Pre-Nursing (PNUR)

Pre-Nursing (PNUR)

Academic Preparation for Admission into Texas Baccalaureate Nursing Programs

Texas, the nation, and the world are facing an unprecedented nursing shortage due to many factors including an aging workforce, declining enrollment in nursing schools, and job stress. Officials estimate that Texas needs to graduate and place an additional 5000 nurses each year to meet the state’s needs. As a result, new graduates and returning nurses have more practice opportunities within the hospital and the option to enter specialty or advanced practice fields with just a little experience.

Registered nurses (RN) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help families cope with illness; provide direct care, observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and patient progress; assist physicians during treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. Registered nurses develop care plans, chart progress, diagnose limited conditions, and serve as a liaison and advocate for the patient and family.

Texas RNs operate under the Nursing Practice Act administered by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Students must complete a program at an accredited college or university and pass the National licensing exam, the NCLEX. Once licensed, nurses usually complete additional training or work with a mentor nurse at the worksite and are required to attend continuing education each year. Only those completing all of the above requirements are allowed to use the RN title.

A registered nurse (RN) may earn that credential in several ways. Currently most generic, newly graduated high school students, complete a two-year associate degree program at a community or junior college (ADN) or the complete a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing at a college or university (BSN). Students holding a baccalaureate degree in an academic area other than nursing may enter a ‘fast-track’ program for entry into the BSN program. Students in a fast-track program are typically eligible for admission to nursing school after completing a defined core of pre-nursing coursework. Fast-track coursework is variable among the BSN programs but generally includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Pathophysiology Nutrition, General and Developmental Psychology, and Statistics. Students who opt to complete the ADN may complete a transition program consisting of both academic and clinical coursework, moving them from ADN to BSN credentials.

There are nearly 30 accredited BSN programs in Texas, each of which requiring a slightly different set of prerequisite coursework for admission consideration. The optimal strategy for a pre-nursing student is to complete a slate of coursework that will qualify them for admission to the greatest number of nursing schools by completing the least number of requisite courses. Typically, 20–22 academic courses comprise the pre-nursing or academic portion of the BSN coursework. Acceptance into nursing school, the clinical portion of the BSN, is predicated on academic performance, recommendations, and occasionally personality testing and/or interviews. Considerable variation exists for the clinical portions of the BSN and students should contact the programs they are interested in attending for specific requirements. Students should contact the programs they are interested in attending for specific requirements.

Serious students seeking career opportunities in the field of Nursing should seek advisement from the Office of Medical & Allied Health Programs.

PNUR Prerequisites

Pre-Nursing Remediation Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree Programs (BSN)

Sam Houston State University
College of Sciences
Nursing Program
Box 2209
Huntsville, TX 77341-2209
(936) 294-2371

Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing
2149 Hickory St.
Abilene, TX 79601-2339
(915) 672-2411

Baylor University
3700 Worth St.
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 820-3361

East Texas Baptist University
1209 North Grove
Marshall, TX 75670
(903) 935-7963, ext 363

Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 649-3300

Lamar University
PO Box 10081
Beaumont, TX 77710
(409) 880-8831

Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
(940) 397-4331

Prairie View A&M University
6436 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 797-7009
Extension campuses in Bryan/College Station and The Woodlands

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 6156, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
(936) 468-3604
Extension campus in Lufkin

Tarleton State University
Box T-0500
Stephenville, TX 76402
(254) 968-9139

Texas A&M International University
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 326-2450

Texas A&M University – College Station
SRPH Administration Bldg.
University Drive & Adriance Lab Rd.
MS 1266
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 862-8422

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Faculty Circle 151
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2648

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 298620
Ft. Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7652

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th St., Stop 6264
Lubbock, TX 97430-6264
(896) 743-3055

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