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|
|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|
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.
- EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: At time of application submission, applicants must have completed at least 45 of the 60 prerequisite credit hours.
- At least four of the five prerequisite sciences must be completed prior to application.
- ZOOL 3303 Pathophysiology must be completed prior to application.
EFFECTIVE Spring 2022 (and BEYOND): CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE (CNA) CERTIFICATION. Students must be certified as a CNA prior to the first day of class. Preference will be given to applicants certified at the time of the application deadline, along with proof of work experience as a CNA. Please note, faculty members will provide case by case reviews for applicants with other direct patient care/healthcare experiences.