Admission Criteria for the Nursing Program

Admission Criteria for the School of Nursing is as follows:

  1. Be an accepted student to SHSU through Undergraduate Admissions.
  2. Complete all nursing prerequisites (59 hours) prior to start of Nursing coursework. See the BSN Curriculum Plan.
    • Students can be accepted in the School of Nursing on a conditional basis if an applicant has 13 hours in progress the semester before they start the program, with only one course being a math or science.
  3. Have a ≥ 3.0 GPA in math and science nursing prerequisites by the time the application closes.
    • Sciences courses (BIOL & CHEM) must be five years fresh. Nutrition does not count as a science course. This does not apply to current LVN-BSN or RN-BSN applicants.
    • Anatomy and Physiology courses must be a matching set. i.e. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology are a set. Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II are a set. They can not be interchanged.
    • All science courses must be 4 credit hours each (lecture and lab). Lecture and lab courses that are separate are allowed, but the two grades will be averaged together.
    • A third retake of any science course (BIOL and CHEM only) will disqualify the student when applying to the School of Nursing with the exception of a course expiration.
    • College Algebra requirement is equivalent to MATH 1314 or higher. College Mathematics (MATH 1332) is not accepted.
    • MATH, STAT, or PSYC based statistics is accepted.
    • Hybrid courses can be taken for sciences as long as labs are face to face. 100% online science courses are allowed on a case-by-case basis only.
    • Dual-credit math and sciences are discouraged.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) credits are not accepted for Math and Science courses.
    • RN-BSN applicants should email nursing advisor for transcript review, as substitutions could be made. 
  4. Have ≥ 3.0 GPA in all pre-nursing prerequisites .
    • The prerequisite courses are required by the University in fulfillment of the Texas Core Curriculum.
    • No grade less than ‘C’ will be accepted for any nursing prerequisite course. If a letter grade lower than 'C' is received for a nursing prerequisite, the course must be re-taken with a letter grade of 'C' or higher by the time the application closes.
  5. ATI TEAS Overall Score must be ≥ 70. There is no minimum for the sub-scores. Reading and Math sub-scores will be looked at a higher rate than other sub-scores. We cannot use a Reading or Math TEAS sub-score from a test that Overall Score did not meet the minimum requirement.
    • The TEAS exam may be taken every 30 days prior to the application period to which you are applying.
    • During the application period the TEAS exam can only be taken one time.
    • Given multiple test scores for a nursing applicant the highest overall score and sub-scores will be the one used for the student’s application. 
    • Have an official copy of your TEAS score sent by ATI directly to "Sam Houston State U TEAS".
    • On September 1, 2016, the TEAS V will be changing its name to the ATI TEAS exam. All other criteria will remain the same. TEAS V scores will be accepted until the Fall 2018 application.
  6. Student must follow all steps on nursing application page. Failure to follow instructions will result in the application receiving a lower ranking.
  7. Students are conditionally accepted pending compliance with clinical readiness requirements (immunizations, CPR, and health insurance, physical exam, background check, and drug screen).

All questions about nursing criteria should be sent to prenursing@shsu.edu. Email is the preferred method of communication.