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Generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree is the first step toward a wide range of nursing careers. Please read our criteria and policies for the program, and don’t forget to check out these helpful links:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Generic Option degree is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC, and has full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing.

  • Application

    Admission Criteria and Selection

    Admission to the B.S.N. program is highly competitive. For a candidate to be considered, a fully completed application packet is due to the Archer College of Health and Human Services on or before February 15 for fall admission or September 1 for spring admission.

    Applications will not be considered complete and will not be evaluated until all the following required information has been submitted. Submission of documents to the Archer College of Health and Human Services is the responsibility of the applicant. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. Please call the Archer College of Health and Human Services at 325-942-2630 or e-mail us at achhs@angelo.edu for more information.

    • Pre-Admission Requirements
      • You must apply to the university before applying to the B.S.N. program. All requirements for regular admission to ASU must be met.

      • Completion of or enrollment in the following prerequisite courses:
        • BIOL 2423 Human Anatomy
        • BIOL 2424 Human Physiology
        • MATH core (options: 1332 Contemporary Mathematics, 1324 Finite Mathematics or 1314 College Algebra)
        • PSY 2301 General Psychology
        • PSY 2304 Developmental Psychology
        • CHEM 1406 Chemistry for the Health Professions
        • NUR 2411 Microbiology for Health Professionals
        • NUR 2330 Principles of Nutrition for the Health Care Professional
        • ENGL 1301 English Composition
        • ENGL 1302 Writing Across the Curriculum
        • Language, Philosophy and Culture (options: ENGL Literature, PHIL 1301, 2306 or CUL 2323)
        • HIST 1301 History of the US to 1865
        • HIST 1302 History of the US, 1865 to Present
        • POLS/GOVT 2305 Federal Government
        • POLS/GOVT 2306 Texas Government
        • General Studies 1181 Freshman Seminar
        • Statistics (options: NUR 4337, MATH 3321, 1342 or PSY 2321)
        • Creative Arts (options: ARTS 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304, MUSI 1306, 1310, 1313 or TH 1310)
        • NUR 2324 Pathophysiology
        • COMM 2315 Public Speaking
      • Minimum grade of C in all required science, math, and nursing courses

      • All sciences must be within 10 years of the start of the nursing program. Sciences include CHEM 1406, BIOL 2423, BIOL 2424, NUR 2411, and NUR 2324. Students who hold a LVN-license are exempted from 10 year restriction only for CHEM 1406, BIOL 2423 and BIOL 2424. LVN-licensed nurses must also meet 10 year requirement for NUR 2411 and NUR 2324.
      • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all previous college work

      • TEAS Exam

        The Department of Nursing requires a Nursing Admissions Assessment test for students applying for the Generic BSN track. Exam results are used to determine readiness for admission and future success in the nursing program. Students may take and submit results for either the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS, version V or higher) or the HESI A2 exam as part of meeting the admission requirements for the program. Follow the link above for information regarding scheduling the TEAS Exam. For students who may have taken the HESI A2 as part of the admission process to another program, please note that these results can be submitted instead of the TEAS results. The HESI A2 is part of the Elsevier Evolve Reach testing services.

        • TEAS Minimum Requirements: Must make 70% or higher on reading section and a 65% or higher on math section to qualify

        • HESI A2 Minimum Requirements: Must make 70% or higher on reading section and a 65% or higher on math section to qualify; Anatomy & Physiology section is required for consideration.

      Meeting pre-admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the B.S.N. program.

      Additional requirements upon admission:

      • Completion of federal background check, including fingerprinting, will be required upon admission.

      • Drug screening will be conducted upon admission.

      • Submission of immunization records will be required upon admission.

      • Provider-level CPR certification will be required upon admission.

      • Documentation of health insurance will be required upon admission.

       

    • Application for Admission to Nursing Program

      To be considered for admission, you must complete the following requirements:

      • Review all pre-admission requirements listed above. You must meet stated minimum requirements to be considered for admission.

      • Complete and submit the Generic B.S.N. Application for Admission

        • Review the introductory text and expandable information before beginning the application form.

      THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO: achhs@angelo.edu

      • Personal Statement required for a complete application:

        500 – 600 word Personal Statement addressing the three following questions, using the actual question as your subheadings:

        • How has your life experiences shaped who you are today?

          Include any activities such as community, volunteer, military, healthcare, etc. that you feel make you a strong candidate.

        • How do you see yourself contributing to the profession of nursing?

        • Why should you be admitted to this program?

      • TEAS Exam

        The Department of Nursing requires a Nursing Admissions Assessment test for students applying for the Generic BSN track. Exam results are used to determine readiness for admission and future success in the nursing program. Students may take and submit results for either the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS, version V or higher) or the HESI A2 exam as part of meeting the admission requirements for the program. Follow the link above for information regarding scheduling the TEAS Exam. For students who may have taken the HESI A2 as part of the admission process to another program, please note that these results can be submitted instead of the TEAS results. The HESI A2 is part of the Elsevier Evolve Reach testing services.

        • TEAS Minimum Requirements: Must make 70% or higher on reading section and a 65% or higher on math section to qualify

        • HESI A2 Minimum Requirements: Must make 70% or higher on reading section and a 65% or higher on math section to qualify; Anatomy & Physiology section is required for consideration.

      • Applicants who answer ‘yes’ to being enrolled in a previous A.A.S.N. or B.S.N. program must also submit the following:

        • Letter of good standing from Head of Nursing Program previously attended

        • Letter of recommendation from last clinical instructor
    • Selection Process

      A number of factors, including regulatory agencies’ requirements, availability of clinical sites and university resources, dictate the number of candidates who can be accepted into the B.S.N. program. Because the number of applications exceeds the number of candidates that can be accepted, only complete applications, meeting the above pre-admission requirements and submitted by the deadline, will be evaluated by a faculty committee.

      A number of factors are considered in the acceptance process, including:

      • Non-nursing curriculum coursework grade point average (GPA)
      • Number of non-nursing semester credit hours completed with a C or better
      • Grades in science prerequisite courses
      • Number of withdrawals and failures on transcripts
      • Scores on the TEAS Exam
      Statistics on Recent Classes

      Averages

      Fall
      2014

      Spring
      2015

      Fall
      2015

      Spring
      2016

      Fall
      2016

      Spring
      2017

      GPA

      3.3

       3.3

      3.5

      3.5

      3.3

      3.4

      TEAS Overall

      79%

      75%

      80%

      78%

      81%

      TEAS Reading

      85%

       83%

      84%

      83%

      85%

      86%

      TEAS Math

      87%

       80%

      89%

      84%

      87%

      82%

      TEAS Science

      73%

       65%

      71%

      71%

      71%

      77%

      TEAS English

      74%

       73%

      77%

      74%

      82%

       – Not calculated during application cycle

      Admission to the nursing program is competitive, and priority consideration is given to students who complete their science prerequisites at Angelo State University.

      Applicants will receive written notification and e-mail notification by March 15 for fall admission or October 1 for spring admission. Applicants selected for admission must complete and return the acceptance form by the stated deadline or their position will be forfeited. All applicants not accepted will need to submit a new application form to be considered for the next B.S.N. course sequence. For more information, please call the Archer College of Health and Human Services at 325-942-2630 or e-mail us at achhs@angelo.edu .

  • Degree Requirements

    (120 semester credit hours)

    View the Generic B.S.N. Undergraduate Advising Plan to see a suggested curriculum schedule.

    Academic Major

    Junior Year
      Hours
    Nursing 3107, 3108, 3301, 3304, 3305, 3307, 3312, 3314, 3320, 3410
    27
    Nursing or other upper-division elective
    3
    Senior Year
      Hours
    Nursing 4205, 4212, 4302, 4305, 4307, 4321, 4404, 4411, 4412
    28
    Other Requirements
      Hours
    Biology 2423, 2424 8
    Chemistry 1406 4
    Communication 1315 3
    Creative Arts:
    Arts 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304,
    Honors 2302,
    Music 1306, 1310, 1313,
    Theatre 1310
    3
    English 1301, 1302 6
    General Studies 1181 1
    History 1301, 1302 6
    Language, Philosophy, and Culture:
    Cultural Competence 2323,
    English 2307, 2321, 2326, 2329, 2331,
    Philosophy 1301, 2306
    3
    Mathematics 1314, 1324, 1332, 1342*
    3
    Nursing 2324 3
    Nursing 2330 3
    Nursing 2411 4
    Political Science 2305, 2306
    6
    Psychology 2301, 2315
    3
    Psychology 2304 3
    Statistics:
    Mathematics 1342*, 3321,
    Nursing 2337, 4337,
    Psychology 2321
    3

    *Mathematics 1342 may be used to fulfill the Mathematics or Statistics requirement but not both.

    For more information, please call the Archer College of Health and Human Services at 325-942-2630 or e-mail us at achhs@angelo.edu . 

  • Eligibility

    National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing

    The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Texas. If one of the following statements applies to you, you must complete a Petition for Declaratory Order with the BON (see petition process below). This petition should be completed as soon as possible. The review process can take a minimum of three months to two years depending on the petitioner’s case. You may be ineligible:

    • If you have had any licensing authority:
      • Refuse to issue you a license
      • Revoke a license
      • Annul a license
      • Cancel a license
      • Accept surrender of a license
      • Suspend a license
      • Place a license on probation
      • Refuse to renew a professional license or certificate held by you now or previously
      • Ever fine, censure, reprimand or otherwise discipline a license issued to you
    • If you have been convicted, adjudged guilty by a court or pled guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to any crime in any state, territory or country, whether or not a sentence was imposed, including any pending criminal charges or unresolved arrests (excluding minor traffic violations). This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without prejudice of guilt. Please note that DUIs, DWIs and PIs are not considered minor traffic violations. One-time minor in possession (MIP) or minor in consumption (MIC) offenses do not need to be disclosed. However, if you have more than one of either offense or one of each, then you must file a Declaratory Order Petition.
    • If you have been diagnosed, treated or hospitalized in the past five years for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder or borderline personality disorder
    • If you have any criminal charges pending, including unresolved arrests
    • If you have been addicted to or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug within the past five years

    Two FBI fingerprint cards must be submitted to the board with the Petition for Declaratory Order form. To request the FBI fingerprint cards, complete the Web form at www.bon.state.tx.us/ requesting a fingerprint card packet. Please allow three weeks to receive them. The cards will not be accepted if they are bent, folded, creased, cut or damaged in any way. They must be mailed and will not be faxed, e-mailed or sent overnight to the applicant.

    The Declaratory Order process permits the BON to make decisions regarding eligibility for licensure prior to an applicant entering or completing a nursing program. You can request a Petition for Declaratory Order by contacting the Texas Board of Nursing through one of these methods:

    Processing your petition may take three months to two years, after you provide all required documentation. Statutes and rules governing this petition may be found in the Texas Occupations Code §§301.257, 301.452-301.454 (Nursing Practice Act) and in the Board Rules and Regulations relating to Professional Nurse Education, Licensure and Practice, 22 TAC §§213.27-30 and §§217.11-12. These statutes can be found on the BON’s website. Students who have obtained a Declaratory Order Petition must notify and inform the programmatic administrator of the outcome of their petition.

  • Transfer

    Transfer Information

    We often get questions from students about which courses will transfer to ASU. Students should be approved for admission before the Office of Transfer Student Services can evaluate their transcripts.

    Your transfer hours from accredited two-year colleges may be used toward ASU degree plans. ASU requires 30 semester credit hours to be taken in residence to receive a bachelor’s degree from ASU. Visit the transfer students page on the Office of Admissions website for more information about courses that transfer to ASU.

    NOTE: Due to a recent revision to the ASU transfer course policy, grades on all coursework taken elsewhere and transferred into ASU must be a C or better to meet prerequisite requirements. Please see the transfer office if you have any questions about this policy.

    Students interested in transferring nursing coursework into ASU for use toward the Generic BSN program must meet the following transfer guidelines in addition to all pre-acceptance requirements by the application deadline.  Being granted transfer credit for nursing coursework is rare and evaluated on an individual basis.  For more information, please call the Archer College of Health and Human Services at 325-942-2630 or e-mail us at achhs@angelo.edu .

  • Policy

    Physical and Mental Performance Policy

    To accomplish the objectives of the Nursing Department, students must be able to meet the following performance requirements:

    • Visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify cyanosis and absence of respiratory movement in patients, and to read small print on medication containers, physician’s orders, monitors and equipment calibrations
    • Hearing ability with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face, and to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients and stethoscope sounds originating from a patient’s blood vessels, heart, lungs and abdomen
    • Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lift patients and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces
    • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form. Ability to speak clearly and succinctly when explaining treatment procedures, describing patient conditions and implementing health teaching. Ability to write legibly and correctly on a patient’s chart for legal documentation
    • Manual dexterity to use sterile techniques and insert catheters, and to prepare and administer medications, such as IVs, POs and IMs
    • Ability to function safely under stressful conditions, adapting to ever-changing clinical situations involving patient care
  • Readmission

    Standards for Readmission to the Generic B.S.N. Program

    Students who have an interruption in the normal progression of their nursing studies as a result of withdrawal from a nursing course, earning a grade lower than C in a required nursing course, or not being in compliance with other progression standards will no longer be enrolled in the Generic B.S.N. program.

    The Generic B.S.N. Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee considers grievances and appeals for readmission on an individual basis using the following standards:

    All requests for readmission must be made no later than two months prior to the first day of the semester in which readmission is requested. The minimum cumulative grade point average is 2.5. A student seeking re-enrollment completes an application showing the expected entry point and a letter of recommendation from their nursing instructor. The appropriate committee reviews all such requests and may take one of the following actions regarding readmission of a student who withdrew in good standing:

    • Eligible and admit.
    • Eligible pending space available in nursing courses and in sequence to date of action in relation to other readmission applicants.
    • Not eligible.

    The readmissions committee makes the decision whether to readmit a student who has been dismissed or who withdrew for academic or disciplinary reasons.

    The committee carefully considers each student’s unique circumstances that led up to a nursing course failure or withdrawal and what changes the student is willing and able to make to ensure success in the nursing program.

    Interviews with the Nursing Readmission Committee.

    During this interview, students will be asked to verbally articulate their plan to successfully complete the Generic BSN Program and pass the National Council Licensing Examination for RN.

    A student is allowed only one readmission to the nursing program. Readmission for qualified applicants is approved on a space available basis. Students applying after 2 years will be required to re-take all previously completed nursing courses.

    To begin the readmission process, an applicant will need to complete and submit this Readmission Application. If mailing, send to:

    Angelo State University
    Department of Nursing
    ASU Station #10902
    San Angelo, TX  76909
    ATTN:  Amanda Gibson