Texas Tech University

Pre-Nursing

Nursing students in a simulation lab.

Nursing is the single largest health profession with over 2 million jobs.  Texas, the nation, and the world are facing an unprecedented nursing shortage because of an aging workforce, declining enrollment in nursing schools, and job stress. Officials estimate that Texas needs to graduate and place an extra 5,000 nurses each year to meet the state's needs. As a result, new graduates and returning nurses have more practice opportunities within the hospital and specialty or advanced practice fields.

Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the healthcare team. Nurses serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities. They develop and manage nursing care plans and instruct patients and their families in proper care. There are many entry and exit points in nursing. The majority of nurses work in hospital settings, however growing numbers work in home health, long-term care, industry and business, legal, and consulting roles.  There are numerous specialty options-critical-care, emergency, hospice, labor and delivery staff, etc. 

Pre-Nursing is considered a designation at Texas Tech University. While it is an option at admission, it is not a degree-granting major. Students in any major or designation may take the required courses and apply for admission to a nursing school.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing requires the following courses:

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
ENGLISH I ENGL 1301 ENGL 1301
ENGLISH II ENGL 1302 ENGL 1302
STATISTICAL METHODS MATH 2300 MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, or 2442
CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 1305/1105 or 1307/1107 CHEM 1405, 1105, 1305 or CHEM 1411, 1111
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I and LAB ZOOL 2403 BIOL 2401, 2101, 2301
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II and LAB ZOOL 2404 BIOL 2402, 2102, 2302
MICROBIOLOGY MBIO 3400  
SCIENCE OF NUTRITION NS 1325* or 1410 BIOL 1322, 1323; HECO 1322
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PSY 1300 PSYC 2301
LIFE SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT HDFS 2303 or PSY 4301* PSYC 2311, 2314
US HISTORY TO 1877 HIST 2300 HIST 1301
US HISTORY SINCE 1877 HIST 2301 HIST 1302
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, ORGANIZATION POLS 1301 GOVT 2305
AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY POLS 2306 GOVT 2306
LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY, and CULTURE (3 hrs) Must be an approved course  
CREATIVE ARTS (3 hrs)    
INTRO TO NURSING AS A PROFESSION HUSC 3221  
COMMUNICATION IN NURSING COMS 2320**  
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ZOOL 3303  
*PLEASE NOTE: If a student chooses to take NS 1325 instead of 1410 and/or PSY 4301 instead of HDFS 2303, additional Core Curriculum coursework may be necessary for entry to the TTUHSC School of Nursing Traditional BSN program. Please consult a PPHC advisor for more information.
**COMS 2320 required for TTUHSC School of Nursing Traditional BSN program applicants starting Summer 2018.
Frequently check with the programs to which you plan to apply prerequisites and /or application procedures can change.

Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing are as follows:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • A minimum prerequisite science GPA of 2.75
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • At time of application submission, applicants must have completed at least 40 of the 57 prerequisite credit hours, and at least three of the five prerequisite sciences.
  • Completion of the most current TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam with a minimal proficiency level in all the following areas: Reading, Math, Science, and English.

For information, please visit the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.