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B.S.N. Second Degree Option Admission Requirements

Criteria and Selection

Admission to the Second Degree B.S.N. program is highly competitive. For a candidate to be considered, a fully completed application packet is due to the Department of Nursing on or before Jan. 15.

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 Department of Nursing is the responsibility of the applicant. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process.

Please call the Nursing Department at 325-942-2224 or email us at for more information.


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:

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 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, emailed 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 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.

Students interested in transferring nursing coursework into ASU for use toward the 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 Nursing Department at 325-942-2224 or email us at

Physical and Mental Performance Policy

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

Standards for Readmission to the 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 B.S.N. program.

The 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:

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 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