School of Nursing

Professor Patricia S. Yoder Wise, 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 the upper two years for degree completion for registered nurses at the Permian Basin campus. Additionally, the school offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree, Family Nurse Practitionaer 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 School of Nursing campus in Lubbock serves multiple publics by admitting students with no previous nursing background directly into the nursing program as well as registered nurses (RNs). RNs receive appropriate transfer credit or advanced placement so that they complete the program in less than four years. The Permian Basin campus admits RNs only. Licensed vocational nurses (LVN) applications are reviewed for appropriate placement in the curriculum.

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 may 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:

Entering Freshmen. This group includes those entering directly from high school as well as those with no previous nursing education background or with college credit in nonnursing courses. Entering freshmen are admitted in the fall and spring. Applicants who currently hold licensure as a vocational or practical nurse may seek admission at the entering freshman level and consult with the School of Nursing academic advisor regarding placement in the curriculum.

Registered Nurses. Licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Texas and graduation from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing are the requirements for consideration in this applicant pool. RNs are admitted in the fall (Lubbock) and summer (Permian Basin).

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, (3) experience with individuals of cultures other than their own, and (4) 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. Admission to the school is highly competitive and selective. Prospective applicants may secure application materials and additional information by contacting:

Student Affairs Office
School of Nursing
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

Minimum Admission Standards.

Entering Freshmen

(1)--Graduation from an accredited high school.

(2)--Presentation of the following units of high school credit:
English --4
Social science--2-1/2
Foreign language--2
Lab. science--2

(3)--A score of at least 1000 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT.

(4)--Cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or better.

Registered Nurses

(1) Graduation from a National League for Nursing accredited school of nursing.

(2) Class standing upon graduation at the 50th percentile or above or a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 on 30 or more semester hours of credit at an accredited college or university.

(3) Current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Texas.

Requests for applications and other information may be obtained in Room 3B-100, HSC Building.

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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Apr 27, 2017