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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.

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 College of Health and Human Services on or before February 15 for fall admission or October 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 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 College of Health and Human Services at (325) 942-2630 or e-mail us at chhs@angelo.edu for more information.

  • Pre-Acceptance 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.

    • 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.

    • Completion of or enrollment in the following prerequisite courses:
      • Biology 2423 Anatomy and Biology 2424 Physiology (or A&P I and A&P II)
      • Three credit hours of Math (1302 College Algebra/ 1324 Finite Mathematics/1332 Contemporary Mathematics)
      • Psychology 2301 General Psychology
      • Psychology 2304 Developmental Psychology
      • Chemistry 1407 Chemistry for the Health Professions
      • Nursing 2411 Microbiology for Health Professionals
      • Nursing 2330 Consumer Health Promotion
      • English 1301, 1302, and sophomore literature
      • History 1301 and 1302
      • Political Science 2301 and 2302
      • General Studies GS 1181
      • Three credit hours of statistics (NUR 4337/MATH 3321 or 1333/PSY 2321)
      • Three credit hours of creative arts (Art/Music/Theatre)
      • Nursing 2324 Pathophysiology
      • Communication 2301 Public Speaking
    • Minimum grade of C in all required science, math, and nursing courses

    • An American College Test (ACT) or SAT Reasoning Test score that meets our minimum requirements:
      • American College Test (ACT) - composite score of 20 or higher
      • SAT Reasoning Test (before March 2005) - combined verbal and math score of 950 or above
      • SAT Reasoning Test (after March 2005) - combined verbal, math and writing score of 1410 or above
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all previous college work

    • Completion of the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening through the agency contracted with the Nursing Department. (Print and include confirmation sheet with your application.)

    • TEAS V nursing entrance assessment

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

  • Application Packet

    To ensure that you are following all application steps, submit these items to be considered for admission:

    • Once accepted, students will be required to show proof of the following immunizations by having the Immunization Form completed by a physician or health care facility official:
      • Hepatitis B – three shots required, taking up to six months to complete; last shot must be fewer than 10 years old
      • Tuberculosis – must be less than one year old
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
      • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (Tdap) – must be less than 10 years old
      • Measles (Rubeola) – two immunizations required
      • Mumps
      • Rubella
      • Meningitis (Required of all new enrolling on-campus students under the age of thirty as of January 1, 2012)
      • Influenza

    Immunization records are no longer required as part of the application process, but will need to be submitted if accepted into a program.

  • 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, each complete application submitted by the deadline that meets the above pre-acceptance requirements 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
    • Scores on ACT/SAT
    • Grades in science prerequisite courses
    • Number of withdrawals and failures on transcripts
    • Scores on the TEAS V nursing entrance assessment
    Statistics on Recent Classes

    Averages

    Spring
    2012

    Fall
    2012

    Spring
    2013

    Fall
    2013

    Spring
    2014

    Fall 2014

    GPA

    3.3

    3.4

    3.3

    3.2

    3.3

    3.3

    ACT

    23

    24

    24

    23

    23

    24

    TEAS Overall

    73%

    79%

    78%

    80%

    76%

    79%

    TEAS Reading

    79%

    84%

    83%

    86%

    82%

    85%

    TEAS Math

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    86%

    84%

    87%

    TEAS Science

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    70%

    69%

    73%

    TEAS English

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    76%

    73%

    74%

     

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

    Top candidates will be accepted into the B.S.N. program, and will receive written notification by March 15 for fall admission or November 1 for spring admission. These candidates 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 College of Health and Human Services at (325) 942-2630 or e-mail us at chhs@angelo.edu .

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
(120 semester credit hours)

Generic B.S.N. Advising Plan

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

Academic Major

Junior Year
  Hours
Nursing 3106, 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 1407 4
Communication 2301 3
Creative Arts: Art 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, Honors 2302,
Music 1341, 1342, 1351, 1376, Theatre 1311
3
English 1301, 1302 6
English 2323, 2324, 2325, 2328, 2329 3
General Studies 1181 1
History 1301, 1302 6
Mathematics 1302, 1324, 1332, 1333 * 3
Nursing 2324 3
Nursing 2330 3
Nursing 2411 4
Political Science 2301, 2302 6
Psychology 1303, 2301 3
Psychology 2304 3
Statistics:
Mathematics 3321, Mathematics 1333 *,
Nursing 2337, Nursing 4337, Psychology 2321
3

*Mathematics 1333 may be used to fulfill the Mathematics or Statistics requirement but not both.

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

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.

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.

A maximum of 66 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 College of Health and Human Services at (325) 942-2630 or e-mail us at chhs@angelo.edu .

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

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 or science 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 Readmission committee makes the recommendation whether to readmit a student who has been dismissed or who withdrew for academic or disciplinary reasons. The readmission application procedure involves three parts.

  1. Complete a skills validation in the lab.
  2. Interview with the Readmission Committee.
  3. Successfully complete a comprehensive examination.

Students applying for readmission after 2 years will be required to re-take all previously completed nursing courses.

Skills performance.

Applicants should be prepared to perform skills expected of all students at the program level of readmission and skills acquired during their last successfully completed lab course in the semester preceding course failure. Students applying for readmission are strongly encouraged to utilize nursing lab resources for review and skill practice. The learning lab is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

Interviews with the Nursing Readmission Committee.

Following successful completion of the skills performance, students have an interview with the Readmission Committee. This 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. During this interview, students will be asked to verbally articulate their plan to successfully complete the Generic BSN nursing program and pass the National Council Licensing Examination for RN.

For students traveling from out of town, special efforts will be made to schedule the skills validation and interview on the same day. A student is allowed only one readmission to the nursing program. Readmission for qualified applicants is approved on a space available basis.

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 & Rehabilitation Sciences
ASU Station #10902
San Angelo, TX  76909