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2011-2012 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 October 1st deadline.

  • The social security number form is due to the UHV School of Nursing office prior to the October 1st deadline.

  • Applicants to the Second Degree BSN program must meet all requirements for undergraduate admission as outlined in the ADMISSIONS section of this catalog.  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 social security number form and e-mail the completed 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.

All students who are invited to the interview must provide the following criteria for acceptance in to the interview:

  • Qualified applicants to the second degree BSN program will be asked to submit a current CPR healthcare provider or professional health care provider course completion card.  Only American Heart Association (AHA), Health Care Provider, or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Provider CPR verification will be accepted.

  • Qualified applicants to the second degree BSN program must clear a criminal background check according to Texas Board of Nursing.

  • 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.

  • Qualified applicants who will be asked to provide evidence of completion of Texas minimum State vaccine immunization requirements:
    1. Annual TB skin test (or chest x-ray).  All TB screens must be repeated every year while the student is enrolled in nursing school (pos and neg).

    2. Tetanus-diptheria toxoid (Td) within the last 10 years.

    3. Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccinations(s).

    4. Seasonal Influenza.

    5. Varicella vaccination(s)*  Varicella immunity must be confirmed by one of three ways:
      1. a signed provider note verifying that the student was diagnosed with Varicella.

      2. a blood titer indicating immunity.

      3. verification of receipt of the Varicella immunization.

    6. Three-injection hepatitis B vaccination series or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.

Acceptance Into Program:

  • All qualified applicants who are invited for acceptance into the Second Degree BSN program must pass a drug screen prior to final admission in January.

  • 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 be accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations.  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.