Second Degree BSN Undergraduate Program Admission Requirements

Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (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.

Applications not meeting the minimum admission requirements will not be reviewed.

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.

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

Admission Requirements
Academic Admission Criteria Non-Academic Admission Considerations
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Science or Arts from an accredited college or university. (BA or BS)
  • Prior to admission offer, applicants must have either completed all 55 credit hours (SCH) of lower-division general education courses as outlined in the School of Nursing Catalog and posted on the SON Second Degree BSN website or have completed at least 40 of non-nursing prerequisites with proof of enrollment for the remaining prerequisites. Prior to admission offer, applicants must have completed at least three of the five required science classes, which include Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Chemistry. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of class
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Science GPA of 3.00 in courses including Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology, and Pathophysiology. Completion of 3 of the 5 lab Sciences is required by application close date
  • All general education requirements (core curriculum) and pre-requisites must be documented on official transcript prior to the first day of class
  • TEAS V or most current version (Test of Essential Academic Skills) requirements:
    • Proficient level or higher required in all the following areas: Reading, Math, Science, English and Language Usage;
    • Preference will be given to applicants whose TEAS scores are at the exemplary level;
    • Scores for the TEAS exam older than one year prior to application submissions deadline will not be accepted; and
    • Students applying can take the TEAS no more than two (2) times per application cycle. If two sets of scores are submitted the scores will be averaged. Effective for students applying for admission Spring 2018, students applying can take the TEAS no more than two (2) times per year (both attempts must occur within the one year period prior to application submission deadline).
    • EFFECTIVE SPRING 2018 ADMISSION: Students applying for admission in Spring 2018 can take the TEAS no more than two (2) times per year (both attempts must occur within the one year period prior to application submission deadline)
  • Completion of a medical terminology course (can be for credit or certificate of completion)
  • Completion of certified nursing assistant training. Preference for those certified at time of admission consideration
  • American Heart Association BLS certification prior to first day of class
  • Performance in a face-to-face interview with second degree faculty. For those who are invited for an interview, an essay will be required. Professional attire is required for interview
  • Rationale for interest in nursing as a professional career choice
  • Work history and experience
  • Permanent resident of TTUHSC service area county
  • First generation college student
  • One page resume
  • Prior enrollment at Texas Tech University
  • Diversity of experience, including proficiency in other languages, knowledge of other cultures, and/or study abroad
  • Military service and/or training

TEAS Test V (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas for Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exams are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.

Completion of the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) V exam with a minimal proficiency level in all the following areas: Reading, Math, Science and English & Language Usage

For information on testing locations and availability to schedule an exam, you may do one of the following:

  • Visit the ATI website at
  • Contact ATI at (800) 667-7531
  • Perform an internet search for "TEAS test sites"

Applicants in the Lubbock area may contact the TTU Academic Testing Center on the Texas Tech Campus, to schedule an exam time.

Exam must be taken no more than one year prior to application submission; scores that are older than 1 year will not be accepted.

Creating an account

All individuals preparing to take the TEAS test must first create an ATI account to do so, visit and click "Create an Account" (follow the screen prompts). You will only need to register once, and you will use the same account throughout your nursing program. You'll need your ATI username and password to take an online test, or your ATI paper/pencil ID to take a paper/pencil test. Please take this information with you to the testing location when you go to take the TEAS test.

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