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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Admission Requirements

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 Department of Nursing on or before the published priority deadlines.

Admission Date and Deadlines



Priority Deadline*


First Monday of October Feb. 1


Last Monday of May Aug. 31

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.

*To be considered for admission, applicants should apply by the priority deadline. If seats are available in the program after the priority deadline and extenuating circumstances prevent you from applying by the priority deadline, you may contact the nursing department to inquire about submitting a late application. 

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

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

Eligibility to take NCLEX-RN Examination

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:

New/Accepted Student Roster Process

BON New/Accepted Student Criminal Background Check Process:

Questions on the DO to help determine the need to disclose

Criminal Background
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. 

Non-Criminal Background
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. 

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 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

Physical and Mental Performance Policy

In order to accomplish the objectives of the program students must be
able to meet and maintain the following performance requirements:

Standards for Readmission into B.S.N. Program

B.S.N. Program

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:

  1. eligible and admit pending space available in nursing courses and in sequence of application submission in relation to other readmission applicants
  2. eligibility pending interview with student
  3. 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.

B.S.N. Readmission Application