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Second Degree BSN
Admission Requirements

All applicants will be reviewed in an individual and holistic manner. No single factor will determine a student's admission.

Although academic criteria (cumulative GPA, grades earned in science courses, and failed/repeated courses) is an important factor in admission consideration, additional non-academic information is also important.

An unofficial transcript evaluation is highly recommended, though not required, prior to submitting your application. You may email or fax unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended to one of the Second Degree Contacts. Include your name, contact phone number and email address on all correspondence.

Note: International students with F1 and F2 status are not eligible to apply to an online program.

Admission Requirements for ADMISSION SPRING 2015
Academic Admission Considerations Non-Academic Admission Considerations
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A personal interview
  • Computer skills
  • Basic life support and AED training (CPR) for healthcare providers from the American Heart Association
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher, on prerequisites
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on science prerequisites
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant program
  • Evidence of completion of a Medical Terminology course - transcript or certificate (online Short Course suggestions may be obtained from the Second Degree Coordinator)
  • Completion of TEAS V - Overall score of proficient level or above required
  • A commitment not to seek employment during the accelerated educational process
  • Letter of good standing if prior enrollment in RN program
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Students whose predominant tongue is not English must also present a score of at least 560 (paper exam), 220(computer exam), or 83 (internet) on the TOEFL. (This includes permanent residents of the US.) The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the student has graduated from a US high school with a minimum of two years' attendance or if the student is a citizen of a country where English is the native language. Applicants holding degrees from US colleges and/or universities are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained from Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, US, or their website -
  • Extracurricular activities, including volunteer experiences
  • Work experience
  • Diversity of experience, such as study abroad, knowledge of other cultures, proficiency in other languages
  • First generation college student
  • English as a second language
  • Prior enrollment at Texas Tech University
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Reason for choosing to become a nurse
  • One page resume
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Arts from an accredited college or university. (BA or BS).
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher, with specific emphasis on science GPA above 3.0 (GPA is a strong predictor of NCLEX success);
  • Applicants to the Second Degree Program will need to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test as an admission requirement.
    • Students applying to the Second Degree BSN Program can take the TEAS V no more than two (2) times per application cycle. If two attempts are made, the scores will be averaged.
    • Preference will be given to applicants whose TEAS V score is greater than or equal to 70%.
    • The TEAS V exam must be taken no more than one year prior to application submissions deadline. Scores older than one year will not be accepted.
  • Completion of pathophysiology and all required general education courses as a prerequisite for admission;
  • Completion of a medical terminology course (can be for credit or certificate of completion);
  • Certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant prior to admission; and BLS Certification;
  • Performance in a face-to-face interview with second degree faculty.
  • Prior enrollment at TTU
  • Permanent resident of TTUHSC service area
  • First generation college student
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Diversity of experience, such as study abroad, knowledge of other cultures or proficiency in other languages.
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Military service and/or training

For more information about required TEAS scores, Click Here

All applicants who receive offers of admission will be required to consent to a criminal background check. A history of criminal conduct or convictions may result in withdrawal of the admission offer. See "Criminal Background Checks" section of the School of Nursing Student Handbook for the School policy.

In addition, the Board of Nurse Examiners has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential condidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas. See "Eligibility to Take NCLEX-RN Examination" section of the School of Nursing Handbook or access the BON website: for declaratory order information.

Transcript Evaluation

An unofficial transcript evaluation is highly recommended prior to submitting your application. To receive an evaluation, potential students must submit the following items:

  • Transcripts from ALL United States Colleges and Universities you have attended in your lifetime.
  • Official transcripts received by the Evaluator will be copied, reviewed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. If submitting an unofficial copy of a transcript, it must be a physical copy of the official transcript. All transcripts must be received by the Evaluator prior to review.

Transcripts may be submitted via mail, email or fax.

Contact information must include the following:

  • Program of Interest (BSN, RN-BSN, 2nd Degree BSN)
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

Any transcript which does not comply with the above instructions will not be reviewed. This includes a transcript which has been cut and pasted into an email.

Potential students who submit compliant transcripts will receive an evaluation form within 21 days.

Transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. The School of Nursing requires course-by-course evaluation using U.S. letter grades and credit hours. A list of service providers may be found here.

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