Core Curriculum | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Students who will be earning their first baccalaureate degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) must satisfy the coursework requirements of the TTUHSC Core Curriculum (CC). The CC complies with the 1997 Texas legislation that required each state-supported institution to establish a CC that encompasses components of natural and applied sciences, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, visual and performing arts and tools of language and thoughts. For acceptable core courses for public Texas institutions, go to

NOTE: Prerequisites may or may not be the same as required core courses.

These CC courses or their equivalents for a total of 42 semester credit hours (SCHs) may be taken at any regionally accredited college or university and should be completed with a grade of "C" or higher BEFORE enrolling at TTUHSC.

Students who successfully complete a (CC) of 42 or more SCHs, at another accredited public institution of higher education in Texas, that meets the specified "component area" requirements below may be transferred to the TTUHSC and substituted for the core curriculum of the School of Nursing. In addition, students will not be required to take additional CC courses. The State of Texas has specified the following component area requirements:

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

* In addition, pre-nursing course requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better BEFORE enrolling at TTUHSC. These courses can be taken at any regionally accredited college or university. A maximum of 15 credit hours can be earned via credit by examination.

Undergraduate Academic Programs

  • Traditional BSN
    For students without nursing credentials
  • R.N. to BSN
    For Registered Nurses who already have an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) and want to earn a BSN
Accelerated BSN
  • Second Degree
    For students who already hold a degree in another field
  • Veteran to BSN
    For veterans with prior military medical experiences



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