Nursing - BSN, Second Degree BSN Track

The second degree (post baccalaureate) track is for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field of study. Acceptance into this track requires successful completion of prerequisite coursework prior to beginning upper division courses. All students will be required to complete core curriculum requirements if these were not met in the previous degree program. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Students with a previous bachelor’s degree may apply to the traditional BSN track and must follow the same requirements as noted above. If they met a core curriculum at another Texas public institution in their previous degree, it will be accepted for entry into the College of Nursing.

Upper Level Entry to the Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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; and
  5. minimal academic history of repeats, withdraws or failures.
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 434Case Studies in Patient Safety and Quality2
College and University Requirements
American history6
Communication6
Creative arts3
Mathematics6
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I4
or BIOL 107   or Zoology 
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Microbiology
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Biomedical Microbiology
BIOL 319Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
or VIBS 305   or Biomedical Anatomy 
BIOL 320Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
or VTPP 423   or Biomedical Physiology I 
Select one of the following:4
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
Molecular Science for Citizens
and Molecular Science for Citizens Laboratory
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory
NFSC 222Nutrition for Health and Health Care3
PHIL 111Contemporary Moral Issues3
or PHIL 251   or Introduction to Philosophy 
PSYC 107Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 307Developmental Psychology3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Total Semester Credit Hours120