The Professional School Advising (PSA) team offers a variety of tools to help you become a competitive nursing school applicant. As you explore the medical field, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our nursing advisor to discuss your goals and review your professional resume.

Nursing offers 3 degrees:

ADN-Associate’s Degree in Nursing
BSN- Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
MSN-Master’s of Science in Nursing


Thinking about Nursing School?

Shadow and Volunteer in the field

Students can gain experience by shadowing a nurse, volunteering in a clinic or practice, or working in the field.  If looking for shadowing experience we encourage students to join the Pre-Nursing Society or look back home and try to complete it while on winter, summer or spring break.

Routes for becoming a nurse

1. Earn a four year degree from Texas A&M University and choose one of the following options:
Choice A - Apply to any generic 2 year nursing program; BSN or ADN (both are RNs).
Choice B - Apply to a fast track BSN program, which takes the generic 2 year program and condenses it to anywhere from 12 to 15 months. This choice is only for students who will have a bachelor's degree prior to entry in a program.

(With Choices A or B you will receive two degrees - one from TAMU and one from your nursing program)                           
2. Stay at TAMU for approximately 2 years and complete your pre-requisite courses.

  • Apply to nursing school the Generic 2 year track (end of your 1st year) and leave  with your BSN-RN.

Special Note

  • A BSN is required to advance into an MSN program. 

  • ADNs are offered at community colleges.  Please do not rule out an ADN program, it is a great start for a nursing career.

  • Applications for nursing school is competitive, a prerequisite grade point ratio above a 3.0 is necessary.

  • Both ADN and BSN become RNs after passion the NCLEX; however, a RN to BSN is available for nurses with an ADN background.

Research Nursing School

Look at the pre-reqs

Texas Nursing School prerequisites can differ slightly from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to check with different schools for specific information. Taking the prerequisite courses at a junior college is acceptable for nursing schools. Most nursing programs frown on taking science courses in an online format. 

Common Prerequisites






BIOL 319 and 320



BIOL 107 or 111



CHEM 101/111



Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Theater



ENGL 104 or COMM 203 and ENGL 203 or 210



HIST 105, 106, or 226



MATH 141 and 142 (others may sub)



BIOL 206



Fundamentals, Scientic Principles, Health Care



PHIL 251



POLS 206 and 207



PSYC 107 and 2314



SOCI 205


Look at deadlines

  • Application deadlines.  Can you make them?  Is it too late?  At least be aware of them so you know when you need to start to apply.  An early application is always a good thing, always.  A listing of nursing schools, start dates, application dates, and required tests is available.

  • Start dates of the programs.  Will you have graduated by then?  Will you be finished with your pre-reqs by then?  Is that when you want to start or do you want some time off of school?

Look at the Application

Even if you are not applying at the moment.  The application will tell you if you need essays, letters of recommendation, if they have interviews, these are all things you need to know about a school to either rule it in or rule it out.  And, to prepare you for what applying is going to entail.

Prepare to Apply

HESI vs. TEAS, What's the Difference?

Nursing schools throughout the country are beginning to require a formal standardized nursing entrance exam.  Some schools require the HESI, while others require the TEAS.  Each of these exams are standardized in the curriculum which the students are tested.  Both tests include the following subjects; anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, English grammar, reading comprehension and mathematics


What is the HESI?

The HESI A2 (Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment) is an exam required for admission to roughly half of the ADN and BSN programs in Texas. It covers three academic areas, English Language, Math, and Science.

Click here for instructions to register for the HESI.

Test Details

Programs will specify which of these subtests are needed so check with them so you don't do more (or less) than what is necessary. Testing and retesting policies vary between institutions with some allowing multiple retests and others only allowing one HESI to be taken per 12 month period.

  1. ​Readings Comprehension

  2. Vocabulary and General Knowledge

  3. Grammar

  4. Basic Math Skills

  5. Biology

  6. Chemistry

  7. Anatomy & Physiology

  8. Learning Style

  9. Personality Profile


What is the TEAS?

The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is an exam required for admission to about half of Texas ADN and BSN programs. It covers 4 academic areas—Reading, Math, Science, and English & Language. Unlike the HESI you will need to take every section of the TEAS. Institutions may limit how many times you can reattempt to take the TEAS per application period, so check with your programs for details.

Click here to register for the TEAS.

BSN programs that require the TEAS

  • Angelo State University

  • Concordia University Texas

  • East Texas Baptist University

  • Schreiner University

  • Stephen F. Austin State University

  • ​Southwestern Adventist University

  • Texas A&M University Texarkana

  • Texas State San Marcos

  • Texas Tech HSC

  • Texas Woman’s University

  • University of Houston

  • University of the Incarnate Word

  • ​UT Medical Branch

  • UT El Paso

  • UT Tyler

  • Wayland Baptist University

Additional Resources

The Application Process

Each school has their own application process. Even if you are not ready to apply you should visit their website, click on "apply now," and find out what their requirements are.  Most programs use NursingCAS, a central application system, which sends one application to numerous nursing programs. Listed below are those Texas programs that belong to NursingCAS, hopefully more will join in the future!

Patty Hanks
Tech (Lubbock and El Paso campuses)

Additional Advice

1. Applying to 3 or 4 nursing programs is about the norm for Aggies, you can add more to spread the wealth or less to zero in on a couple of select schools.

2. Every nursing program has a hoop that they want you to jump through. You have to decide which hoops you are willing to jump through.Some hoops are in the form of extra required prerequisites, entrance tests, or application procedures.

3. At a nursing program website you are either a Bacc2 or Second Degree BSN if you are going to have a four year degree prior to nursing school.Or, you are a Generic Plan or BSN if you are not going to have a four year degree prior to starting nursing school.You are not a “Graduate” and you are not usually a “Transfer” student.

Application and Interview Workshops (RECOMMENDED)

We offer Application and Interview Workshops that will help students through the application process.  To sign up for one visit our Workshops page and select the time and date that works best for you.