School of Nursing

Professor Alexia Green, Dean

The School of Nursing, along with the schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Allied Health, is located in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centera legally separate institution from Texas Tech University. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has four campuses throughout West Texas. The School of Nursing offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the Lubbock campus and degree completion for registered nurses at the Lubbock and Permian Basin campuses. Additionally, the school offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, and, with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a doctorate in nursing. The school's programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing (baccalaureate and master's) and the American Nurses Credentialling Center (continuing education). You may request a School of Nursing Bulletin by calling (806) 743-2737.

The degree program at the Health Sciences Center differs from most other nursing programs in the country because there are no prerequisite college courses. Nursing and nonnursing courses can be taken concurrently. Students are involved in direct clinical practice during their first year of enrollment.

In Lubbock the student is usually enrolled at both the Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech University, spending time concurrently in nursing and nonnursing courses. The nonnursing courses are designed to complement the nursing courses, thus strengthening the application of nonnursing content directly to nursing practice. The School of Nursing recognizes previous learning in nursing in determining the placement of students in classes.

Applicants must seek admission to the School of Nursing through one of the applicant groups which reflect the entry points in the school's curriculum. Those groups are described below:

Level A Option 1 (A1). Applicants with proof of graduation from an accredited high school who have less than 24 semester credit hours of college course work completed prior to enrollment: To be considered for admission the following are required. (1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0; (2) proof of graduation from an accredited high school; and (3) a minimum score of 1000 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT. Generally, credits earned at an accredited college or university are accepted for transfer provided the course content is equivalent to those required. A grade below C is not acceptable for transfer credit.

Level A Option 2 (A2). Applicants with 24 or more semester credit hours of college work, but do not have all of the specified courses for admission to Level B: To be considered for admission a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Generally, credits earned at an accredited college or university are accepted for transfer provided the course content is equivalent to those required. A grade below C is not acceptable for transfer credit.

Level B. Applicants with 34 or more semester credit hours of specified college work: To be considered for admission a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Generally, credits earned at an accredited college or university are accepted for transfer provided the course content is equivalent to those required. A grade below C is not acceptable for transfer credit. Contact the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office for a listing of required courses.

Level C. Applicants with a valid and/or current Texas RN License: Licensure and graduation from a nationally discipline accredited program with a 2.0 or higher GPA are required for consideration to this level. Generally, credits earned at an accredited college or university are accepted for transfer provided the course content is equivalent to those required. A grade below C is not acceptable for transfer credit.

Applications are accepted for Level A1 and A2 during the fall and spring semesters only. Levels B & C applications are accepted for entry into the program during the summer only.

Although the general qualities of students considered in determining admission are the same for each entry point (each applicant pool), the information that applicants can provide to each of those points varies. Therefore, the materials required for admission consideration vary. The general qualities that are considered in selecting students at each entry point are (1) academic performance and aptitude, (2) ability to perform capably in positions of responsibility for self and others, and (3) career commitment to nursing.

Applicants to the B.S.N. program should identify the entry point to which they seek admission and should then determine their basic eligibility for consideration at that level. Prospective applicants may secure application materials and additional information by contacting:

Student Affairs Office
School of Nursing 3BC100
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, Texas 79430
(806) 743-2737

Applicants (RNs only) to the Permian Basin Campus should secure materials and additional information from:

School of Nursing
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Permian Basin Campus
800 W. 4th St.
Odessa, Texas 79763
(915) 335-5150

Students who have not decided on a school of nursing should contact the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing Student Affairs Office for information on nursing opportunities and educational programs. Students who are interested specifically in other schools of nursing that require prerequisite nonnursing courses can enroll at Texas Tech University. Most schools will accept as transfer credits those credits earned at the university. A counselor is available in the School of Nursing and in the College of Arts and Sciences to assist students in selecting courses. Students who are interested in a health career but who are unsure of which one to select are encouraged to contact representatives in each of the Health Sciences Center schools.


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