Generic 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 February 1st for fall admission OR August 31st 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 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.
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, 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:
- Mail: P.O. Box 430, Austin, TX 78767-0430
- Phone: 512-305-6802
- Web: www.bon.state.tx.us/
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.
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 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 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
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