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Second Degree BSN Undergraduate Program

Second Degree BSN
Admission Requirements

All applicants will be reviewed in an individual and holistic manner. No single factor will determine a student's admission.

Although academic criteria (cumulative GPA, grades earned in science courses, and failed/repeated courses) is an important factor in admission consideration, additional non-academic information is also important.

Admission Requirements
Academic Admission ConsiderationsNon-Academic Admission Considerations
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A personal interview
  • Computer skills
  • Basic life support and AED training (CPR)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher, on prerequisites
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on pathophysiology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and chemistry
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant program, state certification is required
  • Evidence of completion of a Medical Terminology course - transcript or certificate (online Short Course suggestions may be obtained from the Second Degree Coordinator)
  • A commitment not to seek employment during the accelerated educational process
  • Letter of good standing if prior enrollment in RN program
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Students whose predominant tongue is not English must also present a score of at least 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL. (This includes permanent residents of the US.) The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the student has graduated from a US high school with a minimum of two years' attendance or if the student is a citizen of a country where English is the native language. Applicants holding degrees from US colleges and/or universities are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained from Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, US, or their website -
  • Extracurricular activities, including volunteer experiences
  • Work experience
  • Diversity of experience, such as study abroad, knowledge of other cultures, proficiency in other languages
  • First generation college student
  • English as a second language
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Prior enrollment at Texas Tech University
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Reason for choosing to become a nurse

All applicants who receive offers of admission will be required to consent to a criminal background check. A history of criminal conduct or convictions may result in withdrawal of the admission offer. See "Criminal Background Checks" section on page 36 of the School of Nursing Student Handbook for the School policy.

In addition, the Board of Nurse Examiners has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential condidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas. See "Eligibility to Take NCLEX-RN Examination" section of the School of Nursing Handbook or access the BON website: for declaratory order information