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; it is not a major. Pre-Nursing students take the required courses in order to apply for admission to 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|
|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 2302||GOVT 2306|
|LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY, and CULTURE (3 hrs)||Texas Core approved course|
|CREATIVE ARTS (3 hrs)||Texas Core approved course|
|INTRO TO NURSING AS A PROFESSION||HUSC 3221|
Frequently check with the programs to which you plan to apply prerequisites and /or application procedures can change.
Minimum requirements for admission consideration to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing are as follows:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission.
- Grades earned in Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology must have a minimal GPA of 2.75.
- All pre-nursing courses should be completed with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment.
- At time of application submission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 of the 57 credit hours of the required non-nursing prerequisite courses including at least three of the four lab 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 about Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.
Information on TEAS:
- The TEAS exam can be taken at the Academic Testing Services office.
- Featured Products and preparation guides can be found at the Assessment Technology Institute's (ATI) web store.
Other BSN Programs in Texas
Note: It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are following the most recent and accurate requirements for any program they are looking to apply to, including exams (TEAS v. HESI A2), prerequisites, shadowing and volunteering requirements (including documentation if necessary), or anything else that the admissions board would consider for application.
- Abilene Christian University
- Angelo State University
- Baylor University
- Concordia University
- East Texas Baptist University
- Houston Baptist University
- Lamar University
- Lubbock Christian University (RN-BSN partnership with Covenant School of Nursing only)
- Midwestern State University
- Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (Must apply to both Patty Hanks Shelton SoN AND either Hardin-Simmons University or McMurry University)
- Prairie View A&M University
- Sam Houston State University
- Schreiner University
- Southwestern Adventist University
- Stephen F. Austin State University
- Tarleton State University
- Texas A&M International University
- Texas A&M University Central Texas (RN-BSN only)
- Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center
- Texas A&M Corpus Christi
- Texas A&M University Texarkana (RN-BSN only)
- Texas Christian University
- Texas State University
- Texas Woman's University
- University of Texas Arlington
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Texas Brownsville
- University of Texas at El Paso
- University of Texas at Tyler
- University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
- University of Houston - Victoria (RN-BSN and Second Degree BSN only)
- University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
- University of the Incarnate Word
- Wayland Baptist University
- West Texas A&M University