Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in Nursing

Our society depends on health care providers. Nurses are a vital partner with other professionals who design and deliver health care in the 21st Century. And you are needed now more than ever.

nurses with patient

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in nursing trains professional nurses by providing them a strong foundation of knowledge and fostering compassion. It’s a program that will teach you to:

  • Deliver nursing care with professional knowledge, skills and values.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical decision making.
  • Use research and evidence to provide continuous quality improvement.
  • Advocate for patients and their families to improve outcomes.
  • Lead in a health care system influenced by policy, finance and regulation.

Our 4-year curriculum is split in two parts. Foundation-forming prerequisite courses are taught at the Denton campus for the first two years. Upper-division program courses are offered the last two years at medical centers in either Dallas or Houston.

A full listing of required courses is available in the undergraduate catalog.

Why study nursing at TWU?

You’ll be in the middle of world-class health care in action.

The last two years of your program are spent at either the Dallas Center, surrounded by four hospitals and a variety of clinical sites throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, or at the Houston Center, in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

You’ll be prepared to meet the ever changing demands of the profession.

Our Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. Our nursing students first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination is more than 90 percent, well above the national and state averages.

You’ll be part of a network of nurses in Texas and around the world.

There are more than 13,000 alumni from the College of Nursing here in Texas and around the world. Our alums make significant contributions to the nursing profession and lean on their training every day to care for others.

You’ll make a difference.

Through their clinical and research experience, nurses help others lead healthier lives and advance knowledge in their field. You’ll make a difference in the lives of your patients, their families and in the communities in which you serve.

Take the next step.

Apply for Admission

Admission into the upper-division nursing program is considered once you are an admitted TWU student who has successfully completed (and transferred, if applicable) 46 hours of nursing prerequisites, to include the 25 credit hours of nursing core prerequisites:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture & Lab
  • Microbiology Lecture & Lab
  • Any 4-hour college-level chemistry with lab
  • Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Elementary Statistics

Students with a prior bachelor's degree do not need to meet the state core curriculum, but must have the 25 credit hours of nursing core prerequisites completed to apply. Additionally, US History I & II, US Government and Texas Government must be completed prior to beginning nursing coursework, if not already completed as a part of the bachelor's degree. A complete listing of admissions criteria for students with a  prior bachelor’s degree is available in the undergraduate course catalog.  

Students who have completed (or who intend to complete) prerequisite courses at other institutions should utilize the following charts for Texas community colleges and 4-year universities to ensure they enroll in courses that are equivalent to those at TWU.

Texas Community College Transfer Equivalencies

Texas Public 4-year College Transfer Equivalencies

Texas Private 4-year College Transfer Equivalencies

 Application Deadlines

  • Spring semester: August 15 (traditional only)
  • Fall semester: February 1 (traditional and weekend/evening)

Contact the Nursing Program

General questions about the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree can be sent to Use the information below to schedule an advising appointment:

Denton Campus

Dallas Center

Note: Prospective and current TWU nursing entry students who live closer to the Dallas Center may schedule an in-person or telephone appointment to meet/speak with an academic advisor.

Houston Center

Note: Prospective and current TWU nursing entry students who live closer to the Houston Center may schedule an in-person or telephone appointment to meet/speak with an academic advisor.

Transfer students may want to use the Prerequisite Advising Worksheet (XLSX) and the Instructions for Completing the Nursing Prerequisite Worksheet (doc).

The Prerequisite Advising Worksheet is not ADA accessible. Contact 940-898-2284 for assistance.

Out-of-State Students

The BS in Nursing prepares graduates to take the Texas Board of Nursing licensure exam. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the licensure exam in your home state. 

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Page last updated 10:34 AM, May 16, 2019