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2012-2013 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
        •  The social security number form is due to the UHV School of Nursing office prior to the October 1st
        •  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
        •  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
        •  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-diphtheria 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: 
                        a) a signed provider note verifying that the student was diagnosed with Varicella 
                        b) a blood titer indicating immunity 
                        c) verification of receipt of the Varicella immunization.
                    6. Three-injection hepatitis B vaccination series or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B

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.