Nursing Application

Steps to Apply:

Traditional BSN and LVN to BSN application dates are:

  • Fall: February 1 – June 15
  • Spring: July 1 – September 30

RN to BSN Online Track applications for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 are now open.

For RN to BSN program information, please call Dr. Denise Neill, PhD, RN, at 936.202.5101, or email

  1. Applicant to the Nursing Program must apply and be accepted by SHSU before making application to the SHSU Nursing Program.
  2. Complete the SHSU Nursing Program Application after being accepted to SHSU.
  3. A score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) Bachelor of Science Nursing Program Admission test is required and may be completed on the SHSU campus where the resulting scores will be automatically forwarded to the Nursing Program. If the TEAS-V is not completed on the SHSU campus, the applicant must have their scores sent electronically by ATI to the SHSU Nursing Program. (Not required for RN to BSN program)

Admission criteria for the Nursing Program:

  1. Complete ≥ 46 credit hours with a GPA ≥ 3.0 [to include BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, CHEM 1406, MATH 1314, and MATH 1370] of the pre-nursing curriculum prior to application to the Nursing Program.
  2. Sciences courses (BIOL, CHEM & MATH) must be five years fresh; may not mix A&P I and II sequence with A and P sequence; must be 4 credit hours each. College Algebra equivalent to MATH 1314 or higher. MATH or STAT based statistics; not specialty based statistics. Virtual, distant-learning or online science course offerings are not acceptable.
  3. Have ≥ 3.0 GPA in the 31 credit hours of Nursing Program prerequisites; have ≥ 3.0 GPA in the 59 credit hours of the pre-nursing curriculum.  No grade less than ‘C’ will be accepted.
  4. The prerequisite courses are required by the University in fulfillment of the Texas Core Curriculum. Students must complete: Pre-nursing and non-nursing prerequisite requirements (59 hours) prior to start of Nursing coursework. See the BSN Curriculum Plan.
  5. TEAS-V score must be ≥ 64. The TEAS V exam may be taken every 30 days prior the application period to which you are applying. During the application period the TEAS V exam can only be taken 1 time. Given multiple test scores for a nursing applicant the highest score will be the one used for the student’s application. Have an official copy of your TEAS-V score sent by ATI directly to the Medical & Allied Health Program (see above).
  6. Nursing applicant advisement by the Medical & Allied Health Program is recommended but not required.
  7. SHSU applicants who have completed at least 24 credit hours of the pre-nursing curriculum at SHSU will receive admission preference.
  8. Students with a second Bachelor’s Degree and have completed 16 hours of the pre-nursing curriculum at SHSU will receive admission preference.
  9. Applicants must submit the completed SHSU Nursing Program Application no later than 5:00 pm on the last day of the application period.

IMPORTANT: Background checks, drug screening, and proof of immunization are required following initial acceptance into the program.

Do not wait until confirmation of acceptance to review your immunization status. Some vaccine series, such as Hepatitis B, require 4 to 6 moths to complete. Incomplete immunizations may cause students to delay their start in the nursing program.

All required immunizations and health screenings must be completed and submitted to the SHSU School of Nursing within two weeks of recieving the acceptance letter. Refer to the SHSU Nursing Student Handbook for more information concerning required immunization and heath screenings.

If you have questions about immunizations and health screening requirements, contact the SHSU School of Nursing Clinical Coordinator at (936) 294-2516.

As for background checks, applicants should be aware that:

  1. The Texas Board of Nursing will review background checks to determine a student's eligibility to sit for the license exam.
  2. Admission and completion of the program does not guarantee employment. Criminal history can have a significant impact on future employability.
  3. SHSU does not control the individual requirements of hospital systems for clinical rotations and employment and that such requirements might directly impact an applicant’s ability to complete their clinical education, obtain future employment, or obtain appropriate licensure.
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