Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Admission Requirements
- Criteria and Selection
- Transfer Information
- Physical and Mental Performance Policy
- Standards for Readmission
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 Department of Nursing on or before the deadline . See table below for details.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Declaratory Order (DO)
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. A petition for Declaratory Order (DO) is formal disclosure to the Board of Nursing of an eligibility issue that may prevent an applicant from taking the NCLEX-RN and receiving initial licensure. The DO permits the Board of Nursing to make a decision regarding a student’s/petitioner’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.
You should submit the Do if:
You submitted fingerprints as part of the New/Accepted Student Roster Process (see process below) and you received an outcome letter from the Board of Nursing requesting the submission of the DO.
- You submitted fingerprints as part of the New/Accepted Student Roster Process and received a Blue Card, But have to disclose a non-CBC (Criminal Background Check) related eligibility issue (questions 2-5 on the DO).
New/Accepted Student Roster Process
BON New/Accepted Student Criminal Background Check Process:
The Texas based nursing program submits the New/Accepted Student Roster to the BON.
BON staff enters the data into our internal fingerprint database. This step is what adds them to the list with Morpho Trust.
BON staff sends an email to the designated contact at the school advising that the roster has been entered into our system.
Students will receive an email from IdentoGo including the Service Code and instructions on scheduling their appointment. The email will be sent to the email address provided on the school roster. Students should not attempt to schedule fingerprinting until contacted to do so. Make sure your email is current with your nursing program records. Attempts to get fingerprinted before data is entered into the BON database could delay the process and cause the student to repeat the entire process over.
The BON receives information from The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding the criminal background check (CBC) results and staff inputs this data within ten business days.
If a Declaratory Order (DO) has to be filed with the BON based on the results of step 5, the BON will contact the student to do so. If a student knows that something is going to show up on the back ground check, the student can begin to accumulate the necessary documentation needed to file a DO; however, the BON recommends students wait until receiving notification from the BON to actual file the DO.
Questions on the DO to help determine the need to disclose
Question 1 on the DO pertains to criminal offenses. If the Board of Nursing wants you to submit a DO based on your CBC (criminal background check) from your fingerprinting, you will be contacted by the board with instruction on how to initiate this process.
Question 2-5 on the DO pertain to non-criminal offenses. If you answer yes to any of the questions 2-5 below, you need to disclose (file a DO) to the Board of Nursing.
2. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
3. Has any licensing authority ever refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
4. In past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with or treated or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder which impaired or does impair your behavior, judgment, or ability to function in school or work?
(You may answer “No” if you have completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN for mental illness OR you’ve previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing and have remained complaint with your treatment regime and have had no further hospitalization since disclosure.)
5. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
The Declaratory Order process permits the BON to make decisions regarding eligibility for licensure prior to an applicant entering or completing a nursing program. The review process can take a minimum of three months to two years depending on the petitioner’s case, after you provide all required documentation. Statutes and rules governing the 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.
For more information on the Texas Declaratory Order see the Texas BON website under declaratory order.
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 B.S.N. 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 email@example.com.
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 to the B.S.N. Program is not automatic. Any student who has been dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdrew from the B.S.N. Program for academic reasons, and is not in good standing, is not eligible for readmission into our B.S.N. programs.
Any student who withdrew from the B.S.N. Program, in good standing, due to academic reasons or personal issues is eligible to reapply to that program. Any student who failed one B.S.N. course is eligible to reapply to that program. Students are only allowed one readmission into the B.S.N. Program. If a student withdraws or is unsuccessful a second time, they are not eligible to reapply to the nursing program.
A student seeking readmission must complete the B.S.N. Readmission Application showing the expected entry point. Students will have up to 1 academic year eligible for readmission. Entry points for readmission are for “next academic semester” or “following the next academic semester”. Any student seeking readmission after one year will have to go back through the program admission process for the B.S.N. program and will be required to repeat all previously completed courses if accepted back into the program.
A student reapplying must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to be eligible for readmission. All readmission applications must be completed and submitted no later than 3 days after the end of the semester of withdrawal or course failure. All areas of the readmission application must be completed. Any application that is incomplete will not be accepted for review by the Readmission Committee.
The Readmission Committee reviews all readmission applications and may take one of the following actions regarding readmission of a student who withdrew in good standing or failed their first B.S.N. course:
- eligible and admit pending space available in nursing courses and in sequence of application submission in relation to other readmission applicants
- eligibility pending interview with student
- not eligible.
The Readmission 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
A student is allowed only one readmission to the B.S.N. nursing program. Readmission for qualified applicants is approved on a space available basis. Students applying for readmission after one year will be required to repeat the program application process and re-take all previously completed nursing courses.
On occasion, the Readmission Committee may request an interview with a student reapplying to the B.S.N. program before a final decision toward readmission is made. If you are chosen to interview, you will be contacted by the nursing department and a time to interview will be scheduled.