Admission Criteria for the Nursing Program

Admission Requirements for the School of Nursing:

  1. Be an accepted student to SHSU through Undergraduate Admissions.
  2. Complete ≥ 30 credit hours in Generic Nursing Prerequisite Courses and Texas Core Requirements with a GPA ≥ 3.0 prior to application deadline (At least 20 credit hours must be from Nursing Prerequisite Courses).  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 no more than two courses being a Generic Nursing Prerequisite Course (Summer term for Fall admission and Fall term for Spring admission).
  3. Have a ≥ 3.0 GPA in Generic Nursing Prerequisites the time the application closes.
    • Sciences courses (BIOL & CHEM) must be seven (7) 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 cannot 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.
    • Only two (2) graded attempts of a Science course is allowed.  A third graded attempt 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.
    • Dual-credit and AP credit for math and sciences are discouraged, but accepted.
    • RN-BSN applicants should email the nursing advisor for transcript review, as substitutions could be made. 
  4. Have ≥ 3.0 GPA in all pre-nursing prerequisites (Includes Generic Nursing Prerequisites and Texas Core Requirements) .
    • The prerequisite courses are required by the University in fulfillment of the Texas Core Curriculum. (If you are "core complete" with another public, Texas institution, you will be considered "core complete" at SHSU.)
    • 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 (TEAS VI) Overall Score must be ≥ 70. Each subject area must be ≥ 55. Reading and Math sub-scores will be used at a higher rate than other subject areas. We cannot use a Reading or Math TEAS sub-score from a test that Overall Score and/or Subject Area Scores did not meet the minimum requirements.
    • 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 (1) time.
    • Student will submit one TEAS report during the application (pre-licensure BSN and LVN-BSN).
    • TEAS V scores will no longer be accepted.
  6. Submit required immunizations with your application.
  7. Student must follow all steps on nursing application page. Failure to follow instructions will result in the application receiving a lower ranking.
  8. 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 Email is the preferred method of communication.

Application Deadlines

Traditional BSN and LVN to BSN Application Dates:

  • Fall 2019:  March 1, 2019 - May 1, 2019 (selection is not made until after June 1, 2019)
  • Spring 2020:  July 1, 2019 - September 1, 2019

RN to BSN Application Dates: 

  • Ongoing; Students can begin fall, spring or summer
  • For more information, please email

Steps to Apply

Read ALL steps below; failure to follow instructions will lead to the application receiving a lower ranking.

1.  Apply to SHSU for the semester you wish to begin the program and be accepted. Please note:  Acceptance to SHSU can take up to 2 weeks once you pay the required application fee of $45 and submit official transcripts from all prior institutions attended.  Also, if you applied for a prior semester at SHSU and did not take courses at SHSU, you must reapply to the university for the semester you wish to begin the program.  If you have AP and/or CLEP credit for prerequisite courses, you will need to submit your official score report to SHSU.  You can email SHSU Admissions at for more information.

2.  After being accepted into SHSU, Apply to the SHSU Nursing Program. Applicants must meet admissions requirements.  If the application is not showing the correct grades and/or is missing grades for required coursework, make sure to include this information in the "Comments" section at the end of the application.  If you are currently In Progress with prerequisites, note this in the "Comments" section as well and ensure you submit an updated official transcript immediately after your grade(s) post.  If you are "core complete" at a public institution in the state of Texas, you will be considered "core complete" at SHSU.  Please note this in the "Comments" section as well.   

3.  Minimum TEAS requirements have been updated and can be found here (#5).  If you have not already, take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and email ONE Individual Performance Profile PDF to from your SHSU email account by the application deadline. Please ensure the PDF you email has scores for all four (4) sections of the exam and the overall/composite score.  You must include your name and student ID number in the email subject line or your submission will not be accepted.  If you took the TEAS multiple times, please email only ONE score report.

4.  Review immunization PDF for required immunizations due at time of application. Please ensure your immunization records are original and have proper documentation (must include dates and signatures). Save records as ONE PDF file and email to from your SHSU email account by the application deadline.  Review your immunization PDF carefully before submitting as only ONE email containing the required immunizations will be accepted each application period.  You must include your name and student ID number in the email subject line or your submission will not be accepted.  If you need help combining several PDF files into one file, click this link:  

All communication for the SHSU School of Nursing application will be through your SHSU email account. We will not contact you on your personal email about your acceptance/denial, and/or any of your document submissions. For questions or additional information, please email