Nursing - BS, Traditional BSN

The traditional track requires the successful completion of prerequisite coursework prior to beginning upper division courses. College counselors will be able to advise students regarding equivalencies to common course numbers. Information is also available regarding courses at and through the Texas A&M Transfer Course Equivalency web page.

Upper Level Entry to the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Admission to the College of Nursing upper-level entry program is competitive.  The student must have a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course and a recommended minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Students admitted to the program usually exceed this minimum requirement significantly, with higher grade point averages in all university courses, in core curriculum courses and in the science courses. Preference is given to students completing more than 50% of coursework in either Brazos, Williamson, Hidalgo and Angelina counties in the state of Texas. In addition, applicants are required to complete the HESI Admissions Assessment A2 exam within one year of the application deadline. Students may take the exam only one time per application cycle. The application includes the application, HESI score, personal statement, a transcript from every other college or university the student has attended and a high school transcript. Admission decisions are based on:

  1. the strength of the student’s academic background;
  2. HESI A2 score;
  3. the personal statement;
  4. the student’s achievements and accomplishments, with emphasis on volunteer work and activities in health care;
  5. minimal academic history of repeats, withdraws or failures; and
  6. the personal interview, if requested. 

Internal Transfer Applicants

An Internal Transfer Applicant is a current Texas A&M University undergraduate in a non-nursing major who meets specific requirements to apply to the upper division sequence in Nursing. Meeting requirements does not guarantee admission, it only allows a student the opportunity to apply for a seat.

Students must submit the application available through the CON website no later than the published deadline in the term in which they are applying.  Note: All academic information included on the application must be posted to and appear in a student's official record at Texas A&M.

External Transfer Applicants

A limited number of External Transfer Applicants from colleges and universities outside of Texas A&M University will be admitted. 

Students on the Blinn TEAM and those participating in the PSA program must follow the external transfer process found here.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisites may be planned or in progress during the application cycle, but must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before the program start date. The courses may be completed at any regionally accredidted college or university.


English Comp I- 3 credit hours

English Comp II: Course that meets TAMU or sending institution core curriculum- 3 credit hours

American History/Government/Social and Behavioral Science

History- 6 credit hours

Political Science (federal or Texas)- 6 credit hours

Psychology- 3 credit hours

Life Span Growth and Development Psychology- 3 credit hours


Two courses selected from core curriculum- 6 credit hours

Life and Physical Sciences

Introductory Biology- 4 credit  hours

Anatomy & Physiology I and II- 8 credit hours

Introductory or General Chemistry- 4 credit hours

Microbiology- 4 credit hours

Nutrition- 3 credit hours

Other Courses

Language, Philosophy and Culture: Philosophy (Intro or Ethics)- 3 credit hours

Creative Arts: Course that meets TAMU or sending insitution core curriculum

Foreign Language

Proficiency in a foreign language is required. Can be met by taking two years of the same language in high school or college credit.

TAMU students must meet 9 hour science core requirement. KINE 120 may be required.

NURS 305Nursing Dimensions and Informatics3
NURS 312Introduction to Pathophysiology3
NURS 313Nursing Fundamentals5
NURS 314Health Assessment3
NURS 315Nursing and the Aged3
NURS 316Pharmacology Principles3
NURS 320Adult Nursing I6
NURS 323Nursing Care of Women, Families and Newborns4
NURS 411Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses3
NURS 412Care of Mental Heatlh Clients4
NURS 413Nursing Care of Children and Families4
NURS 420Adult Nursing II6
NURS 421Care of Community Health Clients5
NURS 424Professional Issues2
NURS 430Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
NURS 432Relations in Healthcare: Teamwork and Communciation1
NURS 489Special Topics In...2
Total Semester Credit Hours62