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 Nursing Prerequisite courses and Texas Core Requirements prior to application deadline (6 out the 8 Nursing Prerequisite Courses must be completed prior to application deadline).  See the BSN Curriculum Plan.
    • Students can be accepted in the School of Nursing on a conditional basis if an applicant has no more than two (2) Nursing Prerequisite Courses in progress the semester after the application deadline (Summer term for Fall admission and Fall term for Spring admission).
  3. Have a ≥ 3.0 GPA in 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.
    • Only two (2) graded attempts of a lab-science course is allowed within 7 years. 
    • 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.
    • RN-BSN applicants should email the nursing advisor for transcript review, as substitutions could be made. 
  4. Have ≥ 3.0 GPA in all lower-level degree requirements (Includes Nursing Prerequisites and Texas Core Requirements completed) .
    • If you are "core complete" with another public, Texas institution, you will be considered "core complete" at SHSU.
    • All nursing degree requirements must be a "C" or higher.
  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. 
    • 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).
  6. Required immunizations are due with your application.

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: 

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 to SHSU, apply to SHSU School of Nursing through NursingCAS.  Applicants must meet admission requirements.  Include evidence of required immunizations (one PDF), official transcripts and TEAS scores (Individual Performance Profile) in your NursingCAS application.  The nursing application will not open in NursingCAS until the beginning of the application period.

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