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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 (BA or BS)
  • A personal interview
  • 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 prior to admission; and BLS certification
  • Evidence of completion of a Medical Terminology course - transcript or certificate (online Short Course suggestions may be obtained from the Second Degree Coordinator)
  • A commitment not to seek employment during the accelerated educational process
  • Letter of good academic standing if prior enrollment in RN program
  • Permanent residency of a TTUHSC service area county
  • 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
EFFECTIVE SPRING 2016 — NEW ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • 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);
  • All general education requirements (core curriculum) and pre-requisites must be documented on official transcripts prior to first day of classes.
  • Applicants to the Second Degree Program will need to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test as an admission requirement.
    • A score of 65% in all the following areas: Reading, Math, Science, English and Anatomy & Physiology.
    • 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 a medical terminology course (can be for credit or certificate of completion);
  • Certification of certified nursing assistant training. Preference for those certified at time of admission consideration.
  • BLS certification prior to first day of class.
  • 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.
  • Military service and/or training
  • Rationale for interest in nursing as a professional career choice

For more information about required TEAS scores, Click Here

In compliance with TTUHSC policy, all applicants who have received offers of admission will be required to consent to a criminal background check before being allowed to matriculate. A history of criminal conduct or convictions may result in withdrawal of the admission offer. See the “Criminal Background Checks” section of the SON Student Handbook for the SON policy. The Health Sciences Center policy may be found at HSC OP 10.20. No student will be allowed to matriculate into the program without completing and receiving clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing with either a BON Blue Card or a Declaratory Order with No Stipulations. The cost for a criminal background check(s) is the responsibility of the student.

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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