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General FAQ for all Nursing Majors

Do I need to meet with an advisor?

We highly recommend meeting with a nursing advisor or attending one of the group advising/information sessions conducted by the Department of Nursing before program entry deadlines. Students should meet with a nursing advisor early in their college career to ensure they understand the program entry requirements, entry deadlines, and prerequisite courses. Students should determine if the program will be the best fit for their educational needs

How much will it cost me to attend the nursing program?

Tuition and fee information is available on the Tarleton Business Services website.

In addition to general university tuition and fees, the student majoring in nursing assumes financial responsibility for payment of textbooks and materials, criminal background check, health insurance, uniforms, some lab supplies, standardized achievement testing, and clinical accessories. Fees collected through university tuition and fee structure provide funds to pay the student’s malpractice insurance, purchase of equipment, and purchase of disposable lab supplies.

Students must also provide their own transportation to health care agencies. Driving distances will vary; clinical assignments will be based on availability of learning experiences. Due to travel distances, it may be necessary for the student to stay overnight in order to participate in clinical experiences. The student is responsible to pay for room and board if overnight stay is necessary.

Undergraduate:

In the final semester of study, the undergraduate student is required to pay fees for the application to take the NCLEX-RN as well as the application for licensure.

Upon admission to the nursing program, all undergraduate students must pay for and submit evidence of the following: (a) current immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B series, Tdap, and varicella); (b) TB screening; and (c) American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR or Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR certification.

Graduate:

Graduate students submit immunizations, TB screening, and CPR information (as described above) before attending their first clinical course.

How can I find out information about financial aid and scholarships?

Financial aid is available from the Financial Aid Office; scholarship information is available from the Office of Scholarships.

Nursing scholarships are typically awarded in late April for the following school year. The nursing program has eleven endowed scholarships and awards approximately $55,000 in awards annually. A nursing faculty committee usually selects scholarship recipients. Nursing students are also eligible for other Tarleton scholarships.

What is the Program's reputation in the community?
Undergraduate:

The nursing program has an excellent reputation in the community. Local and state health care providers actively recruit our graduates. The BSN program has both state and national accreditation. The Texas Board of Nursing has accredited the BSN program annually since the program began in 1995. In April 2004, the BSN program was reaccredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the maximum period of 10 years (2004-2014).

The annual NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate is defined as the percentage of BSN graduates within examination year (October 1 of one year to September 30 of the following year) who achieve a passing score the first time they take the National Council Licensing Examination for RN (NCLEX-RN). As cited on the Board of Nursing website, our 1st time pass rate for the past five years is provided below.

  • 2012 = 90.9%   (66 students tested)
  • 2011 = 82.93% (41 students tested)
  • 2010 = 82.35% (51 students tested)
  • 2009 = 86.21% (58 students tested)
  • 2008 = 89.29% (56 students tested)

Those who do not pass on their first attempt, typically pass upon repeating the exam. Very few students must take the exam more than twice.

Is there a time limit on prerequisite courses?

We do not set time limits on prerequisites. However, students are accountable for the content from these program prerequisite courses. You will need current knowledge of the natural and behavioral sciences, English, statistics, and nutrition to be successful in the program.

Will I be required to get immunizations?

Undergraduate and graduate students are required to comply with the university and nursing policies regarding immunizations. Information about specific University immunization requirements are available from the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination page.

Undergraduate:

Upon admission to the nursing program all undergraduate students must submit evidence of the following:

  • (a) current immunizations or titers- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR, 2 doses), hepatitis B series (3 doses), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), Varicella (2 doses);
  • (b) TB screening (updated on a yearly basis); and
  • (c) American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR or Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR certification (ONLY these two CPR courses or higher are accepted.  You must take the face-to-face course from AHA or ARC)

An influenza vaccine is required annually. TB screening, CPR renewal, and renewal of an expired Tdap immunization (required every 10 years) are due by July 1 following program admission.

Graduate:

Graduate students must submit evidence of immunizations, TB screening, and CPR (as described above) before the registering for the first clinical course.

Will I be required to have insurance?

Undergraduate and graduate students are required to have professional liability insurance purchased through a student group policy. The cost of the malpractice insurance is part of the student fees when registering for a clinical nursing course.

Undergraduate and graduate students are also required to submit proof of health insurance coverage upon entering and by July 1 each year of the program.

Will I be required to take a drug test or complete a criminal background screening?

Yes, undergraduate and graduate students are required to meet agency requirements for completion of a drug test and criminal background screening. Undergraduate students do this as part of the process of program admission. Graduate students do this before registering for the first clinical course. Random drug testing and drug screening for cause is also required.

Is the Tarleton nursing program offered in Ft. Worth or Waco?

The RN to BSN program option is offered at Tarrant County College Trinity River East campus in Fort Worth and at the main campus in Stephenville. The pre-licensure (generic), LVN to BSN, RN to MSN and MSN programs are only offered at Tarleton’s main campus in Stephenville. Beginning in Fall 2014 the MSN with the RN to MSN option will be offered at the Southwest Metroplex location in Ft. Worth.  In the future we hope to offer a program in Waco.

Is access to a computer at home required and what computer skills do I need?

A home computer is not required but strongly recommended. You must have consistent and timely access to a computer, Microsoft software, and the Internet. Although a computer course is not required for admission to the nursing program, faculty expect students to have certain computer skills upon program entry. For example, students should be able to:

  • utilize input devices (keyboard, mouse/track pad, touch pad)
  • perform basic TSU adopted software application functions including but not limited to opening an application program and creating, modifying, printing, and saving document
  • utilize keyboarding proficiency and speed necessary to prepare documents in a timely manner
  • plan, create, and edit documents using readable fonts, alignment, page setup, tabs, and ruler settings
  • utilize netiquette to communicate
  • attach documents to email messages, and
  • locate websites and information via the Internet

Students who do not possess the necessary computer skills are advised to complete a college or continuing education computer course prior to program entry.

Can I take courses at another college or university and then transfer to the TSU nursing program?

Students may take the non-nursing prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts will be evaluated by the appropriate office (undergraduate or graduate) for equivalency to the prerequisite courses required for admission to the TSU Department of Nursing. Undergraduate students must submit official transcripts to TSU Office of Admissions for evaluation on or before the application deadline. Graduate students must submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies. You may review the Transfer Articulation Policies located within the Admission menu section of the current University catalog.

Can I transfer nursing courses to the TSU nursing program?

Nursing courses may possibly be transferred. We do not accept students who have been unsuccessful in other nursing programs. A maximum of twelve credit hours with a grade of “B” or higher will be considered for transfer to the undergraduate and graduate programs. Students must submit the course syllabus for review and approval to the appropriate program Director (undergraduate or graduate). Any nursing course considered for transfer must have been completed at a nationally accredited nursing program at a regionally accredited institution within the last five years.

Undergraduate course credits more than four years old will not be counted for a degree. Graduate course credits (including transferred courses and courses completed at Tarleton) more than six years old will not be counted for a degree.

Bachelor of Science (BSN)

What is the step-by-step process for applying to the Department of Nursing?

Please refer to the materials located on the Nursing Undergraduate Degree Program page.

Do you offer a program option for LVN to BSN and RN to BSN Students?

Yes, we admit LVN to BSN and RN to BSN students. LVN to BSN students have some courses in common with RN to BSN students and some with pre-licensure (generic) students. LVN to BSN students may complete the nursing program course sequence in four semesters.

RN to BSN students may complete the nursing program course sequence in two semesters.

Do you offer an accelerated Program for 2nd degree seeking students?

No, second degree students must enter through the undergraduate BSN program.

Is there a separate application to nursing?

Yes, the application to the undergraduate nursing program is a separate application and the non-refundable $35 Department of Nursing processing Fee (casher's check or money order only) must be filed by the specified date with the Department of Nursing. The nursing program application will not be processed if the application fee is not submitted by the application deadline.

The nursing program application and a cashier's check or money order may be delivered to the Nursing Office located on the third floor of the nursing building or mailed to Tarleton State University, Department of Nursing, Box T-0500, Stephenville, Texas, 76402.

Transfer students who are not yet admitted to TSU must fill out an application to Tarleton State University through ApplyTexas.org. The Tarleton Office of Admissions requires a non-refundable application fee of $30. Application to the undergraduate nursing program is not valid if the university’s application has not been filed.

Are letters of recommendation required for acceptance into the undergraduate nursing program?

Yes and we suggest using our Reference Form, but letters may be submitted in lieu of using the form. See admission criteria and the reference form on the nursing website for the process of selection and submission of the references.

The references are to be submitted in a sealed envelope to the Nursing Office on the third floor of the Nursing Building or mailed to:

Tarleton State University
Department of Nursing
Box T-0500
Stephenville, Texas, 76402.

What is the Core or general education requirements?

The Core Curriculum (general education) course requirements consists of those courses required by Tarleton State University for all students earning a baccalaureate degree. In addition to the mandated core courses located in the college catalog, nursing students must complete certain non-nursing degree requirements:

When should I apply to the Tarleton Nursing Program?
See application deadlines in the undergraduate section of the website.
If I am not accepted, do I have to re-apply the next semester?

Yes. Applications are not transferable to the next semester. You must resubmit a Department of Nursing application with the non-refundable application fee of $35 if you wish to be considered for another semester. Documentation of additional coursework must also be updated by the subsequent application deadline. If you are not a TSU student at the time of application, you will also need to resubmit the online ApplyTexas.org application and submit the application fee to the TSU Office of Admissions.

How many students are enrolled in the Tarleton Nursing program?

We typically have just over 800 nursing majors at Tarleton. Approximately 400 of these nursing majors are currently enrolled in nursing courses.

How many students are admitted to the program?

Typically 70-80 pre-licensure (generic) students are accepted each fall and spring. As many as twenty LVN to BSN students may be admitted.

How many students apply and what are my chances of admission?
Generic students enrolled in three preadmission courses are considered the applicant pool for program admission. See the website home page for more information regarding permission to enter the permission to enter the preadmission courses.
Can I receive assurance of program admission if I transfer to Tarleton?

No. All applicants are processed in a timely manner. Notification of program status will be sent to all applicants when the review of applicants is completed.

Does a "D" transfer?

A grade of "D" transfers as credit to Tarleton. However, Ds (and Fs) are not acceptable for the nursing degree. You must achieve a grade of "C" or better on each nursing degree requirement.

Is the GPA based on the overall cumulative grade point average for the nursing program?

No, the GPA calculation is based on six required program pre-requisite courses (engl 111 & 112, chem 103 or 105, and Biol 219, 220, and 207 or 307). Other prerequisite courses are not calculated in the grade point average for admission. However, a minimum grade of "C" must be achieved on all courses required for the nursing degree.

How do I know what my GPA is?

You may calculate your GPA using the instructions on the Point Calculation Worksheet. The Point Calculation Worksheet and other documents are located in the Undergraduate Degree Program section of the nursing website.

Is the GPA the only requirement for admission to upper division nursing?

No. Admission to nursing is based on a point system. Information regarding the components of the point system (course points, GPA on program prerequisite courses, entry test points, and residency points) can be found on the Undergraduate Degree Program section of the nursing website. Residency points are given to students who are currently enrolled at Tarleton State University at the time of application (15 points) and have completed 30 or more semester credit hours of the required non-nursing lower division courses at Tarleton (an additional 35 points).

What is the lowest GPA needed to be admitted to the nursing program?

A GPA of 3.0 on the required program entry prerequisite courses is necessary to be eligible for admission to the nursing program. Only six Tarleton courses or their equivalent are used to calculate the entry GPA: Engl 111 & 112, Chem 103 or 105, and Biol 219, 220, & 207 or 307.

GPA is only one criteria used in calculating entry points. An applicant may be admitted to the program with a the minimum GPA of 3.0 if the applicant achieve high course and entry test points.

Where can I take the entrance examination?

You may take the entry ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam at the TSU Student Assessment Services located on the 2nd floor of the Math building. If you take the entrance test at another testing center an official score sheet must be sent to the Nursing Office directly from the testing center and bear the testing center stamp. Registration information for the required TEAS®---Test of Essential Academic Skills.

How long will it take me to complete the nursing program at Tarleton?
Four semesters following program admission.
Does the nursing program offer summer nursing classes?

BSN classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters. We offer a study abroad course, a trip to London, each summer. The study abroad course serves as the upper level elective.

Can I be enrolled in the BSN program part time?

Yes, you may be enrolled part time with guidance and direction from the assigned faculty advisor. A departmental degree plan must be approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Program and Department Head before you may begin the part-time option.

Do I get to work with patients during nursing school?

Yes, you will provide patient care in health care agencies under the direction of our experienced faculty. Prior to working with patients, you will be prepared in the classroom, skills laboratory, and "simulation hospital". Working with patients begins during the Junior I nursing program semester.

Where will I go for clinical experiences?

Students travel to several clinical sites during the program. We may use hospitals, physician offices, clinics, nursing homes, and other health related sites in Cleburne, Glen Rose, Granbury, Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, Eastland, DeLeon, Brownwood, Hamilton, Killeen, Temple, and other rural areas as available. You may often travel as much as 75 miles one-way to a clinical site.  All BSN and LVN to BSN students will travel to the Waco VA for an inpatient psychiatric experience. Students must also travel to Dallas for an inpatient pediatric experience. During the Senior I semester students have clinical rotations at a hospital in Waco. Although students often carpool during the program, a dependable vehicle is required.

Can I work while I am in the nursing program?

Many students work. Balancing employment and academic work while enrolled in college is a very individual decision. Some can do both successfully. Whether you can be successful managing both school and work depends on the number of college hours you are taking, your study habits, whether or not you have family or other responsibilities, and the flexibility of your job. If you are taking 12 or more semester credit hours, you should consider the combined amount of study and class time as a full-time job. The nursing faculty feel strongly that students should not attempt to work more than 20 hours a week (50% time) while enrolled in the program. In certain cases, not even 20 hours per work can be sustained because of intensive clinical practice requirements. A recommended strategy for students is to initially reduce their work schedules when admitted to the program, and then adjust this amount over time as is necessary and manageable. Students should consider attending school part-time if employment over 20 hours is unavoidable. Talk with a faculty advisor to develop a part-time option in the nursing program.

What is the percentage of males in nursing schools?

Nationally, 9% of students enrolled in nursing programs are male. At Tarleton, approximately 10% of the undergraduate nursing student population are male.

Can I take nursing courses prior to being accepted into the Tarleton BSN Program?
Generic students take three preadmission courses (NUR 255, 260, and 265) prior to program admission. The preadmission courses serve as the application pool for the program. Enrollment in the preadmission courses requires permission (see permission process information posted on the nursing program home page.
What salaries and job opportunities are available for graduates?

The nation continues to experience a nursing shortage. Many employers give preference the BSN graduate when hiring new graduates. The first job for almost all nursing graduates is in a hospital. Our graduates typically secure positions before graduation.

New graduates earn $45,760-$64,480 per year or $22 to $31 per hour, plus benefits depending on location and hours worked. Higher hourly wages are earned for working holidays, nights, and weekends. Many hospitals also have a sign-on bonus and/or other perks such as loan repayment.

Many agencies have orientation, preceptorships, and internships for graduates who will (or have already) contract to work with them after graduation.

RN to BSN

Where is the RN to BSN Program offered?

The RN to BSN program will be offered at the main campus in Stephenville and at the Tarrant County College Trinity River East campus in Ft. Worth.

When should I apply to the Tarleton RN to BSN Nursing Program?

Application to the nursing program is separate from and in addition to the application to Tarleton State University for undergraduate students. The nursing program application process requires a nonrefundable fee of $35 (cashier's check or money order only).

Students who are not currently a TSU student must apply to Tarleton State University through ApplyTexas.org. The Tarleton Office of Admissions requires a non-refundable application fee of $30. The application to the RN to BSN nursing program is not valid if the university’s application has not been filed. Official transcripts also must be submitted to the TSU Office of Admissions.

When will I find out if I have been accepted to the TSU Nursing Program?

Acceptance email notices are generally sent out in late July for fall admission and in late November for spring admission.

Do I get credit for my past education?

Yes, up to 31 hours of credit may be awarded for past nursing education courses at the associate degree or diploma level.

Can I take any of the courses online?

The RN to BSN program courses are designed as face to face courses with online learning activities through the Blackboard course management system. Courses are typically offered on Thursday and Friday. Other days may be required to complete clinical requirements.

Can I be admitted before I am a licensed RN?

Possibly. If you successfully meet all other admission criteria, you will be admitted to a part-time option (NUR 305, 317, and 318). Progression beyond the first semester will be dependent on achievement of an unencumbered Texas license as a Registered Nurse.

What is the minimum GPA required to be admitted to the RN to BSN Program?

Students must complete the 59 core (general education) requirements in the following table from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. These courses are to be completed prior to the first class day.

Course

Hours

Freshman English

6 hours

Communication (Speech)

3 hours

College Algebra

3 hours

Math Statistics

3 hours

*Chemistry

4 hours

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

8 hours

Microbiology

4 hours

Introduction To Psychology (Behavioral)

3 hours

Human Growth & Development (Lifespan)

3 hours

*Nutrition

3 hours

Visual And Performing Arts (See Catalog)

3 hours

Literature or Introduction To Philosophy

3 hours

U.S. History

6 hours

American And Texas Government

6 hours

*Introduction to University Studies

1 hours

Total

57 hour

*Other courses may be substituted if required for AAS or AA degree

A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is also required for nursing courses completed at the diploma or associate or diploma graduate.

Will I need to take an entrance exam to be admitted to RN to BSN program?

No entrance exam is required for RN to BSN students.

Is there a separate application to nursing?

Yes, the alternate entry application is a separate application for the nursing program with a non-refundable application fee of $35 (cashier's check or money order only).

Students who are not currently a TSU student must apply to Tarleton State University through ApplyTexas.org. The Tarleton Office of Admissions requires a non-refundable application fee of $30. The application to the RN to BSN nursing program is not valid if the university’s application has not been filed. Official transcripts also must be submitted to the TSU Office of Admissions.

Are letters of recommendation required for acceptance into the undergraduate nursing program?

Yes and we suggest using our Reference Form, but letters may be submitted in lieu of using the form. See admission criteria and the reference form on the Undergraduate Degree Program section of the nursing website for the process of selection and submission of the references.

A resume is also required. The references and resume may be submitted to the Nursing Office on the third floor of the Nursing Building on the Stephenville campus, or mailed to the attention of the Director of the Undergraduate Program at:

Tarleton State University
Department of Nursing
Box T-0500
Stephenville, Texas, 76402

Applicants may also submit admission materials (alternate entry application, official transcripts, references, and resume) to the Fort Worth Campus to the attention of the Director of Health and Service Profession at:

Tarleton State University
Southwest Metroplex Center
6777 Camp Bowie Blvd, Suite 500
Fort Worth, Texas, 76116

Are courses offered during the evening?

Some of the courses are offered on Thursday evening. The planned schedule for the program is to offer courses on Thursdays and Fridays. Students may choose to complete some clinical experiences on days other than Thursdays and Fridays. Some courses may be offered in eight week segments.

How long does the program take?

The program takes approximately 1 year (fall, and spring) if enrolled full time and two years if enrolled part time.

Can I be enrolled in the RN to BSN program part time?

Yes, you may be enrolled part time with guidance and direction from the assigned faculty advisor. A departmental degree plan must be approved by the faculty advisor, Director of the Undergraduate Program, and Department Head before you may begin the part-time option.

Will I be required to purchase equipment for the program?

Yes, you will be required, at a minimum, to have a stethoscope, lab coat with TSU nursing patch affixed following dress code guidelines, and a nursing program name tag.

When and where will I go for clinical experiences?

Clinical/lab hours are required in five RN to BN courses: Nur 307 Health Assessment for Licensed Nurses, Nur 360 Family & Community Health Nursing, NUR 413 Leadership and Management in Nursing, NUR 425 Population Health Nursing, and NUR 440 Nursing Care of Older Adult Family. The student may be responsible for finding preceptors for some portions of the clinical experiences in the program. Location of clinical sites will be determined by availability of faculty and student's residence.

Graduate Nursing Program (RN to MSN and MSN)

What type of nursing graduate program is offered at Tarleton?

Tarleton offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education.

What are the admission requirements for the RN to MSN and MSN program?

Please review the admission requirements for the RN to MSN and MSN program on the Graduate Degree Program section of the Nursing website.

What is the advantage of completing the RN to MSN program, rather than completing the RN to BSN program followed by the MSN program?

The alternate entry master's degree is designed to allow registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to obtain a master’s degree with a major in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education in the most streamlined manner possible. RN to MSN students complete 18 of the 30 hours of undergraduate upper level nursing courses designed for RN to BSN students while beginning graduate courses. Combined credit toward the BSN and MSN degrees is earned and the student is awarded the BSN and MSN simultaneously at the end of the program.

How do I apply to the Tarleton RN to MSN and MSN Nursing Program?

Apply to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton via the ApplyTexas.org application process. A $30.00 non-refundable processing fee must accompany the graduate nursing application. The student submits letters of recommendation (a Reference Form is available from the nursing website) and a resume to the Nursing Office to the attention of the Director of the Graduate Program.

RN to MSN student must also complete the alternate entry application is a separate application for the nursing program with a non-refundable application fee of $35 (cashier's check or money order only).

The references and resume, asa well as the alternate entry application and fee required for RN to BSN applicants may be delivered to the Nursing Office on the third floor of the Nursing Building or mailed to the attention of the Director of the Graduate Program at:

Tarleton State University
Department of Nursing
Box T-0500
Stephenville, Texas, 76402

What are the application deadlines?

Fall Semester: May 1

Spring Semester: December 1

Can I be enrolled in the graduate program part time?

Yes, you may be enrolled part time with guidance and direction from the graduate advisor.

Is there a math requirement for the graduate program?

Yes, students are required to have completed a basic undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or higher.

Are there two separate applications?

RN to MSN and MSN students apply to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton via the ApplyTexas.org online process. RN to MSN students are asked to complete a Department of Nursing Alternate Entry Application for Admission to Upper Division Nursing Courses and submit an application fee of $35 (the form is found on the Graduate Degree Program section of the nursing website).  All RN to MSN and MSN students submit three recommendation letters or forms and a resume to the Nursing Office to the attention of the Director of the Graduate Program.

The alternate entry application and fee (cashier's check or money order only), references and resume may be submitted to the Nursing Office on the third floor of the Nursing Building or mailed to the attention of the Director of the Graduate Program at:

Tarleton State University
Department of Nursing
Box T-0500
Stephenville, Texas, 76402

Are letters of recommendation required for acceptance into the graduate nursing program?

Yes and we suggest using our Reference Form, but letters may be submitted in lieu of using the form. See admission criteria and the reference form on the Graduate Degree Program section of the nursing website for the process of selection and submission of the references.

A resume is also required. The references and resume may be submitted to the Nursing Office on the third floor of the Nursing Building or mailed to the attention of the Director of the Graduate Program at:

Tarleton State University
Department of Nursing
Box T-0500
Stephenville, Texas, 76402

Will I be required to purchase equipment for the program?

Yes, you will be required, at a minimum, to have a stethoscope, lab coat with the TSU Nursing patch affixed based on dress code guidelines, and a nursing program name tag.

When and where will I have clinical?

MSN students begin the clinical component of the program after they complete the core and theory courses in the major. Early in the program of study, RN to MSN students have clinical experiences during NUR 360 Family and Community Health Nursing, NUR 413 Leadership and Management in Nursing, NUR 425 Population Health Nursing, and NUR 440 Nursing Care of Older Adult Family. RN to MSN and MSN students are responsible for finding preceptors to complete the clinical portion of the program. Please discuss appropriate preceptor choices with the Director of the Graduate Program.

Will I need to take an entrance exam to be admitted to the graduate program?

Yes, currently the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required, with preference for the GRE. All students must take the GRE or MAT regardless of GPA. Effective August 1, 2011, the GRE was revised and now has a new score scale. Students applying for the Fall 2011 forward, will need to score in the 30th-50th percentile ranks (30%-50%). The lowest GPA that will be considered is a 2.5 on the last 60 hours of academic work.

Are any of the courses online?

Most graduate nursing courses are designed as hybrid or blended learning courses. The blended approach combines traditional face-to-face classroom and simulation sessions with online learning activities through the Blackboard course management system. Courses are carefully planned to allow students to make meaningful connections with faculty and other students. One course in the nursing education major and four courses in the administration major are taught by the College of Business Administration faculty and may be fully online.

How many days per week will I be required to be on campus for courses?

The planned schedule for the program is to offer courses on Thursdays, afternoon or evening, and on Fridays. Students may choose to complete some clinical experiences on days other than Thursdays and Fridays. It will not be necessary for students to travel to campus weekly since the hybrid or blended format will be used for course delivery of graduate nursing courses.

Is there a time limit to complete the MSN?

Yes, graduate course credits must be completed within a six year time frame to be counted for a master’s degree.