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2013-2014 Catalog

School of Nursing

Requirements for Undergraduate Admission (Second Degree BSN)

Application Process:

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to furnish all necessary documentation to NursingCAS. The NursingCAS application, completion of all program prerequisites, submission of all official transcripts, copy of TEAS V scores must be received and the NursingCAS application verified by the August 15th deadline.
  • The social security number form is due to the UHV School of Nursing office prior to the August 15th deadline.
  • Applicants to the Second Degree BSN program must meet all requirements for undergraduate admission as outlined in the ADMISSIONS section of this catalog. International students must have a minimum score of 89 on the TOEFL. Applicants to the Second Degree BSN program must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate degree program.
  • Applicants must complete the NursingCAS online application for nursing undergraduate admission at the following website https://portal.nursingcas.org/. NursingCAS is the first national centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing programs. For additional information regarding NursingCAS go to http://nursingcas.org/index.php. Request all official transcripts be sent directly to NursingCAS.
  • Submit the completed social security number form to UHV School of Nursing at nursing@uhv.edu or fax to 361-580-5596. The form is available on the School of Nursing website at http://www.uhv.edu/nursing/Resources/Release_of_Social_Security_Number_Form.pdf
  • Applicants must submit official transcript(s) from EACH college or university attended, sent directly from each institution to Nursing CAS. (For timely and accurate processing, students should ensure that all official documents have been submitted prior to the deadline date. It can take up to one month for NursingCAS to process applications to verified status.)
  • Applicants to the second degree BSN program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in natural and behavioral sciences is expected. (Science courses taken more than five years ago will be evaluated on an individual basis and may have to be repeated.)
  • Applicants to the second degree BSN program must have completed all prerequisite course work prior to the deadline date of October 1st. No in progress course work will be considered.
  • Applicants to the second degree BSN program must pass the school approved pre-admission test. The UHV School of Nursing is accepting Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) as the school approved pre-admission test.


Qualified applicants will be invited by the second degree BSN admission committee to participate in an interview to determine acceptance to the program. Writing samples, group presentation, and/or admission tests completed at the time of interview.

Acceptance Into Program:

All qualified applicants who are invited for acceptance into the Second Degree BSN program must satisfy School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Requirements as defined below:

1. Screening of immunization is required by the Texas Department of Health Texas Administration Code Title 25 
    Part 1 Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72. http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/forms/6-103.pdf
    Failure to adhere to the guideline is a violation to the Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 97 
    Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72.

2. If additional vaccines during vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks such as the flu vaccine are instituted by 
    the individual practicum sites or by the State of Texas, students will be required to comply. All School of 
    Nursing (SON) applicants will be required to submit evidence of compliance with each of the UHV 
    SON Clinical Requirements
as listed in this policy prior to the program application deadline in order to be 
    considered for admission. The SON will not receive original documents.

3. In addition, all students will be responsible for original documents and maintaining compliance with the UHV 
    SON Clinical Requirements throughout the program. In the event that a student does not meet the 
    requirements at any time during the program, a course registration hold will be implemented until the 
    requirement is met.

4. Students will receive directions regarding accessing the secure data collection agency process via the SON 
    website as well as via written communications related to program inquiries, advisement, and admissions.

5. All qualified applicants who have accepted the invitation for admission to the Second Degree BSN program 
    must attend the mandatory orientation session in January.

The requirements of the second degree BSN program are divided into two broad areas: direct-care nursing skills, and basic leadership/management. Upon successful completion of the program the graduate is to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Satisfactory achievement on the examination will qualify the graduate for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Transfer of Undergraduate Credit
The college from which credit is to be transferred must have recognition in some form from the U.S. Department of Education or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The dean of the school of the student’s plan, with the advice and consent of the academic advisor of the student’s plan, will make the decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.