Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Current Catalog Information

BSN Application and Supporting Documentation

Application Requirements

Students are eligible for admission to clinical nursing courses when the following requirements have been met; however meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program, only consideration.

1. Acceptance by Texas A&M International University and must be a declared nursing major.
2. Completion of all core and support area requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
3. Completion of all four required science courses, with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). Grades on sciences courses taken more than once will be averaged.
4. Prerequisite coursework in the sciences must have been completed within five years of the date of admission to the pre-nursing courses. Anything older will not be accepted. The assessment of dated credits and courses requiring updating will be made by the Admission and Progression Committee of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
5. At student’s expense, students must take a nursing entrance exam: Math, Reading, Vocabulary and Grammar. Entrance exam will be taken in January, before enrollment into pre-nursing coursework of NURS2310, NURS2212, NURS2312 and NURS2414. The test is administered by the School of Nursing to students meeting criteria 1-4 above. Scores on the entrance exam will be considered in the admission process.
6. Students enrolled in pre-nursing coursework of NURS2310, NURS2212, NURS2312 and NURS2414 must obtain an overall GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in these courses to apply.
7. Students must have completed all prerequisites courses including NURS1302 and current enrollment in NURS2414, NURS2310, NURS2212 and NURS2313 the Spring semester prior to application submission.
8. Complete application and supporting documentation must be received by the School of Nursing (SON) no later than the first Monday of June by close of business; application must be completed including a current updated transcript that includes Spring grades and all other supporting documentation. No copies will be made for students at the SON.
9. Student must have all documentation, no later than first Monday of June by the close of business. A current physical examination with no restriction (less than a year old), American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification and the following immunizations: TDAP, Varicella or titer (statement that had the disease is not accepted), MMR (series of two immunizations), TB Skin Test or if positive a Chest X-Ray (less than three years old) and Hepatitis B (series of three) or an informed refusal are required for a complete application.
10. At student’s expense, drug screening by a company or agency designated by the SON is due no later than the first Fall class day after acceptance into the program. In addition, as required by clinical agencies, every Fall semester following through the remainder of the program, students must obtain an updated drug screen.
11. A federal background check will be conducted by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON). A copy of postcard sent to student by the TBON, indicating clearance must be submitted.

*Minimum GPA and other requirements are subject to change. Please see the nursing admissions counselor before every semester for most updated information and current amendments.

Transfer Applicants

The Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing may accept transfer coursework taken from another accredited Texas nursing program. Transfer applicants must be transferring from the other Texas nursing program in good standing. A letter from the Dean of the other institution stating good standing status will be required. Transfer applicants must meet all of the University and the Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing admission requirements stipulated above.

Student Selection

If at any time the number of qualified applicants should exceed the faculty and facilities available, the Admission and Progression Committee will determine the final selection of students based upon the completion and grade point average on prerequisite core curriculum and support area courses, pre-nursing courses and grades on the nursing entrance exam.

Declaratory Order Requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON)

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing adheres to the TBON rule on declaratory order regarding eligibility for licensure. A petition for a declaratory order is a formal disclosure to the TBON regarding an eligibility issue that may prevent an applicant from taking the NCLEX examination upon completion of a nursing program. The declaratory order process permits the TBON to make decisions regarding a petitioner's eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.

The Petition for Declaratory Order can be found here.

Accommodations for Disabilities

TAMIU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability. Upon admission, a nursing student who discloses a disability and requests accommodation may be asked to provide documentation of his or her disability for purpose of determining appropriate accommodations, including modifications to the program. The TAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make accommodations that would substantially alter the nature or requirements of the program or provide auxiliary aids that present an undue burden. To matriculate or continue in the curriculum, the nursing student must be able to perform all the essential functions either with or without accommodation.

Requests for accommodation should be directed to:

Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services
Senator Judith Zaffirini Success Center (ZSC) 138
(956) 326-2230

For more information, contact our Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Anna Buentello, at (956)326-3110 or
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