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General Description

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit, including 62 semester hours in nursing. Opportunity is provided for admission and program completion for individuals with a variety of educational backgrounds. There are specific program plans for the following groups:

  1. Basic students (those entering nursing without prior nursing education)
  2. Transfer students from another baccalaureate nursing program
  3. Non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field
  4. Registered nurses who have a diploma or associate degree

The following sections describe the admission criteria and program requirements for each of these groups of individuals.

Basic Students

Applicants must meet the University admission requirements. Individuals apply to the University and indicate nursing as a major on the application form.  Once students are admitted to TWU, they are classified as nursing majors and are advised by an academic advisor in the College of Nursing.

Applicants must meet the University admission requirements. Individuals apply to the University and indicate nursing as a major on the application form.  Once students are admitted to TWU, they are classified as nursing majors and are advised by an academic advisor in the College of Nursing.

The program is four years in length. A Summer term may be necessary to complete prerequisite coursework. The first four semesters consist of non-nursing courses which are the essential foundation for nursing courses. Upper division nursing courses are taught in the last four semesters. Students may take all course work at TWU or may take the lower division non-nursing courses at another college or university and the upper division nursing courses at TWU.

The first two years of required lower division non-nursing courses are offered on the Denton campus. Students who complete 32 or more semester credit hours of the required non-nursing lower division courses at TWU and meet the minimum criteria for admission into the upper division nursing program will receive a preference equivalent to 0.40 grade points added to their grade point average for consideration for admission into upper division nursing. Students must have the minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA without the 0.40 preference. These additional grade points will not be used for any purpose other than progression into upper division nursing courses.

The required upper division nursing courses are offered only in Dallas and Houston. Admission Coordinators are available at each campus/center to assist students in evaluation of prior course work, selection of equivalent courses, and verification of eligibility to transfer. Once a student is accepted at a specific center (either Dallas or Houston) the student is expected to remain at that center throughout his or her degree plan.

Students may not enroll in upper division nursing courses unless they have been accepted to do so. Class space in nursing courses is limited and progression into nursing courses is competitive.

Required Proof

At the time of enrollment in clinical nursing courses, the student must provide proof of:

  1. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (must include one person, two person, infant, child, adult, choking, and one-way valve mask breathing for Health Care Providers).
  2. Current required immunizations. Information on specific requirements is sent with the acceptance letter.
  3. Drug testing and criminal background screening by a company designated by the College of Nursing. If enrollment is continuous at TWU, the student does not have to repeat the drug testing and criminal background screening.

Professional liability insurance will be provided for each student through the TWU student professional liability group policy.

Required Courses

The following courses are required for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The non-nursing courses are in compliance with the nursing field of study curriculum. 

The College of Nursing STRONGLY advises potential nursing applicants to visit with a College of Nursing advisor either in person or by phone one semester prior to applying to the nursing program. The purpose of this advising is to ensure that the student has met all prerequisites.  The student should send all transcripts, including out of state transcripts, to the advisors prior to talking with them. 

120 Hour Program

Non-nursing prerequisite courses

Nursing courses

ENG 1013 & 1023 BIOL 4344 Policy (pdf)
HIST 1013 & 1023 NURS 3005
PSY 1013  NURS 3025
MATH 1013 NURS 3035
PSY 1603 NURS 3612
MATH 1703** NURS 3614
Chemistry with Lab (4 hrs.) NURS 3813
BACT 1001 & 1003* NURS 4026
ZOOL 2011 & 2013* NURS 4045
ZOOL 2021 & 2023* NURS 4055
GOV 2013 & 2023 NURS 4602
NFS 2323 NURS 4612
Multicultural Women’s Studies (3 hrs.)  NURS 4614
Philosophy or Literature (3 hrs.) NURS 4615
Visual or Performing Arts (3 hrs.) NURS 4803
  Nursing Elective

*If a student has not taken Anatomy & Physiology I and II before fall 2009, the student must take the sections designated for science majors. Beginning fall 2010, for qualified applicants to upper division nursing, credit will only be given for Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline date (example: February 1, 2011 applicants will be given credit for classes completed after February 1, 2006, and so on for future application deadlines) unless the student has completed a Bachelor degree in an approved science major (Biology, Chemistry, etc.).  Please contact the College of Nursing for a list of approved majors. Students with a bachelor's degree in one of the approved fields (degree is at least 10 years old) allows the use of A&P I, II and Microbiology that is over 5 years old. These students may elect to use the 10-year degree form in order to improve their grades in older courses. Completion of the form means that the A&P I, II and Microbiology courses taken in the approved bachelor's degree and listed on that form will no longer be considered applicable toward the nursing prerequisites. They will be considered expired, as they would for anyone without an approved degree/major. The classes can then be retaken to try for an "A" so that "first attempt" preference may be earned and the new grade can be used to calculate the GPA.

**Psyc Statistics (PSY 2303) - Applied Statistics may be substituted for MATH 1703. For 1st degree students they MUST complete 6 semester hours of college Math credit including MATH 1013 unless they are core complete.

Core Courses

In accordance with the Texas Education Code, students who have satisfactorily completed a 42 hour core curriculum at an institution of higher  learning in Texas are not required to complete the core curriculum at TWU.  The College of Nursing faculty has defined a set of courses that must be taken by all students either to meet a state requirement or to have the foundation necessary for upper division nursing courses.  The following courses meet the nursing core requirement and must be taken by all students, whether or not they have completed a core curriculum at another institution.  Courses that have previously been successfully completed do not have to be repeated.

Core Courses

Credit Hours

Anatomy & Physiology with Lab

8

Chemistry with Lab

4

Government 

6

Developmental Psychology

3

History

6

Microbiology with Lab

4

Nutrition

3

Statistics

3

Computer Literacy Competency Test Requirement

As stated in the 2011-2013 General Catalog (page 73), Texas Woman's University requires that each student pass a designated computer science course or competency examination in computer literacy. For more information and test review go to Computer Literacy Exam.

The computer core competency must be completed prior to graduation. However, the College of Nursing STRONGLY RECOMMENDS completing the competency requirement prior to progressing to NURS 3643. Designated TWU computer courses are CSCI 1403, CSCI 2433, or CSCI 3002. 

Students can also meet this competency by taking a CLEP exam. The test is called Information Systems and Computer Applications and will be transferred into TWU as the course equivalent of CSCI 1403.  For more information regarding the CLEP exam please contact the Office of Admissions.

Transfer Students from Another Nursing Program

Transfer students must meet the admission requirements of the University and the progression requirements of the College of Nursing. In addition, students wishing to transfer into the College of Nursing from another nursing program must meet the following requirements.

Transfer students must meet the admission requirements of the University and the progression requirements of the College of Nursing. In addition, students wishing to transfer into the College of Nursing from another nursing program must meet the following requirements.
  1. Nursing courses were completed at a nationally accredited nursing program.
  2. A grade of C or better was earned in all nursing courses (including pathophysiology) as well as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology including all labs.
  3. Nursing courses were completed within the last five years.
  4. Eligibility to continue in or return to the previous nursing program must be verified by a statement from the dean of the previous program.
  5. Applicants must submit to the College of Nursing a course description and outline for each completed nursing course for evaluation. If the course(s) is/are determined to be equivalent to TWU nursing courses, credit may be granted.
  6. At least 30 of the last 62 hours have to be completed at TWU.
  7. A minimum of 45 hours have to be completed at TWU to graduate with honors.
  8. Successful completion of a minimum of 25% of the total hours required for the degree must be taken at TWU.

Program requirements for transfer students are the same as those stated for basic students. If a transfer student has not been enrolled in a nursing program for more than one year, placement test(s) and clinical skills assessment may be used to determine the level of entry into the nursing program.

Non-nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree

The program plan leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing has been modified for individuals who have previously earned a college degree to facilitate a career change for the more mature and experienced student. Applicants who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree must meet the University’s admission requirements for transfer students. Students who complete 16 or more semester credit hours of the required non-nursing lower division courses at TWU and meet the minimum criteria for admission into the upper division nursing program will have 0.40 grade points added to their grade point average for consideration for admission into upper division nursing. These additional grade points will not be used for any purpose other than progression into upper division nursing courses.

The program plan leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing has been modified for individuals who have previously earned a college degree to facilitate a career change for the more mature and experienced student. Applicants who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree must meet the University’s admission requirements for transfer students. Students who complete 16 or more semester credit hours of the required non-nursing lower division courses at TWU and meet the minimum criteria for admission into the upper division nursing program will receive a preference equivalent to 0.40 grade points added to their grade point average for consideration for admission into upper division nursing. Students must have the minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA without the 0.40 preference. These additional grade points will not be used for any purpose other than progression into upper division nursing courses.

Students may not enroll in upper division nursing courses unless they have been accepted to do so. Class space in nursing courses is limited and progression into nursing courses is competitive.

Admission to upper division nursing courses is based on consideration of multiple criteria. These criteria include the following: GPA for prerequisite coursework; admission assesssment test scores; grades received on first course completion for Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and Statistics. (Note:  If a "WF" [withdraw failing] is earned, it will be considered the grade upon course completion according to university policy).

To be eligible to be considered for progression into upper division (3000-4000 level) nursing courses, students must HAVE COMPLETED ALL of the following:

  1. Been admitted to TWU using the Texas Common Online (Apply Texas) application. In order to qualify for admission to the upper division program the student must be admitted to TWU.  Thus, the student must complete the "Apply Texas" application and submit all transcripts from prior schools to: Office of Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 425649, Denton, TX 76204. Because it takes approximately 6 weeks for the admssion to TWU to be completed, we urge students to apply early - at least 6 weeks prior to the College of Nursing application deadline of September 1 or February 1.
  2. Completed at least 25 hours of required lower division non-nursing courses by the application deadline to include core nursing courses (Anatomy and Physiology + Labs 8 hours, Chemistry + Lab 4 hours, Microbiology + Lab 4 hours, Developmental Psychology 3 hours, Nutrition 3 hours, Statistics 3 hours) and be able to complete all 37 hours of the lower division course work specified in the degree plan before beginning nursing courses;
  3. A minimum grade of C in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology including all labs. If a student has not taken Anatomy & Physiology I and II before Fall 2009, the student must take the sections designated for science majors. Beginning Fall 2010, for qualified applicants to upper division nursing, credit will only be given for Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline date (example: February 1, 2011 applicants will be given credit for classes completed after February 1, 2006, and so on for future application deadlines) unless the student has completed a Bachelor degree in an approved science major (Biology, Chemistry, etc.). Please contact the College of Nursing for a list of approved majors. Students with a bachelor's degree in one of the approved fields (degree is at least 10 years old) allows the use of A&P I, II and Microbiology that is over 5 years old. These students may elect to use the 10-year degree form in order to improve their grades in older courses. Completion of the form means that the A&P I, II and Microbiology courses taken in the approved bachelor's degree and listed on that form will no longer be considered applicable toward the nursing prerequisites. They will be considered expired, as they would for anyone without an approved degree/major. The classes can then be retaken to try for an "A" so that "first attempt" preference may be earned and the new grade can be used to calculate the GPA.
  4. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 on the required non-nursing lower division core courses. All courses which are listed below are calculated in the grade point average. If a course is taken more than once, the most recent grade received will be counted in calculating the GPA. Other courses which the applicant may have taken are not calculated in the grade point average.
  5. Successfully pass the entrance test before application and admission to upper division nursing courses. Entrance testing results must be submitted to the TWU College of Nursing by application dates. It is the applicant's responsibility to inform the testing agency at the time of registration to forward their score to TWU. An applicant is allowed to take the entrance test only once before each deadline date. 
    • Submitted to the College of Nursing a completed application for upper division nursing with the required nursing processing fee.
    • Submitted to TWU Office of Admissions Processing in Denton, official transcripts from all colleges attended postmarked no later than one of the following College of Nursing application deadlines of September 1 or February 1

The following courses and requirements are necessary for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing for students who have completed a previous bachelor’s degree. The College of Nursing faculty has defined a set of courses that must be taken by all students either to meet a state requirement or to have the foundation necessary for upper division nursing courses. The following courses meet the nursing major prerequisite requirement and must be taken by all students who have completed a previous bachelor’s degree.

Non-nursing prerequisite courses (37 hours)

  • HIST 1013 & 1023
  • GOV 2013 & 2023
  • PSY 1603
  • MATH 1703 or PSY 2303
  • NFS 2323
  • Chemistry with Lab (4 hrs.)
  • BACT 1001 & 1003
  • ZOOL 2011 & 2013
  • ZOOL 2021 & 2023

Courses

For a descriptive list of courses regarding the 120 hour program , please refer to the TWU General Catalog 2011-2013 [pdf] 

Expenses of the Nursing Program

In addition to general University tuition and fees, the student majoring in nursing assumes financial responsibility for the following:  uniforms, other clinical accessories, immunizations, drug and criminal background screening and Board of Nurse Examiners application fees. The student must also provide his or her own transportation.  Information regarding required tuition and fees and length of program is printed in the catalog.

Readmission into Nursing Program: All Students

If a baccalaureate student who was in good academic standing has been absent from the program for more than one year, the procedure for re-entry into the nursing program will consist of:

  1. placement test(s)
  2. clinical skills assessment

The placement test(s) and clinical skills assessment will determine the level of re-entry.  Enrollment will be based on the availability of clinical faculty and clinical space.

An individual who has been unsuccessful in meeting the progression requirements, after being admitted to the baccalaureate program in the College of Nursing, is eligible to apply to the College of Nursing and be considered for admission as a new student in the baccalaureate program after a period of five years.

Academic Policies: All Students

The following policies apply to all students in the nursing program.

  1. A minimum grade of C is required in pathophysiology.
  2. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in the nursing major. If a student earns a grade of D, F, or WF in a nursing course (including pathophysiology), that course must be repeated.  A course in which a grade of less than C (D, F, or WF) was earned may be repeated only once.  
  3. A student who had earned a grade of less than C (D, F, or WF) in two nursing courses (including pathophysiology) or who has earned a grade of less than C (D, F, or WF) twice in the same nursing course (including Pathophysiology) will be required to leave the nursing program.  
  4. Students receiving a grade of I, D, F, or WF in a nursing course (including Pathophysiology) may not progress to courses for which that course is a prerequisite.  
  5. All nursing courses must be completed within a period of five consecutive calendar years from the date of first enrollment in a nursing course.  Any current or returning student unable to complete the program within this allotted time frame must apply and compete for admission as a beginning nursing student.  
  6. To be eligible to graduate, students who are not already licensed in Texas as a registered nurse are required to achieve a passing score on a nursing comprehensive exam.  If a student does not pass by the second attempt, the student must enroll the following semester in a 3 credit hours nursing independent study course, designed for the student’s area of deficiency, and take another nursing comprehensive exam.  If, after one attempt during the independent study course, the student does not achieve a passing score on the nursing comprehensive exam, the student will receive an F in the course and will not be allowed to continue in or graduate from the program.

Health and Safety Requirements

All students in nursing are required to have been immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B and have annual TB skin testing.  Proof of immunizations will be required at the time of admission to upper division nursing courses.  Texas Woman’s University does not require HIV testing of students; however, some clinical agencies with which the College of Nursing affiliates for student clinical experience may require such testing.

Many clinical facilities and school systems with which the University affiliates require that students be tested for drugs and have criminal background checks done.  When this is required, students will have the screening done at their own expense.  Departmental policy governs the procedures to be followed.  Failure to meet the screening standards may result in the student being required to withdraw from the program.

Dismissal

The College of Nursing reserves the right to require the withdrawal from the College of Nursing of any student whose behavior is deemed to threaten the welfare of any individual or whose behavior is deemed unsafe in any manner.

Honors Scholar Program

The College of Nursing provides the opportunity for students to participate in the Texas Woman's University Honors Scholar Program. The program seeks to develop scholars with excellent technological, writing, and research skills, as well as clinical expertise. These skills will be developed through both enhanced course work and experiential learning in the college, as well as related health care agencies. To participate, students must meet the Texas Woman's University Honors Scholar Criteria. All applicants who are currently participating in the Honors Scholar Program at TWU and meet the minimum requirements for admission to upper division nursing courses are automatically granted admission to upper division nursing courses.

THEA

State law requires that any full-time or part-time student who has not earned at least three semester hours of college credit prior to the beginning of the Fall 1989 term must be tested for reading, writing, and mathematics skills under Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA, formerly TASP). No student may graduate from a baccalaureate degree program without having passed all sections of the examination. The TWU web site has more information about THEA, as well as a practice test.

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