ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS-BASIC NURSING STUDENTS
Students are eligible for admission to clinical nursing courses when the following requirements have been met:
- Acceptance by Texas A&M International University and a declared nursing major..
- Complete application and supporting documentation received by the School of Nursing by June 1, application must be accompanied by current updated transcript that includes spring grades.
- Completion of pre-nursing courses in the Canseco School of Nursing: NURS 1302 Cultural Determinants of Health and enrollment in NURS 2212, NURS 2310, NURS 2313 and NURS 2414 the spring semester prior to application submission.
- Completion of all core and support area requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for enrollment in spring pre-nursing coursework.
- Completion of all four required science courses, with a minimum grade of "C" and a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), for enrollment in spring pre-nursing coursework.
- Prerequisite coursework in the sciences must have been completed within five years of the date of admission to the major. The assessment of dated credits and courses requiring updating will be made by the Admission and Progression Committee of the Canseco School of Nursing.
- Students enrolled in pre-nursing coursework of NURS 2212, NURS 2310, NURS 2313 and NURS 2414 must obtain an overall GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in these courses to submit an application for admission to the school of nursing.
- Score baseline proficiency on the Nurse Entrance Exam: Math, Reading, Vocabulary, and Grammar. The test is administered by the School of Nursing to students meeting criteria 1-7 above. Scores on the entrance exam will be considered in the admission process.
- At student expense, verification of drug and criminal background screening by a company or agency designated by the School of Nursing and due no later than June 1.
- Student must have documentation, no later than June 1, of a current physical examination with no restriction (less than 1 year old), American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification, and the following immunization: DTAP, Varicella or titer, MMR, TB skin test or chest x-ray (less than three years old), Hepatitis B vaccine or informed refusal.
Transfer applicants must meet the same academic criteria for admission to Clinical Studies as stipulated above for pre-clinical students. Admission is competitive and contingent on available space. Applicants must meet all admission requirements of the University, and in addition, must meet the following criteria:
- Accepted into the school of nursing on space available basis only.
- Have a GPA of 2.5 overall and on all previous required nursing course work.
- Have four required science courses within the last 5 years with a GPA of 2.5.
- Have completed all previous nursing course work within the previous 24 months.
- Meet all other university requirements for transfer and be eligible for a degree from TAMIU.
- At student expense, verification of drug and criminal background screening by a company or agency designated by the School of Nursing by date of application.
- Student must have documentation of a current physical examination with no restriction (less than 1 year old), American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification, and the following immunization: DTAP, Varicella or titer, MMR, TB skin test or chest x-ray (less than three years old), Hepatitis B vaccine or informed refusal.
Criteria for acceptance of transfer work are as follows:
- Courses taken in nutrition will be evaluated for course transferability.
- Courses in foundations, skills and pathophysiology will be evaluated for course compatibility with the SON. Credit may be given for these courses if passed with a grade of C or better and taken within the last 24 hours.
- Introductory medical surgical/adult health nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, maternity nursing, and health assessment may be accepted provided the courses are deemed equivalent after review of course level, content and hours. In addition, these courses must be validated by a score of 75% or better on a predictive exam (exam is usually, but not limited to, the final exam used in the course). These courses, if taken at another college/university, must have been taken at the advanced level (3000-4000).
- Students applying for transfer must have a letter from the transferring institution indicating that the student is transferring in good standing.
DECLARATORY ORDER REQUIREMENTS
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 Nurse Entrance Exam. Any student who meets admission requirements but is unable to enroll in a year need to re-apply by June 1 of the following year..
OF TEXAS BOARD OF NURSE EXAMINERS
A petition for Declaratory Order must be submitted by the nursing candidate/applicant if one of the following criteria apply:
I. For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, has the candidate/applicant:
A) been convicted of a misdemeanor?
B) been convicted of a felony?
C) pled nolo cotendere, no contest, or guilty?
D) received deferred adjudication?
E) been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
F) been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered confinement?
G) been granted pre-trial diversion?
H) been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
I) been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
J) been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/ punishment/action?
(Only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)
Note: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that the applicant submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question with the application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject the license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov't Code § 552.142(b), if the applicant has criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure the applicant is not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov't Code, chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if the applicant properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require that the applicant provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.
In addition a petition for Declaratory Order must be submitted if the nursing candidate/applicant answers YES to the following questions:
II. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
III. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fines, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
IV. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?*
V. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?*
If "YES" is answered to any question I-V, the applicant must provide a signed and dated letter describing the incidence(s) that is being reported to the Texas Board of Nursing. The applicant may indicate "NO" if he/she has completed and/or is in compliance with Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) for substance abuse or mental illness.
Documentation requirements and forms for Declaratory Order Application may be found at http://bon.state.tx.us/olv/pdfs/DOapp.pdf
STUDENT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR CLINICAL NURSING COURSES
In order to be eligible for coursework involving direct patient care experiences all students must provide evidence of current Rubella, Varicella, and DT immunization, PPD or chest X-ray, Hepatitis B vaccines or signed informed refusal, and current physical examination certifying good health/no restrictions.
REASONABLE 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 accommodate should be directed to:
Texas A&M International University
Student Counseling and Disability Services for Students
University Success Center 138