Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prerequisites | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

All Texas Core Curriculum requirements (CC) as established by Texas legislation must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in the Traditional BSN program, and prior to course attendance at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center does not offer general education courses.

General education requirements completed at a private or out-of-state institution may not be equivalents of the required Texas Core Curriculum, and may not excuse a student from not completing the core curriculum. For additional information on Texas Core Curriculum, click here.

Texas Core Curriculum Requirements
Course Credits
Communication (010) 6 Credit Hours
Mathematics (020) 3 Credit Hours
Life and Physical Sciences (030) 6 Credit Hours
Language, Philosophy & Culture (040) 3 Credit Hours
Creative Arts (050) 3 Credit Hours
American History (060) 6 Credit Hours
Government/Political Science (070) 6 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Science (080) 3 Credit Hours
Component Area Option (090) 6 Credit Hours
Total Core Curriculum Requirements 42 Credit Hours

In addition to being Texas Core Complete, please find below the necessary pre-requisites for admission into the Traditional BSN Program.

Some of these pre-requisites may count toward being Texas Core Complete.

For instructions on taking Pathophysiology, Introduction to Nursing and/or Communications in Nursing as a transient (non admitted) student, click here.

TTUHSC School of Nursing Prerequisites
Course Description Credits
ZOOL 3303** Pathophysiology 3
BIOL 2420 or 2421* Microbiology with lab 4
BIOL 2401* Anatomy & Physiology I w/ lab 4
BIOL 2402* Anatomy & Physiology II w/ lab 4
CHEM 1305 & 1105 or 1406 or 1411* Chemistry w/ lab 4
HUSC 3221** Introduction to Nursing as a Profession 2
PSYC 2301* General Psychology 3
PSYC 2314* Life Span Human Development 3
MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, or 2442*+ Statistics 3
BIOL 1322* Nutrition 3
HIST 1301* History of the US to 1877 3
HIST 1302* History of the US since 1877 3
GOVT 2305 or POLS 1301* American Govt Organization 3
GOVT 2306 or POLS 2302* American Public Policy 3
ENGL 1301* English I 3
ENGL 1302* English II 3
Creative Arts (Eff. Fall 2014) Must be a Texas core approved course 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture (Eff. Fall 2014) Must be a Texas core approved course 3
COMS 2320***
Communication in Nursing 3
Total 60
  • * Course numbers listed are based on the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). Check with your academic institution to verify the course number that corresponds with the TCCNS number.
  • ** Introduction to Nursing as a Profession and Pathophysiology are offered online.
  • *** If a prospective student locates a class at another institution that offers a healthcare communications course, please submit a copy of the course syllabus to Sonia Moore at for it to be reviewed by faculty. If approved, the student may take the course at that institution.

Transfer Credit

Courses provided from other institutions with equivalent course content are acceptable for transfer credit if a "C" or better was earned. Note: pass/fail courses are not acceptable for transfer. Maximum credits allowed for CLEP or correspondence courses are 15 each.

If any of the pre-requisites have been or will be CLEP'd you will not receive credit towards the GPA we calculate. CLEP credit must be on an official college transcript for us to accept it.