Nursing School

What makes a career in nursing a good choice?  Not only is it a rewarding career with unlimited job opportunities, but it is a profession that will be in high demand for decades to come. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 12 percent growth in employment for registered nurses from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the other healthcare occupations.


“Nurses provide much more than bedside care. We advocate for patients, deliver primary care, meet the complex needs of patients with chronic conditions, volunteer for disaster relief efforts, and are a trusted voice in boardrooms across the country,” said the 2017 president of the American Nurses Association Pamela F. Cipriano.

 

Nursing also ranks high in the annual Gallop poll for being an honest, ethical profession.

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Pathways to become an RN

There are three pathways to become a registered nurse (RN). 

  1. Diploma of Nursing – This is offered through a hospital-based nursing program.

  2. ADN (Associate’s Degree in Nursing) - A two-year program offered through many community colleges.  The ADN is the quickest and most popular pathway to become an RN; however, an RN without a BSN might not qualify for upper-level nursing positions.

  3. BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) - While also a two-year program, this pathway requires a bachelor's degree.  RNs with a BSN typically qualify for upper-level nursing positions. 

How to get your BSN

There are three programs that allow you to earn a BSN.

  1. Traditional BSN:  This program is for traditional degree-seeking undergraduate students, without a bachelor's degree, who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  This normally  takes 2 years.

  2. Accelerated BSN:  This is a fast-track program for students who already have a bachelor’s degree.  These programs typically take 12-16 months to complete.

  3. RN BSN:  This program is for current RNs with an associate’s degree (ADN) who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Traditional BSN program

There are two options to enter a traditional BSN program.

  • Option one - Attend A&M and only complete the pre-nursing prereqs (without receiving your bachelor’s degree), and then transfer into a nursing program to receive your BSN  degree (one degree).

  • Option two - Attend A&M and complete your bachelor’s degree, and then enter a nursing program, receiving your BSN degree. With this option, you earn two degrees.  One from A&M and the other one from the nursing school.

    • If you graduate from A&M and majored in Allied Health, the bachelor’s degree you receive in Allied Health will be your first degree. Then if you transfer to the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, you will earn your BSN as your second degree. Now, you have a BS in Allied health and a BSN which equals two undergraduate degrees.

The BSN program typically takes two years to complete, and then students will be ready to take the NCLEX to receive their RN license.  
 

Accelerated BSN program

Accelerated programs are for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and want to become an RN.  All core curriculum courses and nursing prereqs must be completed before applying. 

There are currently 12 programs in Texas that offer an Accelerated BSN:

Prerequisite Courses

Texas nursing school prereqs can differ from school to school, whether it be a private or public school program.  Below is a list of common pre-reqs only. Our office recommends that you check with each school for specific prereq requirements.
 

COURSE

TX COMMON COURSE NUMBER

TAMU COURSE NUMBER

HOURS
REQ.

*A&P I & II

BIOL 2401 7 2402

BIOL 319 and 320

8

*CHEM

CHEM 1405 OR 1411

CHEM 119

4

*CHEM II

CHEM 1407 OR 1412

CHEM 120

4

ENGL I & II

ENGL 1301 & 1302

ENGL 103 & 104

6

GOVT I & II

GOVT 2305 & 2306

POLS 206 & 207

6

HIST

HIST 1301 & 1302

HIST 105 & 106

6

  MATH (College Algebra) 

MATH 1314

MATH 102 (or higher)

3

  *MICRO (Intro)   

BIOL 2420 or 2421

BIOL 206

4

*NUTR

BIOL 1322

NFSC 202

3

*PHIL (Intro)

PHIL 1301 or 2306

PHIL 111 or 251

3

*PSYC (Intro)

PSYC 2301

PSYC 107

3

*PSYC (Lifespan)

PSYC 2314

- - - - -

3

*SOCI (intro)

SOCI 1305

SOCI 205

3

*STAT

MATH 1342

STAT 201

3

Visual/Perf Arts

TX Core Approved

TX Core Approved

3

*Indicates a common pre-nursing prereq course.‚Äč

HESI vs TEAS

These are both formal standardized nursing entrance exams; however, some programs require the HESI, while others require the TEAS.  Both tests include the following subjects: anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, English grammar, reading comprehension, and mathematics.

*Institutions may limit how many times you can reattempt to take these exams per application period, check with each nursing programs for details.


Registration Information - We at PSA know that registration for these exams can be very confusing, so we have created a step-by-step handout to guide you through the process.  

HESI Registration Handout
TEAS Registration Handout

 

Research Nursing Schools

Researching nursing programs can be very confusing and time consuming.  You may not even know what you don’t know yet, and most schools differ slightly from each other.  Below are a few questions you should know about each program before you apply. 
Application requirements

  • What are their prereqs (will they accept AP credit)

  • What entrance exam do they require (HESI or TEAS)

  • How do you apply to their program (NursingCAS and/or ApplyTexas)

  • What terms do they admit students and what are those deadlines

  • Do they require essays

  • Are letters of recommendation are required

  • How do they interview students (online or in-person)

  • Do they have mandatory orientations

Other factors may include:

  • Community service

  • Leadership

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Healthcare experience

NursingCAS can answer most of these questions for you. This application service allows students to research any of the nursing schools in their program.  Even if you are not ready to apply, you should visit their website. Click on ‘apply now’ and do a search for the schools that interest you.  If your school does not use NursingCAS, then we recommend you go directly to their website for information.

NursingCAS

This application service not only allows applicants to apply to multiple nursing schools, but it also allows you to research various nursing programs.  NursingCAS has all the program requirements for the schools that subscribe their service.  Even if you are not ready to apply, you should visit their website and open your application.

Completing the NursingCAS application can be confusing, so we have created a step-by-step handout to help guide you through process.  Also included are helpful links from NursingCAS.

NursingCAS Application Handout
TX Schools using NursingCAS
NursingCAS Application FAQs

Texas BSN-programs

Angelo State University (T) – San Angelo
Arizona College (H) - Dallas
Baylor University* (H) - Dallas
Chamberlain College of Nursing (H) – multiple locations
Concordia University Texas* (T) - Austin
East Texas Baptist University (T) - Marshall
Galen College of Nursing (E) – San Antonio
Hallmark University (T) – San Antonio
Houston Baptist University (H) - Houston
Howard Payne University (H) - Brownwood
Lamar University (H) - Beaumont
Letourneau University (H) - Longview
Midwestern State University* (H) – Wichita Falls
National American University (T) - Austin
Patty Hanks Shelton (H) - Abilene
Prairie View A&M University (H) - Houston
Sam Houston State University (T) - Huntsville
Schreiner University (T) - Kerrville
South University (T) – Round Rock
Southwestern Adventist University (T) - Keene
Stephen F. Austin State University (T) - Nacogdoches
Tarleton State University (T) – Stephenville
Texas A&M HSC* (H) – College Station and Round Rock
Texas A&M International University (H) - Laredo
Texas A&M University (H) – Commerce
Texas A&M University* (H) - Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University (T) - Texarkana
Texas Christian University* (H) – Ft. Worth
Texas Lutheran University (T) - Sequin
Texas State University (T) – Round Rock
Texas Tech University HSC (H) - El Paso
Texas Tech University HSC (T) – Abilene, Lubbock, and Odessa
Texas Woman’s University (T) – Denton, Katy
University of Houston* (H) – Sugar Land
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (T) - Belton
University of St. Thomas (H) - Houston
University of Texas* (T) - Arlington
University of Texas (N/A) - Austin
University of Texas (alternate MSN entry) (G) - Austin
University of Texas (T) – El Paso
University of Texas* (T) - Tyler
UTHSC (H) - Houston
UTHSC (T) – San Antonio
UTMB (T) - Galveston
University of Texas of the Permian Basin (T) - Odessa
University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley (H) - Edinberg
University of the Incarnate Word (T) – San Antonio
Wayland Baptist University (T) – San Antonio
West Coast University (E) - Dallas
West Texas A&M University (H) - Canyon
Western Governors University (T) – BCS and multiple other locations
Western Tech (T) – El Paso

Required Admission Test:  H = Hesi; T = Teas; E = Either; G = GRE; *Accelerated Programs offered

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