At the time when the School of Nursing offers admission to the candidate, the School of Nursing submits a roster of those candidates being offered admission to TBON.

    TBON will issue a "FAST PASS" originator number to be provided by each candidate to L1 Identity Solutions informing them that TBON is requesting the CBC report be sent to TBON. Each candidate is responsible for making an appointment with L1 Identity Solutions using the originator number provided to have the fingerprint check completed. Candidates are also required to pay the cost of the background check and finger print scanning.

    Once L1 Identity Solutions has completed the background check, they will submit the results to TBON. If the fingerprint scan is rejected for some reason, TBON will notify the candidate to request a repeat scan be completed. Otherwise, reports will be submitted to TBON in approximately 7 to 10 days. TBON will then notify the candidate of the results. Candidates with a clear check will receive a blue card indicating the finding. It is very important for applicants to keep the blue card for their records and fax or email a copy of the blue card (both sides) to the Office of Admissions & Student Services.

    Once the card has been received, the CBC registration hold will be removed by the Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services. You will be eligible to register for classes as long as all other required materials have also been received by the Office of Admissions & Student Services.

    Candidates with a positive background check will also be notified by TBON and asked to submit a petition for a "Declaratory Order." The petition will be reviewed by TBON. Until the positive background check is cleared by TBON, the candidate will not be allowed to register for courses.

    Graduate:

    The SoN Office of Admission and Student Services will designate an approved company to conduct the background checks for graduate students who are already licensed as an RN. Results from a company other than those designated will not be accepted. Students and applicants must contact this designated company and comply with its instructions in authorizing and obtaining a back-ground check. Applicants are responsible for payment of any fees charged by the certified criminal background check.

    Required Computer Purchase & Specifications

    Undergraduate:

    The School of Nursing has an innovative program that will allow students to gain competency in informatics related to lifelong learning for professional development and patient care through the integration of information technology in the curriculum. To aid in this endeavor, students will use a specifically-configured laptop computer to assist in accessing and managing information during nursing school. The laptop will allow students to access various printed and multimedia sources and will provide a resource for accessing and submitting information in a very efficient manner throughout the two years of nursing school.

    Entering students will have a choice to purchase a preconfigured laptop: Apple MacBook Pro 15", Apple MacBook Pro 13", Dell Latitude E6420 or Dell Latitude E6520. All the laptops are utilizing the latest Intel Dual Core processor. The School of Nursing has negotiated excellent bundled prices that include the laptop, extra battery and power adapter, and a 3 year warranty. Although the financial aid package can cover the cost of this computer, students will be required to purchase the computer by check or credit card prior to orientation. If students choose to accept financial aid, the cost of attendance will include the cost required to pay for this computer.

    Please be aware that if entering students do not return the computer selection form by the stated deadline, students will receive a laptop of the school's choice as the default option, and students will be required to purchase the instrument prior to orientation.

    The laptop purchase is a mandatory requirement. To provide consistent technical support and access to School of Nursing resources, it is important that all students have the computers selected by the School of Nursing, purchased through the school, and distributed during orientation.

    Laptops purchased as part of the School of Nursing program are covered by a manufacture warranty. However, there are circumstances and situations that are not covered. It is highly recommended that all students check existing insurance coverage (e.g. Renters or Homeowners) or make arrangements for coverage of the laptop. The warranty provided by Apple covers defects in material and workmanship. The warranty package on the Dell computers includes Complete Care coverage, an accidental damage coverage that covers everything except fire, theft, or intentional damage.

    Any insurance should fill the gap between the applicable warranty and the level of coverage desired.

    Graduate:

    Graduate students are required to own a laptop computer with the capacity to connect to the internet via a wireless connection. Individuals should be competent in computer skills, which include email, library and Internet research, Blackboard, and the ability to use word-processing software.